Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Edge of the Past: An Interview and Giveaway with Jennifer Comeaux

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Life on the Edge
Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.


Edge of the Past
Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.


In the author's words . . . 

What inspired you to write this book? After I finished my first book, Life on the Edge, I felt like there was more to explore with the characters of Emily and Sergei, and my editor suggested an idea for a sequel. I kicked it around with a few other ideas and decided to delve into Sergei’s intriguing past. This book can be read as a standalone or you can start from the beginning of Emily and Sergei’s love story in Life on the Edge!

When did you decide to take that step that made you a published author? I had the idea for my first book in my head for years, and a friend encouraged me to finally put it on paper. At first, I was just writing the story for a few friends to read, but then I found a couple of sites to post fiction online and I decided to put my story out there. I received some encouraging feedback and thought maybe I could take it a step further and try to mold the story into a publishable book. That’s when I got serious and started working with online critique groups to help me work into shape. About a year later, my dream of being a published author came true!

What has been your greatest challenge in writing Edge of the Past? The hardest part was plotting the end of the book. It took me months to figure out which direction to take it. Nothing that I thought of excited me, so finally I reached out to a friend, and she helped me see the light!

What message do you hope readers take away from the book? I think the message in the book is that things don’t always go according to plan in life, but what might seem like obstacles at first might just be blessings.

What three words would best describe the main character, Emily? Strong-willed, sweet, competitive.

What kind of research was involved for Edge of the Past? Part of the story takes place in Russia, and I’ve never been there, so I did a lot of internet research on the culture and the cities. It sounds like an amazing place to visit!

What kind of research was involved for the series? Did you find it became easier with each book? I attend a lot of figure skating events, so I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had to do much research for the skating aspect of the books. I’ve taken a lot of what I’ve learned from being at the competitions and applied it to the stories! The scoring system has changed over the years, though, so the third book (which I’m working on now) is requiring a little more work. I’m pretty familiar with the new system, but I want to make sure I have all the details correct.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series? I’m working on the third and final book in the series now!

What has been your greatest pleasure or personal success as an author? The most gratifying thing is when a reader tells me they were emotionally invested in my stories. That’s my number one goal as a writer – to touch people’s emotions in some way. Hearing I was successful is the greatest feeling!

What type of hero do you like best? My favorite type of hero is sweet, respectful, strong, protective but not controlling, and willing to do anything for the woman he loves. You know, just your average guy J

Do you write your friends or family members into your books? If so, did they figure it out? I haven’t written any friends or family into my books, but I have given myself a cameo! It was in Life on the Edge, the first book in the series. I was writing about an event that I actually attended, and I couldn’t help but insert myself into the scene!

Tell us the soundtrack to your book. The soundtrack to my book includes songs that I think apply to the characters and their emotions and also the music used for the skating programs. You can find the playlist on my blog here! http://jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com/p/edge-of-past.html

Does where you live or have places you’ve been influenced your work? Definitely. I vacationed on Cape Cod about nine years ago, and I loved it so much that when I started thinking of a story idea, I knew I wanted it set there. I also loved Boston, so I made it my main character Emily’s hometown.

Author Jennifer Comeaux
Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working in the corporate world, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life On the Edge, her first published novel.

When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see a different side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.


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Ends 1/24/13

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1 comment:

  1. I love figure skating, can't wait to read it.