This week I am very happy to feature Jennifer Kloester who saved the day with this interview after another author had to reschedule last minute. I am lucky enough to be interning at the publishers of this book doing publicity for this it (Jen actually didn't realised this when she emailed me about an interview, Laura is a common name :P). This book is a perfect YA romance and I'm sure that you will love Jennifer after you read her interview.
The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
Let the masquerade begin!
Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it's going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can't be too hard, can it? But when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming who thinks she's someone else, Angel embarks on a plan to secure her happily ever after.
THE CINDERELLA MOMENT is a fabulously fun story about high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes.
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Interview with Jennifer Kloester
Why did you decide to become an author?
Books! I grew up surrounded by them. Their power to take me away into other worlds, other lives, always seemed so magical. I love the power of a good book to absorb me so that I have to keep reading until I get to the end - I wanted to know what that felt like from the inside.How do you balance writing with other things in your life?
My attitude has always been that the relationships come first and the writing is my second priority. That's because when I began writing my kids were young. I used to write in their 'off-hours' - when they were at kindergarten or school or asleep. Once they were home or awake I'd stop writing and focus on them. Now they are older and out of home, it's strange but I actually find it harder to get the balance right – mind you, I suspect that has something to do with the rise of social media and all that that entails!What is your favourite thing about being an author?
The best thing is when I lose myself in the story and things happen on the page that I'd never consciously thought of. It's probably the closest I will ever come to real-life magic. I find it amazing when I'm writing and - Boom! -suddenly there will appear on the screen a character or a scene or a conversation that I hadn't planned or plotted! And often it will be something that takes the book in whole new direction, which is an adventure in itself.What are your favourite books?
All of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels but Venetia, Cotillion and The Grand Sophy in particular, oh, and The Talisman Ring. I love Tolkien, Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Agatha Christie, Jasper Fforde, Nancy Mitford, John Green, J. K. Rowling, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips is always fun.Are there any books/authors that inspired you to write?
All the books from my childhood especially the ones I read over and over like Enid Blyton, the Nancy Drew books and Arthur Ransome's Swallows & Amazons series. As an adult my biggest influence is undoubtedly Georgette Heyer. She was such a great writer and her characters and plots are brilliant.Describe your book in one sentence.
It's Cinderella meets The Prince & the Pauper in a modern setting with lots of fashion, romance and intrigue.Where did you get the idea for the Cinderella Moment, did anything inspire you to write it?
Yes, I was reading a magazine while at the hairdresser in the Middle East and I read an article about these teenage girls in Paris who were preparing to go to a ball. It had lots of photos of them wearing haute couture dresses and the story of Angel and her dream of winning the Teen Couture just fell into my head.What made you decide to write a sweet Young Adult romance novel?
I've always loved a book with a happy ending but I also like characters who are feisty and independent. People who will stand up for themselves and try to do what's right. I'm a big comic book fan and one of my favourites growing up was The Phantom. I like how, even though he's human without any special powers or super-strength, he still manages to defeat the bad guys. And who doesn't love a story where the bad guys get their just deserts?!What would you say makes your book unique and worth reading?
I think it's a fast-paced story with some complex characters and a really satisfying finish. There are quite a few surprises along the way and I've had lots of readers tell me they didn't guess the ending. I love that! The other things that people have commented on about the book are the really tactile feel because of all the fabrics and fashion and the way Paris comes to life.Is there any specific message you wanted to convey in the book?
That you should fight for what's right and that the truth will set you free.What are your plans for future books?
I'm currently writing the sequel to The Cinderella Moment – this is the best friend, Lily's story. It's called The Rapunzel Dilemma and is set in London. Both books are stand-alone stories, but for anyone who wants to know what happens after The Cinderella Moment then I hope this will be a really satisfying fun read.Do you have any hobbies and Interests unrelated to books?
Yes, I love martial arts and have a black belt in karate. I also practice chi kung which is an internal martial art but I'm only a beginner in that. I love going for long walks along the beach and getting into my garden. Travel has always been a source of inspiration and I love visiting new places and having unexpected adventures.Would you ever consider putting these (answer to above) into any of your books?
I have thought of writing a book with a karate theme just for fun, but I'm not sure how well the martial arts moves would translate onto the page! I definitely use places I've been to in my books and am looking forward to being in the US next year to research a new novel.
If you could meet any one author (dead or alive) who would it be and why?That's a tough one because there are so many. But if I have to pick one it would be Georgette Heyer because when I was writing her biography I had so many more questions than there were answers to and I'd love to be able to talk to her about her life and writing (my second choice would be J.K. Rowling).
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.I used to sometimes take tea with the Emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Isa bin Salman al Khalifa, under a palm tree on his private beach.
What is your favourite food?My son's homemade guacamole – so yummy!
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?Travelled up the Fly River in Papua New Guinea in a dug-out canoe. It was epic!
If you could be any supernatural creature which would you choose?A shape-shifter for sure.
About the Author
Jennifer loves to escape into a good book. She began writing when she was little and grew up in a house full of books. She was living in the jungle in Papua New Guinea (truly!) when she discovered Georgette Heyer's wonderful historical romances. She quickly became addicted and multiple re-reads later still can't pin down her favourite. When not writing, Jennifer does karate and love to hang out with her husband (who she's still trying to get into Regency garb) and their three nomadic children.