Jenni Bracken - a young woman with the courage to go after her dream
Twenty-four year old Jenni has made no bones about her intention of marrying Craig and no amount of advice from her older twin brothers has persuaded her from that goal. After seven years of failure she finds herself living in close quarters with Craig. Where can he run to now? When Craig leaves
with the American he's planning to marry, Jenni accepts that her dreams are dead in the water. Australia
Craig Davenport - a man torn between loyalty to his friends and a need that defies reason
At 34 Craig Davenport is the Golden Boy of the film industry. A successful film director, he's been best friends with the Bracken twins since infants' school, and for years they've been threatening to tear him limb from limb if he ever gets ideas about their kid sister. When he finds himself closeted with Jenni in the
hinterland, Craig's resolve is tested to the limits. But he's holding on - just. Then he and Jenni dance the Argentine Tango... New South Wales
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Welcome Layssa! Thanks so much for taking time to let us find out a little about you and your books. How did you start your writing career?
Sitting up in a hospital bed with oxygen tubes in my nose and three lots of antibiotics going into my veins. It was right before Christmas 2011 and I was going bonkers in hospital (it had been five weeks by then). I was reading a fantasy novel someone had given me, and not too far into the book I thought that even I could do better than that. Next thing I knew I had coloring pencils and papers and was drawing up my fantasy world; the characters; the buildings/locations etc. After getting all the visuals drawn up, I suddenly thought 'hang on... maybe I should see if I can write first...'
My brain was functioning on only 47% oxygen (I still haven't made it back to the 90% mark yet - but I'm trying). So I wrote this story, edited it; proof read it; slapped a cover on it and published it. Then I started on the next story, and suddenly the minor characters in that one led to the Bracken Series and the third book in that series is about to be released any day.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
No, but travel has helped my writing. I lived in the UK and Europe for 10 years, and those experiences gave me a rich resource to draw on when I am writing.
Tell us about your current release.
Hell In Heels is Jenni Bracken's story and it will be released in a couple of weeks. She's had Craig - her big brothers' best friend - in her sights forever, but she's getting nowhere real fast. The problem is her big brothers (identical twins) who've been warning Craig off for years; and Craig himself who's always believed he's nowhere near good enough for Jenni because he was born damaged goods.
Tell us about your next release.
Ahh - now that will be the first of a series of Regency romances. At this stage, it looks like there will be seven stories in that series unless I get really tough and eliminate some of the characters sometime soon... The first story will look at just how totally women were at the mercy of their menfolk; pawns to be used for whatever purpose was most expedient to the family at that particular point in time. In this story, the heroine - who's due to marry for love three days hence - is forced into marriage with her betrothed's cousin.
The newlyweds are forced to flee to Europe. When the man she was to marry learns of his betrothed's sudden marriage to his cousin, he becomes a thoroughly embittered man whose attitude towards women becomes cavalier at best; and whose good humor morphs into a sarcastic and cruel wit.
But when the heroine is widowed six years later, she finds herself a very wealthy woman with an inheritance that will always pass down the female line. To ensure the wealth does not pass out of the dead man's line, our jilted hero finds himself forced into marriage with the heroine for the purpose of siring not only an heir, but female offspring.
The hero longer trusts the heroine and will never forgive her for her betrayal six years ago. Our heroine, who knows telling the truth will condemn someone close to her to death, must endure in silence.
So the story is about far the hero will go to uncover the truth and what he will do with that knowledge.
This is a story of personal loss; of finding in the depths of despair and emotional devastation one's capacity for compassion; of learning to trust when the odds appear stacked against you. More than that though, I think it's a story of the enduring quality of the human heart and its power to overcome even the most insurmountable of obstacles.
Who is your favorite author?
I have so many favorite authors! David Baldacci; Robert North Patterson; Dan Brown; Jane Austen; Maria Snyder; Amanda Hocking; Nicholas Sparks; Patrick Rothfuss; Karen Brooks; Georgette Heyer; Jasper Fforde and on and on we could go.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I write during the night. I'm unable to sleep at night, so I have plenty of time on my hands during the night. I used to paint, but since my battle with pneumonia my lungs haven't been able to cope with the smell of pigments and solvents. So it's a good thing I discovered writing!
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Saying 'The End'! I swear, I could spend the rest of my life editing each of the books I've written to date and I would never be entirely satisfied with them! There would always be something I could do better!
Where do you research for your books?
At the National Library of Australia, or I go hunting down source material by trawling through the bibliographies at the bottom of related online articles. And books - I have collected lots of books over the years - particularly on the Regency period. Other than that, I have a varied work background which has given me lots of experience in diverse fields.
How do you describe your writing style?
I hope I'm a show, don't tell type - I'm certainly perverse enough to be inclined to show rather than tell. I don't have the patience to waffle on for pages describing the intricate details of a room and its furnishings and what have you - I want to tell the stories of the people the story is about. I want to get down to their thoughts; their feelings; their problems, hopes and fears. I enjoy writing dialogue; and I enjoy writing from multiple POVs. So I hope readers find my characters well rounded and 'real' too.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
You should never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Thanks so much. I enjoyed talking to you and finding out a little more about you.
Layssa was born in a glass bottomed boat off Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef, and grew up as the black sheep of the family and the eldest of six kids in small towns in Queensland.
So far she's been a nurse; teacher; international flight crew; artists' and repertoire co-ordinator for a record label; secretary; policy developer/writer; graphic designer; DJ at sea; project manager in the construction industry; and a judge in the equestrian world. In a voluntary capacity she's convened eisteddfods; been a bushfire fighter; a Deceased Victim Identification officer; and senior team leader with the State Emergency Services who handle everything from storm damage; road rescue; search and rescue; forensic evidence searches; crowd control; flood rescue and the like.
Layssa lives in Canberra with her beautiful daughter and two arrogant and demanding felines.
Two years ago - after a health crisis - she discovered she could draw and paint; and seven months ago - after another health crisis - discovered she enjoyed writing. Her work colleagues are now waiting to find out what new talent she'll discover with her next health crisis!
Bottom line - she never considered writing before last Christmas. But her motto is "Better late than never!"
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