I've been holding my breath since November, waiting to release my latest offering, which is something of a genre-departure for me in that it is not simply about romance. I always planned that the story would be about a writer but initially this was going to be rather different, though my main character was always going to be male and involved with two women.
In fact Ellis Crawford is actually involved with three women - one being the character of his novels, the eponymous Jenna Crane for whom he has mixed feelings. She's a 'feisty female detective' (which, incidentally, was my working title!) whose adventures have propelled Ellis to the dizzy heights of success as an author and screenwriter after Hollywood bought up the film rights to the Jenna Crane mystery series and made her a household name.
But success has not made Ellis a nice or likeable person and try as I might, I could not write him in many redeeming features. He's a rather selfish and egotistical commitment-phobe who treats women quite badly. When Chloe enters his life and is prepared to worship him for the rest of hers, he recognises at once that "It would take a certain type of man to use her and then cast her aside. A man without a conscience." But that doesn't stop Ellis from doing exactly that.
But is Ellis a man without a conscience? The fact that after he dumps her, he's unable to put her out of his mind seems to suggest otherwise and his relationship with Chloe's successor, the amazing Emily, does not run smoothly at all. Nor is this helped by the fact that Emily thinks Ellis is wasting his talents writing trashy pulp fiction and that he should kill off Jenna Crane and turn his mind to more serious literary endeavours.
Killing Jenna Crane is not a story about a murder, but a dark journey inside a writer's mind. Commitment-shy Ellis Crawford, creator of the famous and highly successful Jenna Crane mystery series, finds his comfortable life swept away when he meets Emily, his perfect woman.
Despite his deepening love for Emily, Ellis finds himself haunted by painful memories of a previous love whose heart he broke, and begins to regret his past behaviour. On top of that, Emily wants him to kill off his beloved heroine Jenna Crane - against fierce public opinion.
But life is too short for regrets and when his own rapidly spirals out of control, taking his reputation as an author with it, where will Ellis turn for help?
It is available from Amazon from today.