Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Noise. I work in the corner of a busy café. Too much quiet distracts me.
Studioenp: How interesting. We’d be too busy nosing at all the customers and wouldn’t get any work done. So, what’s your latest release?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Romancing Robin Hood.
Studioenp: That sounds intriguing. We live just up the road from Sherwood Forest. How did the plot come about for it?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Romancing Robin Hood is part contemporary romance and part medieval mystery.
It came from my love of all things Robin Hood. I have always been rather obsessed with the legend, and I wondered what it would be like if that obsession had got out of hand to the extent that real life had passed me by.
The story revolves around an academic called Dr Grace Harper, and her love of medieval England. Rather than writing the text book she is supposed to be putting together, she is writing a medieval crime novel—and that story (The Outlaw’s Ransom, the first of The Folville Chronicles) also appears in Romancing Robin Hood.
The plot to the medieval period part of the novel was inspired by research I did over twenty years ago when working o my Medieval History PhD. I was looking into the real-life criminal gang, The Folvilles. They were just too interesting not to turn into fictional anti-heroes.
Studioenp: Super cool! How long did it take you to write it?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Eight months.
Studioenp: We suspect a lot of hard work went into it, what with the research and getting everything right. High five! What’s next on your writing list?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: The Winter Outlaw, the second in The Folville Chronicles, will be out very soon. It follows on from the medieval side of Romancing Robin Hood. I am currently working on book three, Edward’s Outlaw.
Studioenp: Oooh, you must come back and tell us all about those books! Are you a plotter or panster?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Panster mostly, although I do try and plot a little bit.
Studioenp: LOL @ little bit. So when the words won’t come, what is your go-to form of procrastination?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: I honestly don’t procrastinate. Just no time!
Studioenp: Good for you! How many hours per week do you write?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Between fifty and sixty if you include writing my creative writing workshops, educational blogs, and my fiction.
Studioenp: Goodness, that’s one hell of a lot of hours. What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: Modern crime—and yes, I hope so! I’ve had a go, but as yet I’m not good enough. I’ll keep trying.
Studioenp: That’s the ticket! What’s the best book you’ve written?
Jenny Kane/Jennifer Ash: That’s really difficult. My bestselling book is Abi’s House (written as Jenny Kane). I think that Romancing Robin Hood is my best, but it is a story very close to my heart, so my judgement could well be impaired!
Studioenp: Haha, that’s understandable. We wish you well with all your books and look forward to you dropping by again soon.
Now, wonderful readers, sit back and enjoy an excerpt while you finish that cuppa we so nicely made for you.