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About Jennifer Mueller
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya a few years back I traveled quite a bit and now I just wish I was. A lot of the places I've written about I've been to, a lot of them I haven't. Rafting on the Nile in Uganda, living in a Montana ghost town, Puerto Rican beaches, African safaris, Mayan ruins, European youth hostels, the Black Hills of South Dakota all fill my scrapbooks. Now a daughter takes up most of those pages, but I still travel in my head every time I write. I currently live in the Pacific Northwest and look forward to filling many more pages.
I have a really long backlist. Egyptian Days, Ancient Walls, History Lessons, Havana Holiday, A Ruined Season, The Sailors Wife, Etc. Some 25 or so and those are just the ones available at the moment.
An Interview with Jennifer Mueller
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Jennifer, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Nutcracker Sweet. What can you tell us about this sexy holiday treat?
JM: It's a fairy tale really, a woman having a hard time trying to figure out
what to do about Christmas starts getting notes signed the Nutcracker. Her daughter having trouble sleeping after her father's death makes it hard
for her to get out for even a moment to herself. Her secret admirer brings
the night out to her. Makes her Christmas something to remember even before he offers her a Christmas gift she could only dream about.
HH: What do you like best about Tara and why will readers identify with her?
JM: She's just a normal woman, a widow with a young daughter struggling after
her husband died 2 years before. Her daughter wanted ballet lessons so
she made it happen even when there wasn't much money.
HH: What do you like best about her secret admirer and why will readers love him?
JM: He might be sexy and everything a hero should be he's underneath it all a great guy. A chance conversation with Tara and he makes Christmas something to look forward to again, something she hadn't done since her husband died just shortly before the holiday.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this tale?
JM: It's mostly me I guess, No I'm not Asian, but for the most part its my background, so it one of my stories that are more personal than many.
HH: What do you think will most appeal to readers about this story this holiday season?
JM: That dreams can come true even if they aren't huge ones. Then of course, there's dancing, men in tights, the Nutcracker Suite playing in your head as you read it.
HH: How do you feel your own personal experiences influence your writing?
JM: I actually started writing this when my daughter was in ballet, I wrote many of the scenes set in the ballet school while surrounded by the sort
of people mentioned in the story. So yes it affects it very much. Really every
character is how the author reacts to a situation so I don't see how it
can't influence someone.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JM: I'm always writing, I'm working on getting a mystery series out hopefully.
I've been working on the series for a long time its time to get it out. I'm hoping to get started on one set in Africa, I just traveled there and have some ideas floating around my head now.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
JM: I'm not reading anything right now, I ran through quite a bit while I was
in Ghana last month. I have too much to write right now to read for a
HH: What do you like best about this time of year?
JM: I'm originally from the midwest so it was the trees changing colors, but I
moved to Washington State a few years ago there is a bit of that, but not much. While everyone here complains about the fog and clouds, I have to
say I find it the drama they create in the sky never ending. No two days
are the same.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
JM: www.jennifermuellerbooks.com it has links to all my other links, facebook, twitter, etc.
HH: Thank you!