Author Interview + Giveaway: Jill Kemerer, author of the Lake Endwell series


Welcome to Just Commonly, Jill Kemerer. I'm so thrilled to have Jill on the blog today. Her covers are gorgeous. Her books are sweet with a beautiful message in each. I look forward for everyone to get to know her, and for one reader a chance to win a copy of her latest release!




1. Hi Jill!  Welcome to Just Commonly! For readers that are new to your books, can you tell us what kind of books or subject matter do you like to write about?
Thank you for having me! My books feature characters at a crossroads—men and women who’ve gotten the courage to chase their dreams or who are facing challenges where they must rely on others for help. Since I write romance, my books always have a happily ever after.

2. How about giving us 5 words to describe your current fiction release, Hometown Hero's Redemption?
Obstacles, emotional, romantic, relatable, satisfying

3. What was your inspiration? How does this tie into your other books in the Lake Endwell series?
My inspiration came from my love of football. One day while walking, I got to thinking about the stereotype of the star quarterback dating the cheerleading captain and began playing around with the theme. I thought wouldn’t it be fun if they never dated and couldn’t stand each other in high school? Drew and Lauren were the perfect pair to explore the theme. This book does not feature any of the Sheffield siblings, but Drew is renting Claire Sheffield’s cottage and living in Lake Endwell.

4. Can you describe your main characters in 3 words or less for each?
Drew: Regretful, honorable, firefighter
Lauren: Feisty, conflicted, giving

5. What would you like your readers to take away from your stories, specifically with this one?
I want readers to close one of my books and know God has a plan for them. Whatever is going on in their lives, they can trust Him. And I hope they also have a smile on their face from watching two people fall in love!

6. Let's chat a little more about you. When you're writing, what's your favorite place to write?
I love writing in my office. It’s quiet. I’m surrounded by my “things.” I have a Barry Sanders bobble-head staring at me, a pen shaped like a dachshund a dear writer friend gave me, files, reference books, pens galore and pictures of my family. I love my office!

7.  Do you like to plot out all details or sort of just wing it?
I would love to be able to just wing it, but my brain does not work that way! I’m a plotter. I know the characters very well before I begin writing, and I also nail down the setting, major plot points and spiritual issues the characters face. Only then am I comfortable writing the actual story.

8. You've also recently released a nonfiction, Game On: A Christian Parents' Sports Survival Guide. Now, how and where did the inspiration for this come from?
Game On was my heart project. I have two children—a daughter in college and a son in high school—and I’ve been a sports mom since they were very small. Sports, especially higher level competitive teams, are very stressful on parents. I wrote the book because I wanted more than just bragging rights for my kids—I wanted sports to make them strong adults. The book is full of tips for Christian parents to lower their stress, avoid the politics and enjoy watching their kids play.

9. How is it different writing this versus fiction?
The structure was the big difference for me. I’m very comfortable writing fictional stories. I know how they flow. With nonfiction, I had to play around with the outline and hope the order of the chapters made sense.

10. What's one tip you can give aspiring writers, of fiction or non-fiction?
Success isn’t only measured in contracts and dollars. Success is consistency—writing, revising, starting a new project, studying the craft, learning about the industry—daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Celebrate each milestone whether it’s finishing a draft, querying an agent, attending a conference, entering a contest, getting a rejection, finishing another draft…you get the idea. And never give up because you’re discouraged, envious, or insecure. I know you have another book in you, so…keep writing.

11. What do you love to do besides writing?
I love reading! Books—oh, my, yes! And I also enjoy hiking through our pretty parks here in northern Ohio, hanging out with my family, cooking, and watching sports—college football in the fall and MLB in the summer.

12. What can we expect from you next?
My new series with Love Inspired, Wyoming Cowboys, kicks off in October with The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride. I’m very excited about this book!

13. What's currently on your nightstand?
I just finished Becky Wade’s True to You (loved it!), and I’m getting ready to read Jessica R. Patch’s Deep Waters. Jessica’s books are always so fun and suspenseful—I know I’m in for a treat!

14. And last, a fan favorite, please give us 5 random facts about you.
1. I’m obsessed with M&Ms, and I’m still mad they changed the “King Size” to “Sharing Size.” I kind of felt like royalty before, and now they want me to share? Not going to happen.
2. When I’m reading, I lose track of time and will stay up all night reading a good book. It’s not a good idea to interrupt me when I’m reading an excellent novel.
3. My car always has country music, contemporary Christian music or top 40 pop music cranked up loud.
4. At Christmas, I love singing “Silent Night! Holy Night!” in German, but I only know the first verse.
5. Our miniature dachshund, Sophie, follows me around all day and is my writing partner-in-crime.

LOL. I'm with you on number 1 and I can speak for all booknerds that number 2 is a given!


Jill Kemerer is a multi-published author of Christian romance novels for Harlequin Love Inspired. Jill's essentials include coffee, M&Ms, reading, her miniature-dachshund, and taking long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website, jillkemerer.com, sign up for her Newsletter, and connect with Jill on Facebook and Twitter.

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Title: Hometown Hero's Redemption
Series: Lake Endwell, Book 5
Author: Jill Kemerer
Publisher:  Love Inspired
Release Date:  May 23, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

A Temporary Father
When he becomes guardian to his friend’s troubled ten-year-old boy, firefighter Drew Gannon knows he needs help. But before he can get former social worker Lauren Pierce to agree, he’s got to prove he’s changed from the sports jock who gave her a hard time back in high school. Returning home, Lauren wants no part of her old profession. She only wants to forget the unspeakable tragedy she left behind. She can’t take responsibility for another child. Or a reunion with Drew—no matter how generous he’s become. But a desperate boy and his handsome guardian may be more than Lauren can resist…


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CONVERSATION

54 comments:

  1. My kids were always in volleyball--I'd love to read a novel about players in this sport.

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    1. My neighbor's daughter travels all over with volleyball! How fun!!

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    2. FUN!!! I used to love to play volleyball, but I can never serve well!!

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    3. I'm impressed you used to play, Just Commonly! Nice!

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    4. Hahha. Not professionally - just fooling around with a ball with some friends! 😅

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  2. I follow Alabama football pretty close, Roll Tide! But otherwise I'm not big into sports, except watching my grandkids play ball.
    I love M & Ms too, especially coffee flavored peanut ones! Since you love football a reference to that is you have to walk the length of a football field to burn the calories from one plain M & M.

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    1. Oh, how I envy your Bama team, Gail! I'm a Michigan Wolverines fan. It's not easy! Haha!

      And, yes, I am willing to walk the length of a football field many times over for M&Ms!

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    2. hahah. Coffee flavored M&Ms? are there such ones??!!

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    3. Yes, indeed, there are! But I think they're seasonal...

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    4. Hmmm. I need to hang out at the candy aisle more often! 😉

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  3. sounds like a good read, love the cover.

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  4. oooo volleyball WOULD be fun! But, since she's starting a cowboy series I'm gonna go with 'rodeo stuff'. Clearly, that's the technical term ;)

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    1. Volleyball would be fun! I'm with you! Confession--I'm the world's worst volleyball player so even writing about it would be intimidating! The "rodeo stuff" is beyond me too, but researching cute cowboys wasn't a chore!

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    2. hahah... RODEO STUFF??!! hahahha

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  5. Hometown Hero’s Redemption sounds like an amazing book that I for sure want to read.

    No one really talks about track and it's a very competitive sport - both as an individual and a team. It would be nice to see something along that line since most seem to stick with the major sports.

    By the way, how can you not love an author who loves M&M's as much as I do? ;) Have you tried the new caramel ones? They were ok but I'll stick to the original ones myself. Although if they put a peanut in the caramel it might be worth a second chance. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kay!
      My daughter ran track all four years of high school--what a tough gig! Track is so hard!

      The caramel ones were staring me down at the store this morning, but I went with the plain. Peanut are my absolute fave. Oh my. Now I'm hunry...and peanut caramel M&Ms? I just got chill bumps!! Too delicious of an idea!!

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    2. hahhah. I think M&Ms and booknerds goes hand in hand? I just love the original peanut ones..

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    3. I never realized it, but you're right! Book nerds do love M&Ms!!

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  6. Jill Kemerer, I think you may be my long lost sister. Your top 5 could be MY top five, although my M&Ms are the peanut variety. I have read all of your Lake Endwell series and would love to win this one!

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    1. Oh, and SOCCER! I was a soccer mom for about 8 years with my youngest son. He got the top defender of the year both his junior and senior years for his high school team. Very little got past him! :)(Proud mama alert!!)

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    2. hahah. Awesome mama you are Pam!!

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    3. Pam, we're definitely related! Thank you for reading my books--you made my day! I love peanut M&Ms too!! They're the best.

      Wow! Congrats on your son's soccer years--that's a big accomplishment! I'm sure when he has children, you'll be right back into the soccer scene. :)

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  7. How about fencing? It's pretty unusual. Might make a unique story. Trying to get on an Olympic team?

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    1. Ooh, I like it! I think it should be a romantic suspense... :)

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  8. I keep hearing great things about Jill's stories and have her on my TBR list. Since I'm a Texan football is our state religion. Are there any other sports??

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    1. Brittaney, there are clearly no other sports. My favorite television show (yes, you can judge me) is Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team! I even watch the reruns!!

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  9. My grandson played hockey and I found it exciting. Enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

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    1. Hockey is fun to watch! But, boy, those boys work hard--strong legs!

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    2. Hi Lucy! There was about 2 seasons that I watched NHL...but then I moved and did not have a TV for some time...

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    3. Prefer sticking to MLB but hockey is cool!

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  10. Thanks for the interview!! I personally like cross-country skiing....participated in the sport in high school....thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Ooh, I like that too! And I used to downhill ski (got hit in the head with the chair lift many a' time...). You must live somewhere snowy to have a high school team!

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    2. Wow! Now that's something I've aways admired people for doing! It kind of scares me! But I'm sure it's quite yhe rush!

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  11. Coffee flavored peanut M & Ms are real and yummy!!
    I had personalized ones made for my son and daughter in laws wedding with their pictures on them and everything!

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    1. I haven't seen coffee flavored with peanuts! Yum!! I would love them. That's really sweet you had them made for the wedding! Awww....

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    2. Aww so sweet! I had a friend that loves green m&m's. Her husband, then boyfriend personalized his proposal on it with a ring at the bottom of the container!

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  12. I am a big Clemson football fan, since my second grandson was recruited to play for them in 2009. Now he plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You are a new author to me and I would love to read your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Wow, Vang! That's so cool!! So few kids get to play football in college--you should be proud! And the Jacksonville Jaguars!! Awesome!! I'm a fan of Denard Robinson, but I think he's a free agent this year. :)

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    2. Wow! That's awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I love football and enjoy it when authors can write intelligently about it. Your nonfiction book looks very timely. I'd like to see you write about some sport that gets a little less notoriety, like badminton. :)

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    1. Badminton is fun! Table tennis, and someone mentioned fencing! All cool. Thanks gor stopping by!

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    2. I actually CAN play badminton! That would be a fun plot--the dark underworld of professional badminton...hahaha!

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  14. Sounds like a great sport! I love football and baseball stories.

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    1. I do, too! And I love this time of year when there is always a baseball game on!

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    2. Yep yep! Baseball, golf, tennis are my go to sports to watch!

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  15. what a wonderful interview. I look forward to reading this book. it sounds like so much fun. I don't know about the sports thing. I really haven't read sport novels. Sport non fiction yes. would rodeos be a sport?
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. Lol Lori. Some would definitely call rodeo a sport!

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  16. Looks Great Thanks for sharing
    The Sport I don't really follow any
    so I have no preference

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  17. I'm not a huge sports fan, but living in MD lacrosse is super popular. Since I know next to nothing about it, a book featuring it is about the only way I'll learn more.

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  18. I'm not much up on sports... but what about something sort of osbcure and unexpected...?

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