Wednesday, August 3, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Jillian Hart!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming…Jillian Hart!!

It is such a thrill to host Love Inspired author, Jillian Hart, today! The first book I read of Jill's was one of her McKaslin clan contemporaries, A Soldier for Keeps. I couldn't put it down and had to e-mail her and gush. To my surprise, she e-mailed me back! I always have one of her latest books on my to-be-read pile, and the last time I counted, she had close to fifty books published! Jill writes both contemporary and historical romance, and her new book, Wyoming Sweethearts, is available now. You cannot go wrong picking up one of her books. Trust me on this!
Let's get to it!
1. Beverage of choice?

Coffee first thing--decaf, with Coffeemate.  That fuels my writing, if it's a work day, or my reading, if it's a weekend morning.  In the afternoon, I love sparkling water.  My favorite is Talking Rain's Pomegranate Lime.  Yum.

2. Any pets?

Not currently.  One day I will get another blond cocker spaniel. : )

3. Dream vacation?

A sunny Maui beach where I can do nothing but relax, watch the water and read, read, read.

4. What are you listening to right now?

The Band Perry.

5. What's for dinner?

If I'm on deadline and late on a book, it's mac and cheese.  It's easy and it takes little effort to cook and clean up.  If I've got time, I like to bake chicken, steam rice and vegetables.  Or make a big pan of chicken enchiladas with a scoop of sour cream on top and a sprinkling of cilantro.

Jillian, I am so with you on the coffee. Every morning, I anticipate my fresh brew swirling with cream. Sparkling water is lovely, too. We have La Croix around here, and I'm partial to the pink cans. Oh, and my parents had the sweetest black cocker spaniel. She passed on a few years ago, but we loved her. As for Maui, I can only say sign me up too! Water, reading, and maybe a pan of your chicken enchiladas sounds like the perfect getaway.

Thanks so much for being my guest today, Jill. Your encouragement means the world to me, and your books do too!

Wyoming Sweethearts

Where do lonely hearts go?

The chance to rescue abandoned horses has given Eloise Tipple the fresh start she needs. After losing her skating career and fiance, she returns home to Wild Horse, Wyoming to work at a beautiful inn and man the stables.

Sean Granger has also come home to nurse some emotional wounds and would like nothing more than to pursue life as a lone wolf. Both say they want nothing more than friendship.

But while saving homeless horses, can Sean and Eloise save each other and heal their wounds?

Jill grew up on her family's homestead in Washington State, where she raised cattle to pay for her college tuition, rode horses through the pristine foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and scribbled stories in her spare time.  After earning an English degree from Whitman College (what better way to go through college than to constantly read books?), she traveled, worked in advertising, taught Sunday school and volunteered before becoming a writer.  When she's not hard at work on her next story, Jill can be found chatting with a friend, stopping for a cafĂ© mocha with a book in hand, and spending quiet evenings at home with her family.

To learn more about Jill's books, check out her website, and follow her on Facebook.

So, August is here! Do you buy back-to-school supplies for yourself? (I'm guilty!)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Good morning!

    Katie: The cheeky side of my wanted to reply "nice to meet you, too," but I'll refrain!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Great answers! I'm agreeing wholeheartedly as I sip my first cup this morning. Can't go wrong with coffee!

    Jill K, I am guilty of buying supplies. Just bought me a new dry erase board, pens, sharpies and highlighter. Can't. Stop. School. Shopping.

  3. Another fun interview. Jill, this was a phenomenal idea!

    I make a mean mac & cheese. And I could go for Maui right now. Mac & cheese in Maui would suit me just fine as well!
    ~ Wendy

  4. Mmmmm, those enchiladas sound yummy! Great interview. I've read some of Jillian's work and have been so impressed by her writing and the deep emotions she does so well.

  5. Enchiladas and sparkling water in Maui sounds fun. I think we should plan a writer's retreat there! :)

    And yeah, I've been known to buy a few school supplies for myself. Especially new crayons and post it notes. :D

  6. Jill, you're introducing me to so many beautiful writers.

    Nice to meet you, Jill Hart.

  7. Jill
    What a great feature. It's so nice to get to know authors on a more personal level. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Jessica P: Ooo, dry-erase board and highlighters! Fun! Something tells me you're a menace to the office supply aisle! :)

    Wendy: Mac & Cheese and Maui does have a nice ring to it. Let's make this happen!

    Jessica N: I agree with you--Jillian is a genius at emotions and strong characterization!

    Erica: Writer's retreat in Maui--I'm in!! I buy crayons, markers, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pens...a little bit of everything. :)

    Heather: Yay! It's fun meeting new writers!

    Stacy: Thanks! I feel the same. Everyone's answers are so interesting!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Fun interview! I'd love to sample those enchiladas along with some sparkling water. Sounds amazing! :)

  10. Katie--it's great to meet you, too. : )

    Jill--Good morning! Thanks so much for having me. This is so fun. : )

    Jessica P--ooh, my two weaknesses. Coffee. Office supplies .

    Wendy--Thanks. Maui & mac and cheese? What a combination. Brilliant! : )

    Jessica N--that is so nice of you. Thank you.

    Erica--a fantastic idea. Sounds like a great excuse to visit Maui. I'm ready to go. : )

    Heather--it's nice to meet you, too. : )

    Hi Stacy--that's nice of you. I'm the thankful one. It's so great to get to meet readers on a personal level. Writing is largely a lonely profession. So, thank you. : )

    Sarah--It's a Rachael Ray recipe and it's fab. Let me see if I can find it on her website and if I do, I'll post the link. : )

  11. Okay, here's the link for the recipe. Add a big scoop of sour cream and then sprinkle with cilantro. If you love cinnamon, this is the recipe for you. : )

  12. Love that she's mac and cheesing it. Gotta do what we gotta do sometimes and it is one of those guilty pleasures for me. :O)

  13. Jill. I loved your interview. I love The Band Perry and we have something else in common. I grew up in Wyoming but now live in Washington. You grew up in Washington but write about Wyoming. I adore Wyoming, and so far, everything I've written has been set there. Good luck with your book.

  14. Sarah: Me too! Especially if I don't have to cook it!

    Jill: Thanks for sharing the "secret" recipe! I'm a Rachael Ray subscriber, so I will definitely be printing that one out!

    Diane: Oh my goodness. I love mac & cheese! It IS a guilty pleasure!

    Maggie: Wow--you do have a lot in common! How cool is that?

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  15. Diane--I just pretend there are no carbs in mac & cheese and it helps with the guilt! LOL

    Maggie--nice to meet you. Wyoming is fantastic. Isn't the Band Perry great? All it took was the first listen and I was in love with "You Lie".

    Jill--don't you adore Rachael? I have about 30 shows on my DVR built up from being on deadline. Can't wait to watch 'em! : )

  16. Jill--I want to thank you for having me on your blog today. It was so fun getting to know you. Thank you for your hospitality and your incredibly generous words about my writing. May all your kindness come back to you tenfold. : ) I'm keeping your writing in my prayers.

  17. Jillian: Okay, no fair--you're not supposed to get me all misty-eyed in the morning! I am honored you took time out of your busy schedule to accomodate me. It was a thrill! You're one of my favorite authors, and I get a little giddy! Thank you SO much and blessings on your future books!

  18. Oh, big hugs to you, Jill. Keep me posted on your writing, ok? : ) I hope we can stay in touch.


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