About Jennifer Moore
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.
Do I need to read your books in any order?
The historicals kind of have an order. The order I wrote them in–it’s chronological, and there are a few reoccurring characters, but you don’t have to read them in order to understand them. Each book is a stand alone.
So, if you’re a perfectionist:
Becoming Lady Lockwood
Lady Emma’s Campaign
Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince
Lady Helen Finds her Song
A Place for Miss Snow
Miss Whitaker Opens her Heart
(The Scotland book that doesn’t have a title yet)
How do you find time to write?
This is the question I get more than any other. And it’s not always asked in such a nice way—often people tell me they’d love to write, but they just don’t have time. Or say how lucky I am to have time to do what I want. Usually accompanied by a look of longing… as if I have something they don’t.
So, here’s the thing. We all have 24 hours in a day, and it’s a matter of prioritizing. Which means trade off. I volunteer at my kids’ schools a very few times per year. I rarely go to lunch with friends. I don’t often wander around the mall, or the park, or go for a long hike or drive. I watch very little TV, and have to restrict my internet time.
And it’s hard. Because I like all of those other things. Writing doesn’t just take time. It takes big chunks of it, when you can block everything else out and delve deeply into your characters’ heads. And big chunks of time are hard to come by, so I need to get creative. I wake up early to get words down before anyone wakes up. I write at soccer practice, and at the pool. Sometimes, I run to the library for a few hours, or have a “write date” with other writer friends. When I get desperate—especially during summer vacation, I institute a “unless there’s blood or a fire, don’t open my office door” policy. I have a lot of guilt for taking time away from my family, because workshops, speaking engagements, book clubs, critique groups, and other writerly things usually happen in the evenings or weekends.
But again, trade off, and priorities. I treat writing like a job, spending a certain amount of time on marketing, revisions, and adding to my word count every day.
What do you read?
I read everything. I get on kicks and devour vampire novels, or WWII journals, or Founding Father Biographies. I really love to read, and usually go through around 3 or four books a week. Lately, as I’ve been working on these “Destination Regencies,” so I will focus on the setting and immerse myself in the history, novels, war records, fairy tales, and anything else I can find from that country. But, I have a soft spot for straight up mainstream romance novels.
Where do you get your ideas?
This is a funny question. A book takes a lot of work to plot, and the ideas don’t just spring into my mind. I usually come up with a setting and base the story around that. Again, read, read, read about the time period and the location. I find my characters and think about what kind of people they are, and what would be a challenge that would change them and make them grow. Or, I’ll think of an event and wonder, what kind of person would have a difficult time with this?
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on a book about the War of 1812. The war took place in quite a few areas in North America, and this story happens in Ontario, Canada, on the border near Michigan.
I’m also in edits with TWRP. It’s a contemporary story about the IRA.
And working on an anthology story for Timeless Anthologies. This will be a Victorian, and I’ve never written one of those before. So, I have some research to do.
What future projects are you planning?
I’m planning to write a book set in Scotland during the Highland Clearances, and then to finish out this “Destination Regency” series, I’d love to do a collection of short stories about some of the minor characters we’ve met in these books.
Then, I’m going to start a series about the War of 1812.
My plan is to move forward to the Wild West and Victorian Era. I love how women did so much more in the later 1800’s. They could go to college and were spies, teachers, archaeologists, and of course nurses—sometimes even on military ships. I love the Crimean Wars, and maybe I would work on something about Florence Nightingale.
My dream era to write about is the Reconquista of Spain. I LOVE that time period. But it depends on what my publisher wants.
I also have a few contemporaries that need to be revised and submitted.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice is to write. Get something down on paper. Join a critique group and learn how to make your work better. So many resources are out there. Like League of Utah Writers, RWA, or Storymakers. I’m sure every state has something similar. Those made the difference for me. Take a class, go to a workshop, download internet curriculum, read books about craft, do all that, but it all comes down to you putting words on paper. So, yes, there are all sorts of things out there to help you, but don’t let it keep you from writing.