Author: Jillian Quinn
Series: Face-Off #1
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2017
Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.
Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.
Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.
She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.
1. What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
I was a fantasy writer before I read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I devoured that book in one sitting after seeing it in a newsletter from Writer’s Digest. After that, I decided to look more into romance novels and ended up liking them so much that I shifted gears. My interests changed over time, and now, romance is my favorite genre to read and write. I had also realized I was writing fantasy romance and not just fantasy that would appeal to hardcore fans, which also prompted the switch to romance.
2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
Character names come to me naturally. When an idea pops into my head, I can see the characters so vividly that names are not hard for me to figure out. I love plotting my novels, but plotting is also the hardest part of writing a book. Coming up with title names, series names, character names, and basic plot lines are very easy for me. It’s when I get into the middle of the book that I have to sit down and map it all out and make sure my story has the proper flow. That’s when I pull my beta readers into the process. Sitting down with my readers who are also fellow bloggers and close friends, to go over the book is one of my favorite parts of writing a book. I love that I get to share that experience with them.
3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I read anything and everything. I mostly gravitate toward romance because that is what I write and prefer to read, but before I found romance, I was a huge legal thriller and horror fan. I also like young adult, contemporary, science fiction, mysteries, and fantasy novels.
4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
I would want to co-author a book with Jamie McGuire since she is the reason I started writing romance. I think our writing flow would mesh well together. She writes a lot of books with bad boys and so do I. That would be a dream to write a book with her.
5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I have always been a writer. I was probably a story teller long before a writer. When I was about four or five, I was always making up stories, and when I got older, I wrote them down on paper. But I didn’t start to seriously write until about two or three years ago. I have not stopped writing since.
Thank you for having me on your blog.
Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she's not reading, writing, or blogging, she's obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.