Name: Penelope Ward
Age: Late Thirties
Where are you from: Boston
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently writing Jake Understood, the alternate pov/sequel to Jake Undone. It’s due out in the spring. I’m the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest, all standalones.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It grew out of my love of reading books in this genre and I used it at first, as an escape.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I self-published my first book in May of 2013.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My best friend fell in love with the story as I would read it to her chapter by chapter and she kept demanding more.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
My style is simple with angsty storylines that are typically an emotional roller coaster.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I think about it for a long time until I come up with something unique and catchy that hasn’t been used a lot or ever.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Depends on which book…but they all tend to have the common theme of living in the moment and never giving up on love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
None of my books are based on my life. That is for sure. Different people can probably relate to different parts, some realistic, some not so much.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Definitely not. They just come from my imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Fifty Shades of Grey started my obsession with this genre as a reader. Without it as inspiration, I may never have written my first book.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My two good friends, Vi Keeland and Julie A, Richman inspire me a lot and give me good advice.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Easy Virtue by Mia Asher
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
None that come to mind that are “newer.”
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Jake Understood and a yet to be titled new book for late summer release.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Book bloggers have been extremely influential in my success.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Between writing and promotion, it is more than a full-time job and a challenge to balance with family obligations. But it’s also a love.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Stepbrother Dearest was my most successful and so, I would have to say I would keep things the same.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It evolved from my love of reading romance, but I always had a knack for writing from a young age.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Jake Understood takes place both during the time period of Jake Undone and after. Readers will get both Jake’s point of view from chapters in Jake Undone that were told in Nina’s and a look at their life after Jake Undone ended.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time to do it.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A.L. Jackson. Her books are really emotional and beautifully written.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t, but I do a few book signings per year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It’s always the ending, how to conclude the story and make it memorable.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
With each book, you learn from the last and learn from people’s feedback.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t overthink it. Just sit down and put something down on paper and the ideas will flow once you start. Also, there is no way to please everyone.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just want to thank them for loving my books and I hope to meet more of you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, by Judy Blume
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Stories about illness make me cry. Laugh? That’s a little harder. It takes a lot to make me laugh, actually. I tend to laugh at odd things that aren’t supposed to be funny, like someone tripping.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
EL James, to thank her for igniting this new adult romance frenzy.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Oh man. Loving Mother and New York Times Bestselling Author.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Pretty much no, sadly. Writing is my major hobby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
White Collar because I love Matt Bomer and cheesy reality shows, although I don’t watch much television anymore since writing.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: Sushi Color: Royal Blue Music: Big Band
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?