Jennifer Peel: Riveting Stories Rich in Emotion Rather Than Steam

Ever have one of those days when you’re really in the mood for a great love story but want it with a bit more emotion rather than steam?  Well, Jennifer is the author to look to!  She writes storylines that resonate and characters that are real.  Come with us as we get to know this tiny, shy sweetheart who wields such a powerful pen!

InD: So let's get this get started. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Colorado. I was the fifth generation born in Colorado and my girls were the sixth. My husband and I met in Colorado and we married there. We have been married for over twenty-five years. We moved to Chicago in 2000. We lived there for six years and then we moved to Alabama and loved living there for 13 years. We just recently moved to Utah.
InD: What does your husband do?
He is a software developer. He has been able to work at home for the last two and half years.
InD: What was it like growing up in Colorado?
I love Colorado. In my junior high and high school years we lived in Montrose, which is a small town on the western slope, about 60 miles south of Grand Junction. It is down in a valley and is really beautiful. I don’t love snow, but I loved the summers there. My family were huge campers and even though I do not like camping, we did a lot of camping and hiking. My dad was very much a wilderness kind of guy, so people always think it’s funny that I know how to do all those kinds of things. I did them, but my idea of camping is the Marriott. I love the mountains, so give me a cabin with all the amenities and I would be in the mountains all of the time, but I don’tt enjoy roughing it. I'm not going to lie, I love my blow dryer, curling iron and makeup. But I can rough it if I have to.
InD: Is your husband a big camper?
No. We did go to the mountains on our honeymoon, but we were in a cabin. We love the mountains and I love being outdoors, but I also love being able to come out of it. Our kids think we made them miss out on all the fun!
InD: Were you a big reader from a young age?
Yeah. It is kind of embarrassing. I don't think my parents knew, but my grandma had Harlequin books sent to her every month. So, I remember reading Harlequin romances when I was like twelve. I don't remember them being hard-core stuff because I remember my grandma giving me some that she thought were tame enough for me to read. I ate those up! We would also go to the library a lot in Montrose and I'm embarrassed to admit, but I would read those VC Andrews books. I don’t know how my parents didn’t catch me!
InD: I don’t think I’m familiar with VC Andrews books.
The first book is "Flowers in the Attic". It’s about a mom who hides her kids away and the brother and sister end up having a relationship together. The entire series is about the brother and sister’s relationship. Looking back, I would never let my kids read that! Where were my parents? [both chuckling]
InD: They probably thought the books were like grandma's books, so they should be fine!
Right? I did read a lot of romance that I probably should not have read, but as I got older,  I really got into the classics. I love Jane Austen. My favorite book is "The Count of Monte Cristo.”

Read the entire interview in the Dec/Jan 2019-20 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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