Jenny Holiday is a USA Today-bestselling and RITA®-nominated author whose works have been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. She grew up in Minnesota and started writing at age nine when her fourth-grade teacher gave her a notebook to fill with stories. When she’s not working on her next book, she likes to hang out with her family, watch other people sing karaoke, and throw theme parties. A member of the House of Slytherin, Jenny lives in London, Ontario, Canada
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What’s the strangest thing you searched for on the internet for your novel?
Probably a comprehensive search for every fictional kingdom there is, because I wanted to make sure my fictional kingdom of Eldovia wasn’t encroaching on anyone else’s fictional territory! (I also spent a lot of time learning about the mining industry!)
What book (or author) made you fall in love with the romance genre?
I don’t think it was initially one author per se; it was the little Harlequin Historicals they had on the spinner rack at my library. I was a latecomer to romance, but I was a huge Jane Austen fan, so when I discovered the existence of Harlequin Historicals, I gobbled them up. I didn’t read contemporary romance at all initially, but when I did start, there was definitely one gateway author for me, and that was Kristan Higgins.
What is your favourite trope? Why?
Enemies to lovers all the way! I just love the tension inherent in characters who are sort of obsessed with each other, but they think it’s because they don’t like each other. I will note, though, that although this is by far my favorite trope to read, I don’t know that I’m that good at writing it. Writing enemies to lovers is hard because you have to make the enemies part credible enough, so it doesn’t feel like they’re just performing their dislike of each other. Yet they can’t do anything terrible enough that it’s impossible to rehabilitate them. It’s a fine balance!
It’s the morning after, and a lover is making your main character the perfect breakfast in bed. What is it?
For Dani, it’s just coffee. Lots of coffee. Delivered very quietly so her dog doesn’t wake up. She always tries to have coffee without waking the dog, so delivery service would help on this front.
What book are you reading currently?
I’m reading an advance copy of Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher. It’s out next spring, and it’s about a divorce lawyer who sees her most recent ex-boyfriend on Say Yes to the Dress, and it makes her realize that all the guys she’s dated recently went on to marry their next girlfriend after her. She decides to investigate why, and her childhood crush/rival, who is now a fancy chef, tags along…and you can probably guess the rest!
The rapid fire question – Would you rather go ice skating with your dream person but you don’t know how to skate or have a group date and sing carols but don’t know the words?
Carols all the way!