I am thrilled to have an author on my blog today! Oh, and before you leave, I just want to remind you to stop at the bottom and enter the giveaway to win an Amazon gift card and a free copy of Jennifer’s book. Okay?
Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about a certain author, Jennifer Ellision. She’s written several books and I’ve only just recently gotten Now and Again, a NA contemp, and I loved this book.
I liked a lot of things about this book, but those of you that know me, know that I am boy CRAZY and I love a good love interest that’s interesting and deep and hot. And Cole was that for me, and more.
Let’s meet Jennifer’s book first and then let’s talk to the master behind the words!
Now and Again
Unemployed. Broke. Maid of Honor.
All (unfortunately) words that describe Em Hayes.
Without any job leads in San Francisco, Em caves to her mother’s promise of free rent and returns home. Her best friend, Nikki, couldn’t be more thrilled. Em’s degree in Event Management is gathering dust, and what better way to put it to use than planning Nikki’s wedding?
There’s just one flaw in that plan: Cole Connors. The girls’ former roommate. And part of the reason Em hasn’t been back since college graduation.
Em’s never been able to forget Cole—or how close they were before she pushed him aside and ran for the hills. Cole’s never forgotten Em either— but in the past two years, she hasn’t given him much choice but to try.
And, according to Nikki, there’s no better pair to plan the wedding of her dreams.
Em’s usually good at squashing messy feelings, but being around Cole again brings them all rushing to the surface.
And this time, she’s not sure she wants to run.
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Let’s meet Jennifer!!
Hi Jennifer. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’m so thrilled to have you. Let’s start at the beginning. How and when did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since… I learned how to put words in order. The earliest thing I remember writing was a Nancy Drew-esque story starring my parents when I was probably eight years old, but I spent a lot of my adolescence writing fanfiction and was especially into it in high school. Today, I owe the fanfiction community a great deal of the credit for helping me cultivate my craft.
What caused you to want to write Em and Cole’s story?
I majored in Creative Writing in college and one of the pieces I wrote was centered around Em’s best friend, Nikki—her worries over her upcoming nuptials and what is said about her. My professor and classmates felt there was enough material for a novel. I agreed.
Em immediately seized center stage and it became her story. Cole presented himself as soon as I found myself in Em’s head and I couldn’t resist them. I wrote a very pivotal college scene between the two of them before any other part of the book and worked backwards, building the book around it. Even when I scrapped most of my original drafts, that scene stayed firmly put.
I agree. There’s definitely enough here for a story. I loved reading about Em and Cole. So, I have to ask because I have a very strong picture of Cole in my head, if Hollywood was casting your book as a movie, who would you pick to play Em and Cole?
Oh no, I am the literal worst at this. I don’t… know? More than appearance, what would matter most to me if Now and Again became a movie would be that the actors really get Em and Cole. Especially Em. That they understand her tendency towards coldness masks a vulnerability that she’s afraid to show and could portray that well.
But, so that I don’t leave you totally answerless, a friend told me she pictures this guy as Cole and I have zero objections.
Oh good lord. I don’t know who this is but I approve. I definitely pictured him like this. Please give Katie a high five.
You’ve written quite a few books. Do you have a favorite story or character from them?
This is a bit like trying to pick a favorite child, but currently it’s Princess Aleta from my Young Adult fantasy series, Threats of Sky and Sea. She’s so delightfully prickly and it’s just a joy to write her interactions with the other characters in the books.
Oh! I can not wait to read this next. I’ll have to add that to my to-be-read shelf. What are YOU reading right now?
I just finished binge-reading the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy (New Adult contemporary) and they are all just to-die-for sexy. I’m also reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, who is one of my favorite authors. It’s a Young Adult time travel novel and I’m loving it so far.
And now my to-be-read shelf has grown even longer. Thanks! I mean it. I can’t get enough. I’m always looking for die-for-sexy. Which leaves me wanting to ask you this…What can us fans hope for next? What is in the works for you?
Aside from audiobooks for Now and Again and Riot of Storm and Smoke coming out (soon!), my next release will definitely be the third and final novel in my Threats of Sky and Sea series, Fall of Thrones and Thorns. As I’m still in the drafting stage, I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m hoping to have it out before summer.
After that, I’ve got no shortage of ideas! Some are fantasy, some are paranormal… and let’s just say that Now and Again won’t be my only foray into the New Adult contemporary arena. ^_~
Oh good. Because though I’m sad to leave Cole and Em behind, I can not wait to see what comes from your brain next. I need more love interests like Cole. I’d love to keep you chatting all day, but frankly, I’d rather have you writing! Thanks so much for stopping by Jennifer. I can not wait to get your next book in my hands. Please come back and visit us again, okay?
About Jennifer Ellision
Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.
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