New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.
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A Glamorous Day in the Life of a Romance Writer
Alarm goes off while dreaming about latest plot. Husband hits sleep button — five times. Upon threat of death, he turns off alarm, rolls toward me and begs "caffeine".
Have sent husband and oldest daughter off to work and school. Only two children left until I’m alone to work on current project that’s due yesterday.
Said children can’t find gloves or lunch or homework. Puppy ate them. All of them.
After cleaning up dog puke and driving children to school, I sit down on the deck with my laptop. Breathe in the delicious mountain air. Prepare to feel inspired. Instead see a bear in the woods and run inside.
After a large bag of cookies I feel inspired by sugar rush. Write a few pages while on the couch. Decide maybe what I really need is a plotting session. Lie down on couch with cozy blanket and plot with my eyes closed.
Woken from nap by phone. Middle child has lost lunch money.
Manage a few more pages before starvation sets in. Early lunch. I’ll get lots down this afternoon for sure.
Another page before email break. No email. Hmm. Maybe I should try harder to be friendly instead of snarling at anyone who interrupts. Note to self. No more snarling.
Call from editor. Last book that I loved? Major revisions needed. By yesterday.
Call from other editor. Last book that I loved? Major revisions needed. By yesterday.
Back in kitchen for more fortification.
Children home. Hot, tired, hungry, grumpy. Break up three fights before soccer practice.
Dinnertime. Forgot to cook. Back out in the car to Taco Bell.
Maybe I’ll sneak in one more page. Take another look at list of revisions, feel sick, head back into kitchen.
Kids to bed. Too tired to work, sit on couch with a good book. Not mine.
Husband wakes me up with a hopeful smile. I’m going to need caffeine.
What People Are Saying About Jill
“Shalvis manages to portray these extraordinary developments with a wry, Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-esque good humor that doesn’t get stuck on the question of believability. The very oddness of the tale is a major part of its charm. If you’re looking for a vacation from the too-familiar workaday world of the average chick lit novel — how many red wine swilling publicity assistants can you really stand to read about in a month, anyway? — Jill Shalvis’ Out of This World might be just the right jolt of alternate reality.”
– Debra Pickett, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist
“Jill’s one of my favorite writers and so down to earth. Her stories are sexy and fun. They strike a chord with readers who quickly come back looking for her next book.”
– Birgit Davis-Todd, Executive Editor, Harlequin Books
“I’ve read Slow Heat three times; I suspect I’ll read it a few more times before baseball season is over. Slow Heat is a sexy, hot keeper. *fans face* Grade A.”
“Jill Shalvis displays the soul of a poet with her deft pen, creating a powerful atmosphere.”
“Jill Shalvis is a total original! Humor, intrigue, and scintillating sex. It doesn’t get any better.”
– Suzanne Forster
“Fast paced, and deliciously fun. Jill Shalvis sweeps you away.”
– Cherry Adair
“Ms. Shalvis characters leap off the page”
– Romantic Times
“Jill is an incredibly accomplished writer. In terms of growing, I’m not sure I can speak to that, but I know she can move comfortably from genre to genre, from comedy writing, to very sexy books, to suspense, to a combination of the three. I think readers love her because her characters are so relatable; they have the same insecurities, problems, angst, etc that we all have. As an agent whose business it is to sell books, I know I can always rely on Jill to come up with a project that is not only really well-written, but has a great plot, and a heroine that could be my best friend, or could even be me. I think that’s rare these days.”
– Jenny Bent, Agent
Trident Media Group
“Riveting suspense laced with humor and heart is her hallmark and Jill Shalvis always delivers.”
– USA Today Bestselling author Donna Kauffman
“Heartwarming, humorous, passionate and sometimes profound.”
– Romance Reviews Today
“Jill Shalvis has an amazing gift for storytelling. Her characters are smart and believable and seem to leap off the page. She can combine humor and heartfelt, sex and sentiment like nobody else.”
– Kate Duffy, Senior Editor
“Jill Shalvis has the incredible talent of creating characters who are intelligent, quick-witted, and gorgeously sexy, all the while giving them just the right amount of weakness to keep them from being unrealistically perfect.”
“Jill Shalvis always delivers the goods – an exciting story, overwhelming sexual tension and a spunky heroine readers will desperately want to emulate. Each new book is better than the last.”
– Brenda Chin, Senior Editor
“A deliciously sensual writer, full of compassion, humor and a deep, deep love of romance.”
– Writers Unlimited
“Get ready for laughs, passion, and toe-curling romance.”