1. Hi Jane Godman, welcome to Amanda Writes. Please tell readers a little about yourself.
Hi, Amanda, it’s nice to be here! I was born in Scotland and have lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. I still get the urge to travel, although these days I tend to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history.
When I’m not reading or writing romance, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family. I’m married to a lovely man, have two grown up children and have recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and what inspired your first book?
Ever since I could hold a pencil I’ve written stories, so I suppose I’ve always wanted to be a writer. My first book with Harlequin (in their Shivers line) was a gothic romance called Legacy of Darkness. I wanted to encompass all the best elements of the tradition—brooding, atmospheric, setting dark secrets—with some newer touches including increased edginess and sensuality
3. Plotter or panster?
I’m naturally a pantster, but writing for a traditional publisher like Harlequin means I have to stick to a plot. It’s hard, but I’m getting better at it.
4. What is the title of your upcoming release and can you talk briefly about it?
Colton and the Single Mom is Book Four in the Colton’s of Red Ridge mini-series. Although it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone story. The Coltons stories have been a hugely successful continuity for many years. Running over a twelve-month period, they are serialised with a different author picking up the story each month. Think of a soap opera, with all the associated family drama, then add in murder, intrigue, and a steamy romance (of course)!
In the Coltons of Red Ridge series, someone is killing bridegrooms just as they are planning their wedding. Couples are scared to be seen out in public. Wedding planners are going out of business, caterers are closing their doors… I was instantly hooked on the storyline of a town where romance is dead.
5. What message do you anticipate readers to draw from this story?
In my story, Brayden and Esmée have both been through tough times, and they have pretty much turned their backs on love. But they find something in each other that makes them think again. It starts with a shared sense of humor and develops from there. And that’s the key, even when times are tough, there is always someone who can lighten the burden.
6. What book is on top of your TBR pile?
Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh. I keep hearing good things about it and I really like the sound of it.
7. How long does it take you to write the first draft of a story?
Usually about three months for a first draft. Then another month to re-draft. It depends on the length of the book, of course.
8. Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
I’m lucky that I don’t get writer’s block very often. When I do, I switch to writing something else. It’s hard to do that if I’m up against the clock with a deadline looming, but I find spending a few days working on something else usually does the trick.
9. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the fourth book in my Sons of Stillwater series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. I love these stories so much! This is another edge-of-your-seat thriller set in the small Wyoming town of Stillwater. This time the hero is DR. Leon Sinclair (who we first met in Book One, Covert Kisses).
10. Any advice for aspiring writers?
It’s easy to get caught up in competing pieces of advice and end up changing your writing to try and please everyone. My advice is to write the book you want to read. Be true to your own voice and don’t try to copy someone else. Oh, and never give up!
This Colton cop falls for a ready-made family
A Coltons of Red Ridge story
A serial killer is on the loose, and true-crime filmmaker Esmée da Costa is on the case. K-9 cop Brayden Colton, the prime suspect’s half brother, works hard to stop her prying, but sparks fly as he falls for Esmée and her son. When Esmée and Brayden’s little family comes under siege, can they save all they love?
JANE GODMAN writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance and thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She also self publishes her historical and gothic stories. She has been a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Nominee and The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner.
Jane worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history.
When she isn’t reading or writing romance, Jane enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent (to two gorgeous boys).