1) How old were you when you started writing?
Twelve! I wrote my first young adult novel in longhand and haven’t stopped since.
2) What’s the most difficult part of being a full-time writer? What’s the most rewarding?
The most difficult part of being a full time writer is the amount of time spent on things other than writing. I’m always promoting, editing, copyediting, dealing with social media, and endless tasks that pull me away from my books. Writers are now our own CEO’s of a company and wear many hats.
The most rewarding is the work. When I finish a book I’ve worked hard on, and know it’s the best I’ve done, the sense of pride and joy is overwhelming. I’ve dreamed of writing full time my whole life so I take nothing for granted – I’m living the dream!
3) To get your writing to ‘flow’, do you have any habits or rituals?
No, I’ve learned sitting my butt in the chair is key. Sometimes there’s flow. More often, there’s not. I write anyway because it’s a job, not a hobby where I wait for inspiration to strike and need the perfect setting or weather or situation. I learned to write on deadline with two kids in diapers and a full time job. I could grab 15 minutes during Sponge Bob and be grateful for the time LOL!
4) If you had to choose one career highlight what would it be? What are some of your goals for the future?
My biggest highlight was when my book, The Marriage Bargain, broke out and went viral. It was like winning the lottery and the most exciting time in my life. My goals are simple: keep writing great books, grow my reader audience, and maybe have one of my books turned into a film.
5) You have focused your career on writing contemporary romance. Are there any other genres you might consider writing?
I adore contemporary romance but I love writing all sorts of things. I’ve written a nonfiction writing book called Write Naked published with Writer’s Digest. I’ve written a short story in the POV of a shelter dog. I’ve written a children’s book with my niece. And I intend to write a women’s fiction novel, and endless other things in the future.
6) What types of books do you love to read? Do you have any recommendations?
I read all the time, and I read in every genre. My favorite books are The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and Seabiscuit by Laura Hildebrand. **you notice they are about animals right lol! My favorite romance author is Susan Elizabeth Phillips but I read tons of books, from romance, thriller, horror, to memoir. My job is to keep growing as a writer so reading is a part of that.
About the Book
Title: The Start of Something Good
Author: Jennifer Probst
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Stay, #1
When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain at a safe distance. But quiet time isn’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life…
It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk.
But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?
About the Author
Jennifer Probst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Billionaire Builders series, The Searching for . . . series, The Marriage series, and The Steele Brothers series, among others. The Start of Something Good is the first book in her new Stay series. Like some of her characters, Probst, along with her husband and two sons, calls New York’s Hudson Valley home. There, she enjoys reading, watching “shameful reality television,” and visiting an animal shelter, when she isn’t traveling to meet readers. Follow her at www.jenniferprobst.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jenniferprobst.
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