December 21, 2012

Book and Film: Blissful Lies Interview @jennythomas10 #rlfblog

Blissful Lies

Jennifer Brown-Thomas, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Blissful Lies.
Genre: Drama/Romance/Mystery
Buy links:
To purchase a signed copy: Email
Publisher: Helm Publishing
Cover artist: Jeff Gerred of SoEg Creative
Cover Model: Ashlee Fowler
Length: 234 pages
Tagline: “Some Lies... Change Everything.”
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Addison Hamilton, 45, Chancellor of Brown-Thomas University and the rock in which everyone else has built their lives around.
Spencer Hamilton, 45, Lawyer.
Blaire Christianson, 34, stay at home mother.
Elizabeth Kensington, 45, Jackson’s mother and Addison’s best friend, charity event organizer.
Jackson Kensington, early 20’s, college senior.
Parker Hamilton, early 20’s, college senior.
Shaley Brodigan, early 20’s, college senior.
Katherine Thompson (Kate), early 20’s, college senior.
Kinsley Abbott, early 20’s, college senior.
Leighton McDowell, early 20’s, college senior.
Kimber Larson, early 20’s, college senior.
Calvin Tucker, 25, bartender and graduate student.


You could almost smell the envy and jealousy of the passing tourists as they gawked at the extravagant lifestyles we were all fortunate enough to live. Yes, this was our world. Strangers to the decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous, we were not. It has been said, perception is everything and in this world of ours, it usually is. We drive the best cars, shop in the most expensive boutiques, vacation in the most exotic locations and live in homes larger than most people could ever dream about... so from an outsiders perspective it looks pretty amazing to be who we are. But underneath it all... every family, every group, every person in our world has their secrets, we just thought we were the exception to the rule... turns out, we could not have been more wrong.


Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Blissful Lies is a character driven novel. It’s different from a lot of what you might read in the sense that it spans over several genres. Romance, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense. I loved creating the characters because they’re all unique in their own ways, all different, but all have one thing in common--how much they adore each other. At least... that’s what they thought.
How do you come up with ideas?
I think about something I might like to read about. I take one single idea and let it morph into something much bigger. I love creating story lines... I create as I go--so you never know what’s going to happen next.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Blissful Lies film
Creating a story people want to read and continue reading. I’ve been asked so many times if there will be a Blissful Lies sequel--that tells me people like what they’re reading, which is very important to me.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Staying accessible. If anyone wants to talk, email or chat with me--they can. This is by far the most important aspect of maintaining close relationships with fans. Plus, I love it! I enjoy hearing what people think--the good, the bad and the ugly. And I love that they know they can reach me if they wish to.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Being a mommy. I love it. Everything I do is for my daughter and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I do things a little differently than most. When I sit down with a blank page, I have somewhat of an idea of how the story is going to progress--but sometimes it even manages to take me by surprise as I’m creating it. I like to write in the moment, create as I go so people aren’t constantly predicting what might happen.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
The easiest part is the writing. The hardest part is getting it out there and letting people know it’s on the shelves.
Would you consider self publishing?
I don’t know if the self-publishing world is for me. I have considered it and decided on the more traditional route of publishing, though I understand the self-publishing world has been quite beneficial for a lot of my peers.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
It depends. I’d say an average of six during my downtime. Sometimes the average can be as much as fifteen when I’m working on a project.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
It gets better! It’s worth it. It won’t be easy, but it will be incredible.
Is your muse demanding?
So demanding! When I have an idea or a project--it’s hard to tear myself away to deal with the day-today things we all have to deal with. But I’m thankful she’s demanding, it keeps me on track.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
I think a little of both. But definitely more so by character. I love a good character in a novel. Someone you can relate to, someone you envy or can root for. Without strong characters, any plot is just average.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Very carefully! Ha. No, I’ve been doing this long enough to have a good balance going. Being a mom, of course, makes things a little more difficult but way more fun and unpredictable. I generally write at night--sometimes, all night, and this allows me to spend time with my daughter during the day. On the days she’s in her mommy’s day out program, I work during the day as well. Luckily, I have an amazing support system--so if there’s a deadline, it’s not a problem.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
Blissful Lies is my first published novel. So I think I’d recommend you start there. Vindictive Grounds is coming up--you’ll love it! It’s recently been projected to be the next Fifty Shades of Grey so I’m interested to hear what our readers think.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Young Author Takes On Literary World
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Right where I am. Surrounded by friends and family.
What song would best describe your life?
Ha ha! Chumbawamba’s “I get knocked down.” Or Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Couture everything! I love little girls clothing. In fact, my business partner and myself are creating a young girls clothing line called “Kinsley Kouture.” You can read more about it on my website at
Jennifer Thomas
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
I loved everything about school, but English was my favorite subject.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Very Demanding. High Maintenance. Workaholic.
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with cheese... lots of cheese.
I'm always ready for literally anything. You have to be in this business.
When I'm alone, I am working.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m exhausted 85% of the time.
If I had a halo it would be hot pink and completely blinged out.
If I could take a vacation I'd head to Belize.
I can never completely relax because I’m a mommy.
Books Coming Soon
Vindictive Grounds
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  1. Welcome, Jennifer! We're excited to have you here today. ^_^

    1. Thank you so much Kayelle! I love hearing from you and your readers. Make sure to find me on twitter and facebook so we can keep chatting in the future! Xoxo!

    2. Already done. Good thing you said keep chatting instead of keep up. I have a feeling that would be hard to do. You are one busy lady!

  2. Kayelle, thanks for the phenomenal coverage of Jennifer's book. We appreciate your giving readers the chance to learn all about it.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. My privilege. Thank you for telling me about this story.


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