All December long I’m doing a special feature entitled “Author Spotlight”. I’m going to be interviewing a number of authors in a variety of genres to get a
First up on my Author Spotlight is the bestselling author of the Forever Love series, Jade Whitfield. Welcome!
Hi Jessica! Thanks for having me.
I’m dying to know more about your latest novel, Forever Together. I know while it’s the second novel in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Can you give me some details?
Dark haired beauty, Cindy Martin was once lucky in love, until her boyfriend broke her heart and sent her running. Attending college in faraway Los Angeles was the perfect excuse to get away, settle her heart and drown herself in wine and tears – except now she
is back for the summer, and her ex hasn’t gone anywhere. Brady Cooper is handsome, arrogant and still head over heels in love with Cindy. Six months ago, he let fear rule him and he made a mistake that cost him everything – now he just has to get her to believe him. Surrounded by friends and family that know too much and meddle a little too closely, can this once perfect pair overcome the obstacles in front of them, mend their hearts and finally be Forever Together?
Sometimes the very thing that broke your heart is the only thing that can fix it.
I’m a huge fan of HEA series where each book is a standalone, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Tell me more about yourself. When did you start writing?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. As a child, I’d write fantasy stories and be so impressed that I’d written ten A4 pages and would show absolutely everyone. Now I write 200 A4 pages and still pretty much show absolutely everyone. Obviously, I was a reader first. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a story and becoming somebody else. One day that passion for books just extended itself and instead of just receiving the amazing books these authors put out into the world, I wanted to be part of it.
Where do you draw your inspirations from?
Everyday life. Of course, I don’t write biographies so not everything is exactly the way it happens but I definitely draw inspiration from my own experiences. My books are an extension of myself. My characters are me, they’re what I’d like to be and what I wish I was.
I can totally relate to the idea of characters being an extension of yourself. I think all great authors use their own influences in this way. Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many. I love Jodi Ellen Malpas and think her writing is fantastic. I also love the likes of JJ McAvoy (because she is amazing). I love Lana Grayson and think she’s so talented. Tessa Valis is hands down my favorite paranormal romance writer. Her debut, Eyes Open was brilliant and Julian Napier’s books are just fantastic. There are so many authors that I love though and it would be impossible to name them all. Seriously, we could be here a while.
Was there any particular book which gave you the writing bug?
Is it cliché to say Fifty Shades of Grey? That’s probably the one that gave me the motivation. It definitely renewed my reading bug that’s for sure!
Absolutely not. I think Fifty Shades influenced a lot of people to not be embarrassed to write about certain topics. Speaking of potentially “embarrassing” subjects, what’s the strangest thing you had to research for your writings?
I was actually talking about this today! I definitely research things I probably would never even think of in everyday life. Things like window designs, materials for bed linen. I once spent a whole day researching what kind of trees grow in the Chattahoochee National Forest and which parts are the densest. Basically, I now know way too much useless information on way too many useless things.
Hey now, useless trivia is always a great party trick! Research aside, what’s the hardest part of being an author?
Release. It’s always release. The stress of waiting for everyone to tell you what they think, the fear that it will tank or that someone will hate it. There’s the working nonstop to make sure everything’s perfect and then more often than not, realizing it’s not.
How would you describe your writing style?
I’m laid back. I like the reader being able to relate to the characters while at the same time experiencing that escapism we all search for in books. It’s always first person and I like to do it from multiple perspectives. I like being able to switch from one character to another and get their different points of view. My main genre of romance is M/F and I usually flick between Contemporary, New Adult and Romantic Comedy.
When did you know you needed to write Forever Together?
Forever Together is the second book in the Forever Love series and is by far my favorite. The series contains standalones, each based on a different couple. When writing my first book Forever Love, I fell in love with Brady and Cindy. I couldn’t not tell their story.
Any “fun facts” about the book?
It was never supposed to happen! The Forever Love Series was only ever going to be one book. Somehow its turned into an entire series.
Those are the best types of series. Ok, give me a “fun fact” about you: what’s one movie adaption of a book which absolutely drives you bonkers, and why.
Does anyone like the Fifty Shades movie? Don’t get me wrong, I’d watch it again and I’ll watch the others too. It just drove me crazy watching it because some parts were missed out and I really wanted to see them!
Well the “casting scandal” of the Fifty series brings up a good question – which actress/actors would portray the lead characters of your book?
Dave Franco would play Brady absolutely. Those brown eyes are just gorgeous and they’re what I pictured when writing Brady. Cindy would be played by Kristin Kreuk. She’s a dark-haired beauty through and through.
Have you had any odd fan encounters?
I once had a fan invite me to stay at their house. At the time, I was thinking of the movie Misery…
That is one of my all-time favorites. I love anything Stephen King though. What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook. Skype. TV. The world. I’m really easily distracted and it takes very little take my mind away from what it should be on.
Is there anything you’re currently working on now?
I’m currently working on a couple of WIP’s. Happily Forever After should be out sometime in March and is part of the Forever Love Series. I’m also working on a spin off series as well as a few other ones.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t listen to anyone else’s opinion. There will always be somebody who wants to read what you write and that’s all that matters. And failing that, do it for yourself. There’s no better feeling that going onto Amazon and seeing your book right there with your name plastered across the cover.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks again for taking the time to talk to us about yourself and your newest book, Forever Together.
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