Today it is my pleasure to bring Jan Hudson to our blog! Jan is a member of my local writers' group and has been an inspiration to me since I joined. I had the opportunity to room with her at a conference once and it is one of my favorite memories. She's talented, she's funny and she pretty much knows everybody who's anybody in the publishing world! Plus, she even kissed Elvis! Thanks for joining me, Jan, and being my very first interviewee! Now, let's get down to the important stuff.
A fifth generation Texan, Jan Hudson is the author of over thirty romance and romantic suspense novels (including a couple of 1880s Texas historicals) and has won numerous awards and accolades, including the Golden Heart and the coveted RITA Award by the Romance Writers of America. She writes the kind of fast-paced stories she loves to read: those laced with humor, fantasy, and adventure, with bold characters who reach beyond the mundane and celebrate life. She had currently taken a break from writing to e-publish many of her favorite backlist titles.
As Dr. Janece O. Hudson, she is a former licensed psychologist, college teacher, and hypnotist. She's considered an expert in the field of dreams and has written a non-fiction book, "Into Your Dreams" about learning to interpret your unique dream symbols.
If you like colorful characters there is a houseful of them in this story. Daniel Friday has come to Galveston determined to discover why his grandmother has moved from her exclusive retirement facility into an aging mansion with a bunch of kooks, including the off-beat Tess Cameron. Even more confusing is why was Dan, a workaholic CEO, so drawn to this tall free-spirit with the warm, bubbling laughter?
When circumstances conspire to keep Dan in Galveston, he finds himself lulled by the laid-back lifestyle of the old town and falling head over heels in love with Tess. And she with him. Even the talk of joining in the hunt for privateer Jean Laffite’s buried treasure seems less strange than he would have imagined. Can the siren song of Tess’s bagpipe and the sweet whisper of her lips lure him from the mountain of family responsibilities he’s determined to fulfill? Or is it time for him to cut loose and live the life that he always dreamed of?
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ALEXA: How often do you get lost in a story?
JAN: Frequently. If I’m loving a book, the real world disappears and I get so engrossed in the story that my husband has to yell to get my attention. Even then it takes a few seconds to leave the fantasy world and rejoin reality.
ALEXA: What's the first book you remember reading?
JAN: In first grade: Dick and Jane. And I loved their dog Spot. (Named my first dog Spot after him.)
ALEXA: What's your favorite fairy tale?
ALEXA: What's your favorite cartoon character?
JAN: Tweetie Bird
ALEXA: What turns you off like nothing else?
JAN: Bigots and bullies and abusers
ALEXA: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you've met?
JAN: My husband and father, of course.
ALEXA: What sound or noise do you love?
JAN: The sound of quarters in a Vegas jackpot, a waterfall, doves, a child’s laughter.
ALEXA: Die Hard or Die Harder?
JAN: Die Hard
ALEXA: What was the first story you remember writing?
JAN: An adaptation of Little Women into a play for my friends to perform.
ALEXA: Who's your favorite villain?
JAN: Hannibal Lecter. He’s wonderfully terrible!
ALEXA: What is your biggest vice?
ALEXA: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
JAN: It’s sort of like being a gynecologist or a urologist; you get used to it.
ALEXA: What do you do to unwind and relax?
JAN: Read, of course.
ALEXA: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
JAN: Both. Strong iced tea w/Splenda; plain decaf Folgers w/Splenda.
ALEXA: If you were a t-shirt, what color would you be and why?
JAN: I’d be a tie-dye of rainbow colors. I love bright colors; they’re happy and energetic and strong. If I had to be one color, I’d have a hard time choosing among red, royal blue, purple, or turquoise. I’m bold and strong.
ALEXA:What's up next for you?
JAN:Next I plan a trilogy with the Berringer brothers (twin Texas Rangers and their older brother). Again, I’ll be drawing from my backlist of classic Bantam Loveswepts, which will be updated and revised to have a bit more suspense in them. Big and Bright will be the first.
Thanks, Jan, for hanging out with us today! Folks, Jan is offering a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card for one lucky commenter! (Winner's choice) To learn more about Jan and her books, visit her on Facebook or her own website, or find her on Twitter @janecehudson.
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