We welcome Regina Jennings to Just Commonly for the first time to share about her characters! Big round of applause, please!
Before we dive into the characters, lets chat about Regina's books!
From all of your books, which:
- story was the hardest to write and why?
Love in the Balance. When I wrote my first book, I hadn’t done a good job setting up the characters for a sequel. The second book—my first one to write under a deadline and while balancing all the new author stuff—had to do a lot of quick rearranging to get our characters in the right place for a sequel. I’ve learned my lesson. Populate your cast with single people so you can write a whole series.
- story was the most fun to write and why?
Her Dearly Unintended. Novellas are fun to write anyway because they have a much simpler plot, but this one was particularly fun because Katie Ellen and Josiah were childhood sweethearts and they both just said whatever they thought to each other. What would’ve been rude for a heroine to say in another story, was perfectly appropriate for her to say to Josiah, whom she grew up with.
Caught in the Middle. I love the juxtaposition of the beautiful dress and the cowboy boots, and her expression is priceless. Plus, I got a chance to buy that dress, so I can recreate that scene whenever I fancy.
- story hits you the hardest and how?
At Love’s Bidding. Miranda has her hands full taking care of her grandfather who has Alzheimer’s. While that was the cause of many funny situations in the plot, it was tinged with sadness because Miranda’s experiences were based on my family’s experiences with my grandpa, who had been denying that he was afflicted as well. He passed away unexpectedly before the book was released.
Now onto your characters:
- Who was your sweetest heroine?
Rosa Garner of Sixty Acres and a Bride. She is an absolute gem, always caring about others and putting others first.
- Who was the swooniest hero?
Our Dashing Deputy, Joel Puckett of For the Record, because he’s so NOT the hero Betsy is looking for. He’s the anti-hero, but he’s just who she needs.
- Who was the most brooding hero?
Weston Garner of Sixty Acres and a Bride. He’s a widower who thinks he doesn’t deserve happiness. Broody, definitely.
- Who was the most quirky heroine?
Betsy Huckabee of For the Record. Betsy begins as a precocious child in A Most Inconvenient Marriage. By the time she grows up in For the Record, she’s a force of nature.
- Which character makes you laugh the most?
Katie Ellen Watson of Her Dearly Unintended. She is so self-confident, but Josiah knows exactly how to throw her off her game.
- Which character was the most annoying?
Josiah Huckabee of Her Dearly Unintended. He and Katie Ellen grew up together, so annoying her was the only way he knew to get her attention. Once he grows up, he has a hard time not falling into his old habits.
- Which character was the smartest?
Molly Lovelace of Love in the Balance. She’s definitely the one who was the underestimated the most.
- Which was the hardest to let go?
Grace O’Malley of An Unforeseen Match. Knowing that she was going blind, it was hard to say good-bye to her. At least she has Clayton with her now, though.
- Which character can easily "knock some sense" into you if needed?
Wyatt Ballentine of At Love’s Bidding. In fact, he’s knocking sense into his brother’s head when Miranda first meets him.
- Which character is the most rational?
Abigail Stuart Calhoun of A Most Inconvenient Marriage. She is very practical, always looking for the next step to reach her goals, even if that step involves marrying a dying stranger.
- Which character rides (on a horse) the best?
I’ll have to give it to Joel Puckett of For the Record since he’s a bona fide Texas deputy.
- Which character do you think can easily live in modern day if they were "transported" to modern day New York City?
- Which character cares about their wardrobe the most?
Nicholas Lovelace of Caught in the Middle. He’s quite a dandy, which made for a great match-up for Anne, who is a buffalo hunter.
- Which character is the most cheerful?
Bailey Garner of Love in the Balance. He faces trouble with an irrepressible optimism.
THANK YOU, Regina for stopping by and chatting with us about your characters and your books! I had a laugh with a few of these, and I'd say most of them, was obviously on the mark (as YOU ARE THE AUTHOR!) Thank you!
|Photo courtesy of Ginger|
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction
Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle's newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she's ever had comes riding into town.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he's the law in this town--and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes.
The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies' pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he's definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero--and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.
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