Interview with Jen Talty, Author of Rivers Edge (The River Winery Book 1)

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Rivers Edge?

Rivers Edge is part of a multi-author collection in a series called Candlewood Falls. I was asked by my friend Stacey Wilk if I was interested in joining her and K.M. Fawcett in writing in this world. I jumped at the opportunity. I had been playing around with the idea of writing about a winery and this was the perfect place to do it. I wanted to write about a family coming together during times of crisis. I also wanted to have stories that dealt with the unearthing of family secrets. And that’s what the River Winery series is all about. Rivers Edge is the first book and it’s all about how one lie told generations ago has had a ripple effect on the entire family. However, as our hero and heroine find out, the present isn’t always bound to the past.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Rivers Edge, what would they be?

Oh. That’s a tough one! I think for Eliza Jane Blue it would have to be Gun Powder and Lead by Miranda Lambert. And for Malbec River it would be A Woman Like You by Lee Brice.  

If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?

Well, I’m reading a non-fiction book right now and the blurb would say something to the effect of: the 90’s were a bitch. LOL.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love to read romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers. And those are the three things I love to write about as well.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? Where did you write Rivers Edge

I don’t have any quirky writing habits. I have an office at home where I write. Sometimes I sit outside on my back patio or on my porch, but mostly I write at my desk and that’s where I wrote Rivers Edge. Although, when I’m done with a book, I like to re-arrange my desk a little. Since I can’t re-arrange my furniture or really move my monitor around on my desk, it’s usually just moving my pen cups and my notebooks and doing a deep clean, but it helps clear my mind of the last book making room for all the new characters.  

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

That persistence sometimes trumps talent and to never quit.  

Jen Talty is the author of the new book Rivers Edge (The River Winery Book 1)

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