Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blogiversary Day 3 (#1) Spotlight/Author's Interview: CONTROL YOU by JENNIFER SNYDER

Title: Control You
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Release Date: March 1st, 2014


*This is the second novel in the Coldcreek Series. While this novel can be read as a standalone, you will gain more story wise if you read them in order of release.* 

Kind hearted and naive, Paige Jacobs wants what every girl craves…to be loved. She uses this need to make excuses when her current boyfriend goes from being a tad jealous and slightly overprotective to stalker-ish. She isn’t that girl and Craig isn’t one of those guys. Things are fine. Perfectly fine. Until the moment a dark-haired, tattooed hottie with a snarky mouth walks into her life and tells her she deserves better. 

Confident and boldly spoken, Cameron Green has always been the guy bad girls can’t get enough of and all the good girls want to tame. He’s lived a lavish lifestyle filled with drugs, women, and alcohol up until his destructive path finally caught up with him. Now Cameron isn’t sure what to do with himself or how to dampen the longing for something more festering inside of him since coming out of his drug-induced haze. But when he meets a doe-eyed girl who gets past his walls like no other, everything about him clicks into place. 

Together the two learn there are emotions that hold within them all the power to control you… 

(New Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, mature themes, and alcohol usage.) 

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**Book 3 in the series will be coming soon! **

When and why did you decide to be a writer?

Reading was always a passion of mine, so I think that’s where my love of words came from. At some point in my early twenties I had this grand idea that I could write a novel come to me out of the blue. It was pretty much a bucket list sort of thing. Once I started, I just could not stop.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Oh there are always going to be a critic, that’s something you have to accept early on in this business—that you can’t please everyone with your novels. If I’m being honest though, the toughest criticism always comes from myself. I’m way harder on my novels than anyone else ever is. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing!
I think the best compliment is when someone tells me they can relate to a character of mine. That’s always an author’s goal, creating relatable, believable characters. Hearing that will never get old.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you want, not what’s hot right now or what everyone expects you to.
How many drafts did you have to write for Control You? Any scenes that were cut from the original that you want to share?
This one I actually only wrote one draft of. Paige and Cameron came to me pretty easily, especially Cameron.

Actually there is a tiny little snippet that didn’t make it into the novel for one reason or another. It’s one that I absolutely love though. This is from Paige. Here you go:

Bruises fade, but the memories attached to them don’t. I’d been told by someone before that I deserved better, and now I can finally agree to that—I deserve better from my parent’s, my choices for boyfriends, and most of all…I deserve better from myself. Paige’s Closet is just the beginnings of that for me.

What inspired the idea for Control You?

Honestly, it came from a dream I had. Cameron’s introduction to Paige is pretty much the dream word for word. I wanted to use that scene somewhere so bad! I toyed around with the idea of creating a companion novel with Paige from Break You and rolled with it.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in 'Break You or Control You and why?
There are SO many scenes that I loved in both books! With Break You, I would have to go with the moment when Blaire and Jason are at their worst and in the hospital. I’m not going to give anything away here, but that scene when he’s sliding into the hospital bed with her to console her tore me to shreds to type. I like the sad stuff—if you’ve read a novel of mine, you know that I sort of enjoy ripping my characters apart and Break You is no exception to this.
In Control You, I really enjoyed writing the hot, steamy scene between Cameron and Paige that takes place in his bathroom shortly after his Halloween party is broken up. That was a scorching scene to write—all the chemistry between them finally bubbles over!

What is your favorite snack/treat or drink while writing?

I always have to have something to drink, whether it’s a glass of water or a mug of green tea.

What are you currently reading?
As of right now, I’m reading through a draft of the third Coldcreek Novel while attempting to shape it up for my editor. After that though, I’ll be beta reading something for fellow author Alyssa Rose Ivy!
Who is your fictional character crush?
Cameron Green from Control You! He rocked my socks off! I don’t think I’ve ever wrote a male character I felt so in love with!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I wish I could thank each and every one of you in person for taking a chance on a novel of mine. You’ve helped to make my dream of becoming an author possible. You’re emails, tweets, and comments of support never fail to make me feel special and I can’t thank you enough for that!

About the Author

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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