Jennifer Theriot hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm. Working in her capacity as CFO, she felt something was missing and discovered her passion for writing novels–mostly at night and on weekends.
In her limited spare time Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. Jennifer is also ‘MiMi’ to three beautiful grandchildren and a mom to three grown children, all of whom she adores. Theriot is an admitted music junkie, loving every type of music, which takes up most of the memory on her iPhone. She listens to music from sun up to sun down and her love of music is reflected a great deal in her books.
Jennifer took a chance that there could be an interest in romance with middle aged couples who are finding themselves at a crossroads and wrote her debut novel Out of the Box Awakening, which centers on the hope of finding happiness and passion through unexpected heartache. It emphasizes the need for family and friends as Jennifer has learned in her own life. The book has been described as “Mature Sexy” by one reviewer.
Her second book in the Out of the Box series titled Out of the Box Regifted has just been released and she is currently working on the third book, Out of the Box Everlasting. In October, 2014 she released Toccata Obbligato ~Serenading Kyra – a bridge novella written from the POV of Todd O’Malley, rockstar extraordinaire from her Out of the Box series.
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Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
That’s a tough one. While my friends are very supportive, I have to say that my fellow authors are a huge support group.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
I prefer to write while listening to the Spotify music playlist of the current book I’m working on. It motivates me.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
Probably that it isn’t easy and we are human. We make mistakes.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
As much as I love Ash Harper, I’d have to say I’d get along best with the bad boy rocker Todd O’Malley. We are kindred spirits..hehe! Alan, Olivia’s ex would drive me to drinking! He’s an asshole!
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
I started writing on Halloween night of 2012. I remember it well. I had my laptop on the dining room table and I had Halloween candy duty. I kept getting interrupted by the doorbell and having to get up and hand out candy. I decided to write a romance novel with older main characters because I felt that women my age deserve to read romance about second chances later on in life and I wanted to write something inspirational that made women feel good about themselves and believe in romance and second chances after heartache. Make sense?
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
I LOVE a good crime thriller or a medical mystery. I could never, for the life of me write one, but I do love reading them. I don’t know enough about crime to write about it, I guess.
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?
Well, the market is pretty saturated in romance, but there is a demand for it, so I’m gonna plug away at the keyboard as long as I have stories to tell. There are a lot of good indie writers out there, so I’d say it’s changed for the good.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
For me, self-pubbed is the way. I’m too much of a control freak and I don’t work well off deadlines unless they are self-imposed. Now, if a six-figure advance came along, I’d totally rethink my ways. But for now, being in control of my covers, deadlines and not having to cut a middle man into the profits (I’m a numbers person by trade) works just fine for me, thank you very much.
How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc. And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?
I put a lot of thought into my covers. My covers are original and in most of them, they were photographed solely for me and I didn’t use stock models. (I don’t use models anyway, for the Out of the Box series, because it doesn’t fit my story line) I like originality and not seeing any other books with my art work on them.
What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?
When Olivia had her breakdown (the night her husband announced he was leaving her) was the most emotional for me. I felt her pain and it was hard, very hard. The sex scenes come easy for me and I find those the most fun. A lot of authors have said they have trouble writing them, but not me!
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
Hmmm, let’s see. I think I’d like to write a children’s book some day and I’d like to write a story about how God makes everyone perfect in his own eyes even though others may find fault or make fun of someone. If I could write and get that message out to young children, I think that would be really cool – you know write something that makes a difference and could possibly help a child.
When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?
If I were to write about anything I didn’t know a lot about, I’d be scared, I guess. I’m comfortable writing romance…Do I know a lot about it? I guess I do.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
The characters. For me, the plot evolves as the characters speak to me, most definitely.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
Yes. I love to read romance and I guess that’s why I started writing it.
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
Not really – or maybe I do subconsciously…I’ll have to give that some thought.
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?
Part of the story line came from real life events, because family is so important to me and I’m close with my own kids, just like Olivia and Ash are to theirs. The family aspect definitely hits home for me.
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
Ummmm every day? Or should I say when T-bird writes a snarky funny comment (which I love!)
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
Well, I suppose if he/she was an entrepreneurial type of person with lots of bills to pay, quite a bit of wood would be chucked right?
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
Beverly Hills Cop and Caddyshack. Love the comedies!
Why are man-hole covers round?
I plead the 5th
Olivia is a good woman, a good mother, a good wife. She’s got it made. She doesn’t want anything to change.
Of course, it does…
Swept from her perfect paper-doll life in Houston, Olivia finds herself in Chicago, alone, betrayed, and far from home. Soon everything she thought she knew about herself and her life will be challenged. She has only courage, love, and her passion for music to carry her through the maelstrom—or draw her further in.
Ash is the man who has everything—everything except healing from the losses of a lifetime. His only peace lies in the sweet flow of music pouring from his guitar.
What happens when the married woman and the handsome widower are thrown together by fate?
Out of the Box Awakening is a story of shared passion and shared joy. Jennifer Theriot has written a compelling book about what happens when two people find new life and new love for themselves and for those around them.
Betrayal, Lies, Loss, Truth, Secrets…
With a new beginning for Olivia and Ash on the horizon, what could possibly stop them from finding happily ever after?
In order to move on, Olivia must face the haunting demons from her past life with Alan, her ex husband. Demands and more betrayals will force her to come to grips with things she couldn’t change and practice forgiveness not only for those in her past, but for herself as well.
Faced with his own hidden secrets, will Ash allow Olivia to stand by him? In the midst of happiness, this blended family will find they will also have to trust in the love and family bonds to get them through what is coming next or they will self-destruct. How long can Ash keep parts of his life hidden from those who love him?
Will Olivia be able to gain the confidence she needs to explore the new life Ash is offering while staying true to herself? Can she let go of the need to know the whole truth and be willing to trust what she’s building with Ash?
Jennifer Theriot has given us the next chapter of Olivia’s journey as she discards the meek, obedient wife role and morphs into the free spirited, determined woman who not only deserves to be loved, but commands respect from those in her life. Can she maintain her courage to seek what she needs to be free from the past, while clinging on to what Ash offered her as a future?
Todd O’Malley has been called many things, from filthy mouthed jerk to legendary Rock God. With his outlandish cocky demeanor – tatted up and pierced, to his constant use of the F-bomb, and the seductive gyrations he performs for the ladies on stage, he is a man every woman craves. But there is only one woman who is able to capture his heart, Kyra Edwards.
That chance meeting at a little coffee shop in Evanston began their journey of compromise, pain, dedication and love.
From the night he took her virginity to Todd’s past sex-capades and consequences threatening their relationship, will Kyra be able to deal with it? With Todd and his band Avenue touring on the road, can he prove to Kyra that he is a changed man? Can he be faithful and avoid temptation?
Jennifer Theriot brings us yet another love story that will capture our hearts. This is truly a story of Beauty and the Beast, where we admire the beauty that is Kyra and adore the beast known as Todd.
You loved him in the Out of the Box series….see what makes him tick within the pages of Toccata Obbligato ~ Serenading Kyra and meet the woman who won his heart.