Tell us a little about yourself. When did you first start writing?
JW: Hey Lisa! Thank you for having me today! I am a wife, homeschooling mom, and a PNR author. I love to read, and I started writing when I was just a kid. I started writing for publication when I was about 27. I honestly figured, if my favorite authors could do it, so could I. Turns out I was right (if a little bit full of myself too, haha).
Do you have a process when you are starting a new project?
JW: I’m kind of a seat of my pants-er when it comes to writing. I start with a name and as I write the personality develops along with the plot. My books are paranormal romance, though they read like Urban Fantasy sometimes. The difference between the two is that PNR is about the romance and UF is about the plot. I have a lot of plot in my books, but the point of it is the love affair. Knowing that I am going to mainly focus on the love, the plot develops for me around the two characters I am focused on. I get to about three quarters into the book and then the challenges start, because I have to figure out how to wrap things up! I never know until I get there.
It’s kind of like asking a mother to pick her favourite child, but do you have a favourite character from one of your books?
JW: Ambrose narrated Falling Angels. He is a foul-mouth Fallen Angel with a fiery sword and temperament. He loves the worst possible people and hates the best. I really loved writing his book and have kept up his character in the follow-up book.
Is there a book or author that made a lasting impression on you?
JW: So many. However, I would say I learned to love reading when I read the Xanth novels by Peirs Anthony. I learned to love comedic fiction when I read Douglas Adams. I learned that I loved PNR when I picked up Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon. And lastly, I gained a huge amount of respect for prose when I read Stephen King. Also, I am a fan for life of Veronica del Rosa and Lisa Emme, two indies that have become friends in this adventure of indie publishing. Is it weird I am talking about you in the third person?
Do you have any advice to people when they say they want to write a book?
JW: Usually I say, just do it, lol. Seriously, it takes time and effort, but you can do it. It’s ok to take as much time as you need. Kissing Demons took me a full 4 years to write (admittedly I wasn’t writing on it continuously for 4 years). It’s an accomplishment that you won’t regret, but don’t get so cocky as you think that everyone and their dog will want to read it. If you want to publish it once you’ve gotten it written, hire an editor with experience in marketing and then take their advice to heart. Your book won’t be the same when you’re done with the rewrites, but it will be shiny, new, and even better.
Jen Winters is an independent author. Her books, Kissing Demons and Falling Angels, are a paranormal romances and available for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Also available is Kissing the Rain for free on Smashwords and Kindle.
She is a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling two great kids. She spends her days with the kids and her nights with her book boyfriends. She is grateful to her hubby for all his support and love, and can’t imagine this life without him.
The top-selling world of the Guardians was developed through deeply irreligious conversations with her father who likes to misinterpret scripture as often as humanly possible and a good dose of did-I-just-read-that-! when looking into ancient near eastern mythology and scripture.
The Guardian Novels – Kissing Demons, book one
I’ve been a Guardian for 800 years, and sometimes, even us immortals need a vacation. So when my big sister calls and tells me I’m off for two weeks, I take the opportunity to visit my favorite place: The Hunter’s Moon, a bar for supernaturals only. There’s a few things I want to accomplish while I’m not working: get a grimoire, find a little temporary fun, and make a friend. I did not want to find my soul mate, nearly die, watch a sister give up this life, and see my city in the throes of mass destruction.
What am I supposed to do now? My vacations over, my soul mate’s been kidnapped by a demon I’m not powerful enough to defeat, and Fort Worth, one of the cities I love, is in pieces. If I help the city, I will lose my soul mate; if I help my Alex, I will lose the city. What kind of Guardian would I be if I didn’t do everything in my power to defeat Yuruch? Am I even sure I want to be a Guardian anymore?
Guardian Geneva Archer might be more infamous than famous among the supernaturals in Ft. Worth, but when a sexy werewolf enters her territory, she finds herself face to face with her worst fear: save humanity or save her soulmate?
After 800 years of guarding humanity from the things that make your hair stand on end in the dead of night, Geneva Archer is given a two-week vacation to work out her feelings of loneliness and refresh her spirit. With time on her hands, she goes to her favorite club: a place for supernaturals to gather without worrying about human interference. While there, she meets Alex, a compelling werewolf with a demonic side. But instead of blasting him back to hell like her instincts would normally tell her to do, Geneva falls head over heels.
For Alex, Geneva is an answer to prayer. She can free him from the most notorious demon walking the earth—his father. Yuruch isn’t interested in his offspring’s life, just his body—the perfect body for a demon to inhabit. With Alex’s body and powers, Yuruch will become nearly invincible, able to wreak his hellish destruction on humanity from an impenetrable fortress.
In order to get his hands on Alex, Yuruch kidnaps one of Geneva’s sisters, luring both her and Alex into an ambush. After the botched rescue mission, Alex is possessed by Yuruch, leaving Geneva with a dead sister, a destroyed city and no way to get her soulmate back without giving Yuruch everything he desires.
Can Geneva figure out a way to defeat Yuruch and save Alex without sacrificing the very best of humanity in the process? Does she even want to?
Kissing Demons is the first book of the Guardian novels by Jen Winters and is available on Amazon Unlimited. Other titles available include Kissing the Rain (A Guardian Novelette) and Falling Angels (The Guardian Novels Book 2).
Upcoming release: Raising Hell (The Guardian Novels Book 3)