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Today I chat with author Jennifer Joyce

Title: The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Release Date: Feb 8th, 2017
Publisher: HQDigital
Genre: chick lit

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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Say Hello to author Jennifer Joyce!

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Her latest novel, The Wedding Date is out now. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books click on the links below.

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Tell me what made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always attempted to write stories, from being very young. I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer, just that I loved putting the stories in my head down on bits of paper. When I was around ten, a teacher took my class to our local library, where a children’s author was giving a talk and it was then that I realised I could be a published writer too when I was older.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve just finished The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall, which I’ve read for a book group I’m part of. We’ll be meeting up soon and I’m looking forward to discussing it and finding out what the others thought of it.

If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?

Line of Duty. I only discovered it last year and binge-watched the first two series over three days (there are only 5-6 episodes per series though!) before watching the third, which had just started airing on TV. The fourth series is starting soon and I can’t wait!

Tell me your favorite part of the writing process?

I love the planning stages of a book, when you’re only just discovering characters and storylines and putting everything together. Anything is possible when you have a blank page and I love filling it with ideas.

Now the writing process you hate the most?

There always comes a point during my writing process where the words refuse to come out and every session at my laptop is a battle. It usually happens around 30,000 words, but can be sooner. I find it tough, even though I know it will pass and the writing will start to flow again.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another rom com for HQ Digital (HarperCollins). It’s set during the summer at a British seaside town. It’s been quite a stretch imagining the warm weather during winter!

What type of scenes are your favorite to write?

I like fun scenes – either something embarrassing has happened, or there’s a group of friends who know each so well they can tease each other mercilessly, or there’s some flirting going on between the hero and heroine. There’s usually a lot of dialogue, which I like.

What is your favorite social media platform and why?

This one’s tough because I love social media and each one is fun and fantastic in its own way. I think at the moment it’s Instagram, but this could switch to Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook at any moment!

What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?

I think this was Finding Dory, way back at the beginning of the summer holidays. I went with my husband and our daughters (who were 13 and 7 at the time) and it’s one of those films that we could all enjoy, despite the varying ages.

Which book do you wish was a movie or TV show?

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It’s such a unique story and I think it would translate well on the screen.

Do you have a book you read as a child or teen that has stuck with you through adulthood?

The first book I ever bought myself was The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann, after my teacher (the same one who took us to the author talk at the library) had read it to us. It cost a month’s worth of pocket money, but it was worth it as I loved the book. I still have it on my bookshelf and read every it now and then – and I love it as much now as twenty-odd years ago!

Who is your favorite author and why?

Dorothy Koomson, because her writing is beautiful and has such an ease to it – despite the tough subject matter at times – that I’m instantly drawn into the lives of her characters.

Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous book The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts. What an absolutely adorable cover. I love reading that other authors often get stuck at the 30k mark as well!

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