Author Jen Fitzgerald Stops By For Tea AKA Gail Meets Texas! (Interview)

My darling Gentle Reader, please join me in welcoming the lovely Jen Fitzgerald to the blog today.

Jen is the author of a series of charming mm contemporary romances. I’m trying to branch out a bit and broaden your mind and reading palate, and Jen is here today to help me do that!


About you, the Author!

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?

I drink Plantation Mint tea any temperature depending on how far out we are from the preparation point and straight (*snicker*) all year round.

Please describe your personal style for author appearances.

Well, as I have yet to make one, I have no idea. Probably business casual? Slacks and a black or red polo shirt. Also, I guess it depends on the venue, right? A library? Definitely the above outfit. The Gay Rom Lit Con? I could get away with something more casual or, conversely, more outrageous.

If I were to observe the writer beast in its native environment, what surprising thing might I see? What does the environment look like?

My writer room has a lot of *stuff.* I’m a huge fan girl of many things and like to have my stuff out where I can see it and enjoy it. The most surprising thing…oh, man…maybe the diversity of my stuff? Light blue feather boa, Charles Wysocki collector plates, a BBC Sherlock cross stitch sampler I stitched myself, a bird clock that chirps on the hour, a stalker wall for my favorite hockey player, rubber ducks… And on and on… :0)

If you could travel in any type of conveyance, what would it be?

Other than the usual? Maybe a tractor? A hunky hockey boy on hockey skates, although we wouldn’t get far without ice.

No deviating: vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a plain or a sugar cone?
(Gail will use this to determine your level of sanity.)

Chocolate ice cream on a plain cone.
(Gail pronounces Jen completely sane! Hooray!)

What’s most likely to make you laugh?

Sexual innuendo. Thirteen-year-old boy humor.

Since writers inevitably end up in the bar, what’s your poison?

I rarely drink because it makes me sleepy and where’s the fun in that? But if forced to have a drink, it’s a tough call between a piña colada and Malibu and pineapple juice.

About Jen:

Jen FitzGerald has loved romance since her Winnie-the-Pooh days. Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh have always been platonic soulmates. As a teen, Jen cut her romance teeth on Silhouette’s teen romance line and Danielle Steele books concurrently. She’s still an avid reader, but these days, Jen has added writing romances of her own to her list of fun things to do.

Jen lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and dog. Their three children are now adults and out terrorizing the world at large instead of them. When not working her day job, Jen spends a lot of time reading, writing, watching hockey, and perusing her social media platforms of preference. She also enjoys music, cross stitching, and chatting online with writer friends.

About your book!

What should readers eat while consuming your novel?

Any sort of ice cream treat from a place like Dairy Queen or Braums.

What form does evil take within its pages?

Not much evil in my books, but PTSD rears its ugly head in For the Love of Scott.

Which one of your characters would you most want to kiss and why?

Tough call, but probably Ben Thompson because I used Benedict Cumberbatch as my inspiration and yeah, Mr. Cumberbatch really does it for me. (What? He’s the complete package, okay? Smart, funny, talented, hot–although maybe not with traditional good looks…)

What’s your favorite period in history and does it influence your world building?

My favorite period in history is probably the era right around WWII. As I’m writing contemporary, it doesn’t play much part, although I like to think of my downtown Main Street as still having that flavor.

Which one of your characters would you most like to slap and why?

There really were no awful characters in this book. Maybe Ben’s dad for hogging Scott’s attention during the dinner/football scene.

Without spoilers, what’s the funnest (or funniest) part of the book?

Either the basketball scene or the freezer scene. I like the freezer scene better personally.

If your story smelled of something, what would that be?

Um, wow, that’s tough… Maybe Christmas? Pine boughs, hot cocoa, and crisp fresh air… It takes place in December right before Christmas. :0)

For the Love of Scott, Book 1 in the Ten Rigs, Texas series

After a bomb takes his leg and the life of his beloved military working dog, Scott Hudson returns home to Ten Rigs, Texas, and once again finds sanctuary in the local animal shelter. Between recovery, physical therapy, and getting the kennel into shape, Scott’s out of the life loop and the love game.

For six months Ben Thompson has watched Scott work wonders with the kennel and the dogs, admiring his focus and dedication. A pickup basketball game leads to a confession and a change in the nature of their relationship.

When Scott’s dog, Sylvester, gets injured, Scott goes into a tail spin and blames Sylvester’s accident on his feelings for Ben. Will powerful emotions derail Scott and Ben’s budding romance?

Thanks so much Jen for stopping by!

Gentle Reader, I will return you to your regularly scheduled blog posts next week!

Yours etc…

~ Miss Gail

Meanwhile over on the 20 Minute Delay Podcast, Piper and I get into it on the serious subject of snacks while travelling!

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OUT MAY 13, 2018!

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3 Responses

  1. Jen FitzGerald said:

    Thanks so much for having me, Gail. I really enjoyed your interview questions. And for as fun as they were, not all of them were so easy to answer.

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