Georgina Troy is the author of A Jersey Kiss. You can see my review here and Georgina has kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions.
Can you tell us about your book?
A Jersey Kiss is about Bea Phillips, a divorced thirty-year-old who is fighting to keep the beautiful but rundown home her godmother left to her. Her ex-husband has other plans though and is fighting for what he believes to be his share of the value in the building. She’s attracted to Luke, a gorgeous builder with problems of his own, and to complicate matters further, Bea discovers that her new boss is the boyfriend she went out with at university who has returned to Jersey wanting to rekindle their romance.
What was your inspiration for A Jersey Kiss?
I’ve always lived in Jersey, apart from a year or so when I travelled, and wanted to write a romance based here. I’ve ended up writing three. There are many beautiful places to set scenes around the island and although it’s only a small place, a lot happens here, so if inspiration dries up slightly there’s always something to reignite the ideas. I’m a hopeless romantic and so dreaming up heroes was easy…
What has been your greatest experience since publishing your book?
Reading the five star reviews I’ve been given on Amazon and discovering that not only are people buying my book – thank you to everyone who has done so, including people in Germany and the United State who have bought A Jersey Kiss – but also that they seem to be enjoying it. It’s scary putting something you’ve imagined, written and worked on out there for everyone to read, so it’s a massive relief if people actually like what you’ve written.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Make the book the best you possibly can by editing, editing and then editing once again; find a couple of beta readers you trust and proofread as much as possible before publishing.
What was the first book you ever bought yourself?
I’m not certain, but I know one of the first books I bought would definitely have been The Old-Girl’s Network by Catherine Alliott. It was reading her books that began my love of chick lit!
What was the last book you read?
I’ve been focusing on the final edits for A Jersey Kiss, so haven’t had much time to read lately, but the last book I read was probably Christina Jones’ latest book, An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding. I love Christina’s books and have devoured them all and when she kindly agreed to read and subsequently give me a quote for the cover of A Jersey Kiss, I was overwhelmed.
Finally, what are you working on at the moment?
I’m proofreading the next stand-alone romance in the Jersey Romance Series, A Jersey Affair, which is about a jilted shoe-designer, Paige Bingham and how everything she works for is threatened when the man she had a brief holiday romance with, Sebastian Fielding, turns up in Jersey on business. A Jersey Affair will be published in January 2014.
Thanks for interviewing me, Jennifer!
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