A multi-published author and former RWA President, Jill Limber’s latest books are Montana Morning, A Heart That Dares and The Right Track. As a child, some of Jill’s tales got her in trouble, but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs and one very ancient cat, Jill’s favorite pastime is to gather friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty of laughter.
You can visit her website at www.JillLimber.com.
Thank you for this interview, Jill. Can we begin by having you tell us what your book, The Right Track, is all about?
The hero is taking a cross-country trip looking to find a wife, and it turns out the perfect woman for him is right under his nose, in his kitchen.
This was a book close to my heart because it is set on an actual train car that is almost 100 years old. I have travelled many times on this car as a personal chef to the owners on cross-country trips and have many wonderful memories. It was a natural to write a story set on the car, and a great deal of the book was written during trips from San Diego to Chicago and Washington D. C.
Can you tell us a little about the characters in your book?
The heroine, Liz, is a spunky gal who has had to work for everything she wants. The hero, Jefferson, J. D. to his friends, is very analytical. They are total opposites, and perfect for each other.
Are you a disciplined writer?
Very much. I write every day.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
Getting the timing down. They move from city to city and I spent a lot of time with Amtrack timetables.
What makes your main character special?
She reminds me of my daughter. I didn’t realize this until my husband read the final draft and pointed out the similarities.
Do you begin your mornings writing or do you write better at night?
Definitely morning. I do my best work before noon, so I get an early start.
What authors or type of books do you read just for fun?
I have a number of favorite romance authors and I never miss their books.
Have you ever bought a book based solely to see how other authors write in your genre?
Sure — I buy best sellers and try to analyze how they plot a story. It helps a lot to read a really good book and pay attention to how the author crafted the story.
Do you have any mentors?
The woman who taught me the most about writing recently passed away, and truly, I miss her everyday.
Thank you so much for this interview, Jill!