J. J. Nite lives in North Alabama with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 5 goldfish. She writes young adult sweet romance for Astraea Press and loves reading as much as possible. J.J.’s also found that if she doesn’t write something every day, her mood is that of a bear waking from hibernation. Don’t worry though, the children have learned to let Mommy write a little before approaching.
J. J. was nice enough to answer my interview questions:
Top five favorite movies or books: Dirty Dancing, Steel Magnolias (I cry every time), Anne of Green Gables, The Little House Books(all of them)
In 5 words, please describe your “Romance Writing Style.”
Real, emotional, sweet, crazed (at times, but this only refers to ME). I know thatâ€™s only 4 butâ€¦
What is your “girlie girl” thing? I.e. getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks?
I love a good chick flick!
This or That:
~ Wine or Beer? Wine
~ Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Caroline in the City
~ Perfume or Jewelry? Perfume
~ Painted nails or Au Natural? Au Natural
~ Tall or Dark or Handsome? All!!
~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Out? Home
~ Roses or Lilies? Lilies
~ Diamond or Emeralds? Emeralds
~ Pirates or Ninjas? Pirates, although my husband says heâ€™s a ninja!
Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?
Mostly my head. They all have different traits that are cobbled together from people I know or knew at one time.
If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??
Fold the laundry!!
Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?
All the time!! Is that considered stalking or research?
What do you do in your down time?
Hang out with my family!
When you go to Starbucks or Jamba Juice, what do you order?
Mocha Frappuccino! I love them!!
When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
If we sneaked a peek in your purse right now, what would we find?
Wallet, keys, band aids(Iâ€™m a mom), lip balm, hand cream.
In 4 words, describe yourself.
Loyal, loving, creative, grounded
Top ten snacks while writing:
Cheez-Its, popcorn, coffee(Is this considered a snack?), chocolate
J. J.’s new book is Beginnings of the Heart.
When Morgan and Cole discover that they are pregnant at sixteen, they donâ€™t know how life will change for them. While Coleâ€™s family is supportive, Morganâ€™s is not. Rumors spread and uncertainties abound, but they hold to one another and vow to work together. Just when they think everything is going to work out and they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, tragedy strikes this small family. Will everyone pull together in their grief or will it drive a wedge between them all?
â€œMorgan and I need to tell you something and as hard as I know this request is going to be, please wait to hear us out before you react. We are going to have a baby around the beginning of August and we were really hoping you could be supportive of us during this time. We already have several plans including trading my truck for a car and me working for my dad on a regular basis and there are others, but they havenâ€™t been finalized yet. We are keeping the baby and are going to raise it. We were hoping you would be understanding of these decisions.â€ Cole stopped there and waited for the news to sink in.
My dadâ€™s jaw had dropped open and he looked very pale, like he had seen a ghost. My momâ€™s jaw was also hanging open, but she looked like she was recovering faster than my dad. As I watched her she snapped her mouth shut and her face started to turn red. I instinctively tried to step back from the fury I could feel rolling off of her in waves, but Cole held me steady.
She slowly stood up from the couch and squared her shoulders. â€œHow could you do this?â€ she began quietly. â€œDo you realize how stupid this makes you? Everything is going to change now and not for the better. The two of you have no idea what you are in for and if you think for one minute Iâ€™m going to meekly sit by and let you throw your life away you have another thing coming.â€ Her voice had escalated to a full blown roar by the end of her opening statement.
â€œMrs. Taylor, I would appreciate it if you wouldnâ€™t yell. I wonâ€™t have Morgan upset,â€ Cole quietly stated.
If my motherâ€™s eyes could shoot daggers, I was sure I would have been looking at Coleâ€™s bloody corpse. Then she turned those eyes on me and I felt the full force of her fury.
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