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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Interview with Jean Hart Stewart

It is my pleasure today to interview Jean Hart Stewart
while she's on tour for her her first book in her new
historical romance series - The Third Rose.

1. Who is Jean Hart Stewart?

Darned if I know. I’m one thing to my children, and another 
to my husband. To my readers I’m doubtless someone else 
entirely.  I do know my core values are honesty and integrity.  
Life is worth little if you lose those. Other than that, I’m a writer 
at heart who constantly stores bits and pieces in her mind for 
possible later use and one who can’t envision a life without writing. 
Is that what you meant with this ambiguous question?

That definitely covers it, Jean.

2. What genres do you choose to write? Why?

I don’t choose the genre. My ideas choose them. I write 
paranormal because it’s so much fun. You can let you characters 
do impossible deeds and get away with it. Love letting my 
imagination run free.  I write historical because I love to delve 
into a period and really concentrate on an era that intrigues me. 
I enjoy the tremendous amount of research required to write in a 
different era.

3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

 This one’s easy. The rewriting and editing to get it just right 
drives me crazy. I’m a perfectionist and have a hard time letting 
a book go. I tend to be overly picky. Finally I get to the point 
I just throw up my hands and send it off.

4. Do you ever have problems with writers block?  
If so how do you get through it?

 No, I’ve never had it. Always have ideas churning around in 
my head. Sometimes I don’t feel I’m writing anything that makes 
sense, so maybe that qualifies.  When that happens I just keep 
going. If  I can save something from an unproductive session I do, 
otherwise I throw it out.  After a while I feel I’m writing well again. 
I do know you’ve got to keep writing, even when it seems lousy.

5. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or 
thinking about writing/editing?

 Reading, taking care of an older husband, and shopping when I can. 
I love to shop. All the communications with family of course, as 
I’m blessed with loving children.

6. When did you realize you wanted to write?

 I wrote my first novel at the age of 12. Doubtless it was 
laughable, but the point it I feel like I’ve always written. Can’t 
remember anything but wanting to write.

7. While working on a story, do you directly onto the computer 
or are there notebooks and plot ideas jotted down in various places?

 Definitely I make notes, particularly when I wake in the morning 
with an idea that’s come into my head around two in the morning. 
I put thoughts down anyplace there’s a piece of paper. Can’t 
say that’s what I’d recommend. Sometime my night-time notes 
are so cryptic they baffle even me. I write everything directly into 
the computer when I’m working on a story. Couldn’t read my own 
handwriting, that’s for sure.

8. From your own writing, do you have a favourite story 
or character? Why?

 All of my heroes are hunks I’d love to know better. Much, 
much better!  I guess I’d say Wolf in The Third Rose, at least for 
now. He’s handsome, brave, and almost too honourable. The 
heroine helps get him over some of his qualms, though, as any 
heroine should.

9. What’s one thing about you that your readers may not know?

 Maybe that I learned to love reading because my suddenly 
widowed mother was forced to return to teach to support me and 
my sister. I was the younger and so had to stay in the house 
until she got home from school.  There was no television and I 
read and read. From the age of six  I learned  reading is one of 
life’s greatest pleasures.

10.  What other books do you have out and in what 
formats are they available?

I have twelve books out with Cerridwen press in e-book form. 
Eight in the Druid series, and four in the series on Mages. 
Mages are wizards, so they’re lots of fun to write about. I’ve 
got three print books on Amazon,  with Barnes and Nobel and 
other book stores,  and more to come in print. 
I’m polishing another historical romance like The Red Rose
and working on the seventh Mage book. This one is called 
Seducing Simon . It’s the seventeenth book I’ve written. 
All my books have excerpts and covers on my website,, so do go and look and them over. 
Would love to know which one you like the best! I’d be so 
pleased to hear from you readers

I can't wait to check those out, I love stories with Mages.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jean.

Here is a bit more about The Third Rose

At last. The bastard had come home. 

He must have lit more candles, as the room 
became brighter. She could see a large man, 
elegantly dressed, stride across the room.
Double drat! He moved out of her vision, and she did not
dare part the draperies any further. She waited, breath
suspended, as he re-appeared and sat on the bed. 
He arched one long muscled leg, bending over to tug at 
his boot. His face was in shadow, but his build was 
powerful, that of a more than adequate sportsman. 
His size didn’t worry her. A gun was a great equalizer.

He meant to take his boots off himself? She was surprised
he didn’t require his valet to wait up for him. An unusual
bit of consideration for a servant, one she’d not expected.
She’d thought she’d have to stay hidden until the valet had
come and gone. Perhaps this was better, since at least he
was decently clothed. Not that she’d let any missish tendencies
deter her. Actually seeing a large nude male might be educational.

Now was the time.

She cocked the gun and stepped out in front of him,
the barrel pointed directly at him.
“You will please rise, my lord. I do not intend to shoot a 
seated villain.” She felt pride in the composure of her voice.
She’d worried a little about that.

Wolverton did not appear unduly upset, although his eyebrows
arched upward. He bent the long leg stretched on the bed
and clasped both hands around his knee.
“A woman. How interesting. I admit you make a very
fetching young man dressed in those breeches, but your voice
is definitely female. Might I inquire why you have your
gun pointed at me?”

She had to give him his due. His tone seemed as cool as hers,
and she certainly must have been a nasty surprise. Although
come to think of it, he probably often found women accosting
him in his bedchamber. But surely for more pleasurable
purposes, cad that he was.
“Stand up, my lord.”

Neither her voice nor the hand holding the gun on him
wavered, as Joshua Sinclair, Earl of Wolverton, slowly placed
both his boots on the luxurious Aubusson carpet and rose to his feet.
“Is there anything I can do for you, madam?” he inquired, as
politely as if he were asking her if she took milk with her tea.

She shook her head slowly, carefully lowering the gun a trifle.
What a shame he was such a handsome devil, but then she
should have expected no less from a despoiler of virgins.
She was pleased to see him blanch a little as he realized
where she aimed.

“Can I persuade you to raise your gun a little? I don’t mind
being shot in the chest nearly as much as if you hit the most
valued part of my anatomy.”

Jean will be giving away a The Third Rose T-shirt to 
one randomly 
drawn commenter from her blog tour. 


  1. arThanks for having me,Jackie... The interview looks great, but then you ask such good questions.....Jean

  2. Hi Jacqueline: That's a terrific and revealing interview.

    Jean: Thjoroughly enjoyed the excerpt as I will the book.

  3. Jean Hart StewartMay 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Carol, thanks. Jacqueline seems to drag the truth out of one...SO glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I had fun writing it....Jean

  4. Sorry for being a little on the late side with a response. My router went on strike for a few hours :(

    There was no dragging of truths involved, Jean just has a way of making my questions more interesting.

  5. Hey girl, that was meant as a big big complement. I usually find it hard to talk about myself, and you made it so enjoyable. You've got a great blog

  6. Thanks!

    Hmm, I don't like answering questions about myself either, maybe I should answer my own sometime and test them out.

  7. Try them. You made them fun.....Jean

  8. Thanks again, Jean.

    Good luck with the rest of your tour!!