The three faces of Jenna Petersen, is a good way to describe this talented author. So let’s meet her two other alter egos, shall we?
For funny urban fantasy, read Jesse Petersen. For erotic historical romance, read Jess Michaels. And for historical romance, read Jenna Peterson books!
Jenna has a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington that she only uses to torture her characters and make their lives a living hell. She is married to her best friend and lives in Tucson with their two cats. Some of her favorite things are traveling, winning her family football pool, reading, her two wonderful nephews and writing, of course!
Welcome Jenna, Jesse and Jess…J I want to thank all of you for taking the time out of what I’m sure is a very busy schedule to be here. I hope you don’t mind me poking a little fun. How about I call you JJ&J?
So JJ&J shall we begin?
Q. Can you tell us some of the pleasures and pitfalls of three pen names? Especially with your historical stories, does the erotic romance side ever cross over to into the non-erotic stories?
A: At this point, my Jenna Petersen name isn’t very active, so I’m really writing erotic historical romance and snarky urban fantasy, so there isn’t much overlap as far as stories between them. I always wrote very sexy stories as Jenna Petersen, but the sexual element is more built into the plot for Jess Michaels, so that always kept them separate. I’m sure if I write something new for the Jenna Petersen name that will help keep them separate again.
Q. Tell us about your latest erotic historical romance release For Desire Alone? (Alter ego Jess Michaels).
A: It’s the second book in my Mistress Matchmaker series (the first was the bestselling AN INTRODUCTION TO PLEASURE). In it, my heroine, Mariah has just lost her protector to a terrible accident and he has left her destitute. She must find a new gentleman to be her lover, but she is constantly thrown into the path of her former lover’s best friend, John. They’ve always had a powerful attraction and finally they cannot help but give in. However powerful, dangerous forces are working to keep them apart… and perhaps take Mariah’s life.
Q. Do you believe a good life is attainable? Or is it something that is out of our control i.e. subject to luck etc.
A: I absolutely believe a good life is attainable. I have a great life and it’s based mostly on decisions my husband and I have made. You have to work for your happiness and choose it, it very rarely falls into your lap out of some kind of ‘luck’.
Q. Before recognizing writing was your calling what other avenues did you try?
A: Actually, writing is the only ‘grown-up’ job I’ve ever had. I worked in retail in college and intended to go back to school for a degree in counseling, but I never pursued that since I started writing full-time at that point. Writing is what I’ve done as my ‘real job’ my entire adult life.
I always like to end my interviews with a question “Just For Fun”. And Jenna this is the question I choose for you.
Q. As a liberated woman, would you nevertheless prefer to have been born a man?
A: No, I don’t think so. I like being a woman. I don’t feel like being female is any kind of disadvantage to anyone, I’ve certainly never felt like ‘gosh, it would be easier if I were a man’. Plus, I like my husband, so if I were a guy we wouldn’t be together. That would be a bummer.