Janet Lee Nye is a writer by day and a neonatal nurse by night. She lives in Charleston, SC with her fella and her felines. She discovered the romance genre as a teen with books she “borrowed” from her grandmother. She renewed her love affair with the genre after stumbling upon Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series.
A difficult childhood left Sadie Martin more interested in work than anything else, including romance. But she’d be a fool not to notice that her newest employee is scorching hot. As long as he works for her, though, he is off-limits. Her company – sexy guys who clean houses – comes first. So why are Wyatt Anderson and his adorable niece always on her mind? When attraction turns into more, suddenly everything is a lot more complicated and frankly, a huge mess. What Sadie and Wyatt need is a clean slate. For understanding…and love.
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Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Janet Lee Nye: As frequently as I can! I tend to binge read. If I find a new to me author, I’ll buy up everything and wallow in her books.
Jan: I’m also a Janet Lee, which might make this interview extra confusingJ Did you toy with writing under a different name?
Janet Lee: For a while, I toyed with the idea of writing under Leigh Nimitz (how I wish my middle name was spelled and my mother’s maiden name). We have so many amazing writers here in the Charleston, SC area (Dorothea Benton Frank, Mary Alice Monroe, Sue Monk Kidd, Beth Webb Hart to name a few) that it’s a bit of a local joke that you have to have three names to be a Lowcounty writer. So I started using all three in fun, but then got to be known for it, so I’ve just left it as is.
Jan: Tell us how you got the idea for this story?
Janet Lee: This was truly a lightning bolt from the sky moment. I work as a neonatal nurse and just over a year ago, the hospital was changing its patient care model and it was very stressful for all the departments involved. I would joke with my Fella about different jobs all the time. “I’m going to quit and become a nutrition counselor.” “I’m going to quit and go work at Walmart.” One night, I was on Twitter and several of my writer friends and I were teasing another writer because her cleaning service had sent over a cute male maid. We were trying to get her to sneak a picture of him. I said to the Fella, “That’s IT! I should quit and start a cleaning company with all gorgeous men.” He came over, kissed me on the forehead and said, “You don’t know anything about running a cleaning company, but you do know how to write.” Within two hours, I had the basic storyline plotted out. (And I’m still a neonatal nurse at the same place and very happy now that all the chaos of change has settled.)
Jan: It was love at first sight when I met Mr. Wonderful. What about you?
Janet Lee: No! We met in a writer’s workshop and I thought he was SOOO stuck up and I did not like him at all. But then, a few months later, we were working together on a project to write, film, and edit a short movie in 48 hours with several other people. It was then that I realized he was really amazing, just very introverted. So far, it’s worked for the last 12 years!
Jan: What snacks always occupy your writing space?
Janet Lee: I used to be addicted to jellybeans (I gave this addiction to Sadie in Spying on the Boss). I really only snack while watching TV and then it’s salty stuff. Potato chips, nuts. But if there’s chocolate in the house, I will go for that.
Jan: How long had you been writing before selling your first book to Harlequin?
Janet Lee: Well. If you count from the time I first sat down and wrote a full length manuscript, it is 15 years. If you count from when I got serious and joined RWA and began to learn how to craft a storyline, it is just under four years.
Jan: Favorite place to vacation?
Janet Lee: We have a thing where we try to go to a place we’ve never been before when we do a big vacation. (Yearly RWA convention eats up a lot of our vacation budget!) I loved Utah. Love it. Such beautiful country. Usually, we head up to the Western North Carolina mountains around Brevard and the Pigsah National Forest for hiking.
Jan: I know you work as a nurse on the nightshift. Does that make it difficult to keep your days and nights straight? Do you sneak in writing on your *cough* breaks?
Janet Lee: I’ve been working night shift for almost 20 years now, so I’ve got it down to a fine science. It does cut into my writing time because I work 12 hour shifts. I lump them together so I have a switch to nights day and a switch to normal day. I can’t write on the job. It’s a totally different mindset. Plus, I’m happy if I get a bathroom break some nights much less time to write!
Jan: What one book from your childhood is your favorite?
Janet Lee: I’m not sure I can answer this. I was one of those kids who read anything with words on it. I’m old, so many may not remember these, but I started with the Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mysteries. Loved Little Women.
Jan’s GOTTA ASK:
Janet Lee’s GOTTA ANSWER: *hides* I don’t eat dairy, so no ice cream. I do love some sorbetto those. Blood orange is my favorite. Bonus: take a scoop of blood orange sorbetto and put it in a wine glass, splash some nice, dry white wine (or champagne if you have it) in there and it’s a delicious twist on a mimosa.
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