My first guest post of the year and I’m delighted to welcome today my friend and very talented writer, Jennie Bohnet, to talk about her writing life. Her latest book, ‘I’m Virtually Yours’, a novella about a virtual assistant has recently been released by Carina UK.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, how long you’ve been writing and what you do when you’re not writing?
I’m originally from the West country and now live in rural Brittany. I’ve always written but it took years, lots of rejections and a move to France before my fiction took off. Before then I wrote non fiction pieces and life-style features for newspapers and magazines in the UK.
Where did the idea for ‘I’m Virtually Yours’ come from? How long did it take you to write?
I belong to an online journalism forum and somebody there posted about being snowed under with work. Another member offered to be their virtual assistant and the idea grew from there. It’s a novella so not long to write – about a month I guess but then there was the editing etc and when Carina UK accepted it they wanted it lengthened by about three thousand words.
Is the book stand-alone or part of a series?
It was written as a stand alone but somebody has already asked if there will be a follow up as they liked the characters so much, so maybe…
I know that you’ve written many short stories and serials. When writing a short story, and when writing a novel, do you use different plotting and outlining techniques?
I’ve always been what is described as a ‘panster’. Sit down with an idea, start and see where the story goes but recently I’ve tried to be a bit more of a plotter with both short stories and novels. By that I mean I now have the beginning and some sort of ending in my mind before I start. I wish I could be like some writers who plot things out chapter by chapter before they start. I just can’t write like that.
What are you currently working on?
I have another book for CarinaUK to finish and the deadline is getting scarily close. I can’t give you any details other to say that this one is set in the South of France. I’m also still working on another longer novel for Robert Hale.
What’s your writing routine? Do you write every day? And what’s your usual daily word count?
I find mornings are my best time to write and yes, I do try and write every day but don’t always succeed! I’m starting 2014 determined to improve my output and reach my daily target of 2000 words on a more regular basis!
What are your writing ambitions?
I’d love to be a best selling author – wouldn’t we all?
What is your favourite genre to read and write?
I write the kind of book I enjoy reading and I find contemporary woman’s fiction that deals with relationships of all sorts the most interesting to read. I prefer emotional conflict in a story as opposed to crime or gung ho conflict.
Some fun questions. If you had to choose just one…
Pop song? Not really into pop – does anything by Michael Bublé count?
Book? Impossible to choose!
Film? Midnight in Paris.
Food? I’m going for a dessert here – Tiramisu.
Need a virtual PA? Then Polly Jones is your girl!
Polly Jones is taken aback when a new client asks her to investigate the Robertson family business in Devon, after all, a ‘virtual assistant’ doesn’t usually leave their home office! But she needs the work – and less proximity to an endless supply of tea and biscuits can only be a good thing right? So she sets off, with energetic puppy Rosie close by her side.
Polly’s new job isn’t quite in her comfort zone… Arriving in the small fishing village where everyone knows everyone’s business, any upsides (all those yummy scones and clotted cream) of course have their downside – she’s completely forgotten to pack her sea legs, and the temptingly handsome Will Robertson is making her job difficult at every turn.
It’s so much easier to keep things strictly professional in the virtual world – but with no e-mail to hide behind Polly must admit that Will’s smile is incredibly, deliciously distracting…
To learn more about Jennie and her writing, you can find her here:
I’M VIRTUALLY YOURS http://goo.gl/7dAHXy
AUTHOR FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/6hsfZw