This week we here at the Pink Heart Society bring you a lovely Aussie newbie who has already appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list! Here's Jennie Adams!
Australian author Jennie Adams began her Harlequin career with the publication of her first two Harlequin romance stories in 2005. Jennie’s strong heroes and feisty, determined heroines have warmed the hearts of readers all over the world, with her books being translated into numerous foreign language editions. Although she fights the impulse, Jennie still tries to decipher each foreign edition when it arrives in the mail. Italian, anyone?
ABOUT THE CALL...
In a way, my Harlequin ‘call’ story started one day in 2003 on a morning walk with my husband. I’d been submitting manuscripts to publishers for several years by then but Harlequin Romance (then called ‘Tender’) was my dream goal. I told my husband I intended to keep submitting until the company either bought me, or I died of old age with my hands on the keyboard, preparing my latest submission.
I plotted a story with a heroine under the thumb of a blackmailer, and pulled out all the stops to make it as good as I could. In Nov 03 I sent the partial and synopsis of ‘Marriage: Business Style’ to HM&B. Three months later, the full manuscript was requested and I sent it in.
On the 18th June 04 I sat at my computer after a day at work and discovered an email from editor Kimberley Young, requesting revisions to my story. My brain fell over. Totally and completely. I sat there staring at the email, reading it but not comprehending, not really believing I’d got this wonderful contact, a chance to try to improve the story – I remember thinking before I opened the email, ‘Oh, they’re saving money now and rejecting their overseas submissions by email’.
While I was in that state of utter shock, the phone rang. It was Kimberley Young. She wanted to check that I’d received her email, and to discuss the revisions, see if I felt I could do them, and when I might be able to hand them back in. Wow. Was I dreaming? The family were very excited for me. This was ‘the next step’. We all hoped it would end in a sale. I worked my tail off over a three day weekend, and emailed the revisions on Monday night. Then I got on with my work and pretended everything was okay and went very blue in the face secretly holding my breath while I waited to hear something. I guarded the phone like a hungry piranha. Other people in the house had lives to conduct, calls to make? Not then, they didn’t!
Wednesday evening, to take my mind off myself, I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The last tray was in the oven when the phone rang. It was Kim Young. The line was dreadful. I couldn’t hear her! I think we tried three times before finally being able to hear properly. After some chat, Kim told me she was happy with the revisions, they wanted to buy the book which would go on to be titled ‘The Boss’s Convenient Bride’. Cue second brain collapse here! I relapsed into this super calm state that was actually a cover for utter shock. I said thankyou a lot. I wish I could relate the rest of the conversation. I made notes and they’re probably still around somewhere, but truly? It’s a complete blur. It took days for what had happened to sink in, and I know I’m not exaggerating the way I reacted during that phone call. I have the proof – when Kim Young called to tell me my second book, ‘Parents of Convenience’ had been accepted for publication and I, well, I think I sort of shrieked a bit, she said something along the lines of, ‘Oh, NOW she gets excited’
'The Boss’s Convenient Bride’ was #10 on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list its first week out in
Jennie’s fourth Harlequin Romance, ‘Memo: Marry Me?’ was a May 07 release. Buy it online at eHarlequin.com, MillsandBoon.co.uk or as part of the ‘Winter Warmer Collection’ in stores and at eHarlequin.com.au in
To read excerpts, check out Jennie’s website at www.jennieadams.net . While you’re there, visit the ‘Breaking News’ page and enter her latest contest draw!