I'm so pleased to have author Dianne Venetta here for her Jennifer's Garden blog tour! Since it was published in May, Jennifer's Garden has garnered great reviews throughout the blog world as a wonderful addition to the world of romantic women's fiction.
Jennifer's Garden: In a race against time, Cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother's dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He's the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home--the venue for her upcoming wedding. Jackson's everything she never wanted in a man, but as the job progresses, his lure pulls strong. It's an attraction she cannot deny. And one that puts her career on the line.Dianne is here today to tell us about what an author does for fun - even writers can't write all the time, right?
Dianne Venetta: I write romantic women’s fiction. I create heroes I can lust after and generally fantasize about while I try and convince my heroines to learn some of their life lessons. Okay, that’s a lie. I make my heroines learn them. Evil—in an I-only-want-what’s-best-for-you sort of way—isn’t it?
Well, a girl’s gotta have fun, right? And since I’m not jumping for joy and waving my hands for another ride on the rollercoaster of life, why not make them do it? I mean, have you been on one of those things lately? They twist and turn and roll and loop and—
I think I’m going to be sick. Whatever happened to the simple thrill ride we used to love that went up and down and around a sharp turn all really fast? Back then I was left breathless, my heart in my throat but begging for more. Now? I’m breathless, dizzy and a little freaked out. (Oh wait, that could be my age.) But you get the point! Things have changed.
Much like in romance novels. Rather than straight traditional romance, my books are a mix between romance and women’s fiction. Why? Because I love a good HEA, it’s a pre-requisite with all of my writing. But I also enjoy exploring the highs and lows of a woman’s journey in life—and not always with devilish enjoyment (though to be honest, at times I do rub my hands together in pure satisfaction at what I’m about to put my characters through).
However, I do find a woman’s life is interesting. It’s rich and complex and wholly entertaining. After all, mine has been interesting—to say the least! How about yours? Haven’t there been times when you’ve had to laugh out loud as in, “Is this really happening?” Or how about those times you wish you could have laughed but the circumstances were simply too trying?
Remember when you fell in love (or lust!) and all was magical and delicious with the world and you were left breathless in a fun-tastic sense of the word? Boy how I relish that curve on the coaster. Not so much the labor room after that yummy night of mad passionate love-making…
But hey—actions have consequences! Which brings me to one of my motivations for writing: each and every woman has something to learn in her lifetime and an opportunity for personal growth, as do my characters. Jennifer Hamilton is a cardiologist who needs to learn to look beyond appearances. She has a high-profile, high-value career and believes her potential spouse should be equally accomplished.
But should they? Is that what makes for a good marriage? Or does compatibility, similar interests and like minds make for a better fit? Like many women, Jennifer feels an internal pressure to choose a man equally or more successful than herself. She is locked into a traditional mindset and finds it hard to maneuver free, even at the behest of her best friend Samantha (another thing I love about women’s fiction—girlfriends!).
Perhaps the problem lies with the standards as in “who set them?” Should anyone choose what’s good for a woman other than the woman herself? Should a man’s job title come into play? What do you think? Leave a comment and be entered to win a free copy of my debut novel, Jennifer’s Garden!
Sarah: Thanks so much, Dianne! I can't wait to read the responses from all the readers here. And a special thanks to author Ashley March for helping arrange Dianne's visit here!