Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Jennifer K. Hale!

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… Jennifer K. Hale!!

Jennifer probably doesn’t know this, but we met through Katie Ganshert, another fellow blogger, when Katie tweeted a recommendation about her. I loved the title of Jennifer’s blog, The Debutante of Diaperland (is that great or what??), and squealed when I saw that we share the same agent. Jennifer is funny, welcoming, and tells it straight up on her blog. I’m so glad to have her here today!

Let’s get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Sweet tea (I am a Southern Belle, after all). Or as a treat I'll occasionally have a Root Beer or Cherry Coke. I don't do diet drinks.

2. Any pets?

We have a sweet Lhasa Apso named Pickle. She's the best guard dog ever and actually scared off a burglar at the apartment where we lived the first year we had her. She's 10 now and a tiny little thing, but she still gives the UPS man a good chase. We used to have a cat. I don't do cats. You can read a nice little post about that at my blog.

3. Dream vacation?

Europe. I've been several times and I love it--I want to keep going until I've seen it all. I'd like to do Ireland next and one day, I'd love to break out of my European fascination and see India.

4. What are you listening to right now?

The sounds of my oldest son playing outside with a neighbor kid. (It's 75 degrees outside in December--it's GA after all, so they are making the most of it.) I've also got my favorite Pandora station going--the one I created by adding together all my favorite artists and songs. It's a weird, mish-mash station. :)

5. What's for dinner?

Most likely Italian or Mexican food. I love to cook, but my hubby and oldest son tend to be picky, and those are two types of food all four of us can agree on. My husband would eat Mexican food every night of the week if he could. Heart attack, anyone?

A Cherry Coke sounds delicious right now, as does Italian or Mexican food. My family would get along very well with your family! So you've been to Europe several times? Sounds amazing! Which countries did you visit? I'd love to get to London and then take a driving tour of the countryside. You're on your own when it comes to India, though--I'm fine traveling to the hot Middle East from my couch! In fact, I visited Vietnam yesterday via House Hunters International. :)

Pickle--what a cute name! Little dogs can be very protective. Our nine-pound Sophie thinks she's a Doberman. And don't you just love Pandora? I've found new-to-me artists through my stations. It's a treat! Thank you so much for being my guest today, Jennifer!


Jennifer is a hopeless romantic living in a Thomas the Train world. This high school history teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned writer is represented by Rachel Kent of Books and Such Literary Agency. When she's not wrangling her two adorable sons (ages 5 and 2), she's always looking for time to write contemporary and historical romantic fiction. She's passionate about Jesus Christ, her family, her church, chocolate, world travel, history, and the study of world religions. She even teaches a world religions class through her church so that others will know how to share the Gospel of Christ with anyone, anywhere in the world! She's a self-professed social studies nerd and loves politics, Broadway shows, and music and is an active member of her church's music department. Jennifer has been happily married to Brian, her super-teacher hubby, for ten years and they make their home in Georgia.

To learn more about Jennifer, head to her blog and follow her on Twitter.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I love frosted sugar cookies!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. I love Jenny! And how fun you two met because of one of my tweets. Just call me cupid. ;)

  2. Okay, we have way too much in common! I'm all about the sweet tea down here in MS. Every single answer you gave, I was nodding. :)

    Love your Five Easy Questions, Jill!

    Merry Christmas, ladies!

  3. I love the name Pickle for a dog! So cute!

  4. Fun interview! My fave Christmas cookies are probably bird's nests... (Chocolate, marshmallows & Chinese noodles) But Grandma's cardamom bread takes the cake. :)

  5. Ah, I wish it was 75 degrees here. And Pickle...that's too cute!

  6. Okay, Katie Cupid! :) Seriously, thanks--I'm so glad Jennifer and I connected!

    Jessica P: Ha! It's so weird that I love sugar in everything but iced tea. Maybe I just need to drink some in the right company. ;)

    Julie: Isn't that adorable?? Pickle! Love it!

    August: Oooo, I've had those little nests and they are delicious. I've never had cardamom bread, though. Hm, I might have to try some!

    Susan: You and me both. It's not that cold here--low forties--but the rain and gloom are not helping!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. Cherry coke would be my second choice after coffee:)

    Pickle is an awesome name!

    Merry Christmas ladies!

  8. Popping over for a visit. My favorite cookie is the peanut butter with kiss on top. :O)

  9. Thanks for featuring me today, Jill! :) I appreciate it!

    My Europe trips: I actually lived in Germany for 4 years as a kid (my dad was military). I've been back a few times as a tourist, and when I was teaching, I took a group of students on a tour. I've been to England, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and Spain. (I've been to a few of these places more than once.) I love London- it's my favorite city in the world. Paris is amazing, too. Contrary to popular opinion, the French people are so nice! I don't know when I'll get to go again, but I hope it's sometime relatively soon!

  10. Tamika: Ooo, Cherry Coke sounds good right now. :)

    Diane: Oh, I love those, too! I forgot about them. Yum!!

    Jennifer: Wow! You've been all over. What an experience! I'd love to go to Paris and Rome in addition to my London fantasy. Ahh, someday!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. Nice to meet you Jennifer and I salute your avoidance of diet soda. Kudos! Ooo…Italian sounds like a good idea for tonight. Another solid interview Jill.

  12. PW: THanks! I made lasagna last night--Jenny inspired me. ;)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. I enjoyed meeting Jenny at the ACFW conference. Yay for another sweet tea fan. My mom was from Texas, and I remember drinking her tea as child, tea so sweet it could have passed for syrup. =)


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