Jules Bennett is a rising star in Harlequin's Desire line. I'm honored that she agreed to let me pepper her with questions about her books, her characters and her writing life. Her latest release, HER INNOCENCE, HIS CONQUEST is heating up my Kindle as we speak.
Jules, what are the core characteristics of a "Bennett hero"?
My men have to have a soft heart when it comes to women. A little bit of a troubled past always makes for a stronger man. I love when he's at war with himself over anything, that makes him seem human and vulnerable. But he MUST be a great protector, yet know when to step aside and let the woman take the lead.
Tell us a bit about your writing process.
Oh, how I wish I was a panster. I want to just sit down and let the story fly out my fingertips. Unfortunately I have a military dad and everything is planned...EVERYTHING! I'm talking spreadsheets here - can you say boring?
I have to have silence. No silence, no work. Simple as that. So I write in the middle of the night when my family is asleep because there's no silence in a house with a 5 and 3 year old. No routine (refer back to the age of kids). I wish I did because I like structure (refer back to military papa).
How do you like to connect with readers?
I hang on Twitter, that's my breather from writing. I keep my readers updated through my Facebook Fan Page and do contests through that as well. Locally I do many radio interviews, speak at my college and library, and make sure all my books are signed in the stores around my area.
Tell us about Her Innocence, His Conquest.
And a little more about Jules...
Wife to her high school sweetheart, mother to two little girls, former salon owner—oh, and author—Jules Bennett isn't afraid to tackle the blessings of life head-on. Once she sets a goal in her sights, get out of her way or come along for the ride…just ask her husband.
Jules lives in the Midwest where she loves spending time with her family and making memories. Jules's love extends beyond her family and books. She's an avid shoe, hat and purse connoisseur. She feels that her font of knowledge when it comes to accessories is essential when setting a scene.
Jules participates in the Harlequin Desire Author Blog and holds launch contests through her Web site when she has a new release. Please visit her Web site, where you can sign up for her newsletter to keep up to date on everything in Jules's life.