Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Q&A with One of My Favorite People

If you haven’t encountered Jill Kemerer yet online or in person, you’re missing out. I’ve known her for eight years. We’ve critiqued each other’s work, encouraged each other through the highs and lows of the industry, and witnessed changes together with awe and fortitude.

It is a great honor to tell you Jill has recently released her first book. She has been patient like no other and I was seriously impressed with how my dear friend added to the romance genre with her newly released book, Small-Town Bachelor.
I love watching her dreams come true.

Watch out world, Kemerer knows romance & she’s here to stay! 

Our Q&A 

W. What inspires you as a novelist? You've written so many books. How do you continue to come up with so many story lines? 

J. Little things inspire me. An ad in a magazine. A funny line in a television show. A minor character in a book. I spend a lot of time walking through local parks, and ideas come to me then. If I stopped walking, I probably wouldn’t have new stories!

W. I've had the awesome pleasure of being your critique partner for years. We've been super honest with one another. No doubt this industry can be difficult at times. What are your go-tos when the going gets rough? How do you stay motivated and determined to keep on keepin' on? 

J. Supportive writer friends (you!!) have made a huge difference. Writing is a lonely endeavor, which is fine when you feel good, but it messes with your emotions on the bad days. I’ve wanted to quit many times. I pray when I feel like quitting, and somehow God always pushes me forward. Having goals is extremely important. I know what I want. The vision for my future keeps me motivated! 

W.  What's your favorite aspect of writing romance (you do it so well!)? 

J. You are very kind! I love when an unexpected truth comes out that I wasn't expecting. It might be spiritual growth or unrealized jealousy, but those moments make me sit back and go, "whoa." Plus, I always cry writing the final chapters of my books. 

W. Why are you thankful Small-Town Bachelor is out there for the world to read? And what is difficult about that fact?        

J. I’m thankful to finally have one of my books on store shelves. Small-Town Bachelor blends my love for small towns, Michigan lakes, cute animals and relatable characters with real problems. I’m excited to have sold more books set in fictional Lake Endwell. It’s a fun town to write! The difficult part of having a book out in the world is dealing with insecurity. Will readers like it? I remind myself some people will enjoy it, others won’t, and that’s okay! 


About Jill ~  

Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer and homemaker, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.  

Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&M’s, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.  Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Small-Town Bachelor ~ 

A Place to Call Home  

When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in. 

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She's this city slicker's opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can't ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can't imagine ever leaving her behind…

Interested in buying Small-Town Bachelor? Click on for links to purchase!

 My review:

Kemerer knows romance! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Small-Town Bachelor. I was quickly swept up in the story and I appreciated the depth of this novel. As someone who normally doesn’t read romance, I was pleasantly surprised at how attached I got to the characters and how much I found myself drawn in by their love story. A must-read romance selection! Can’t wait to read more of Kemerer’s books!
Thanks for being here, Jill. Love you like a sister! Now, go connect with her, everyone. ;-)


  1. Thank you so much, Wendy!! I loved your questions, and I'm so happy to be on this journey with you! And, hey, Kemerer knows romance! Haha!! Thanks!

    1. I think that has such a nice ring to it & it's true, true, true. Actually, I have fun every time I say your last name. Grateful you're here & it's been a true joy watching your career take off!

  2. What a great interview!! Looking forward to checking Jill and her work out.


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