Former navy wife turned author Jennifer L. Hart loves a good mystery as well as a good laugh and a happily ever after is a must. When she’s not playing with her imaginary friends or losing countless hours on social media, she spends her free time experimenting with both food and drink recipes and wishing someone else would clean up. Since she lives with three guys and a beagle, that’s usually not the case. Her works include The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag series and the Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries from Gemma Halliday Publishing.
Jennifer is a travel junkie and although her frequent flyer wings are currently clipped, she still spends plenty of time in other worlds.
Hart’s current fixation is Miami, the setting for her brand spanking new mystery series featuring certified process server, Jackie Parker, her husband Luke and her brother-in-law, Logan, A.K.A the Dark Prince.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
To do what I need to do to finish my books, my way. I don’t offer aspiring writers advice because other advice never worked for me. Each series, each book, is unique and requires different things from me. The Southern Pasta Shop series demanded a lot of time in the kitchen, tinkering with recipes that I included in the books whereas The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag books usually need more mental elbow grease. And with the Damaged Goods books, I just open a vein and bleed onto the page.
How has this helped you as a writer?
I take each book, each series as it comes and try never to feel like I’m somehow doing it wrong. My own neurosis has been my biggest hold up in production. Well, that and Facebook.
Mac or PC?
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
Word. Never tried Scrivener.
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
I tend to use the sticky notes features on my laptop for preliminary notes, then just settle in to write. This helps if I get interrupted and during the self-editing stages and also in production of my fabulous audiobooks!
Do you have any writing rituals?
As far as daily rituals, coffee before noon, wine after five, water in between. For each book, I tend to make a playlist of music. I don’t often listen while I write but the music helps keep me in the zone while I do other things. I’m a very auditory writer and I love audiobooks. Oftentimes as I work on book three in a series, I’ll listen to audiobooks one and two in between to make sure I’ve tied up any loose ends. Plus I have had the pleasure to snag some of the greatest narrators working today and hearing Suzanne Cerreta or Hollie Jackson narrate my books is always a thrill!
Do you start by writing or researching first?
I tend to start writing and research as I go. It’s too easy for me to put off the writing because I’ve fallen down the research rabbit hole. For example, my Damaged Goods mystery series takes place in Miami, but I’ve never been. So I subscribe to the Miami Herald’s Facebook page and follow numerous local businesses on Facebook as well to get the right vibe for the series.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
Living room chair. Just me and the beagle. I chase everyone else out of the room.
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
My screened in porch, especially in the evenings when the fireflies start coming out with a lazy fan swirling overhead. Again the beagle is the only one allowed, since she doesn’t talk back.
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