We’re thrilled to invite JANE PORTER into the spotlight today, ahead of her visit down-under to attend “From Here to Eternity.” Since we believe in keeping some of the good things till last, Jane will present the closing address: AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER… She is also on the Sunday afternoon panel “My Brilliant Career” and will co-host a “Now We’re Talking” chat with Megan Crane on Friday afternoon.
Jane is the bestselling author of 30 novels for Harlequin Mills & Boon and Grand Central Publishing. She was a RITA finalist in 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2010. Jane’s July ’06 release, Flirting With Forty, went back for seven printings in six weeks before being made into a December 08 Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. A busy mother of three sons, Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in Bellevue, Washington.
Welcome to the Romance Australia blog, Jane. Can you describe yourself in ten words or less?
Emotional, fierce, funny, loyal, creative, stubborn and loving.
What motto best sums up your approach to life and writing?
Go for it. And be yourself all the way.
What are you most looking forward to doing on your visit to Australia?
Seeing Melbourne and catching up with my amazing Australian writer friends.
What are you most looking forward to at “From Here To Eternity”?
Just relaxing with incredible friends that I haven’t seen in way too long!
Standing in the coffee queue at conference, what is the best conversation-starting question?
What kept you motivated when you were striving for publication?
I refused to accept that I could not succeed. I just wouldn’t quit, even when the rejections kept coming…for 14 years!!
What are you working on right now?
I’m working hard on a new trilogy about an Irish-American family in San Francisco and the complex relationships between the four spirited sisters.
Teaching jr high in a private Catholic school and getting my Masters in Writing.
What’s the best thing about writing for a living?
Staying in your pajamas all day!
On my desk I always have…
Pictures of my kids and a cup of something warm to drink.
If you found yourself standing next to Jane in a conference queue, what would you ask her? Jane has a giveaway pack, including her most recent single title release SHE’S GONE COUNTRY and western themed goodies, for one commenter/conversation starter. AND THE WINNER IS: H Maree Davis. Congratulations and happy reading!