Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Why do you write the kind of books you do? 
Most of my books are about women on journeys of self-discovery. I think that’s something we’re always dealing with: Am I a mom, a daughter, a career woman, a homemaker? What in the world is God’s plan for my life? It may sound like a heavy topic, but my books tend to be light and laced with humor. There’s no reason we can’t laugh our way through this!

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I would have to say the day my son was born, because he’s given me joy every day after that.

How has being published changed your life?
Being published has affirmed that I’m in the place God wants me. Not only has he given me a career, but he’s given me relationships with other writers and folks in the publishing world that are priceless.

What are you reading right now?
Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg. It’s a fascinating look at Jesus’s ministry from the perspective of the Jewish culture.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m very excited to be co-writing (with Lisa Karon Richardson) a historical series for Whitaker House. Diamond in the Rough, the first of three books in the Charm & Deceit series, releases May 1, 2013.

What would be your dream vacation?
My son’s godparents have spent several years in Greece, so now they’ve got me dreaming of a few weeks in Crete. Beautiful beaches, lovely people, and amazing food… what a great time that would be.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
For my first two books, I made up towns, because that worked best. But for the rest of them, I’ve used real locations. In A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, I set it in Monrovia, California. At first, it was a matter of expediency: I was on a very tight deadline, and Monrovia is a place I’ve lived in before. As it turned out, it fit the feel and tone of the story perfectly.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to sit down with retired author LaVyrle Spencer. She was such an influence on me early on. Her books showed me that romance novels could be superbly written and emotionally complex. I would love to listen to her talk about her life.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love playing games with friends, whether they’re board games or internet games. And I’m a movie buff, although I don’t get to nearly as many as I used to.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Procrastination is still my biggest enemy. If I’m not inspired and ready to write, it’s so easy to flit to something else, or put the writing aside until tomorrow. The problem is, tomorrow sometimes turns into next week if you’re not careful. For me, the best way to overcome that is to write down all my goals and due dates on an old fashion, paper calendar on a cork board next to my desk. That way, I see it every day and I can’t ignore the immediate need to work today.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t write to trends or fads. Chances are, if you write a book about a topic simply because it’s “hot” now, it will be colder than ice by the time your book could be published. Write what you love, and your passion will come through onto the page.

Tell us about the featured book.
Upon her grandmother's death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure. Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about it, they're determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. If that weren't enough, local museum curator Max Logan claims that Grandma Isabella promised the quilt to him. What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Izzy Fontaine was up to her elbows in family photos when the doorbell rang. The sound echoed, joined by two sharp barks and the clicking of nails on the hardwood floor as Bogie rounded the corner, bounded across the room and slid to a stop in front of the door. The Jack Russell terrier did the same thing anytime someone rang the bell. And every time the door opened and he saw it wasn’t his owner, he slunk out of the room with his head down.

Izzy looked down at the dog. “I miss her, too, Boy.”

Letting out a sigh, she dropped the eight by tens from her hands, pushed her chair away from the table and trudged across the room. Who would stop by unannounced? A list of the usual suspects flitted through her mind: Students selling magazine subscriptions? Local proselytizers unnecessarily worried about her soul? Or the man with the pickup truck full of gardening tools who kept offering to rake the leaves from her yard? What she didn’t expect to see through the fish-eye lens of the peephole was a senior citizen standing on the porch.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’m kind of all over.
Inkwell Inspirations blog - http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/  
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/jenallee/

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing this book with us. I can't wait until I get mine.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Wild Goose Chase Christmas: Quilts of Love Series - paperback
A Wild Goose Chase Christmas: Quilts of Love Series - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angel from KY

Judy said...

I really enjoyed this interview with Jennifer. She is a new author to me and it was nice to get to know her a little bit. We do have something in common..I loved the books written by LaVyrle Spencer.

I would be thrilled to win a copy of A Wild Goose Chase Christmas!

Judy B from Indiana

Jo said...

Thank you for the great interview. I would love to read "A Wild Goose Chase Christmas". Sounds like something that I would really enjoy.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Patty said...

Sounds like a fun read!

Patty in SC

Amy C said...

Would love to have this!
amy c

Nancee said...

Thank you, Lena, for another wonderful review. I love this series of books, and am looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

pol said...

Good morning, your smile is so beautiful and I must tell you that you have the face of a woman who was so dear to the family but gone now and I loved the memories that your face brought-
love to read books and the title of your Christmas story brought a chuckle too, thanks for sharing

Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)
a Ga Reader

Jennifer AlLee said...

Good morning, all! It's always such fun to visit with Lena's readers. Thanks so much for the warm welcome. Wishing a beautiful Christmas season to each and every one of you dear ladies :)

Jennifer AlLee said...

Paula, thank you for the sweet comments. I'm honored to be able to bring up happy memories for you.

Sparks of Ember said...

Sounds like a story with a lot of fun wild goose chases! ;)

From the black hills of SD!

Cindy W. said...

I absolutely love the cover of A Wild Goose Chase Christmas. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

sharon m. said...

would love to win A WILD GOOSE CJASE CHRISTMAS. Like your books.
sharon, san diego

Mary Preston said...

I just know that I'm going to enjoy reading A WILD GOOSE CHASE CHRISTMAS.

Mary P


Lane Hill House said...

Thank you for chance to win A Wild Goose Chase Christmas. Thank you, Lena, for all of your postings throughout the year. Kathleen ~ Missouri

rubynreba said...

Beautiful cover! I enjoyed the interview. I'd really love to read this.
Beth from IA

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Kandra said...

Great interview! Looks like a nice new book. Thanks!
Kandra in TN

Unknown said...

Jennifer AiLee is a new author to me and I would love to read her book. Thank you for the awesome blog post and I am loving the title "A Wild Goose Christmas." Thank you for the giveaway.

lastnerve2000 at gmail dot com

Jennifer AlLee said...

Isn't the cover fun? The folks in the Abingdon art department always do great covers, but I think they outdid themselves with the Quilts of Love series. And I love that Bogie ended up on the cover of mine!

Jennifer AlLee said...

When I was brainstorming the story, I searched the internet, checking out all kinds of different quilt patterns. As soon as I saw the wild goose chase pattern, I knew that had to be it. It really was the perfect inspiration for a fun book.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Anonymous said...

I have waited a long time for this series to come out.
Thanks for entering me in the book giveaway.
Janet E.

Pam K. said...

I'm starting a collection of Christmas books. This would be a great addition! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of A Wild Goose Chase Christmas.


Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to win and read this book.Thanks...Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Jasmine A. said...

What a cute cover!
Jasmine in Montana where it is finally snowing

Merry said...

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas sounds like an adventure, please count me in!
Merry in TX

Hannah said...

I would love to win!
Hannah P