"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
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Archer has been a finalist twice for Romance Writers of Americas
Golden Heart award. Her romantic comedies are published by Dorchester
Books. Body and Soul, Ms. Archers debut novel, was released
in 1999. Once Upon a Dream, her second novel, spent several weeks
on Borders Books bestseller list
A frequent speaker on the topics of creative writing and pursuing
dreams, Jennifer has presented numerous talks and workshops for educators,
students, writers organizations and bookstores. She holds a
bachelors degree in Business
PNR: I find it rather interesting that your characters seem to have for lack of a better description tangibility problems. BODY AND SOUL and Blame it on baby in the NEW YEARS BABIES anthology are Freaky Friday scenarios in which characters physically change places. In ONCE UPON A DREAM two neighbors develop and empathy for each other on the radio without knowing each others identity, and later share dreams. Your new release finds the hero J. T. Drake invisible! What inspired this scenario?
Jennifer A.: It never even occurred to me that my books had this recurring theme of characters with "tangibility problems" until SHOCKING BEHAVIOR was released and a friend mentioned this same observation to me. So, recently, I've been trying to psychoanalyze myself in regards to why I keep exploring, via my novels, this same scenario. I wish I could tell you I've uncovered something profound in my psyche, but unfortunately I've only discovered a bunch of dead brain cells, some grayareas and a cobweb or two. <g> The idea of stripping away everythingphysical, and having a character fall in love with someone sight unseen...fall in love with another person's *soul* not the package it resides in...just really appeals to me. I thinkthat's why I'm drawn toward the type of stories I've written so far.
PNR: Give us some background on J. T. How does he become invisible?
Jennifer A.: J.T. has always felt he's invisible to his father. Growing up, he believed his dad to be more interested in the scientific experiments going on in their basement than in him. So it's ironic that when J.T., as an adult, meddles in one of those experiments, he literally does become invisible.
PNR: Even without the invisibility factor there are some perception problems between the hero and heroine. Who is Roselyn Peobody? Why is she predisposed to disliking J. T.? What is his reaction to her?
Jennifer A.: Roselyn is a free spirit trapped by other peoples' perceptions of her. All of her life, no one outside of her family has been able to see beyond her high I.Q. Her mother even attempts to tone down certain aspects of her curious nature, though she does so out of love and fear. Roselyn is very fond of Professor Drake, J.T.'s father, despite his shortcomings. The professor is her mentor and, over the years, has become a father figure to her. She is predisposed to disliking J.T. because, since he left home at the age of eighteen, he's made little effort to involve himself in his father's life. At least that's what she assumes. J.T. sees her as a female version of his father -- a woman who is a bit of an oddball, obsessed with the outlandish scientific experiments she conducts. So at first he resents the fact that he needs her help, because he doesn't want anything to do with her. He's also a bit jealous of her close daughter-like relationship with his father.
PNR: As you've stated, J. T. s relationship with his father is strained due to what he perceived as neglect in favor of his laboratory experiments. How does Hershel Drake respond to J. T.s accident? Why cant he change him back?
Jennifer A.: Professor Hershel Drake, J.T.'s father, feels responsible for the accident. Afterall, he's the one who invented the electromagnetic refractor, the machine that causes J.T. to become invisible. Due to Hershel's declining mental state, he can't remember the equation necessary to reverse the process. That fact increases his feelings of guilt and frustration.
PNR: What changes J. T.s perception of Roselyn?
Jennifer A.: J.T. is well aware that Roselyn disapproves of him. Yet she does everything in her power to try to solve his problem. As he comes to know her better, he realizes she is a serious scientist and a generous, caring woman. He also learns that she's not as uptight as she appears to be at first glance. This realization occurs quite by accident. Roselyn's mom is an ex Vegas showgirl. Growing up, Roselyn enjoyed learning her mother's dance routines; behind closed doors, she still does. One night she doesn't realize J.T.'s in the room when she.... I'll stop there. If anyone wants to know more, they'll just have to read the book!
PNR: LOL! These kind of scenarios have a built in element of humor. Do you feel that humor is an integral part of your writing style?
Jennifer A.: I do. When I first started writing novels, I tried my hand at romantic suspense. Then a humorous story idea popped into my head and I began working on it as well as the suspense novel I already had underway. One of my critique partners told me that she thought the humorous story revealed my more natural "voice." She must've been right because that's the book that sold. Since then, my novels have been called "humorous with a serious undertone." I think that even if I attempt another suspense novel one day, it will have a thread of humor in it.
PNR: How does an invisible man court the woman he is interested in? Does his altered state give him any advantages?
Jennifer A.: J.T. and Rosy meet duing a crisis situation that needs to be solved quickly if he wants to resume a normal life, so they don't have much time for traditional "courting." In some ways, their relationship develops as all relationships do. They learn about one another through conversation and observation, then slowly came to realize they have more in common than seems possible originally, and that they are attracted to different aspects of the other person. J.T.'s altered state presents him with some advantages as well as some disadvantages when it comes to wooing Rosy. The advantages? Well, he doesn't have to worry about dressing up or combing his hair. <g> Which leads to the disadvantages. He must rely completely on his charm and personality to win her over. For the first time in his life, his good looks won't get him anywhere.
PNR: What causes Roselyn to unbend toward J. T.? What is the basis of her attraction to him?
Jennifer A.: When Rosy begins to understand the underlying causes of J.T.'s strained relationship with his father, she softens toward him. She looks beyond all the external "bad boy" behavior he uses to hide his feelings of hurt and betrayal and finds a sensitive man who not only loves his father, but who also wants a more rooted life than the one he's been living.
PNR: SHOCKING BEHAVIOR has some rather colorful side characters. Mrs. Moody, Hershels neighbor is the person who alerts J. T. to his fathers recent strange activities. What is her interest in the matter? What about Roselyns family? Is anyone else let in on J. T.s secret.
Jennifer A.: Mrs. Moody is the sort of neighbor who's interested in "everybody's" business! Hershel's more than most, though, since she has a bit of a crush on him. Roselyn's family is drawn into the problem by Roselyn herself when she realizes that they have ties to the man who, years ago, stole Hershel's research on the refractor. Another character, a boy J.T. and Roselyn meet on a flight to Vegas, is let in on the secret out of necessity when, thinking the airplane seat is empty, he sits on J.T.
T. is a true crime writer by profession so it stands to reason that
the story would have some mystery or intrigue in it. Is there a
villain in this
Jennifer A.: Actually, the story has two villains. They are the two men who were involved thirty years before in helping Professor Drake fund and execute his research on the refractor. They turned traitor and stole his research.
PNR: What is next for Jennifer Archer?
Jennifer A.: Currently I'm working on a novella entitled BREAKING THE RULES. It will be included in the anthology, HEAT WAVE, along with stories by Katie McAlister and Sheridon Smythe. The anthology is scheduled for release by Leisure in June of 2003. All three stories are linked in that they take place on the same reality television game show. It promises to be a fun and different anthology!
Roselyn Peabody's electrifying caress aroused him from his stupor. The beautiful scientist claimed his tingling nerve endings were just a result of his unique state, but J.T. knew sparks of attraction when he felt them. And while Rosy promised to help him regain his image, J.T. plotted to dazzle her with his sex appeal. His plan was as transparent as his body, his tactics--involving many a compromising position--as blatant as the shocks that flew whenever they touched.
Only one question remained: When J.T. finally materialized, would their sizzling chemistry disappear or reveal itself as true love?
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