Title: Sweet Serendipity
Author: Jenna Pizzi
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour Host: Lady Amber’s Tours
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jenna settled into America’s hometown where she proudly calls home with her family. She is an avid book reader and collector with an entire room dedicated to her passion. At the age of twelve years old Jenna began writing, determined to be just like Stephen King or Dean Koontz.
For her it all starts with the flick of an image. From there a story is born. Being an eternal romantic, Jenna is a true believer in happy endings. It’s the rest of the story that anything is possible. Writing is her passion. It is something that helps her unwind at the end of the day. She likes to tell stories that will pull at your heartstrings, or simply whisk you away even for just a little while. So grab your favorite blanket, and a hot cup of coffee and settle in for the ride.
Which writers inspire you?
Claire Cook, Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, just to name a few.
What have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards, or anything of interest*)
The Long Road Home, Destined, Sweet Serendipity, and my short Addicted (which is going to be a full novel now) and Possessing Bailey a short story in the upcoming anthology Dark Light 3 with Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly Publishing.
Give us some insight into the main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Lilly is the main character. She is born from both Angel and Demon, Light and Dark. Because of her uniqueness it is her destiny to save the realms and keep the balance between light and dark.
What are you working on right now?
I just completed my next romance titled “Chance Encounters.” I also am working on Destined part II. I have another suspenseful romance in the works, and also one more paranormal romance.
What genre are your books?
My books are all romance. They range from contemporary romance, to YA, to suspense/thriller. The themes are all romance though. I am a romantic at heart and love a good love story.
What draws you to this genre?
It honestly depends upon the mood I am in or the music that strikes me at the time.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with any other authors?
I have discussed a few ideas with my good friend and fellow author LP Dover. You can be sure to see a few projects with the two of us in the near future.
When did you decide to become an author?
Since before I could remember. But, it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I actually believed in myself enough to put word to paper and share what I had to say.
Why do you write?
Truthfully, I write to heal. Every book is my own form of therapy. I have had many tragedies that I have had to overcome, or life situations that become overwhelming at times…so I write. It helps me to move forward, and process everything.
Do you have a special time you write or how is your day structured?
I find that the afternoon is a great time. I have a chance to wake from the fog of the morning, before the rush of the evening.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from my life. For Destined, when I wrote it there was nothing on TV that I wanted to watch, so I created something. I’ve always loved Angels and where there is good there is evil, so I played off of that.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The ending!!!!! I know what I want it to be, but for some reason I can’t quite word it the way I see it.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
It just flows. I can hit the pause button and go back at any given time and pick up where I left off. I love writing this way because sometimes the story goes in a completely different direction than I envisioned it would
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A few months. Sometimes less.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Yes! Not so much a block as a distraction. I have the visions and dialogue in my head ALL the time….. It’s a matter of sitting down to write it out.
How many more books do you plan to be in this series?
There will be three and a few novellas to coincide with the characters and history.
What project are you working on now?
Part Two of Destined, Chance Encounters, and an untitled romantic suspense
Who designs your book covers?
Regina Wamba of Mae I Design. I adore her to pieces!
How are you published (*i.e. indie, traditional, or both) and why?
I am an indie. I like to set the tone, time, and dates. Someday perhaps I will go traditional if I am lucky enough, but for now I am happy being an Indie
What would you say are the main advantages/disadvantages about being self-published/traditional publishing?
Self published Indies is hard work. Finding ways to spread your name and novels is very time consuming. Having a publisher behind you to help pave the way……would definitely be worthwhile.
How do you market your books?
I make promo items that I hand out. I post on social networks.
How did you choose this route?
Technology is incredible. There is a wealth of information available at your fingertips to help anyone learn about anything that they need. The self satisfaction of knowing that everything that I have done to date, I have done on my own, or under the advice of some other amazing Indie authors…..there is an amazing network of people out there.
Do you have any advice for other authors taking the same route as you?
Write because it’s what you love to do. Don’t do it thinking you’ll be the next big thing….. do it because you have a story to tell. It’s hard work, but when you hear back from your readers that they absolutely loved your story……it makes it all worth it.
What are your views on social networking for marketing? Which worked best for you?
I use every venue possible. It is crucial for an Indie.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in the future?
Lol!!! Not yet….but I’m still learning. fingers crossed!!!!
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully with my own boutique on some harbor where I can write full time and make jewelry.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
DO IT! Don’t listen to the naysayers….. it is possible to make your dreams come true, but only if you take that first step.
How can readers discover more about you?
I am always open to chatting on FB or through my website.
Thank you for today, Becky. It means a lot that you came with us.”
“I didn’t have much choice, Jack. Adam damn near had a nervous breakdown. I’d appreciate it if you’d have a talk with him and tell him that even if we’re not together, we still love him.”
“Becky, you’ve got to know that it’s his enthusiasm that keeps me going. If he still believes that we can work it out, then I believe that we can work it out. Do you understand? As long as he has hope, then so don’t I,” Jack told her.
She turned sideways and looked into his grey eyes. “Jack, we had our chance and it didn’t work. You chose comfort in someone else’s arms. I know that after all this time, it’s hard to imagine a life without us together, but I think you need to realize that is exactly where we are headed. I loved you, Jack. Somewhere along the way the love stopped. Somewhere I stopped being the person you came to for talking, and sharing, and laughing. We were broken before Brian died. His senseless death was just the final straw. I lost myself somewhere along the way. I stopped caring enough about myself to realize
how damaged we really were. I surrounded myself with the kids and you with your job. It hasn’t been a marriage in a very long time. The kids will be grown soon, and what will we have left?”
Jack reached for her hand. “We’d have a new beginning. We’d have a chance to rediscover why we fell in love in the first place. We could travel; I could build that koi pond I always promised. We could have another baby.”
“I seriously hope you are joking. How is it that you go from where we are now to having a baby?”
“I have made many mistakes, but those kids are the only thing that I have done right. I’d be a better father, a better husband. You can’t tell me that you don’t look at Layla Grace and wish you had another one?”
“Everyone loves babies. It doesn’t mean that you and I having another one will fix us. I don’t know if I could ever trust you again.”
“How do you think I feel? Knowing your best friend works a few doors down from the man you’ve been having a fling with.”
“It’s more than a fling, Jack. He’s talking future plans.”
Jack downed his glass of wine and stood up.
“Then where is he?”
“He left town.”
“Ha. Why? He couldn’t handle the heat of competition?”
Rebecca stood up.
“That’s just the thing, Jack. To you, it’s a competition. I think the only reason you are even trying to do this is because you know someone else has feelings for me. If I wasn’t seeing someone, you’d still be running around with someone like Amber.”
He stood only inches from her, pulled up his sleeve, and pointed to his shoulder. What does each and every tattoo on my body represent? I have how we met and our first date. I have our wedding and the birth of the kids. Each tattoo flows into the next. It wouldn’t make much sense to someone else, but with you, you know each and every picture. You know what each one represents. It is our story; the story of us. I still have plenty of room to keep going. I don’t want our story to stop. I want to tell our grandkids our stories someday.”
Rebecca started to cry. His words were cutting deep. He was telling her all the things that she wished he would have told her when it mattered the most. Jack got down on one knee. He held her hand in his and looked deep into her chocolate eyes.
“I have loved you for almost two decades, Becky. We were bound to hit a few snags along the way, but we can only learn to grow from our mistakes. I realize that you are the only one for me. I will never love anyone the way I love you. You are
my past, present, and future. You are my heart and my soul. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Marry me, again.” A tear fell from the corner of his eye. She felt as though she were going to pass out. She never imagined that he’d be sitting here now,
Her tears were not tears of happiness, but tears of the past, tears of the years she had felt neglected and alone. They were tears for the years she had woken with the crying babies while he couldn’t be bothered. She cried for the years she felt like a single parent
because his work always took top priority to him. She cried for all the empty holidays when it felt as though he never wanted to be there. She fell to her seat and held her head in her hands.