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About Janelle Lee
Writing found Janelle when she was in Year Two, and the best story ever written was beaten out by a boy who received the creative writing award. She is still bitter about that although she did manage to relieve him of all his marbles at lunchtime so all was not lost. Janelle spent a lot of time outside the principal’s office where she would be punished by writing... They would even supply the stationery. She wrote another best ever story in Year Nine unfortunately she was in Geography and her epee wielding teacher didn’t appreciate her epic tale of the rogue geography teacher going on a rampage with an epee. All her pleas that it wasn’t about the teacher fell on deaf ears.
Also by Janelle Lee
Hell Has A Harbour View
The Lie She Told
Double Trouble Anthology - Pigeon Pair
For The Love Of Christmas Anthology - Relinquishing Christmas
Heat Wave Anthology - Sail Away.
An Interview with Janelle Lee
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Janelle, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is A Second Chance and features two very special characters reunited after time apart. Where did you get the idea for their emotionally-engaging story?
JL: This story as well as every other one I've written usually comes from real life experiences such as travelling on a train, being on a plane, shopping in a mall or being at school. I love watching people (in the nicest possible way) and listening. Sometimes someone will say something that sticks and I expand on it by using the what if theory. By what if I mean - What if this happened? Etc.
HH: What do you like best about Kellie and why will readers empathize with her?
JL: I like the fact that like everyone else she has made mistakes, which I'm sure will see her as a relatable character to the readers.
HH: What do you like best about James and why will readers love him?
JL: I like how he tries to hide his true self behind a wall of stubbornness. I think readers will love him because he really is an endearing character.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
JL: I enjoy writing strong characters who are flawed, I especially like coming up with secondary characters that enrich the story without them taking over. Hopefully readers will discover the same things that I look for when I read fiction: a story that transports and characters who engage. I hope the readers can respond to the emotions of this story.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JL: I have a few manuscripts in the pipeline which I am hoping will be published in 2013.
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
JL: 2012 for me was a great year both professionally and personally. I am just hoping 2013 is more of the same.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
JL: My favourite thing to do after writing is to travel and it's the people I meet and the places I see that help inspire my writing.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
JL: Being the Writer in Residence at the local Primary school keeps my week days busy but I make sure I write every day. Although I don't necessarily set a word count I do seem to get a lot accomplished.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
JL: I love getting emails from readers. Although I am keen to hear from them via twitter or FB.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
JL: My cruise to New Zealand in February and to be more adaptable as a writer and leave my comfort zone to write across genres. I have just been contracted for my first YA novel so I will be exploring this genre as well as continuing to write romance.
HH: Thank you!