Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a scientist and a mom. I currently reside in New England and draw from my interests in history, science, the outdoors, and my family for inspiration. I write historical and contemporary romances and women's fiction. I enjoy writing non-fiction articles for family-oriented travel magazines and aspire to write children’s books while continuing to write novels. When I finally got to visit Scotland, it was nothing short of breathtaking. I enjoy working in my flower gardens, tackling the biggest mountains in New England with my husband, and playing with my sons, while daydreaming about the next hero and heroine to write about…
I've written 1 published and 2 contracted (TBD publish date early 2019) books, with several more in the queue. However, my first book to be published was my FOURTH manuscript to be written. I've been writing on and off for twenty years. It took much patience, perseverance, and putting in the time to get where I am now.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
A Hundred Kisses…it's a historical romance with a supernatural twist. I love everything medieval Scotland, so that's where I've hung out now for years during my honing of craft and exploration of publication. Sweeping moors and majestic crags aside, I love a fella in a kilt (but alas, not in 13th century Scotland), and a happy ever after.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't think I have any unusual habits. I love post-it's and lists. My desk is decently clean (though my children's playroom, where my desk resides, not so much). I love writing in the morning, drink lots of coffee, and am a plotter/pre-organized writer who does a lot of plot and character development before I dig in.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
In my early years of reading I really enjoyed Julie Garwood. Then Diana Gabaldon and Outlander swept me away. Both got me hooked on kilted heroes and Scotland. These days I read more women's fiction, such as Kristin Hannah or Jodi Picoult.
What are you working on now?
Edits! A Hundred Breaths, the prequel to A Hundred Kisses will release soon. I have a contemporary Women's Fiction also set to release soon. Oh, and time to work on the sequel in the "hundred" series, to wrap out that trilogy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Street teams can be very helpful. Facebook, Twitter, Amazon. Think outside the box and be creative in your marketing and promotion. The author community is very supportive of each other.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Developing a thick skin is not necessary but helpful. Really, it takes time to learn the business, network with authors/editors/agents, and hone your craft. Expect rejections; use the feedback to improve your writing. Attend conferences, connect with writing groups, read craft and business books, and reach out. The author community is tight and we have each other's backs.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I loved learning about GMC (Goal, Motivation, and Conflict) from Debra Dixon's book, as well as the Thesaurus series by Ackerman and Puglisi. On Writing by Stephen King was eye-opening. I don't think I have one set best advice. A few years ago, a speaker at a conference suggested putting your fishing pole out there in different ponds. I liked that idea, and because of it, I now have romance, women's fiction, and magazine articles under my belt. Spread it out, try different things. Be open to different publication routes.
What are you reading now?
Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep on keeping on…novels, magazine articles, and maybe children's books. I have several more books coming out this upcoming year, so much of my time will be spent on promotion.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Author Websites and Profiles
Jean M. Grant Website
Jean M. Grant Amazon Profile
Jean M. Grant Author Profile On The Wild Rose Press