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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Q&A Judi Fennell and Giveaway!

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, author Judi Fennell is here to answer some questions for all of us.  She is the author of the wonderful stories Catch of A Lifetime, Wild Blue Under and In Over Her Head.  Each story is a wonderful paranormal romance based under the sea!  Following the Q&A,  there is also a giveaway of Catch of A Lifetime that Sourcebooks was generous enough to donate!  So let's get started!

Thank you so much for joining us Judi let's get to it! 

1. To start off, can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

Sure, and thanks so much for having me!

I’ve always written. Ever since I can remember. I’ve also always been a voracious reader and I’m finding that the two go hand-in-hand the more authors I meet. I gave a writing career a brief thought in college, but listened to my parents when they said, “It’s not possible.” Silly me. That’s why I don’t mind the hours writing takes from my family life – it’s my full time job now and my kids are seeing that dreams can come true. I want them to make theirs happen.

2. Can you tell us a little about your new or current releases?

Catch of a Lifetime, out this month, is the third—but hopefully not the last—in my Mer series. This is the story of Mer princess Angel Tritone, the middle younger sister, who is fascinated by all things Human. Including Logan Hardington, a man who wants nothing more than Normal in his life. Sadly for him, a Mer(maid) is as far from Normal as he can get.

Next up is a genie series, launching in January 2011. It was pitched to my editor as “I Dream of Jeannie meets Indiana Jones.” I had a blast writing that first story and am working on the second. It has all the adventure, chatty characters and humor of the Mer series, only this time there are flying carpets and magic.

3. How did you come up with the idea of Mermen?

I’d been writing a series of twists on fairy tales (Cinda Bella, Beauty and The Best, Fairest of Them All) and figured I’d try to twist The Little Mermaid. The easiest way to twist that was to make him the Mer. Voila! Reel was born. It wasn’t until the heroine, Erica, met him that I learned he had a twin brother named Rod. From there, the family and the world fell into place.

4. When you're not writing, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors that are must reads?

My writing time is limited these days, due to the demands of my writing schedule and real life, so the first ones I grab for are other paranormals (Virginia Kantra, Joey Hill, Stephanie Julian), but I read just about anything. I love historical (Julia Quinn is a must-read, and I still re-read Jill Barnett’s Bewitching!), Romantic Suspense (Roxanne St. Claire, Allison Brennan, Jordan Dane, Cindy Gerard), Contemporaries (Diana Holquist, Robin Kaye)… The lists go on and on. One incredible benefit of being in this career is getting to know these great writers personally.

5. What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book?

Besides my laptop? LOL.
I need quiet or white noise. I can’t immerse myself in the story if there are distractions. For example, I can’t write with music that I can sing to. It just doesn’t work. I’ve got a playlist that’s a mixture of classical and new age, all instrumental. I also have another playlist of nature sounds. Writing the Mer series, I listened to a lot of waves hitting the beach and dolphin/whale-song.

I need a clean workspace. I can’t work if there’s clutter. I know, the sign of a sick mind is a clean desk, but there you have it. If there’s too much mess where I’m working, I either have to clean it up (yeah, right) or I go to my office and lock the door.

I need a water bottle. I have no idea why, but I get really thirsty when I write. And I never noticed until I had to come up with the answer to this question.

6. Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books?

My website is www.JudiFennell.com and I’ve got deleted scenes on there, excerpts, reviews, and some pictures of hot cover models from conventions I’ve attended, as well as a chance to win a romantic beach getaway at the Hibiscus House B&B (www.HibiscusHouse.com) in West Palm Beach, Fl. The drawing is February 28, 2010.

My blog is www.JudiFennell.wordpress.com, and on March 25, I’ll, once again, host a Golden Heart/Rita Nominee Announcement party. Feel free to stop by and “squee” with your favorite authors as their names are announced.

7. List your favorite:

fast food spot- Taco Bell
perfume- White Shoulders
song- That’s What Friends Are For – our wedding song
car- Mercedes 450 SL
MerMan- my husband at the beach J

Thank you for visiting with us today!
              Thanks for having me!

Thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks, I have 2 copies of Catch of A Lifetime by Judi Fennell to give to 2 lucky people! Here are the rules:
1. You must be a follower of my blog! ( I will be checking)
2. Leave a comment on this post with your email address so I can contact you.
3. You must live in USA or Canada.  No PO Boxes.  

Contest will run until 2/6/2010 with the winners being announced on 2/7/2010.  


Blogger Kris said...

Oh Please enter me! I love Judi's books and already have the first two in the Mer series so I'd love to get this one!


February 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh oh oh! Please enter me!!! I can't wait to read this one!! Great Interview! Love Taco Hell, it doesn't love me.


February 3, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

Please enter me for this good book! Thanks!

February 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Judi Fennell said...

Good morning! Thanks so much for having me and Kris & Brande? You guys just made my day! Thanks so much!

February 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Amy J said...

Thanks for popping in Judi! I love your books and I am sure everyone else will love them just as much! Reel is still my favorite!

February 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Wow please enter me and thank you!

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

February 3, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

Awesome interview and the book sounds fabulous!

I'm a follower!

lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

February 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just became a follower of your blog and would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

February 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Judi Fennell said...

Aw, thanks, Amy.

Reel sends his regards.

February 3, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Great interview and I love the cover!

A book I would love to read!

Please enter me too, thanks!


February 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm a new follower : )
meah56 AT gmail DOT com

I've been wanting to read this series for a while so I'd love to be entered in the giveaway, thanks!

February 3, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Hi, Judi! You have wonderully creative spin on fairy tales and folklore! Your upcoming series sounds as good as the "Mer" series!

U.S. Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

February 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Judi Fennell said...

Thanks for checking it out, everyone. So nice to see some familiar "faces" and to meet new ones, too!

Thanks, Virginia! I am having a great time with the genies.

February 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
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February 3, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveaway.
I've been wanting to read this series for awhile now.

February 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger tina reynolds said...

the book sounds great would love to win thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

February 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger CallMeKayla said...

This sounds good! I'm a follower

February 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Persephone said...

Under the sea reading! Oooh, there is not enough of it in my opinion.

I'm a new follower.

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

February 3, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Curling up by the Fire said...

I have never heard of this author before, but that is what is so wonderful about these contests and interviews. I have added her to my list of books to look into the next time I go to the bookstore.

I'm a follower.

icewoman96 at gmail dot com

February 3, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

Great interview. I'd love to read the book. I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

February 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

I have been dying to read these books!! They look so good.

I am a follower

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

February 3, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

Please count me in!


February 3, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Judi Fennell said...

Marianna, I'm with you. More Mers! Here's hoping my editor will be on board with more of them once I'm finished with the genie series - and the next book to be written will be another sister, Mariana's story.

Stephanie - I agree with you about new authors getting the chance to be heard. That's why I love doing these blogs and am so thankful for the people who host me and the people who come to visit.

I did have a lot of fun writing these stories, and readers have said it comes through in them, so I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did. Thanks so much for stopping by!

February 3, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

Jusy your works amazing isoooo wnana read these books they r deff on my wish list you rock!ty for sharing today the interview was awesome


im a follower
and i live in the US

February 4, 2010 at 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the mer series and I've been looking forward to this one! I'm a follower. tWarner419@aol.com

February 4, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Aloha Judi *waving*!!

Please do enter me. I am a follower and in the US!!

ck.twilighter (at) gmail (dot) com

Mahalo nui!!!=)

February 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Judi Fennell said...


(sneak peek: if I write book 4, I think it'll be set in the south pacific!)

February 4, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger doreen lamoureux said...

Thanks, I'd love to be entered. I follow on google friend.....dor

dorcontest at gmail dot com

February 4, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger mrsshukra said...

Good to see Judi Fennell here! One more vote for Taco Bell!


February 4, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

I have not read any of Judi Fennell's books but this one sounds very good. Great review and interview.
Pls add my name to giveaway. Thanks

I am follower and live in Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

February 4, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger TannyP said...

Oooh - I must give this a read =) Please enter me, Amy! Keep up the good work - great interview!

tanisj at hotmail dot com

February 5, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great interview! The cover is so pretty, I especially love the detailed little mermaid in the background. So cute! The book sounds great too, I would love to read it. Please enter me! :D

Anna ♥

February 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Renee G said...

I follow as "rsg".
I would love to read this.

February 5, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Aimee said...

Wonderful interview. New to Me author & this book sound good. Please accept my entry. Thanks!
I'm a follower


February 5, 2010 at 10:15 PM  

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