Archive for June, 2007

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More Cowboys-not mine this time though!
Sunday, June 24th, 2007 2 Comments »


Please welcome Jan Kenny to my blog. She writes novels about real cowboys from the old Wild West and I just love that genre. Jan also has a very interesting call story which shows that perseverance does pay off! And hey, it’s always nice to salute someone who took a few years to get published like me!

1. When did you start writing and how long did it take for you to get
THE CALL?

Wow, it was a long journey for me. I wrote my first historical novel thirteen years ago, sent it to New York, and then waited a year for the reject. Then I spend two long frustrating years rewriting that first novel for an editor, and resubmitting, and waiting, and ultimately getting rejected. I was so naive about the business, and there are still things I’m learning, but I wasted four years with the first novel before I finally shoved it under the bed and wrote the second book. I got an agent with that work which was a Dell Diamond Debut finalist, and while the agent was (supposedly) shopping it around, I wrote my third novel. When my agent finally (after a year) confessed that she’d lost all record of my book, I cut all ties with her. There was a spate of family illness after that where my writing was sporadic.

When I got serious about writing three years ago, I rewrote my third novel but couldn’t find an agent for it because “nobody” was publishing western historicals. So I wrote several romantic suspense novels that I now believe were a great learning exercise for me. Then at the insistence of a good friend, I queried Kensington, submitted the novel and got The Call. That submission to acceptance took me a month.

2. Have you always been interested in the old West?

Always. I love cowboys and the western way of life, and our country’s rich history.

3. What gave you the idea for this particular story?

I was researching an article and came across this snippet about an Irish promoter who lured sons of English nobility to Kansas on the pretext of teaching them how to farm, etc. They established the town of Runnymede, did more drinking, fox hunting and gambling than tending their land, and their fathers cut off their stipends. The majority of the English citizens went home, which gave me the idea of “what if one stubborn women didn’t want to return to England?”

4. What do you most admire about your main characters and what do you
want your readers to take away from reading this book?

Their drive to achieve their goals and never give up, even when the world seems against them.

5.What are your plans for the future, writing wise?

My second western historical comes out from Kensington April 08, and I just submitted the proposal for a third book in that series. At present, I’m working on two other proposals. One is a fun paranormal, and the other is a dark romantic suspense. And I also have ideas for another western historical series.

6. Tell us something interesting about you that isn’t commonly known (promise we won’t tell)

Well, if you promise you won’t tell– 😉 When I was a teenager, I posed nude for a painting. Nuff said.

Janette Kenny
ONE REAL COWBOY Zebra – Available now!
ONE REAL MAN Zebra – April 08
http://www.jankenny.com – monthly contest
http://www.writemindedblog.com
http://www.myspace.com/jankenny
http://www.janettekenny.bebo.com

In the moment…
Thursday, June 14th, 2007 2 Comments »

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This picture always makes me laugh. It’s a beautiful piece of art, but I have 4 kids, just like Madame Caroline Murat and I think I know exactly what’s going through her head. To me, she looks like she’s trying to get away, rather than present the conventional ‘mother image’. I imagine her thinking: “are these all my children? I’m sure they were smaller than this the last time I saw them, and less noisy and…don’t touch my dress…Nanny? where are you? Nanny?” Of course all this would be in French rather than English.

This last week, as a proud mother, I attended two graduation ceremonies. One for son #3 who graduated middle school-hurrah! He seemed fairly laid back about the whole thing and it went off beautifully and relatively quickly.

Son #1 graduated from High School two days later and I was quite excited about the whole concept. I’ve never been to an American high school graduation before and I was dying to see if it lived up to all the films and T.V. images I’d stored away in my head. I felt a bit sorry for him in his black nylon gown sitting in the sweltering heat. Being as this is California, some of the guys decided to go extremely informal under their gowns, sporting a variety of trainers, shorts, hairy legs, sandals etc etc. I did wonder if any of them had gone the whole hog and were naked but luckily I didn’t find out. The girls wore white nylon which while cooler let the sun shine right through…what a choice.

Anyway it all started relatively quietly, although I did pause to wonder why the ceremonial procession music ‘pomp and circumstance’ came to be used as the standard music being as it’s a late nineteenth century jingoistic rant about how great Great Britain is, (or was in those days of Empire). the first verse goes like this:
“Land of hope and glory, mother of the free, how shall we extol thee, who are born of thee? Wider still and wider, shall thy bonds be set. God who made thee mighty, make the mightier yet, (barm barm barm) God who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet!”
It’s kind of considered the second British/English national anthem, so it tickled me to hear it played at both graduations.

Back to the ceremony, I noticed quite a few blow up balls being punted around in the air by the grads. Every time one came into a teacher’s radius, a teacher would leap up and confiscate the ball, causing groans. After a while, the balls got bigger and several blow up dolls apparently made their appearance. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry at this point-got to love California!

And then after the ceremony of twisting the tassel (?)or something like that-it happened-they threw their hats in the air! I just loved that part!

Other news-I had a blast reading all the entries to the contest. some of the captions were great! I’ll be having another contest soon just for my newsletter readers, so sign up now!

I also heard that “Planet Mail” will be available in print in the next couple of weeks. As soon as I get some links I’ll put them up on the website. I know some of you prefer a print book to an e-book and hell, look at that cover! Wouldn’t you like to kiss that goodnight? (I wouldn’t, of course, as I have the lovely and gorgeous Mr Kate to kiss instead.)

I also have a date for the publication of my first Kensington Aphrodisia book “Simply Sexual”. It will be available in Feb 08. As soon as I get a cover, I’ll put it up for you all to see.



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