Janene Cates Putman had a chance to talk to New York Times bestselling
author Jill Shalvis
about this and that, you know, mostly about her pets, hot men and Lucky Harbor.
FF: Congrats on your Career Achievement award for Contemporary Romance
Romantic Times! How was the 2013 Booklovers Convention for you? (I was there &
was terribly bummed not to have run into you!)
I would have loved to see you! It was my first time at the Booklovers
Convention. I was a Booklovers Convention virgin! But I had a fantastic time,
and the award was the icecream on top of the cake. :)
FF: Lucky Harbor novels – set to have 10 by next year –
WOW! How do you feel
about this series ending?
A little sad, to be honest. Lucky Harbor has defined my career and brought a
lot of goodness into my life. I have such a soft spot for all the characters
that it's really hard to move on. :)
FF: From IT HAD TO
BE YOU: "It's okay. I've got you." Thank God. For just this
one second, someone had her.
Isn't that one of the sexiest things a man can say? What else is sexy to you?
I find a hero with a sense of humor, a strong loyalty, and a big heart to be
just about the sexiest thing ever.
FF: Favorite book or series you've written? Favorite book you've not
Favorite book just might be IT HAD TO BE YOU, which
just came out. I think
Luke shot to the top of my favorite hero ever when I wrote the scene above that
FF: Misplaced City Girl blog excerpt: "I'll be here taking a badly
And also eating an entire bag of Pepperidge Farm's Mint Milanos." What are some
of your other tried-and-true writing techniques?
Writing is a great job. I can work in my bunny slippers on my deck while
eating cookies. But it's also a really hard job that requires discipline. I'm
not all that good at discipline, and I have ADHD. So I have to force myself to
sit still to write. It's not pretty. I bribe myself. Write a page and you
can check email. Write another and you can have a cookie...
FF: Tell us about your cat, Satan – er, Sadie – and your
other furry writing
partners & how they inspired your involvement with Read Humane 2013.
Animals have always been a huge part of my life. We've rescued plenty of them
over the years. And they've all inspired me. There's nothing like writing
with a cat on your legs making them numb, and a dog on your feet chewing on
your favorite slipper...
FF: My favorite from your Question of the Day (paraphrased): What does
Alpha Man call you? And what do you WISH he would call you?
Alpha Man calls me a variety of things depending on his mood. :) Sometimes
it's honey, or babe. Sometimes it's "hey, woman!"
FF: What is the favorite vice you possess – that you will admit
Ha. There are many. Cookies. Bad TV reality shows. Trashy magazines...
Stealing my teenagers cute sundresses.
FF: How many books do you write a year? (My guess would be "a
that's not really a number... )How do you keep your writing fresh?
I write three full single titles a year and sometimes a novella or two. I
still have lots of stories in my head so apparently I'm not done yet!
FF: Do you have a good-luck charm – something you keep with you
when you write?
If so, what is it?
My dog, Frat Boy. :)
6 comments posted.
I really enjoyed reading the interview, and am looking forward to reading her latest book!! I thought I was an animal lover!! One day I hope to have as many animals, if not more, running around my household!! You can't beat having a cat or kitten purring on your lap, and a dog curled up at your feet!! Congratulations on your latest award, Jill!! You've earned it!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:44am June 12, 2013)
I love your description of the benefits of being an author: writing while wearing bunny slippers and eating cookies on your deck.
(Joanne Hicks 10:03pm June 12, 2013)
You are a busy lady! Great to get the chance to write all the stories down. I often have cats around me too.
(Clare O'Beara 4:01am June 14, 2013)