Monday, 7 January 2013

Author Interview - Jennifer Comeaux


Author Jennifer Comeaux

Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working in the corporate world, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life On the Edge, her first published novel.

When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see a different side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? My favorite place isn’t a set place but being at any figure skating event with my friends. I don’t get to see them often because they live across the country, and when we get together at events we act like big kids and have so much fun.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I always had an active imagination as a child, making up stories in my head. I read a lot, too, and I think reading inspired me to put my stories on paper. As I got older, school and work became my focus and my writing dreams got pushed aside for a long time. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I revisited that dream and started working to make it a reality.


What inspired you to write your first book? I’m a huge figure skating fan, and I had the idea for a romance between a skater and a coach in my head for many years. I told a friend about it, and she insisted I start writing it so she could read it. I hadn’t written fiction since I was a kid, so I was pretty rusty at first!


What was the hardest part about writing this book? The hardest part was plotting the end of the book. It took me months to figure out which direction to take it. Nothing that I thought of excited me, so finally I reached out to a friend, and she helped me see the light!


Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? I learned that I’m able to write about some pretty deep emotional topics. My first book had intense emotions, but Edge of the Past really took it to another level. It was a great learning experience for me.


Can you tell us about your main character? Emily is a young woman with strong ideals and a romantic view of the future. As a competitive figure skater, she is very driven and focused on her goals. She thinks she’s found security in her personal life, but when Sergei’s past comes back to haunt them, Emily’s self-doubt starts to surface, and that can wreak havoc on her skating career, also.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I think the message in the book is that things don’t always go according to plan in life, but what might seem like obstacles at first might just be blessings.


How much of the book is realistic? I’d say most of the book is realistic. I like to write stories about people who readers can relate to – realistic people that have both strengths and weaknesses. For the skating aspect, I try to make it as realistic as possible because it drives me crazy when skating movies totally misrepresent the sport.


Do you intend to make writing a career? I’m single and have to support myself, so I need to keep my regular job to pay the bills. I work for a great company as a corporate tax manager, and I don’t have to work much overtime, so it gives me plenty of time to write.

What are your current writing projects now? I’m currently working on the third and final book in the EDGE series! It will continue Emily and Sergei’s story and also tell Emily’s best friend Aubrey’s story as they all prepare for the 2006 Olympics.



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Life on the Edge

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.

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Edge of the Past 

Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.


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