Name Jennifer Theriot
Age On the right side of 60
Where are you from The Great State of Texas!
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m married with 3 grown children and 4 amazing grandkids. I work as CFO for a woman-owned real estate investment firm (where I’ve been for over 17 years) I love my day job, and do most of my writing at nights and on weekends. My family is very close and I’m so blessed.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m currently working on the 2nd book in my Noel and Leon series, called Finding Joy. (The first was Unwrapping Noel) The series is about a full figured woman who has been through a tumultuous marriage and meets a sexy silver fox named Leon Hallas while on a business trip to the Silicon Valley. They fall in love and Leon helps her overcome her low self esteem and begin to trust and enjoy life again.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Halloween night of 2012
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As a kid, poetry was my favorite thing…it was an escape for me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A dare from two of my best friends. We were talking about the lack of romance novels about women our age. In jest, I told them I’d write one and from there, it came to fruition in the form of Out of the Box Awakening. I’d planned on writing just one book to say I did it, but it evolved from there and the characters told me we weren’t finished yet.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
First person is what I prefer. Somehow, that’s how my characters speak to me. It’s worked, so I figure I’ll stick with it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My main character, Olivia Petersen was thrown into a life-changing event and she was forced to step out of the box. She had an awakening of her life and feelings, hence the title: Out of the Box Awakening.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely! My message is that I want women to feel good and confident about themselves. Just because life throws you a curve ball, you CAN rebound and come back stronger than ever if you just believe in yourself.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’ve certainly been hurt in a relationship before, so some of the emotions rang pretty true to life experiences.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
My all time favorite book…and I KNOW I’m dating myself is Valley of the Dolls.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
A group of female authors I belong to called The Crazy Lady Authors. We’ve been together for about three years now and it’s like a sisterhood….pretty darn amazing!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I write more as a hobby. I have a full time job and since I’m 62, the career I’m looking ahead to is R.E.T.I.R.E.M.E.N.T. ….I do plan on continuing my writing as long as I have readers.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at all. Once I finish a book, I move on to the next and follow the direction of my characters.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m currently working on the 2nd book with characters Noel Calabrese and Leon Hallas. (Did you spot the palindrome?) The first was Unwrapping Noel, and this 2nd book is Finding Joy. The series is about two people brought together by fate. Each has had a bum rap with relationships and each has had self esteem and body issues.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The lack of time…
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
My research traveling is done via Google. It’s a wonderful tool. You can find literally anything with the tap of a few keys!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
JC Clarke of The Graphics Shed does all of my covers and I love her work. A good cover artist who understands the author is a wonderful match.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding enough hours in the day!!!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Me, it was empowering…ya know? You have this woman that you’re telling ‘You can DO this” ….it rubbed off on me. It sounds strange, I know, but in writing my Out of the Box series, I think I became a stronger woman myself.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Olivia Petersen: Diane Lane Ash Harper: Kevin Costner
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you dream it, do it! Solicit help from the Indie Community. I’ve found some wonderful people within the confines of it and everyone is so eager to share their experiences and help you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you have a dream, by all means, pursue it!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Coming Home by Teri Riggs
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
A Nancy Drew mystery…can’t remember which one, but I read them all (I’m dating myself)
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love baseball, so love to go to watch our Houston Astros. I love going to the beach, and I also love to do crafts when time allows.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My FAV TV show is Blue Bloods…who doesn’t like Tom Selleck!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food is Italian. Favorite color is coral. Favorite music is classic rock
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced Terrio) hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm by day and does her writing at nights and on weekends. In her limited spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. She’s mom to three grown children and ‘MiMi’ to four grandkids – all of whom she adores!
Jennifer took a chance that there could be an interest in romance with middle aged couples who are finding themselves at a crossroads and wrote her debut novel Out of the Box Awakening, which centers on the hope of finding happiness and passion through unexpected heartache. It emphasizes the need for family and friends as Jennifer has learned in her own life. Grownup romance from the other side of 30 is how she characterizes her books. The books have also been described as “Mature Sexy” by one reviewer…
Her best-selling Out of the Box series consists of
OUT OF THE BOX AWAKENING, OUT OF THE BOX REGIFTED,
OUT OF THE BOX EVERLASTING and a companion novella TOCCATA OBBLIGATO~SERENADING KYRA.
Books by Jennifer Theriot
OUT OF THE BOX AWAKENING: Olivia is a good woman, a good mother, a good wife. She’s got it made. She doesn’t want anything to change.
Of course, it does…
Swept from her perfect paper-doll life in Houston, Olivia finds herself in Chicago, alone, betrayed, and far from home. Soon everything she thought she knew about herself and her life will be challenged. She has only courage, love, and her passion for music to carry her through the maelstrom—or draw her further in.
Ash is the man who has everything—everything except healing from the losses of a lifetime. His only peace lies in the sweet flow of music pouring from his guitar.
What happens when the married woman and the sexy handsome widower are thrown together by fate?
Out of the Box Awakening is a story about second chances, shared passion and shared joy. Jennifer Theriot has written a compelling book about what happens when two people find new life and new love for themselves and for those around them.
OUT OF THE BOX REGIFTED: Betrayal, Lies, Loss, Hurt, Secrets….
With a new beginning on the horizon for Olivia and Ash, what could possibly stop them from finding their happily-ever-after? In the midst of joy, this blended family finds they have to trust in love and family bonds to get them through what is coming next…or self-destruct.
In order to move on, Olivia must face the haunting demons from her past life with her ex-husband. Demands and more betrayals force her to come to grips with things she can’t change and try to forgive, not only those in her past, but herself as well.
Faced with his own hidden secrets, will Ash allow Olivia to stand by him? How long can he keep parts of his life hidden from those who love him?
Can Olivia gain the confidence she needs to explore the new life Ash is offering and still remain true to herself?
Follow Olivia Petersen on this next chapter of her journey as a regifted woman and watch as she discards the meek, obedient wife role and morphs into a free spirited, determined woman who commands respect from those in her life. Can she maintain the courage to seek what she needs to be free from the past, while hanging on to the future Ash offers?
OUT OF THE BOX EVERLASTING: Recently engaged Ash and Olivia are returning home from two romance-filled weeks abroad to tragedy and chaos.
A terrible accident in the Seattle harbor has hospitalized one of Ash’s children and skeletons are about to come out of the closet because of it. Dark secrets Ash had sworn to take with him to the grave will have to be told to get his son the treatment he needs.
As if that’s not enough, a thoughtless decision could destroy his relationship with Olivia. Forever.
While they have the love and support of family and friends, and they’ve made it through some of life’s toughest obstacles already, life just threw them a real curveball. No one is sure if their love will be strong enough to survive this one.
Burdened with feelings of betrayal and uncertainty, Olivia finds herself returning to familiar ground. On the outside, she and Ash seem like the perfect couple, but everyone has demons from their past. To work through the vestiges of these demons, she seeks the professional help of Dr. Trenda Silverman in Galveston, Texas. Hard questions will be asked. Harder answers will be realized.
Sometimes you have to go to Hell before you can get to Heaven. Follow Ash and Olivia on this emotionally poignant journey as they capture Everlasting.
TOCCATA OBBLIGATO~SERENADING KYRA: Rock star Todd O’Malley is pierced, tatted up and misunderstood. Kyra Edwards is sweet and innocent; she captures his heart.
This is a story of Beauty and the Beast, where we admire the beauty that is Kyra and adore the beast known as Todd….
Noel Calabrese hates the holidays as much as she hates her life. While in the Silicon Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could this sexy, silver fox be her ticket to happiness? Can she learn to trust again?
Unwrap this steamy little romance about Second Chances and Self-Worth, complete with a palindrome
FORTUNE BRAWLING: (co-written with award winning author, Hunter S. Jones)
Two guitars. Two wild women. One crazy honky tonking night in Georgia. The Ace is high and the Joker is always wild.
When Texas meets Tennessee the end result spells T.R.O.U.B.L.E
What happens at Bud’s honky tonk in Trenton, Georgia, should stay at Bud’s, but it doesn’t. What went wrong? Who gets in trouble and who gets revenge? Who are JD Fowler and Tom Vanderfleet? What does the best fairy godmother in Country Music history do to save the day this time around? These questions and more secrets are revealed in this adventurous, light hearted and fun contemporary novelette.
COOKING WITH THE CRAZY LADY AUTHORS:
The Crazy Lady Authors aren’t just cooking up plots in their books, they’re also cooking up tasty vittles! Hey, we’re ‘crazy’ about you, so we’re ‘dishing’ our best recipes out in this awesome cookbook. It’s the CLA’s way of helping you serve up outstanding dinners in between reading any one of our published works. We know how easy it is to get lost in the pages. Before you know it, the hours have flown by and it’s time for dinner. The hubby is hollering, the kids are complaining, and even the dog wants treats. We figure it’s all our fault so why not help you maintain peace and harmony in your home by providing this amazing book of easy recipes to keep your clan well-fed? We do, however, stop short of coming to your house to cook it all up for you. We’re writing our next novels, after all! Don’t be greedy. Bon appetit!
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