Today I’m very happy to welcome Jannie Lund, author of Vintage Dreams to my blog.
Hi Jannie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 32 years old and from Denmark, where I’ve lived most of my life except for a brief stint in Ireland. I’m an introvert with a capital I, which reflects in the things I like to spend my time on—writing, reading, photography, running, various crafts like crochet and scrapbooking. I’m in no way a people person. Well, unless I can write them a letter or e-mail.
How did you first come to be a writer?
I’ve pretty much always been writing, but it wasn’t until I was studying history at university that I realized that I wanted to make a real go of a writing career. I started out dreaming of writing historical fiction, wanting to communicate history that way. And I may yet, but so far my focus has been on romance. I had my first short story published in 2008.
What is your book about?
My latest book, Vintage Dreams, is about a lady with a temper who doesn’t like the dashing stranger who’s in town to take away the dream she’s worked hard to have come true. And who can blame her? But the dashing stranger has a job to do—and a tragic past. Sparks fly from the moment they meet.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere. And I know that sounds vague, but it’s true. I see something, hear something, smell something, feel something—and then I twist it, ask “what if” a lot, and end up with something I can’t quite explain where came from because it’s so far from what originally inspired it.
What is your writing routine?
I don’t really have much of a routine. When I’m writing a book, I just try to cram in as much writing time as possible. I have a daily word goal of one thousand words, but I often double or triple it. I need music when I write, though. I guess that’s the only set routine I have.
What is your favourite book?
It’s impossible to narrow it down to just one. Or two. I’m not even sure I could narrow it down to five. Can I cheat and make a small list instead? Morgans Run by Colleen McCullough is at the top. It’s epic. Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth and Jan Guillou’s Crusades trilogy have been on my list of favorites for a long time, too. More recent additions include Tanya Anne Crosby’s Highland Fire and Katherine Lowry Logan’s The Ruby Brooch. And then finally, there are my go-to authors whose work I’ll devour over and over again—M.A. Stacie, Nora Roberts, and Ava Miles. That is probably narrowing it down as much as I can. Oh, and Tennyson. I can’t forget him. His poetry gives me chills in all the good ways.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading The Picts: A History by Tim Clarkson. I seem to be in a bit of a Scottish phase at the moment and have been reading about lots of highlanders, kilts, and blue war paint. I usually like to mix up fiction and non-fiction and read more than one book at the time, but at the moment I’m mainly researching a future project.
Is there a question that you wish an interviewer would ask that you’ve never been asked? What’s your answer to that question?
Oh dear. Well, I suppose I wish someone had asked me early on why I’m Danish and mainly writing in English. And that’s because peaceful, little Denmark is murder-mystery country as far as literature (as well as movies and TV-series) is concerned. And obviously that’s not me—I don’t read them and I certainly don’t write them. The few romance imprints that are starting to pop focus on established, foreign authors. So I’m taking the long way around—the scenic and very, very enjoyable route.
If you were to be stranded on a desert island, which three things would you want to have with you and why?
Tennyson’s collected works, some sort of device that can make freshwater out of saltwater, and a hammock. The first to keep me from losing my mind, the second for survival, and the third for comfort.
How can people connect with you on social media?
Facebook: Jannie Lund Writer
Pinterest: Jannie Lund
Blog: JannieLund.com (You can sign up to Jannie’s mailing list via this link if you’d like to)
Scott Sullivan has been sent on a not all together pleasant trip down memory lane to secure a location for a client. Sure, it may take some charm and convincing to get the owners to sell, but he’s up for the task. And then he’s getting the hell out of dodge to escape the memories. In and out, quick and painless, that’s the plan. He just hadn’t counted on running into a fiery and stunning obstacle with gold flecks in her eyes.
Danielle Harris has worked hard to make her dream come true. With her best friend, she owns a boutique where she sells the vintage style dresses she designs. When a city lawyer comes along and tries to ruin everything, her Italian temper flares.
With Scott trying to conduct a business deal and Danielle fighting for her dream, sparks fly. Not least sparks of attraction and perhaps love. It’s clear that one of them needs to give in, but the feelings of resistance are deep-rooted in them both.
Vintage Dreams is out now and available from Amazon as both an ebook and a print book. Click here to be taken to the book’s page.
About the author
Jannie started writing because she couldn’t help herself. She needed to get some of the many stories trapped inside her head out. That was her excuse then, and it’s her excuse now. A mixture of a healthy imagination and difficulties getting the words out of her mouth made writing her outlet, and since 2008 she’s been fortunate enough to publish some of the many words she types.
When she’s not writing–or thinking about writing, which takes up most hours of the day–she manages to squeeze in some running, photography, and various creative pastimes.