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Nissie Lambert | 2345 comments Mod
Big thanks to amazing author Jenny Hilborne. She's graciously given us an interview and is giving away one ecopy of each of her three novels. Please take a moment and leave a comment or ask her a question to be entered to win.

Thanks for taking time to chat with us and giving us the opportunity to get to know you and your work, Jenny.

Thanks for hosting me. :)

What genre do you write in?

I write mysteries and thrillers, which are also sub-categorized as suspense.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first story when I was 7, but I didn't attempt to write seriously until 2007, after I finished a Sidney Sheldon book and believed I had it in me to write a mystery of my own.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I love making up stories. An English professor encouraged me to try to get some of my work published. Writing is as big an addiction for me as reading.

I've heard authors say that all their characters are like their children and they can't pick a favorite. Is that the case with you or do you have a favorite?

I don't have children, and my characters never feel like my children. I'm not maternal. My characters feel more like my friends. I definitely do have favorites (probably a good thing I'm not a mother, then, eh?). My favorites are the ones who fight back when everything is going against them, the ones who never give up. In my first book (Madness and Murder), that's Jessica Croft. She is still one of my favorite characters.

Can you tell us a little about your current WIP?

I'm currently working on my 4th mystery/thriller, titled Stone Cold. This book is about a corporate misdeed, but not the type you'd expect, and is a break from my usual San Francisco setting. It takes place in the rural English Cotswolds. I wanted a different setting to mix things up a bit and change the pace, plus I love this part of England. I'll spend 6 months at home with family, while I research and finish writing it.

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The most enjoyable?

The hardest part for me is the ending of each book. I'm a panster, meaning I don't outline my stories. I write by the seat of my pants and never know the ending until I get there. Often, I have to go back and change the beginning or middle to fit the ending - that's the most enjoyable bit. And I love the editing process - cleaning up all the mess.

What are you reading now?

I'm currently reading The Brimstone Murders by Jeff Sherratt. It's a legal thriller in his Jimmy O'Brien series and excellent. Totally enjoying it.

What author or books have influenced you?

As a child, my favourite author was Enid Blyton. I started reading at a young age entranced by her fairy tale books. Now I read mysteries and thrillers, many by Sidney Sheldon, Sandra Brown, and a lot of new authors.

Do you set goals for yourself when you write?

I didn't in the beginning, but I do now. I don't outline, but I try to write at least 1,000 words a day. The reason I changed and now set goals is because social media takes over my entire day if I don't. I get caught up in it. Goals keep me on track.

Thanks again, Jen! It's been a pleasure and I wish you the best on all your future works.

Here are the links to Jenny's novels that you have a chance to win...

You can also find Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.

And her blog is

message 2: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Hilborne (jfhilborne) | 8 comments Thanks for hosting me, Nissie

message 3: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Peters | 2 comments A cool interview...I have one of Ms Hilborne's books on my Kindle and am looking forward to reading it...

message 4: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Hilborne (jfhilborne) | 8 comments Thanks, Andrew. I hope you enjoy the book of mine you have on your Kindle. If you win another, it will be my pleasure to send it.

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