Name Jen Cousineau
Where are you from Fond du Lac, WI
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I have been married for five years, but have been with my husband since 2003, and we have twin daughters who are 3.5 years old. I am the youngest of four, and lucky me – I was the only girl! Needless to say my dating life was non-existent in high school! Lol. I also have an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, which I have yet to even put to good use.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Personal life latest news? My daughters are ALMOST potty trained! Slowly, but surely… lol. Writing wise…my TBW list (aka to be written list) is at a whopping 15 book ideas! Licentious will be out 8/27/14, and A Secret Gamble (for all you Trey lovers – Summer Series Book 2) will be out this winter in 2014!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I actually began writing when I was about thirteen, and it was mostly poetry and song lyrics. It was just a way to let some creativity out. It eventually became very therapeutic in those crazy teen years.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I hit publish on my debut novel this past April.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My sista from another mista – Corinne. (Or I call her Tiger ‘cuz she’s feisty!) And I can’t forget the scrap piece of paper and a few bottles of wine 😉
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. It all depends on the story that I’m focusing on in my head, and who and how those characters are. Just like my writing ‘genre’ is not set in stone to erotic romance, neither in my writing style. I like to keep my options open otherwise I feel like it can be a bit stifling.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
A bottle of wine Tiger 🙂
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For A Deadly Bet, it’s to trust your instinct. Love with everything you have. And never give up. For Licentious, which will be out at the end of August, the main message is that sometimes life sucks. Sometimes, life doesn’t turn out how we planned our lives to be. Sometimes, good people end up doing shitty things, and sometimes shitty things happen to good people. But there’s always a way to feel whole again. There’s always something that we can hang onto to get us through whatever it is we are facing – whether it be music, or a person, or whatever, there’s always something.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Both books are fictional stories 😉
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are a FEW experiences between A Deadly Bet, Licentious, and A Secret Gamble, that has impacted either my life, or someone close to me.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Erotic Romance is a huge one. It made me realize that it’s okay to act be more sexual. (It’s also great for my marriage!) As a mom of twin toddlers, who works full-time, writes at night, and has a life like everyone else, come 9 PM I’m dog-tired. Erotic Romance helped spark something inside of me to make the effort more frequently with my hubby.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
OMG. Really?! What kind of question is this?! This is like asking me to choose my favorite child! Lol. Oye… umm… I can’t answer this question. So I’m going to list the first bunch of author names that pop in my head that I one-click without reading the synopsis: Harper Sloan, Brooke Cumberland, Nicole Edwards, James Patterson, Ryan Michelle, Chelle Bliss, Belle Aurora, EL James, Lucian Bane, Kimber S. Dawn, Lily White, Erika Ashby, SD Hildreth, Mia Sheridan… this list can continue on forever…
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not. My TBR is super long. I have probably 300+ books one clicked and waiting for me to read but I banned myself from reading anything until the Licentious rewrites are done, and at least ten chapters of A Secret Gamble. Unless, it’s a beta read – then all bets are off!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes! Oh my word. I have beta read for a few recently published or up and coming, and let me tell you – prepare yourselves! Seasons by Katrina Alba, Picking Up the Pieces by Stephanie Gresham, Unexpected Chances and Second Chances by S.L. Scheifer, and Orphan Flowers by JC Rochford. I’m also a huge fan of Lucian Bane’s Dom Wars. I love how the main characters aren’t as… predictable in the bedroom as a D/s relationship. It seems more realistic and relatable for me personally than some of the other D/s books I have read.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a few rewrites of Licentious, which will be out on 8/27/14. I have about a third completed on Dominating Elijah which is book one of four in a series, and I have about three chapters completed in A Secret Gamble which will be released this winter 2014. Today actually, I just outlined two new standalone books.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I can’t do one. I have to do three. And those are my best girlfriends. Corinne (Tiger), Sara W and Amber P. These three girls are my sisters and my best friends and I can honestly say, that I probably would not have even started or hit publish on ADB if it weren’t for them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely! I’m a dreamer, and I truly believe that anything is possible. But even if the day never comes where I can tell my boss that I’m resigning to write full-time, I will never stop writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. I made the mistake of reading some not-so-great reviews, and I appreciated them. I saw where the reader was coming from, but it made me start to doubt myself, my story, and the way the characters shared it with me. A Deadly Bet may not have been perfect for some people, but it was perfect for me. Because I write for, well… me. Before I put ADB down a paper, I told myself that story a thousand times over. Even if I never publish another book again, I’ll never stop writing. Even if I don’t put the words down on paper, doesn’t mean I’m not writing in my head.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I remember being down one day, and I could not tell you for the life of me what it was about, but I just picked up a pen and starting writing poetry. Then I started writing a few songs. Eventually small stories ran through my head that turned into full length novels.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! Here’s the prologue from Licentious, releasing on 8/27/14.
I never had a mother. Well, technically I do, but in reality she’s a total bitch who couldn’t remember to take a pill regularly, and…well, here I am. Surprise!
I love my Dad though. He tries his hardest to make up for my mother lacking on all levels. My brother, Aedan, is seven years older than my sister, Eve, and I, but he’s never treated us as ‘annoying little sisters’. In fact, if you take my Mom out of the equation, we’re a tight-knit family who truly are best friends. Cliché? Maybe. But fortunately for us, it’s pure truth.
I wish I could tell you my life is all rainbows and butterflies, but then I’d be giving you complete bullshit. One dream. My dream, broke everything. It destroyed my family, my best friends. It destroyed me. It tore me down, causing me to defend myself the only way I knew how. I just simply stopped caring. Until I met a man who tried to change everything I felt. Until he believed in me, to make me see how beautiful life can be if I just let it in. I started to believe. He helped me see what I was missing, that is, until I discovered who he really was. How dark and dangerous he truly was. How believing in him, means turning my back on everything I believed in.
I’m not promising you butterflies and rainbows. Shit, I’m not even promising you a happily ever after, simply because, I don’t even know how this is going to end.
I’m Joey. Welcome to my hell.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I swear like a trucker. Whether I’m talking, texting, or writing, the profanities just keep on coming. I personally don’t care, but I’m constantly reprimanded other people… including my daughters since they aren’t allowed to say ‘naughty words’. Sometimes the characters do call for more profanity than usual, but sometimes my brain just naturally adds those damn words in all on its’ own.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Same answer from the author mentor question. I wouldn’t consider someone a mentor if they weren’t one of my faves 😉
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet! My first official signing as of now, will be in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 7, 2015. However, I may just be adding a few to that list 😉
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kari Ayasha from Cover to Cover Designs
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Being patient and waiting for edits and cover mockups. And then trying to hold off and not hit publish (even though I did hit it a week earlier than planned anyways lol)
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
To not read the reviews. It’s fine to copy/paste a few for marketing purposes, but I refuse to read the majority, including the low rated ones because I don’t want to become enthralled with changing the stories, the characters, and me as a writer for someone else.
I’ve also learned that there is a lot of negativity in the indie community, as well as piracy. But I’ve come to realize that there’s even more positivity, and amazing authors, bloggers, and readers who genuinely CARE and WANT people to succeed. And they want to read their stories. They don’t charge you your next child’s college tuition to help. They offer amazing feedback. They help promote because they want to and they believe in the author’s work. I have friends in my ‘real’ life. But I’ve also made some amazing friends that I can’t wait for the day to meet them all. If I would’ve known how supportive so many of these amazing people truly are, I wouldn’t have waited so long to write my first novel.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
DON’T read the reviews!! You want feedback, find yourself some amazing, helpful, damn good betas. They’ll be honest and it will change your world and make your story 100 times better than you originally thought. The reviews are for other readers, and even if your book is the best ever written, there will always be a select few who won’t connect, and they’ll let you and everyone else know in a not so nice fashion. It’s happened to me, and it’s happened to every. Single. Author. That’s published.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU! Thank you for giving me a chance. Even if you hate my work – thank you for giving me a shot. Thank you for the reviews – reviews are HUGE for authors. We may not always like them, but they’re great for other readers to resort to. Thank you for being a part of the indie community and supporting us indie authors, because without you – the readers – we writers wouldn’t be publishing anything. We may not even put the words to paper, or even share the stories out loud with anyone else. Life would be boring without books and the creativity that books spark within us. So thank YOU!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. BUT, I remember my first favorite book! Go Dog Go! was not only my favorite by all of my brothers, too. I now buy each new nephew/niece born into that side of my family their own copy in hopes that they’ll love to read it as much as we did. I can’t even tell you why it was all of our favorites, but it was.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to write and read (duh!). I also love to bake, go for walks with my girls, camping, hunting, fishing, kickboxing, shopping, and sleeping. I definitely love to sleep – but that’s probably because I only average 5-6 a night. I used to get 8+ before having kids lol.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Oh my word! Lol… hmmm. I love teen shows. I may be a bit old for them but I just can’t help myself! The Vampire Diaries and The Originals are my top faves! But I also love Chasing Life, Switched at Birth, and of course MTV’s The Challenge. If Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were still airing I’d be watching those, too! (But I always watch the reruns) 😉
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I’m a sucker for Italian food. If I’m given the option, I will always choose Italian! My favorite colors are green, orange, and grey. But I love yellow, too! To be honest, it really depends on what we are talking about to determine what my fave color will be. I love music. I seriously love all music except classical and heavy metal. I’m really into Of Monsters and Men, Florence and The Machines, Paramore, CCR, Mumford & Sons, Phillip Phillips, Rhianna, and pretty much anything that Pandora gives me when I’m on one of these artist channels. Lol.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Well, I still work full-time for a living 😦 BUT my dream job would be to open a book store/coffee shop, be or a criminal psychologist. I really would love to be a social worker or work in oncology at a children’s hospital – I just never thought my heart could actually handle the not so good stories of those jobs.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes! You can check out my website and blog at http://jencousineau.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenCAuthor (@JenCAuthor)
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