Interview with Jenny Hammerle

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I’m a sixth-generation Floridian and cowgirl from a long-time ranching family. I grew up in Fruitville, just outside of Sarasota, where I was involved in everything from cotillion to showing steers in the county fair. The Redneck Debutante Series is about Rachael Harte, a cotillion socialite turned cowgirl. She finds herself transplanted to rural Florida, facing a family scandal, and falling in love. Teenage angst combined with family saga and romance. I chose to write about Florida, cowboys, and cowgirls because I’ve lived and loved these experiences. Now, I enjoy sharing those same adventures with my readers. I’m a Redneck Debutante... A little bit city, a little bit country!
What is your writing process?
If something comes to mind and I like it- I sit down and start another novel. Usually, I write the first paragraph and hook- the rest just falls into place.
How do you approach cover design?
When I was first published, the publishing house told me readers spend very little time glancing at the cover. I couldn't have agreed less. Whether I read a book or not depends entirely on the front and back cover. As a result, I pay a cover designer to design each cover now. It's worth every penny and I'm sure my readers would agree!
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance! Is there anything else? I will read just about anything in the Fiction genre, but it must have at least a glint of romance in it for it to fully pull me in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook or Kindle- I have both!
Describe your desk
Busy. A combination of paperback proofs and print-outs of full manuscripts I'm working on. My laptop is usually boiling over with five or more novels I'm editing simultaneously. And let's not forget the ever-present cup of coffee!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I sat down two years ago on a mission to fulfill a promise made to my grandmother. Armed with her journal, family letters, and other personal effects, I began to pen Parachute Girls.

Grandma was born in England, where she lived during WWII. Her life and story were amazing to me as a child and when I became a published author I knew that while it would be difficult- I would some day sit down and chronicle her experiences.

Having lost grandma before its release, this story was a work of passion and tears- the hardest thing I've ever written to date. I believe grandma would have been pleased with how it turned out. We even traveled in the fall of 2000 to retrace the past and celebrate the future. I will forever cherish those days spent with family in Wigan and Manchester.

I hope you enjoy her story. It is my hope that it will touch every reader in a unique and special way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was traditionally published first. Then, I decided to self-publish a title. Of course, I had no idea Parachute Girls would become a #1 Best-seller in European Historical Fiction within a few weeks of me doing so!
When did you first start writing?
A few years ago, my husband was laid off. I’d felt called to write for a while, but let fear stop me. At that moment I decided to push aside all fear and just do it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing life experiences to my readers through the words of a good novel.
What are you working on next?
The Will He Rope Her Heart Series...Book #2! This series follows a group of women through different struggles in their lives, from loss to love. Second-chance romance combined with women's lit!
Published 2015-11-30.
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Books by This Author

Redneck Debutante
Series: Redneck Debutante. Price: Free! Words: 84,750. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Rachael Harte has everything she could want- money, hang-out time with friends, and Colten, the hot boyfriend every girl in her prep school desires. Just as she receives her long-awaited debutante invitation, scandal strikes her family. Rachael has to go to public high school and live in Fruitville. Enter Travis Baxter, rugged cowboy & new neighbor! City boy or country boy- which will she choose?