Today on Rampant Readers we are excited to have Jean Haus answering some questions for us! So let’s get to it, shall we?
RR: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
JH: I’m a voracious reader. I used to read romances behind a propped up text book in high school. Now days, I’m rarely without my Kindle. I golf at least once a week with my husband and son. I used to golf more but now I write a lot. My score is never pretty, but it’s fun. I come from a big family, and my sisters and their families come over at least once a week for a big dinner. Luckily, I like to cook. My Asian noodle bowl is everyone’s favorite lately, with my cannelloni coming in a close second.
RR: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
JH: Ink My Heart is coming out November 26th. The story is another New Adult Romance about Justin, the lead singer from In the Band. It was quite fun to write. Justin is a little full of himself at first, and I love writing/watching a character slowly change and grow. And he does big time. Right now, I’m on the third draft of Sam’s story right now. It will be coming out in Spring 2014. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s funny and touching—to the point, I feel really bad for Sam, and yeah, I made him up.
RR: Now I have to say that I’m a sucker for fictional bad-boy musicians. What made you want to write about rock-stars?
JH: I actually wanted to write about a girl drummer—rock or marching band drummers are just intense people—which came with the bonus of rock-stars. Big bonus because yeah, bad-boy musicians are like the cream of the crop of bad boys.
RR: What was the most difficult part to write in In the Band?
JH: The music scenes. It’s very challenging to convey music into words, but I wanted to music to be a major part of the book. I did have some help with the audition scene from a few musicians, and I have been to a number of concerts, so between the two and my imagination, I tried to make the scenes with music in them ‘pop’.
RR: Which character is most like your personality and how?
JH: Probably, Riley. I gave her my edge of sarcasm, but also like Riley, I’d do about anything for my family.
RR: What made you want to write in the New Adult genre?
JH: Well, to be honest, I always seem to fall in these things. Like I said I wanted to write a book about a girl drummer, but the idea of her in high school felt too limiting, so I went with college, and thus wrote a new adult book.
RR: Do you outline when writing your books?
JH: I do. The outlines are by chapter, and are usually a line or two describing the conflict or tension of the scene. However, I’ve never stuck with an outline in its entirety. Some of my best ideas come along the way, but I usually do stick the original planned end.
RR: How do you react to bad reviews?
JH: Well, of course I don’t react publicly. Privately, I’ll admit a few have been disappointing, but in the end, someone spent time and money on my imagination, and I have to respect their opinion. My story may have not clicked with them, and that’s okay.
RR: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
JH: Probably, Abraham Lincoln. From his mostly self-education to his determination to keep our country together, he fascinates me.
RR: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
JH: Hawaii. Sun, sand, tropical breezes, and roasted pork. What more could a girl want?
RR: If you could choose to live in a different time period, past or future, what would it be and why?
JH: Well, after the Hunger Games and other scary dystopian books, screw the future. So I’m going with the past. Maybe Roman times? I might skip the entertainment—fights to death and animals mauling slaves—at the Colosseum, but running water, and public bathrooms are very necessary. I’ve camped rustic, once, and learned my lesson. The Romans also had steam baths, books, newspapers, paved roads, sausage, and socks, which all come in a close second to the bathrooms. Plus the soldier’s outfits left a lot of skin showing…
RR: Favorite drink?
JH: Diet Coke, but due to my son’s insistence it will rot my brain, I’ve somewhat given it up.
RR: Favorite Animal?
JH: Dog. Love dogs. Mine is woman’s best friend. My husband is jealous about how the new puppy has attached herself to me. Except at seven o’clock in the morning when she’s in my face at the side of the bed barking to be let out.
RR: Favorite school subject?
JH: History. I’ll brag here and say I’ve never gotten anything but an A in history classes. I love learning about history, history text books are even fascinating to me.
RR: Favorite Number?
JH: Lucky thirteen.
RR: Coke or Pepsi?
RR: Chocolate or Vanilla?
JH: Chocolate, dark, light, and white! Um, does anyone say vanilla?
RR: They do actually!..or at least, I do! Day or Night?
JH: Night. Definite night owl.
RR: Winter or summer?
RR: Beach or Pool?
JH: Huh, this one is hard. I’ll go with a pool with a beach view.
Let’s thank Jean for taking the time to answer some questions for us today. Be sure to leave her some love!
NOTE: These are not all of Jean’s books. For a complete list, visit her Goodreads page here.
From left to right: In the Band, My Ink Heart, Sleeping Handsome, Happily Ever After
Check out my review of In the Band.
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