Originally published 2016-07-30: Interview Jo Jennings: Fate, the Universe, and HEA with Jo Jennings, author of Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined
“And they lived happily ever after.”
How many stories ended that way when we were children? We are told for years that princes rescue princesses (we won’t go into that), the boy gets the girl (or boy gets the boy, girl gets the girl, etc.), and everything is A-OK now that the bad guy (or girl, or monster, or government) is safely locked away… But how often does real life really tie everything up in a bow for us?
Not very often. But some people still have hope. Some people wake up every day with a cheerful optimism and a dream that Happily Ever After is real.
Author Jo Jennings is one of those people.
She writes about women who face the world, beat the odds, and have HEA endings in her stories. With one story out and one book on the way, there’s sure to be a lot coming from this up-and-coming lesfic author!
Without further introduction, here’s Jo.
Welcome, Jo! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a UK based author who writes lesbian romance. Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined is a short story and I’m currently working on a novel of which I’m halfway through and hoping to have finished by September.
I’m a mum to two beautiful children who are my world. They are two and three years old, so life is always a little crazy!
I live in a seaside town and have done all of my life. The majority of my family and friends still live here, so I get to see them all regularly, which is pretty amazing. It is also a very LGBTQ-friendly community, so you can be completely comfortable in your own skin, which is so important when raising children.
I love to travel, though at the moment my travelling is limited to around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, mainly because I can’t think of anything worse than taking little ones on a plane!
I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe everyone has a ‘soulmate’. I’m convinced the Universe plays a massive part in how things in your life turn out. Everything happens for a reason and I’m still hopeful that one day I’ll get my happily ever after!
What do you do when you know you are breaking someone’s heart but doing anything else breaks your own?
Who do you write for?
I write firstly for myself. Anyone else that stumbles across my books… well, that’s just an added bonus!
What kind of research did you do for your latest, Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined?
I tend to write from personal experience. You’ll always find a little connection to me in all of my books.
How many books do you plan for the Ashley and Rachel series?
I have been so caught up in the book I’m currently writing that Ashley and Rachel have taken a bit of a back seat. The plan is to start writing Book 2 this year, then hopefully get Book 3 started in January. So it’s only going to be 3 books in total. I have another book floating around my head that I need to get down on paper, so I may try and squeeze that in before I start Book 2!
Do you have any other books or series planned?
I am currently halfway through writing a lesbian romance novel. It’s called The Tangled String Of Fate. It’s still a work-in-progress, but I hope to have it finished by September at the latest.
What’s The Tangled String of Fate about?
Here’s the blurb:
Years from now their pasts will become a story. A story of lonely nights, hard work, lack of sleep and precious moments.
Finding your soulmate living in the same city as you when there are around fifteen billion people in the world makes the odds pretty small. Sacha Jacobs was one of the lucky ones she found her soulmate by chance, unfortunately Gemma Lewis lives thousands of miles away.
Connected by the red string of fate can these two women overcome the obstacles that a long distance relationship entails or will their string become too tangled and lead them down separate paths.
Can true love endure any circumstance and travel any distance?
Tell us about your writing hideout.
My daughter is two and still has an afternoon sleep, so for about two hours every day I take that opportunity to disappear into the world of my characters and write. I don’t have an office; I’m not sure I would use one if I did. I’m usually just sprawled out on my bed typing away on my phone. That may sound like the craziest way to write a book, but somehow it works for me!
What fuels your writing?
I think this is probably the same for most writers: I need an outlet. I have all these emotions that sometimes get bottled up, and writing helps me unlock them. The book I’m currently working on stemmed from getting my heart broken by someone I never dreamed could have ever hurt me. That’s life, huh? So you live and learn, and in my case… write!
I love your constant optimism. One of your website pages is filled with quotes and discussion on self-love, soulmates, and self-care. Why was it so important to you to have that page on your site?
I guess it’s just who I am.
I like to think that everything in life happens for a reason; you go through the bad times and hopefully learn from them, and you become a better person. When you get to nearly *cough* 39 years of age, you start thinking differently; you realise you need to be happy for you, and then hopefully everything else will start to fall into place.
I’m also a little bit of a hippie: I wear my reiki crystals, I own an old Vw beetle, I listen to the Universe and the Moon for signs, and I am a true believer in happy-ever-afters and finding ‘the one’.
The most important thing to me is that my children grow up in a peaceful, happy environment filled will love, so I’m always trying to look on the brighter side of life.
Link us to your web presence.