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Author spotlight: Jennie Kew

17 March 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Jennie Kew, author of nine works of contemporary and paranormal erotic romance fiction. She will be attending ARR2019 in Brisbane and Melbourne.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I’ve been a lover of books my entire life, but I only began playing around with the idea of writing when I was in my early twenties. It wasn’t until I was stuck in a hospital bed at the age of 29 with only a 50/50 chance of making it to 30 that I realised how much I loved writing and made the decision to write a book.

Why romance and not a different genre?

To be honest, I had no idea what genre I was writing until a friend gave me some feedback. I just wrote a story I wanted to read, about people I found to be relateable and interesting. Turns out what I wrote was romance! Who knew?

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I actually loathed the first romance I read. My sister’s best friend gave me a Sweet Valley High book to read when I was around 12 years old and I thought it was complete drivel. The first proper grown-up romance I remember reading was Johanna Lindsey’s Fires of Winter. Hearts Aflame, the second book in that series, is still one of my all-time favourite romance novels because it was the first romance I’d read where the heroine wasn’t described as some petite little thing needing protection. Kristin was made of sturdier stuff, and almost as tall as (if not taller than) the men—like me!

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

I don’t think there is just one most important thing, but I think the first thing every writer needs is courage. It takes courage to say you’re going to write a book and follow it through to the end, because this gig is hard! And even if you never get published, be proud of yourself for having the courage to try.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?


What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

I don’t suffer from writer’s block so much as chronic procrastination. But when I need to shake the cobwebs loose, I do something super mundane, like housework. My imagination goes into overdrive to compensate for the boredom. Alternatively, try working on a different project for a while, or just drop everything and go read a book. As far as procrastination is concerned … turn off the internet!

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

My big sister, Kate, has always inspired me. She’s always been a book lover, and when I was little she would read to me by candlelight during storms and blackouts. Beatrix Potter, Dr Seuss and Shakespeare were usually at the top of the list. She helped instill in me my love of words and books and reading, and eventually writing. She also taught me from an early age that it’s okay for girls to be smart and that I should never dumb myself down to appease other people, especially boys.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less 

This Time Around is a second-chance romance between Rafe Bennett and Jane Melville. Rafe has returned home to Melville’s Cross to open a solicitor’s office at the same time Jane has been left at the altar. They’ve been having a ships-in-the-night style fling for years, but now Jane’s pregnant and Rafe is determined to show her he can be the man she needs him to be. This is the second book in my Bennett’s Bastards series and it’s available in ebook and paperback.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

The next two books in my Bennett’s Bastards series. Book #3 stars Toby Bennett and Lucy Barton, the woman he’s hired to help run his business. Everyone thinks Toby is a gentle giant, quiet and shy. But you know what they say about the quiet ones ….

Book #4 stars Oliver Bennett, full-time blacksmith and Viking re-enactor, and Emilia, his best friend from high school who has suddenly reappeared in Melville’s Cross after a lengthy absence.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

Havoc by Nina Levine. Sexy brooding biker? Yes please!

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.


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