Today, I welcome Jude Ouvrard to the blog for a “get to know the author” post. Jude is the author of Wonderland, another fantastic story from Renaissance Romance Publishing’s Fall Fires anthology.
Tell us about three other writers who inspire you.
Jamie Mcguire is one of my favorite authors. She is down to Earth and I love her writing style. I even own a dedicated copy of Beautiful Disaster. She inspires me because she started as a self published author and now is one of the most popular authors. She is a New York Times Bestseller. She believed in herself and was able to write the Providence series, which I loved; Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster, the movie transcript is already done and her recent novel, Red Hill, a zombie apocalypse. Her ability to create characters and make you fall for them astonished me. McGuire amazes me with her talent and devotion! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to meet her someday.
Colleen Hoover is the only author who has the power to break my heart with her words and storyline. I feel the pain of her characters. She is a genius. I admire her and I wish she could give me private classes on how to be as cool as Colleen Hoover. Slammed, Point of Retreat and This girl are part of one of my favorite series. Hopeless and Losing Hope are definitely on my favorite list. Hopeless broke me into million pieces when I first read it. Amazing! I’ve never read a book like this one, one of a kind. I am always looking forward to her work.
Megan Noelle is the author of Fool for you and Fighting for you. When I read Fool for you, I simply fell in love with her writing and talent. I also have a major crush on her main male character, Corey. He is perfect in every way! She is an author that I get to talk with almost daily. Even though she has a busy schedule with writing, school and her private life, she is helping me with my novel. I’m so thankful for her help. Megan is amazing and I’m learning a lot from her. Get her novels now!!
A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?
- I would love to meet Jamie McGuire. Why, simply because she is my favorite author and I admire her a lot.
- I would love to publish my novel before the end of 2013, I don’t know if it’s still possible at that point but I would love if it could happen.
- I wish my writing was so good that I wouldn’t even need editing. I know this is impossible but we are talking about a genie here....
Describe your ideal writing space.
My ideal writing space... I would love to have an ocean view or lake view. Maybe even a mountain view. I would definitely have my own private office in my house and it would be painted in light turquoise with one or two large windows. I would frame all my book covers and let them have their own spot on my wall. Of course, I would have a large wood desk and a very comfortable black leather chair. A girl can dream right?
Jude, your ideal writing spot sounds perfect – I’d like to reserve an armchair in the corner, please.
Lucas Colton is far too young to go through all this pain but meeting poetry teacher, Preston Davidson, changed everything. His life went from heartbreak to joyful and then, from friendship to love. The impact Preston had on Lucas’ life was mesmerising.
What would you do if you knew you may not have a tomorrow?
A quick peek at what’s under the cover -
When I arrived at Central Park, Preston was sitting by the statue of Alice in Wonderland with two steaming cups of coffee in hand. He wore a canary yellow sweatshirt with a pair of dark blue jeans and black leather converse.
“You’re on time,” I teased, taking one of the cups from him.
“I figure I shouldn’t waste any more time.” Preston took a sip of his coffee. “Life is too important right now. I don’t want to miss anything.”
“I can see that you’ve thought about my situation thoroughly.” I couldn’t help but be flattered. It was obvious now that he cared about me, even if just as a friend.
“I have a few questions for you. If you don’t mind, of course.”
Curious, I wanted to know what was going on inside his brain. Looking through his glasses, I saw how tired his eyes were, how the rims were red. He hadn’t slept all night, I would bet. “I’m not sure I’ll be able to answer all of them, but I’m willing to try.”
Preston made me nervous, and I hoped he wasn’t going to ask for a medical explanation. I had asked to be told what was necessary. The details weren’t important to me. All I knew was that I had kidney cancer, and that it had started to spread to my other organs. My lungs were affected, but they were giving me enough medication to keep me out of pain.
“I want you to name three things you can’t live without,” he said. That seemed pretty simple, nothing to be worried about.
“Coffee, a good movie, and cheesecake.” I laughed. “You took me off guard. I don’t know, but those are things that I enjoy, I guess.”
“It’s perfect. Now tell me: what would you do if bacteria were killing all the coffee beans in the world, and you foresaw that thirty days from now, you wouldn’t be able to find a single coffee bean in the world?”
Was Preston serious? What kind of question was that? I shook my head and smiled. “I’d drink as much as I could, and I’d try to freeze some to keep for special occasions.”
“Good answer. Now tell me: what would you do if the film industry decided that it was no longer profit-earning to produce movies and that thirty days from now, there wouldn’t be any movies anywhere for sale or rent?”
“I would buy as many movies as I could afford, and go to the movie theater one last time.”
“Another great answer. Last, but not least: what would you do if the Cheesecake Factory was going bankrupt, and thirty days from now, you couldn’t find a single piece of cheesecake in the entire world?”
“I would eat cheesecake for every meal, gain weight, and die of heart failure,” I joked.
Preston laughed. “I’m asking you all these questions because I’ve come up with a plan. You said you might have weeks to live. Let’s hope you have a month. You have to make the most out of it. You have to enjoy and do everything you’ve ever dreamed of doing. Are you ready to have the best time of your life?”
A smile spread over my lips. “Okay, I see where you’re going with this.”
“I’ll spend that month with you. I want to be with you every time you smile or cry, when you feel good, or when you’re in pain. You can’t do this alone, Lucas. So tell me: what is it that you’ve always dreamed of doing?”
“I’m a pretty simple guy; don’t need much to be happy, so forgive me if we aren’t going to Australia. I think we’ll stay here in New York.”
“Sounds good to me — and my wallet.” Preston looked at me, waiting for me to tell him everything I wanted to do before the end came.
Jude was born and raised in a small village named Lacolle. She now lives in Montreal, Canada. She is the proud mother of a beautiful four year old son, and has spent the last twelve years with her partner, Cedric.
French is her native language, but she prefers to write in her second language, English.
Besides working full time for a Title Insurance Company and being a mother, Jude has a passion for books, both reading and writing them.
She is currently working on a novel called Body, Ink, and Soul. Coming soon!
Also written by Jude Ouvrard:
Under the Sun, from the anthology Heat Wave: Volume Two
You can follow Jude and her writings at the following links:
About me: http://about.me/judeouvrard
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/jude-ouvrard
Stop by tomorrow, when author M.C. Rayne will be joining me in the hot seat.