Jennifer, what are you working on now?
Jennifer: I’m outlining a narrative game/interactive novel set in Heian-era Japan, and I’m about a third of the way through the first draft of a paranormal romance novel called Irredeemable. I’m finishing a few short stories as well. The audiobook of my first novella, Conduits, is in production; I’m super excited about that, as I have a fantastic narrator. I’m also getting back into art (my undergrad is in Studio Art) and working on some altered journals, plus indulging my Beauty and the Beast obsession with several artsy projects.
Lexi: Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. What has been the most memorable fan comment you ever had?
Jennifer: I was signing at Angels & Sirens in 2016, it was near the end of the day, and a fan approached me saying she had saved me for last because Firebird was so amazing. She’d read the e-book but bought a print copy so she could have it signed. That’s why I do this.
Lexi: What was the first romance you ever read?
Jennifer: It was Message from Nam by Danielle Steel—I was in high school, and my social studies teacher lent it to me because she saw me reading a book about Jeffrey Dahmer, which she didn’t approve of. Let’s just say I was not impressed :p
Lexi: Do your pets help with your writing or distract?
Jennifer: Distract. They’re basset hounds, and they demand a lot of attention! Plus they’re adorable; I can’t resist those droopy faces. I write first drafts long-hand, so if I’m sitting on the couch, they’ll park themselves on my lap whether I like it or not.
Lexi: What was your first writer’s conference?
Jennifer: The Horror Writers Association con in New Orleans in 2013. I’ll always be a horror writer at heart, and I’d wanted to attend for years. The bonus was that so many friends and colleagues from my grad school program attended too, and it was right before I graduated. We had a lot of fun that year!
Lexi: Oh, I bet you did! Thank you so much for visiting Happily Ever After Thoughts.
Check out Jennifer’s story below!
Aleksandr Volynsky thinks he’s experienced the worst life can throw at him, until the most devastating loss leaves him questioning everything…
One year later, Alex and his daughter, Anya, are still picking up the pieces. In the process, he realizes how far apart their mutual grief has driven them and how lonely he has become—especially when the Buffalo Gladiators’ beautiful anthemist, Hannah Kent, finally introduces herself.
Anya Volynsky is a high-school senior with plans—her father’s plans—to become the first woman on a professional hockey team’s starting roster…
But Anya is toying with the idea of staying in Buffalo and caring for her father rather than accept a scholarship to play hockey at Boston College. Her decision becomes even more difficult when she meets her school’s new athletic trainer, Lucas Donovan. Their experience with similar losses draws them together, and soon their friendship blossoms into a forbidden love that neither of them expected.
With lives torn apart by sorrow, Alex and Anya try to restore their bond, but it’s not that easy…
Alex’s attraction to Hannah keeps growing stronger, and he needs to decide if he’s ready to overcome his pain—but also if he’s willing to do it without Anya’s approval. Anya, on the other hand, is headed for trouble, and while Alex tries to do the right thing in order to protect her, all he manages to do is push her further away.
Can Alex and Anya find the courage to pick up the broken pieces of their lives, or will the heartache of the past ruin their chances at finding happiness again?
Jennifer Loring has been, among other things, a DJ, an insurance claims assistant, and an editor. Her short fiction has been published widely both online and in print; she has worked with Crystal Lake Publishing, DarkFuse, and Crowded Quarantine, among many others. Longer work most notably includes the contemporary/sports romance series The Firebird Trilogy and the psychological horror novella Conduits. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.