Jennifer Probst – The Joy of Firsts

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The Very First Love Story….

We always remember our first, right? First kiss, first love, first pet, first tragedy? It’s summer sins by Jennifer Probst 300dpidifferent from naming our favorite- the first is sometimes wonderful, sometimes painful, but always poignant.

When people ask me about when I first started writing, I always refer to the very first book I wrote when I was twelve years old. It was a young adult romance based on the shy, smart girl no one noticed and the bad ass popular kid from the wrong side of the tracks. The book was called Challenges of the Heart. I used everything about my life to write it, drawing from personal experiences, and using real life friends as my secondary characters. Every moment I wrote that story I remember pure joy.

This was before I knew too much about craft, or worried about publishing, or got bogged down by details. My soul just soared because I was caught up in the beauty of the story, the romance between the characters and their searching alwaysrocky journey toward love.

My mother used to yell at me to put my notebook down. I drifted off in school most days, thinking about my book and I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Nothing else mattered to me, I was caught in the helpless spell of creating a romance that would change two people forever – and in my world, they were very, very real. They spoke to me, changed me, supported me. They made me brave and helped me reach for my dreams. They were my very first characters, and I still have that notebook today—worn, battered, faded. I look at my childish script and I hold my first real book in my hand. The first book I ever wrote and believed in. And yes, it brings me both joy and a sadness, when I think about that young girl who was so passionate about life, and how many times she was bent along the way, but never broken.

That’s what romance novels do to us. They help us not break. They take us away from the pain of life for a few precious hours, and give us hope, peace, and some happiness. Oh, and so much joy.

Do romance novels change the world? Will they ever be touted as magnificent magic of booksmasterpieces, and pushed in our schools to be read, or held up in the loft NY Times Book reviews?

Probably not. But as I tell people about anything they do in this life or experience, it’s still just as powerful.  Why?

Because romance novels change one woman at a time. A few hours of joy must negate many hours of pain, right?

The first book I wrote changed my life.

Jennifer recommends:

I would highly recommend two authors to check out who love romance and write so amazingly well, I adore their books!

One is Lexi Blake who writes delicious erotic and BDSM romance I’m addicted to.

Another is Kristan Higgins, who writes sexy, funny contemporary packed full of emotion. (KH is doing a RARM post on 8/26.)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

There have been many moments of sheer joy in my life, but one that jumps out at me is the moment when I realized my little book, The Marriage Bargain, had hit a bestseller list. I’ve never experienced such intense emotions. The book had been rejected so many times over so many years, to have readers love and embrace my story was a moment I’d never forget!

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Hershey Park, PA is a place that has wonderful memories for me. As a child, that was our go-to vacation destination, and I remember my brother and me being steeped in the scent of chocolate, and having fun at the amusement park, or walking around the little town. Now, I have two boys of my own and they say that vacation ranks up with Disneyworld! It’s so nice to go back year after year and have the same joy!

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

One of the sounds I love most in the world is a baby’s giggle. The sound is full of happiness and sheer joy and makes me smile every time!

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

One of my favorite books is The Art of Racing in the Rain. Knowing that the main character is a dog and seeing his viewpoint on life changed me. I re-read it many times to reconnect with those feelings.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Oh, Lord, I love Chris Hemsworth! I love a man with a hammer and long flowing blonde hair!!!

Jennifer is generously giving away a signed copy of a book from her backlist, winner’s choice. (Domestic only, apologies to international friends.) Entry form below.

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews.

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