Intriguing #Interview with Jen Smith, author of Falling for the Competition #BlogTour
I’m very happy to welcome Jen Smith here today and thank her very much for kindly answering my questions! Read on to find out her answers together with more about her and her book, ‘Falling for the Competition‘.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I love the Middle Ages and have a MA in Medieval Warfare (really useful in modern day life!). I thoroughly enjoy a good castle (and King John) and thought about how cool it would be to work in one – Quinn (and her nemesis, Patrick) just fell into my head.
What is your writing process?
I am a massive planner. Other writers say that their characters surprise them; mine never do! I plan plan plan, synopsis, plan plan, character sheets, plan plan, chapter guidelines, plan plan, and draft. Sometimes the plan is longer than the draft.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I do like to do my initial planning on pen and paper, but then the synopsis and characters on a computer. I use Scrivener and I adore it. I love the fact that I can have all the scenes in my chapters in one place, but separate. I do have to learn more about it though – it’s an amazing tool and I certainly don’t use it to the best of its ability.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Frankie! She’s fun, unashamedly her, goes through a difficult time, but pulls it out in the end because NO ONE deserves to be treated like that. Good girl, Frankie.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Oh, I’d probably be prim and proper Quinn, striving for excellence, a tad highly strung.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
So Quinn fell into my mind, and it was perfect because of ‘quintain’ (a medieval jousting aid) and one of the knights, calls her that.
I hope that has you as intrigued as it did me! Read on to discover more about ‘Falling for the Competition‘….
It’s going to be the best summer ever for ambitious, overachieving Quinn. A huge history buff, not only has she landed her dream job interning in the archives department of the local castle, but her best friend will be working there too.
However, Quinn isn’t the only one to be working in Archives this summer; Quinn’s academic rival, Patrick, is sharing her office in Muniments. They’re competing for the Letter of Recommendation (singular) from the research historian that Quinn needs to get her dream future placement.
Their emotionally-loaded and competitive rivalry turns into a reluctant friendship, as they spend every day working together in silence (and sharing the occasional Twix). Until the Re-Enactors arrive. Between Patrick and Harry – the Golden Knight of the jousting team – Quinn’s carefully planned summer is thrown into complete disarray. Meanwhile, her best friend’s relationship may look perfect on the outside, but Quinn is starting to realise that there’s more going on than there seems.
Although Quinn is determined and single minded about planning every detail of her sparkling future, she comes to discover that the best things in life are the spontaneous ones – and that some people are more important than any Letter of Recommendation (singular) could ever be.
Jen lives in the Midlands with her husband and two children. With a Masters Degree in Medieval History, Jen loves castles and King John a little too much. Strangely un-British, she does not like tea, oranges or marzipan, but adores French cheese, guava juice and Chinese food (not together).
When not writing, Jen can often be found pointing out historical inaccuracies in period dramas, being a Lady that Lunches with close friends and playing board games with her family. Note: her handbags are always heavy due to multiple books (just in case she needs them).