Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What, Where, When, Why, How with Jennette Green

Give a warm welcome today to author Jennette Green!

What kind of shifter/creature would you prefer to be paired with if you found yourself in a paranormal story?

Wow. I haven’t read any shape shifter novels, so this is a wild question for me. I think maybe a lion, because lions seem strong and brave, and they look noble and peaceful as they rest in the African savannah while the hot breeze ripples through their manes. Nothing seems to disturb them. They appear calm and deliberate about stalking their prey, too. There is something relaxed and confident about lions that appeal to me—as long as I’m not their next meal, of course.

When do you wake up in the morning?

I wake up between 4:30 and 6:00 every morning. Sleep is a battle for me. It’s hard to get to sleep, and I’ll often wake up at 4:30, feeling completely wide awake, but then feel exhausted a half an hour later. However, I can’t go back to sleep. I think it’s hormones. Yes, I said it. HORMONES! Why are we, as women, plagued by the dratted things? Why don’t men have trouble sleeping? A word of experience—soy isoflavones have helped me considerably—I used to wake up at 2:30 a.m. every day. The extra two hours of sleep have made a world of difference to me.

Where did you go on your first date?

My first date was a trip to NBC Studios/Universal Studios. I was eighteen, and shy. It was a cool date. We got to see the “Tonight Show” set. Johnny Carson was still hosting it then, although Jay Leno ran the show when we sat in on the taping. I probably also saw the set for “Days of Our Lives,” but don’t remember it, because I didn’t watch the show then. I became a rabid fan of the soap two years later, in college. I returned to NBC Studios last year, and enjoyed gawking at those two cavernous, warehouse-type rooms that “Days of Our Lives” use to set up and tape scenes. They set up a scene in one room while they tape in the other. …But I guess I’ve left the subject of my first date.

Why is it important to be honest?

If you’re not, no one will ever trust you completely. I’m a Christian, and being honest about everything is something I’ve felt a strong conviction about for years. It’s tough at times. Especially when a friend asks my opinion about something—like a story she wrote. I may see all kinds of problems in the piece, but how do I say it? I don’t want to discourage her. It’s much easier to say, “I love it!” and move on. Instead, I’ll list several positive things that I genuinely like about the story, but then throw in a few constructive comments as well. Of course, I end on a positive note. I wish someone had done that for me. Maybe then my writing skills would have grown faster.

How can you solve a Rubik's cube?

I solved the Rubik’s cube when I was fourteen years old—yes, by myself. I worked and worked at it until I figured it out. I can still do it. I like puzzles. Maybe that’s why I like figuring out how computers and websites work, and stories, too. If I can figure out how to make something complex work, it’s a real rush for me. LOL

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I wrote my first story over thirty years ago. Since then, I’ve written numerous stories and have had several articles published. My first love, however, is writing romance novels. I've written seven. I'm blessed with a wonderful, supportive husband, and three terrific children who put up with my crazy writing hours. When I'm not writing, I love reading, photography, making videos, and creating and managing my websites.

My historical romance novel, The Commander’s Desire, is now available in print from Amazon. It’s also available in Kindle format, and in pdf format from The Wild Rose Press.


Anonymous said...

Interesting interview! 4:30 good god LOL

Brandy said...

I seem to have the same sleep problems you do, but I think for different reasons. *G* Lion seems like a nice pick. *G* Interesting interview, thanks!

Jennette Green said...

Thank you for having me here, Marianne! I apologize for showing up late, but it slipped my mind until this very minute! I'm so sorry!!!

Anyway, thank you again for having me on your blog, and also thank you to Anne-Katherine and Brandy for stopping by with comments! :)

I hope you have a wonderful evening!