Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Say Hello to Jeanne Guzman

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

Featured Author:
Jeanne Guzman

             Hello out there, my name is Jeanne Guzman and I write Paranormal Romance.  Married to my best friend for 28 years, 4 wonderful children, and 7 (yes, you’re reading that right) grandchildren.  

          I’ve been 38 for 8 years now and have no intention of getting any older.  I’m also the keeper of the zoo with 4 dogs, a cat, a rabbit and 6 fish. 
           I have the first book in my “Dragon Hunters Series” titled “Dragon Lover” making the rounds to agents and editors, and my fingers are crossed and a candle is lit in hopes that I hear back from one particular acquisitions editor soon.   

            If you get a chance, stop by my website 
and read a snipit of Dragon Lover.  

            Or, if you’re in the neighborhood, 
look for me on Facebook.

             Until we meet again, God bless America, and God bless Nora Roberts.

Let's get to know Jeanne better!

    Dawn:      Do you have a writing routine? What does it look like? Where do you usually write?  

     Jeanne:  I have a very strict routine. 
 I get up every morning, make that first cup of tea (I don’t do coffee) let the dogs out (they sleep in my office), turn on my computer, then I sit in front of the empty screen until my brain kicks in. 

Dawn:     Is the life of a writer what you thought it be? What is different?

Jeanne:  Well, I thought all I had to do was write a book, send it into the publisher, and within weeks I’d have a check in the mail for fifty thousand dollars.  I’m sure there are others out there that are laughing right now, I know I am.  It’s not that easy.  Writing is work.  It’s blood and sweat and tears.

     Dawn:     Do you have any special time management tricks for working in writing time and living a normal life?

 Jeanne : I find that any time I have the house to myself is the best time to write.  Sometimes it’s in the middle of the night, mostly it’s Monday through Friday from sun-up until my husband gets home from work.

     Dawn:   What is the best advice you have received about this journey? 

Jeanne:  Never give up.  If writing is your dream, then write.          

    Dawn:    What advice do you wish someone would have given you when you were starting out?

Jeanne: Forget whatever it is you thought you knew about writing and do your research.
    Dawn:   What do you do to fight burnout? Do you ever worry about "running out of stories"? How do combat that? 

Jeanne: I think the answer to all three of those questions is critique partners.  I’m lucky to have two of the best at my disposal.  They push, prod, browbeat, and are there to dry my tears when I need them.

   Dawn:   What sources do you use for inspiration ? 

      Jeanne: My inspiration comes from several different sources. 
      A certain song can inspire a scene, an actor or model can inspire a character, 
      people  watching can inspire a  storyline, and family can be there to give advice
      on where to go from the blank page. 

Dawn:    What do you do when you aren’t writing?  

Jeanne:  When I’m not writing, I’m traveling around in my motor coach with my husband and my youngest children, Oso and Dakota (my Yorkies)
    Dawn: Tell us a bit about your work in progress.

  Jeanne:  My work in progress is the second in a paranormal series.  It has a working title of Dragon Within and it’s about an orphaned girl who grows up to rid the world of evil, about a dragon who’s soul mission in life it to protect her and their journey to find happiness and love (this is a romance)

Dawn: What is next for you?
Jeanne: Next—book 3 Child of the Dragon

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Check on Jeanne Guzman on her website 


Jerrie Alexander said...

Great blog, Jeanne. Having read your book Dragon Lover, I can honestly say the story pulled me in and held my attention to the end. Great action and awesome romance. I loved it!

Good luck with your career,

Roni Loren said...

Great interview, ladies!

Angi Morgan said...

Awesome to get to know you better Jeanne. Can't wait for someone to pick up your books.


Marsha said...

Third time's got to be the charm. :) Great interview, Jeannie. Love the blurb for the second book. Exactly what it's about--short, pithy. Good job. Your pic is super, and i agree with Jerrie, I'm always left wanting more pages, and can't wait until next week. Appreciate the kudos, but these are your super books, and I think this will be your year! Marsha

Kym Roberts said...

Love your interview Jeannie. Your books will find a home, don't worry!

Ruby said...

Great interview and great advice on discipline to writers who have the dream but haven't gotten there yet. Looking forward to reading your books.

Dawn Alexander said...

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support Jeanne!
And, thank you Jeanne for coming to play!

Erika Otero Photography said...

Jeannie is a great writer, I normally stick to romance and maybe some suspence romance, but when she told me about her book she had me hooked to the point where I would bug her to see where the story was going. She will be published and we will all be EXTREMELY PROUD of HER !