Today, MBB welcomes Jenny Schwartz, who is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance and steampunk..
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Can you tell us something about your new book, Jenny?
On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone. Mystery and love above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, with a serial killer closing in.
“Sky Garden” is romantic suspense with glamour and the idyll of an English summer for background. The heroine is a former psychic, an ex-medium, and the hero is an aristocratic gardener.
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I wanted to write a novel about identity and finding where we belong. I also wanted to write something truly romantic; something where the love story is supported by an extraordinary life. I think my hero and heroine’s passion for their different careers achieves that.
This novel is self-published. Have you self-published before? Are you excited about this?
I have self-published before and I love the adventure of it. I’m a bit of a control freak, so being answerable only to myself – not to a publisher, as much as I’ve been blessed with some fabulous ones – is thoroughly enjoyable. I can take risks and break rules.
How long did it take for you to write the story? Did the characters keep you awake at night?
I thought of “Sky Garden” for quite a few weeks before I started writing it, and then, it took me months of writing and revision – and giving huge thanks for my critique partner, Eliza Redgold – to have it all polished and joyous. And yes, the characters became very real to me and so did their homes. In fact, I think at times I almost inhabited the quirky museum in the book.
What’s next on your agenda?
I have a paranormal romance coming out Dec 9, and it’ll be free Dec 11-13 on Amazon. “Djinn Justice” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0182EVXO2was fabulous fun to write, and a complete change to “Sky Garden” because being a fantasy, I could just pile improbability upon impossibility. But underlying the fantastic adventure, “Djinn Justice” is a story about loving someone and trusting that love.
On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.
A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.
Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.
But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.