Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Writing Wednesday: Chatting with debut author Jeannie Hall

Hi, Jeannie, and welcome to my blog! Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and what kind of books you like to read and write?

I’m a Southern girl originally from Arkansas, but I now live in Virginia. I’m married to my soulmate and have two extremely spoiled cats. I love to read anything with an edge to it as long as it has a happy ending. I write Romantic Suspense that’s dark, gritty, and full of intensity.

What's your favorite part of being an author?

The ability to share stories with others and see their reactions. One time I wrote something a friend of mine hated so much she tossed my chapter – on typing paper – across her table. I loved that! I loved that she had such a visceral response to some words I wrote. Then I changed the scene to something much better.

What's your approach to writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

I’m a mixture of plotter and pantser. I have to have some idea where I’m going – I use the notecard feature on Scrivener – but I don’t do a 20 page outline or anything. I know the beginning and how I want it to end, but writing it always provides surprises.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

To heal others of disease and injury. I like everyone happy, healthy and whole.

Tell us about your new release!

Violation of Faith is my debut novel and the first in my Cult Wife series. It’s a romantic suspense about a young woman who travels with her sister across the country to escape her psychopathic cult leader husband. She meets and falls for a professor who just happens to moonlight as a public speaker against cults. There’s immediate attraction, but my heroine has grown up in horrible isolation and fear, so she’s cautious. She fears the professor will hate her if he finds out who she used to be. The story is full of intensity, darkness, and even a little heartbreak, but I promise a happy ending.

I've already read this book and LOVED it, and you're right. It gets pretty dark at times. But onto something lighter - Okay, you’re casting the movie version of your novel – who would you choose for the main characters?

A younger version of Bradley Cooper for my hero with his hair just a little long, and Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries) for my heroine with auburn highlights.

I love Bradley Cooper! Great choice for the professor! Where can readers find your book and where can they find you online?

Violation of Faith will be available on The Wild Rose Press website and Amazon March 2, 2016. I’m online at,,, and

Thank you so much, Katie, for hosting me!

Thank You for being my guest, Jeannie! Best of luck with your debut, and I'll be posting my review very soon! Grab a copy of VIOLATION OF FAITH on AMAZON


  1. Hi Jeannie,

    Intriguing blurb and interesting cover. Dark's ok as long as a happy ending follows. Best wishes for lots and lots of sales for your debut novel, Violation of Faith.

    1. Thanks so much, Tena! It's been amazing! šŸ’•šŸŽ‰šŸ’•

  2. Congratulations on your release--it sounds like a fabulous read! I agree with you--eliciting a strong response of any kind to our writing is a true achievement. Best of luck!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! Writing is such a gift! I'm so glad I now get to share it with everyone! šŸ’•šŸŽ‰šŸ’•

  3. When you can invoke those types of emotions from someone, you've done your job as a storyteller. Your book sounds absolutely fascinating, Jeannie! Congrats and all the best! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! Reader reactions are the best! šŸ’•šŸŽ‰šŸ’•

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  5. Love the title! Sounds like a great story. Best wishes.

  6. I'm reading Violation of Faith right now and I'm on the edge of my seat. Can't wait to see how it ends. Wishing you many sales, Jeannie.


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