Author Interview with Jenny Bullington
Today, I present an interview with Jenny Bullington, author of The Silken Daggers, Race to the Gallows, and Watchmen for Morning.
1. First, tell me a bit about yourself. What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m a mom to five with our sixth on the way, crazy in love with my hubby Branden, volunteer in my community and practice taekwondo, krav maga, and jiujitsu martial arts. Busy is an understatement!
2. It seems like you do a lot of volunteer work in your community. Can you tell me a little about that?
I serve on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Survivors Rising, speak with senators and testify at senate hearings in the Nebraska Legislature on important issues/bills impacting survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, stalking, etc. I also go out to speak at various groups to advocate, inform, and educate on domestic violence. Additionally, I volunteer at my children’s elementary school.
3. What are you working on these days? Can you tell me about your current project?
Just wrapped up my first book of poetry co-authored with my dear friend, Cathi Desurne. I have a contemporary sports romance and more in The Mavericks of the Heartland series I’m working on as well!
4. What drew you to the historical romance and suspense genres? Do you find that you put a bit of yourself into your sassy, strong female protagonists?
I loved the idea of women refusing to fit into these molds society wanted to force them into, in hopes readers can draw parallels in their own lives today. Absolutely I put myself in my female protagonists, especially in their snark, comebacks, and go-getter attitude!
5. How has your background growing up in Iowa or traveling around the world affected what you write?
Iowa is more than just cornfield; it’s the place where I first learned the strength of my own bootstraps. The people there are beautiful juxtapositions of tough/full of grit and compassionate/thoughtful. My travels around the world have allowed me to have a greater understanding into people’s behavior and find those common threads that unite us all, allowing me to write more believable characters.
6. Where do you find inspiration for the stories you create?
Everywhere. Conversations, situations, watching people and their behavior, etc.
7. How do you feel you’ve evolved as a writer as you’ve progressed in your career?
The more you write, the better you get at your craft! I feel my character development in each book gets stronger and stronger.
8. How did you discover your love of writing?
I’ve always been a girl with a big imagination and a desire for adventure and wanderlust. For me, it’s just always been there.
9. What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Having a creative outlet, meeting readers and fellow authors, just the amazing experiences that come from this career, and the excitement of sharing my writing with others who will hopefully find themselves encouraged after reading my works.
10. What is your greatest challenge as a writer?
11. How do you find inspiration and motivation to write when you feel stuck?
I work out, hang out and joke around with my hubby Branden, and play some really good music!
12. What’s your favorite way to take a break from writing?
Well, I mean, have you seen my husband?! That’s all I’ll say…
13. What’s one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring or new authors?
Keep going. Keep trying. Never stop evolving and pushing yourself past what you thought was possible.
To learn more about Jenny and her work, you can find her at the places below: