We are thrilled to have Jeannine Colette for our second feature of “Schmexy’s New Found Faves” post!!! Jeannine is the author of the Abandon series and they are all must reads!!!
Roxie and Jen recently DEVOURED the Abandon Series. Jeannine Colette was a “new to us” author, and OH MY GOD, we were sucked in and LOVED EVERY BOOK!!!
5 Reasons you should read The Abandon Books:
1. Amazingly written.
2. Incredible plots.
3. Lots of angst.
4. Book boyfriends who are swoonworthy.
5. Triple Bookgasm!!!
Our Q & A With Seth
Schmexy: So why writing? How did you get started and was this something you always wanted to do?
I started writing at nine-years-old. It was a way to escape, to daydream, and to create. But I never thought of writing as a career. It was something I did for me.
It wasn’t until I left my career as a television producer, to focus on my hearing impaired son, that I found myself reevaluating my life and my dreams. For five hours a day I sat in a lobby while I waited for my son to complete his speech, physical and occupational therapies. It was in this lobby that I finished my first book, Pure Abandon. In many ways, it was my son’s inability to hear that gave me the ability to listen. Listen to myself, to the characters inside my head and to understand the kind of woman I want to be for my kids: Someone who doesn’t give up on her dreams.
Schmexy: How long did it take you to write each book?
I started writing Pure Abandon on my hour and a half commute to work at NBC. It took my seven months to write and then it sat on my computer for two years! Why? Because I thought people would laugh at me. What if it sucked? In the world of social media, if you fail, you fail in front of everyone. Finally, I got the nerve to hire a developmental editor and turned my passion project into a real life novel. I wrote Reckless Abandon in seven months and Wild Abandon in four.
The hardest part is making sure these standalone novels can, indeed, be read as single titles while still being faithful to the other books in the collection.
Schmexy: Where do you get your ideas?
Pure Abandon came from my love of book boyfriends! I wondered, “What would I do if Kellen Kyle (Thoughtless), Brayden Carmichael (On Dublin Street) or Christen Grey (FSOG) walked into my life and asked me to run away with him?” I’m married with children, not a twenty-two-year-old, converse sneaker wearing, virgin. I put temptation to the test and asked readers, “What would you do?”
I never planned to write a collection but, once Pure Abandon was complete, I knew I had to continue the story of the “one that got away.” Each couple in my novels faces an obstacle that has been inspired by myself or someone I have known. I’d love to talk about Wild Abandon but then I’d be giving away Nate’s secret. And it’s a great secret!
Schmexy: Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
This is a crazy hard question! I’d have to say Colleen Hoover. Not only are her novels brilliant but, if you ever read her blog, you’d quickly learn she is genuine, authentic and has the biggest heart in the book community. Her novel, Maybe Someday, is one of my favorite books. She is the one person I wanted to interview before I left my career but never got a chance to.
Schmexy: What inspires you?
Have passport, will travel! Each novel in the Abandon Collection features a city, including my hometown NYC! I like to think these cities are as important as the characters themselves. So far, I have taken readers to Capri (Reckless Abandon), Napa (Wild Abandon) and in the upcoming novella, Sinful Abandon, Chicago. Landscapes, food, people and scents from incredible cities around the world inspire me more than words can describe.
Books by Jeannine Colette
About Jeannine Colette
When I was little, my mom was part of the Double Day book club. She had piles and piles of books lying around the house, most of them with Fabio-esque men and a scantily clad woman set in a different century. The love of romance novels is inbred in me.
When I as 9, I wrote stories using my best friend as a muse. They were romances…but for the 9-year-old. She was the only one who read them.
When I was 14, another friend gave me a Marian Keyes novel. I fell in-love for her wit and humor with a dark side. This was my first experience with realistic fiction and I have been a Keyes-devotee ever since.
When I was 19, Nicholas Sparks forever changed my views on relationships. I learned what true love could be like…beautiful and difficult at the same time. I wanted it.
When I was 22, Jeannette Wells made me feel more emotion from an autobiographical novel than I thought possible. I wanted to be her.
When I was 30, Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover introduced me to the world of self-publishing. For the first time I thought: I could give this a try someday.
When I was 32, my someday came.