A visit with Jennifer Faye

Hi. 🙂 Thanks so much for having me. I’m so happy to visit and share a bit about my new release, A MOMENT TO CHERISH. 

JenniferFaye_AMomentToCherish_1400pxHow did you get started writing?

I actually don’t know. I fell in love with words and stories when I was very young. I was introduced to Dr. Seuss books and my love of reading took off. Back in those days they held read-a-thons in school. But I don’t think they do them anymore. Anyway I would read so many books for that. I just loved reading. You could visit other lands, different periods of time and help solve a mystery. What could be better than reading?

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write contemporary romance. Why? Because it’s my absolute favorite genre. I’ve been reading Harlequins since I was thirteen. Shh… don’t tell my mother. 😉 It just came natural to me. But I do like variety so I write small town romances with cowboys and for variety I also write about billionaires in the Mediterranean. Who knows what I’ll write next, but I’m sure it’ll be romantic. 😉

Tell us about your current series.

Whistle Stop is a small town in New Mexico. It hit a rough patch with the economic decline, but the residents refused to give up and let it become a ghost town. The colorful characters have banded together to rebuild their beloved town, but their journey is not without some challenges and setbacks. And along the way some of the residents fall in love.

In the latest addition, A MOMENT TO CHERISH, two lovers are reunited after calling off their wedding. Bella Nez needs help to keep her promise to the woman that she considered a mother and there’s only one person who can help her, Mason Noble.

Mason is running for mayor of Whistle Stop, but since his breakup with Bella, his votes have been drying up. He’s certain that if Bella were by his side again that he could win the election and more importantly win back the heart of the one woman that he loves.

What inspired your latest book?

Honestly, the characters inspired it. They were clamoring for their story to be told and I couldn’t resist. They deserved their HEA. Now how the plotline came about, well, that’s a bit of magic. I start with a basic storyline, but then my characters take over and the rest is an adventure. I’m never quite sure where they’re going to lead me. Except for the ending! I know that it’s going to be happy. In fact, about half way through writing the book, I skip ahead and write the end. It’s like a treat. I love happy endings!!!

What is your least favorite part of writing?

 Oh, that’s easy. The opening chapters. There is just so much involved in those chapters. You have to hit the ground running and yet, there is essential background information that has to be woven in without dragging down the pace of the story. And the hardest part is getting the characters to open up to me. They can be stubborn and determined to keep their problems and thoughts to themselves. And it takes a while to figure out what really makes them tick. By the middle, I’m humming along. And by the end, I know what’s missing from the opening chapters. So I have to go back and heavily edit them with all of the information I learned about the characters.

What is your typical day like?

It starts with strong black tea with some milk and sweetener. Just don’t talk to me until I get my first giant mugful downed. 😉 And then I check my email, update my social media and then I write a bit. Exercise and lunch are squeezed in there. Then more email followed by more writing. Dinnertime. And then usually admin in the evenings unless I’m pushing a deadline and then it’s more writing in the evening.

How has your experience with indie publishing been?

Great! 🙂 It’s a lot like my traditional publishing. My indie books go through the same process with content editor, copy editor and proofreader. But with indie publishing, I get to create my own covers that hopefully truly reflect my books. And I get to choose my titles. 🙂 I enjoy having both traditional and indie titles. I’ve learned so much from both experiences that benefit the other. With indie books, I had to learn marketing. I’m still figuring it out, but it benefits my traditional titles. And from my traditional titles, I learned the necessary process to put a book through before publishing it. And every day, I learn something new, which I think is awesome. It really keeps things interesting.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to indie publish?

Take your time and remember to breath. This is a marathon, not a sprint. There will always be something new on the horizon, something to learn to do, and something on your to-do-list. But remember to stop, breath and appreciate how much you’ve already accomplished.

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 A Moment to Cherish

A Whistle Stop Romance, book 1

by Jennifer Faye

Release Date: August 1, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

NOTE: each book in the series can be read as a standalone. Each couple has their own HEA.


Whistle Stop is abuzz…the mayoral election is just weeks away.

Candidate Mason Noble has a vested interest in fast-tracking the town’s revitalization project. But the votes he’d counted on are drying up because his engagement to Bella Nez ended abruptly. The local grapevine is humming with rumors, but only he and Bella know the truth. And they aren’t talking!

When an emergency puts Bella in the proverbial tough spot, she needs money and fast. There’s only one person who can help–Mason. He agrees to a loan, but he has a condition. He needs Bella by his side again. A reconciliation would win over the townspeople–and it would give him a chance to win back the only woman he’s ever loved.

Bella hesitates to accept Mason’s terms. Until she’s blindsided by unexpected news that has her rethinking everything. Bella is expecting a baby, and there’s a heart-wrenching choice to be made…

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He glanced down at Bella as they slowly made their way around the dance floor. Their bodies were close enough that he could smell the gentle floral scent of her shampoo. He inhaled deeper. Some things didn’t change, like the chemistry between them.

And yet, some things did change.

Like the fact they were no longer a couple, even though they’d acted like one most of the day.

It was all so confusing.

And then there was the baby.

Mason still struggled to wrap his head around that concept. And it made holding Bella in his arms even more complicated. She’d made it clear that she didn’t want any part of his political aspirations, not even to help the town she claimed to love so much.

And somewhere along the way, he’d found himself excited by the prospect of having a voice in helping the people in this town and perhaps one day helping the people of this state. It was a calling he hadn’t considered until he’d been put in the situation of stepping outside his comfort zone. It had started as an act of desperation and evolved into so much more.

In the background played Toby Keith’s You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This. Mason tried his best to ignore the lyrics. The harder he tried, the more the words dug at him. The memories washed over him.

Him and Bella falling in love.

The talks that lasted all night.

The glances that spoke volumes.

As her body swayed against his, he let the fantasy of the past sweep him away. He knew he shouldn’t kiss her, and yet he pulled her closer. Her soft curves snuggled up next to him. In that moment, he realized how he’d taken her for granted. Before their relationship had fallen apart, he hadn’t truly appreciated how much Bella meant to him. He hadn’t taken stock of the fact that someday he might lose it all—if he’d ever truly had Bella.

“Mason?” Bella’s voice was soft and warm.

Was she listening to the song too? Did she miss the way they used to be?

“Shh…don’t talk. Just listen.”

He wondered if she could hear the music over the pounding of his heart. She lifted her chin and stared into his eyes. She really was the most beautiful woman in the world.

Lexi’s middle name, and she just had to keep on trying to breach Cord’s barriers, appeal somehow to his head and heart—even if it put her in danger of losing both of hers…to him.

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Jennifer - Author PhotoAuthor bio:

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming romances. Step into the pages of exciting destinations with rugged cowboys, sexy tycoons & enchanting royalty. She is the author of the WHISTLE STOP ROMANCE series.

Jennifer is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, has been named a TOP PICK author, and has been nominated for numerous awards.

Now living her dream, she resides with her patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats.

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