Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Meet Jen Gilroy and The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls #giveaway Kindle Copy

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

I met Jen Gilroy electronically when she won a copy of Irish Magic on my blog. We exchanged emails and I asked her if she would be willing to guest here. Jen, please tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to guest on your blog, Susan. I’m happy to be here to visit with you and your readers.  
I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction with heart, home, and hopeful endings. Alongside my writing life, I’m a wife to a tech guy husband (twenty-three years now and counting), and mum to a teen daughter and floppy-eared hound dog.
After many years of living and working in England, I came home to Canada in 2015 and now live in a small town in Eastern Ontario where my family roots date to the 1830s.
My small-town life has more than a passing resemblance to the small towns I write about. In particular, I love living in an interconnected community and the kind of place where it’s not unusual to see a tractor parked in front of the local bistro on a summer Saturday night.

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.

I’d been on submission with a particular manuscript (a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest in 2015) for months, racking up multiple rejections along the way. When my literary agent called with an offer, I was already on the phone trying to sort out an issue with a home utility billing and didn’t receive her voicemail message until about half an hour later.
At first, I thought she was joking that a publisher wanted to publish my story but, thankfully, she wasn’t! That manuscript became my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake. The moment I knew I was going to realize a long-held dream of becoming a published author was one of the most joyous of my life. Great story, Thank you,

Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?
I have so many favorite writers that it’s hard to pick only a few! Amongst romance writers, I’m a big fan of Lori Foster, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Jill Shalvis. And in women’s fiction, new books by Kristin Hannah, Karen White, and Susan Wiggs always go to the top of my to-be-read list.
My go-to comfort author, though, is L.M. Montgomery, best known for the Anne of Green Gables series. One of her lesser-known series of books, the Emily trilogy, about a young girl who wants to be a published author, influenced me in my own writing dreams. We share favorites. I have almost everything L.M. Montgomery wrote. It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but I think I reread, The Blue Castle, Jane of Lantern Hill and Anne of Windy Poplars most often. I am also a devotes SEP reader.                          

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
Both an exciting and “pinch me I must be dreaming” moment was when Penguin Verlag acquired German rights to my first three books (The Cottage at Firefly Lake, Summer on Firefly Lake, and Back Home at Firefly Lake) and published translated editions for German-speaking readers.
It’s special, humbling, and almost surreal to see my books in a language I don’t speak, read, or write, and to hear from German readers that they’ve enjoyed my stories.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? 
Although I’m a writer, I’ll always be a reader first and one of my favorite things to do is curl up in a comfy chair with a book.
I also enjoy reading, travel, singing, and ballet and am known for my love of ice cream, shoes, and vintage finds.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
Even when “inspiration takes a vacation,” I try to get words on the page because for me the “act of writing” usually sparks new story ideas.
When I’m really stuck, though, I take a walk, read a book outside my genre, or watch a movie and let my mind drift.
Cleaning my house is also surprisingly conducive to solving plot problems!

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Take time to learn and hone your craft as a writer and recognize that the first book you write may not be the first you publish. Also, be persistent and flexible. This business is tough and if you want to build a long-term writing career, there will be many ups and downs along the way. Keep going, believe in your stories and your author voice, and don’t give up.
Find a writing community as well. I belong to Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and all have helped me in my journey to publication and beyond.

Something I enjoy about your books, Susan, including your latest release, Irish Magic, is their mystical element. Thank you! I am so happy you like them.
 My new book, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, has a similar feel.
I first learned about wishing trees on a trip to Asia and was fascinated by the idea of tying a piece of paper (or other item) with a wish to a mystical tree in the belief that a cherished hope or dream would then be granted.
I then discovered that wishing trees are popular in many cultures and different parts of the world, including Ireland. From there, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, set in an Irish-American community in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state, was born.
The story was also sparked by a ‘what if’ question…namely, what if two people who’d given up on wishes lived in a town with a magical wishing tree?

Sometimes happily ever after is only a wish away . . .  

There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town . . . except Annie Quinn. 

Single mom Annie has spent years rebuilding her life and trying not to have regrets. After giving up her dream of music stardom, she returned to her Adirondack hometown—and convinced herself she’s content with a simpler life.

The last thing she needs is a man to remind her of the heartbreak she left behind. 

A divorced dad, Seth Taggart used to be a successful LA songwriter. But now his reputation is in tatters, he’s burnt-out, and estranged from his adult son. Inheriting a small-town radio station just might be the do-over he needs.

Although he always planned to go back to LA, when working with Annie turns into sharing music and more, Seth realizes second chances—and home—are where he least expects. 

Buy links (free with Kindle Unlimited)

Amazon Canada: https://amzn.to/2PvtcQN
Jen, I read the description, clicked on the Amazon link and bought the book. I am feeling rich because I just finished recording a voiceover. For 3.99 I didn't feel like delaying my happiness, This sounds like my kind of read. 
What’s your current WIP? I’m currently working on the sequel to The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls. For anyone who has read the first book in the series, the sequel is the heroine’s sister Tara’s story.
I also have two women’s fiction novels in progress and both have romantic elements.

And finally, where can we find you?
I’m happy for readers to contact me via my website (where I blog every two weeks, mostly about life and sometimes writing), or via any or all of my social media profiles. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and usually post and chat with readers there daily.

Thanks, Jen for being here. Dear ones, here is the Rafflecopter, and thank you all for stopping by. Happy Reading. I am off to finish The Circle Unbroken by Nancy Massand (Loving it!) and start The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Susan. I'm happy to be here and share my new book, 'The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls' with your readers.


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