Guest Author: Jane Porter


My guest today is an American romance author who’ll be in Australia again very soon and is to be a guest at an Australian Romance Readers Association Romantic Rendezvous on the 16th of August. 

Now, although she writes fiction, she shares her name with a major fictional character from Edgar Rice Burroughs series of Tarzan novels! I’m speaking, of course, about Jane Porter!


Having sold her first novel to Harlequin in 2000, Jane writes both romance novels and women’s fiction and is a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author with over 12 million books in print, in twenty languages and in twenty-five countries! Her novel "Flirting with Forty" was made into the Lifetime movie of the same name and starred Heather Locklear, and she founded Tule Publishing in 2013. 

In 2014 her novel, “Take Me, Cowboy” won a RITA Award, and this year she’s a RITA Finalist again with her story “Miracle on Chance Avenue”.  (Congratulations Jane!) She’s no stranger to Australia and, as well as travelling to Europe and England, she’s studied in South Africa, Japan and Ireland.


Jane, I know how busy your schedule is so welcome and thanks for taking the time today to join me on the blog.



Firstly, I’d love to hear about your latest release and what you most liked about each of your main characters (but no spoilers as this novel is a new addition to my bookshelf but I haven't started it yet!)

My latest releases is a Harlequin Presents/Sexy, KIDNAPPED FOR HIS ROYAL DUTY, and what I Ioved best was that these characters were created in conjunction with a duet with one of my best friends, Megan Crane, who writes for Harlequin Mills & Boon as Caitlin Crews.  While my heroine, Poppy, was always my creation, my hero, was the almost-groom for her heroine, and I'll never forget sitting in a hotel room in London in early December brainstorming this duet.  My hero, Dal, was never right for her heroine, and my heroine, Poppy, was the first to know as she was Sophie's bestfriend and Dal's secretary.  Poppy is earnest, hardworking, sincere and secretly in love with her boss.  Dal is an Earl and duty bound and not at all interested in love.  A perfect story for me!


 

What’s next for you as an author?


 
I'm writing another Harlequin right now, and then my next release will be my Christmas story from Tule Publishing, NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU, featuring two characters that readers have been asking about, wanting their story.  Who knew that their stories would end up being together?  I certainly didn't until the hero refused to show up for me....slipsliding around on the page....and then neatly stepping out when the real hero stepped forward.  I really look forward to my Christmas stories each year and hope readers will be happy with this one.



I know you loved the European lifestyle when you travelled there with your family in your early teens, and that South Africa also remains “a country of your heart”. In many of the Harlequin books I’ve read, you’ve written about Greek or Italian heroes, but you’ve also written quite a few Sheikh heroes. Have you travelled to the Middle East or do you have plans to do so?


I've been to Morocco and loved it, but have not yet been to Egypt or Jordan or the UAE.  Definitely on my bucket list, though!! 


We’re all looking forward to having you in Australia, especially those fortunate enough to be attending the ARRA function. How many times have you visited our shores now, and what keeps drawing you back here?


Well, my friends to be honest.  I love my Australian author friends, and Australia itself is amazing and I love playing tourist, but I'm a huge fan of the Australian people and feel so comfortable and happy when I'm visiting your country. I've visited six times.


 What’s your ideal setting and way to kick back and unwind?


I'm on my way there now!  Montana.  I really love to head to Montana once a year, and hang out with my friend CJ Carmichael at her cabin on Flathead Lake.  It's so peaceful and inspiring at the same time.  Mega Crane is flying in, too, for the weekend and when I'm with my close friends there, I just relish the positive, creative girl energy.  I'm the only girl in my family so being able to escape to Montana, which is so incredibly picturesque, and be with my friends (I'm noting a pattern here about my friends being my happy place....!) is truly perfect. 


Well, there's the five quick quizzing questions wrapped up! Thank you again for being my guest here. I hope to catch up with you at the Harlequin authors function prior to the Sydney conference.


Tickets for the ARRA Romantic Rendezvous with Jane Porter function are selling quickly, so be sure to sign up quickly for the opportunity to meet Jane in person. 

Visit the Australian Romance Readers Association website at: australianromancereaders.com.au
 

You may find out more about Jane on her website:  janeporter.com


Please join me on the 14th of July when my guest, Melinda Curtis, participates in the Quick Author Quizzing. Until then, Happy Reading!

Alyssa J. Montgomery

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About the Blogger:
Alyssa J. Montgomery is an Australian contemporary romance author who is published by Escape Publishing (Harlequin Enterprises, Australia). She also 
writes medieval romance as Alyssa James,



 

http://www.alyssajmontgomery.com/



Comments

  1. Fabulous interview Ladies and I am really looking forward to meeting Jane in August woohoo

    Have Fun

    Helen

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  2. enjoyed the interview with Jane! best wishes for the RITA, and congratulations on being a finalist again.

    denise

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    1. Sensational to have another RITA nomination, isn’t it? I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Jane, too. Thanks for visiting the blog!

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  3. Great interview! I loved your new story and enjoy your Christmas stories, I can't wait to see who is going to be in them!

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    1. It’s lovely to read a Christmas romance at Christmas time, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting the blog!

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  4. I loved the interview! Congrats on the nomination!!you deserve it!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for visiting the blog! Hope you’ll be back to share more of my fan girl moments and find we have many favourite authors in common!

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  5. Great interview! Jane's books have been a favorite of mine for some time. Looking forward to her new releases. Have fun in Australia (on my bucket list to make it there some day)

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    1. Hi Brenda, I hope you can make it to Australia for a visit. Leave as much time as possible as it’s a big and very geographically diverse country.

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  6. Great interview, Alyssa and Jane! Have a terrific visit, Jane! Hope to see Australia myself one of these days! <3

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    1. Thanks Fedora! I’ve been in Peru the last few weeks travelling with my family. So many fantastic countries to visit, but I love calling Australia “home”!
      Hope you’ll get to Australia and keep visiting the blog!

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  7. Great interview!!! I am looking forward to the Christmas book!!!
    I would love to visit Australia one day. Thanks so much!!!

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    1. Glad you could visit the blog! I’m looking forward to “Not Christmas Without you”, too. Have just submitted my first Christmas story to my publisher for release in December 2019. As Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year I’m sure it won’t be the last Christmas themed book I write. Love reading all Jane’s titles.

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  8. wonderful guest author interview post. i love Jane & her books. i was fortunate enough to meet her in person almost 10 years ago. her writing style just flows, and her descriptive style makes you feel like you are there.

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    1. Couldn’t Agree with you more, Nova! Anything by Jane is a keeper on my shelves. Hope you’ll keep visiting the blog and that you might discover some other authors here that you love.

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  9. I enjoyed the interview. I can't wait to read Jane's next book. She's been one of my favorite authors for a long time.

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  10. Wonderful interview with Jane! I am looking forward to reading more books by Jane.

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    1. Thanks for visiting the site, Emma. I hope you’ll return regularly.

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  11. Great interview. Love reading Jane's books. Can't wait for the next one.

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    1. Jane’s books never disappoint! Thanks for visiting Elisabeth.

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  12. Hi Alyssa and Jane. Really enjoying these interviews and I have many titles by both of you on my bookshelf and Kindle. Love your Christmas stories, Jane. Alyssa, I loved your Royal Affairs series and have recommended you both to others as authors they should try.

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  13. Yay, two of my favourite authors together! Love the depth and emotion in your stories Alyssa and Jane. Thanks to both of you for many wonderful romance reads.

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    1. Thanks Sasha. I’m sure Jane would agree that although we love writing romances and the thrill of publication, the best thing is hearing from readers that they have loved the stories.

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  14. Another interesting blog article and I agree with the last two comments in that you are both autobuy authors for me Jane and Alyssa.

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  15. I always enjoy hearing about Jane and her new and upcoming releases. Jane and Megan are two of my favorite authors and storytellers. I just love the Mills and Boon cover of Kidnapped For His Royal Duty. I wonder why the cover in the US don't look more like that?

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    1. Hi Gigi. Not sure about the different covers except I think the marketing departments have done market research in various countries and designed covers accordingly.

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  16. You both write fantastic romances. Strong heroines and to-die-for heroes with fabulous angst and passion in the pages. Love you both Jane and Alyssa.

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    1. Lovely to receive such great feedback. Thanks Susan. We love our readers too!

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  17. Great interview! Thank you
    Penney

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  18. I'm getting hooked on the blogs. Love reading the interviews with authors I know and love already and have now been adding new ones and loving them too. Please keep them coming as well as your books too Alyssa. As I love your style I guess it figures I will love the authors you choose to highlight.

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