October 3, 2018
Release date for
The Barnstormer by Jane Lewis
The Barnstormer by Jane Lewis
Tell us a little about you and how you started writing. Are you a plotter or punster?
I dreamed of being a writer since high school. As a musician, I worked seven days a week all my life. I always had a day job and spent weekends playing somewhere. My goal at retirement was to pursue writing, so I’m still working seven days a week and playing on weekends and loving every minute. I am a plotter. I make detailed character profiles and plot every chapter. However, my characters talk to me and I wake up in the middle of the night with their ideas as to how their story should be told.
When you choose your reads what are you looking for and who is your favorite author?
I have many favorite authors. I love reading books that my friends write. There are so many talented romance authors in our Georgia Romance Writers group. My favorite books are historical, I love cowboys, highlanders and pirates. I hate heroines that are TSTL (too stupid to live) and books that don’t have a HEA (happy ever after) or HFA (happy for now). The romance writing bug appeared when I read my first book by Kathleen Woodiwiss. ‘Shanna’ was the first I read by her but wasn’t the last by any means.
I know your new series happens in a small Georgia town in the 1930’s. Enlighten everyone on the town of Saplingville, Georgia.
My parents were born in Cedartown, Georgia (Saplingville/Cedartown – get the connection?), I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. As a kid we traveled the back roads to the small Georgia town many times. Listening to the stories from my siblings and my parents and spending time in a town where life slows to a crawl and no one was in a hurry appealed to me. I love the era of the 1930’s the music, clothes and rebuilding of a society after the Great Depression and before World War II.
What we can expect in the future?
I’m working on the third story called ‘The Lady Flyer.’ The early women flyers had an extremely hard time in the profession. Most men in that era believed a person of the female sex was incapable of flying an airplane. Doing research, I found several smart and capable women including Louise Thaden who won the Women’s Air Derby in 1929 and of course the famous Amelia Earhart.
What do fans tell you they like most about your stories?
Being transported to a simpler time and place that is non-existent in the world we live in now.
What one bit of advice do you have for aspiring writers?
I started taking on-line writing classes and joined Romance Writers of America before I wrote the first word of a book. Don’t imitate anyone or worry about how many words you write a day. I would get anxious if I didn’t do a daily word count but then when I started writing and realized there are more than just the words on the page. Research, editing, re-writing all takes time. I think as long as you are working on any of these, you are writing. To me, it’s the hours I put in not the words.
Anything else you want to add?
Kim, you are an inspiration! I love your stories and always look forward to release dates for your latest books.
Love at Five Thousand Feet http://a.co/d/7A8aI32
The Barnstormer http://a.co/d/01xOalh
The Wild Rose Press https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/2302_jane-lewis
Before fulfilling her dream of being a published Romance Writer, Jane Lewis worked as a free-lance musician and teacher, and an analyst and manager for a large railroad company. She is a native of Atlanta and lover of all things southern. She graduated from Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. When she isn’t writing her next romance, she enjoys cooking, tending her rose garden, playing music, yoga and bowling with her real life hero, her husband. She and her husband live in a suburb outside of Atlanta. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers. She was a 2016 finalist in the Hearts Through History, Post-Victorian/World War II category for her first romance novel, Love at Five Thousand Feet.