As mentioned in a previous blog post, it’s my pleasure to occasionally spotlight people who are making an impact on the world of contemporary fiction. Today I have the extreme pleasure of introducing you to Jill Haymaker, a friend and fellow member of Front Range Christian Fiction Writers. She will be talking about the second book in her Peakview Series, Breakfast for Two in the five interview questions below.
Jill Haymaker was born and raised in Indiana and Ohio. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1975. She has made her home in Fort Collins since, except for three years in the 1990’s when she attended law school at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has practiced family law in Fort Collins for the past 20 years. She has three grown children, a son and two daughters. She also has three granddaughters.
Jill has always had a passion for writing. Colorado Sunset was her first full length romance novel—the first in a series of novels centered in the small town of Peakview, Colorado. Her second in the series, Breakfast for Two, was released on September 15, 2015. She is working on the third, a Cabin in the Pines, to be released in early 2016. She also has had several short stories published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her latest story is a book entitled Thanks to My Mom.
When not practicing law or writing, Jill enjoys gardening, long walks with her Shetland Sheepdog, Laddie, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys their numerous sporting events. She is also an avid football fan and can be found on autumn weekends cheering on the Broncos, the CSU Rams, and the Huskers. She has a passion for working with high school youth- she is a youth group leader at her church, coaches the Fort Collins High School Mock Trial team and is a volunteer for the Fort Collins High School Cross Country and Track teams.
Jill, what is the genre of Breakfast for Two? Why did you choose this genre?
Breakfast for Two is a western contemporary romance. I chose this genre because it’s the genre I most like to read, and I really enjoy writing it. I just love cowboys (not that I know any personally), but I have always found them to be unique, interesting, and extremely masculine and attractive. I love writing about the beautiful mountains here in our home state of Colorado. Colorado is my favorite place in the world, and I want to share that with my readers.
What inspired you to write Breakfast for Two?
As a reader I have been discouraged by the lack of good romance novels about people older than 20 or 30. I wanted to show that even people on their 60’s can be romantic and have a great love story to tell. This book is the second in my Peakview series. The first Colorado Sunset, was released last March. The third book, A Cabin in the Pines, is being written and hopefully will be available in early 2016. I have outlines for two additional books in the series right now. After that, we will see.
What/who inspires you when you feel writer’s block coming on?
As in all areas of my life, I am constantly inspired by my children and grandchildren. The fact that they believe I can do anything, pushes me forward and prevents me from giving up. They all love give me ideas and read my books.
What made you want to be a writer in the first place?
I think maybe I have always wanted to write, although I have only been writing fiction for about three years. In school I enjoyed writing, but more when I got to write what I wanted as opposed to following an assignment. I have toyed with the ides of writing for many years. For a long time I thought I would write non-fiction. The idea of writing a novel just fell into place when a very dear friend of mine started writing fiction, and I saw how much fun she was having with it. My law practice was slow at the time, so more for something to fill my time than anything else, I started writing my first book. I fell in love with the process from day one, it was so different from writing legal documents. I love writing, and I love my characters.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just do it! It’s really that simple. Sit down and start writing and if you love it, keep doing it. Write what you want to write and what you have a passion for, not what others tell you is selling, or hot right now. Trends change. You will get discouraged if you write something that you don’t believe in. Be yourself and you will shine through in everything you write.
Breakfast for Two: Book II of the Peakview Series
The tiny, mountain town of Peakview, Colorado, wouldn’t be the same without Violet’s Café, and its owner, Violet Woods. Widowed in her fifties, she leads a solitary life with only her cat Lucky to keep her warm at night. All thoughts of romance died with Stan. They had a wonderful, long happy marriage, and she’s content to live out the rest of her life with her memories.
Howard Crandall, Peakview’s only mechanic, is a confirmed bachelor and something of a hermit. When Stan died, he took it upon himself to look out for Violet. Over the years, they have become friends, but it isn’t until the past he has hid from for thirty year past suddenly catches up with him, that he opens up to the idea of finding love
Is there a second chance for these two lonely souls?
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Breakfast for Two
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014VA616G
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/PKk16Aqkrbc
Jill’s first book in the Peakview Series, Colorado Sunset, will be free on Amazon from October 1 – 5, 2015.
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UNP0GTW