Interview with Jennifer Sumner, heroine in Nancy J. Parra’s “Mr. Charming”

Monday, August 10, 2009

Today, we have heroine Jennifer Sumner from Nancy J. Parra's romantic suspsense novel, Mr. Charming to tell us a little about her and her story.

So, Jennifer, tell us a little about yourself.

Jen: “I’m a single mom who works at home…”

A single mom? Wow. How did that change your life?

Jen: *smiling* “Being a mom gave me real purpose. I thought respect for my work was a good life goal until I looked into my son’s wide baby eyes. Then I knew that recognition from my peers, helping my listeners, fame and fortune…all that faded in comparison to the needs of my son.”

You work out of your home?

Jen: “Yes, I have a studio in my basement.”

A studio?

Jen: “I’m an advice doctor. Think Dr. Phil with a female twist. I write a syndicated newspaper column and tape a show from my studio.”

You write a column, host a radio show AND raise a six-year-old. Amazing. What do you do on your down time? Or, DO you have down time?

Jen: *chuckle* “I don’t think there’s a mom out there who has down time. But I advise my readers to try to create some “me” time in their day. Children grow up and leave. If you keep some mommy time in your day it will be an easier transition later.”

What kinds of things do you do with your mommy time?

Jen: “I like to read romance novels and I play a mean game of tennis when I get the chance.”

So…who’s this Kane McCormick guy (eyebrows wiggling)? What’s the story with him? And please, feel free to go heavy on the juicy details.

Jen: *blushing* “I thought Kane was everything I tell my readers to stay away from. A self serving playboy with a different woman on his arm every night… but I was wrong.” *shakes her head* “I should have known better than to believe the tabloids. They were certainly wrong about me and my divorce… I should never have believed the stories about Kane.”

So, you’re saying your divorce and Kane’s playboy ways were falsely reported?

Jen: “Let’s just say you can’t believe everything you read in those papers. They are out to sell gossip—not report the truth.”

How did Kane end up at your house? Did you know him before he moved in with you?

Jen: “To begin with, he did not move in with me. My brother the homicide detective asked me if I would take in an innocent man for a couple of days. I said yes because I have a perfectly good guest room… I had no idea he was hiding Kane McCormick.”

Kane was supposed to be dead.

Jen: "Yes… the police thought it would be easier to catch the person who blew up Kane’s private jet and killed his friends if they thought Kane was dead, too.”

And things got messy?

Jen: “Let’s just say it was more complicated than I bargained for…”

Wow, I can’t wait to read your story to find out how everything turns out. But for the time being, let’s talk a little more about you. What’s your dream vacation? Mountain skiing with hot chocolate or umbrella cocktails on the beach? Or Other?

Jen: *smiling* “Anywhere I can take my son and watch him have fun.”

Are you more of a steak and potatoes girl, strictly salads, or pizza all the way?

Jen: I like a home cooked meal. It really is all about sitting down as a family and spending time together. Where better than at the dinner table.”

Finish this sentence. When the going gets tough…

Jen: “The tough do the right thing.”

I’m curious. What do you think of Nancy J. Parra? Has she done anything to totally aggravate you or give you insurmountable obstacles to overcome, or is she a pretty easy-going author?

Jen: *shakes head* “She certainly likes to torture me.” Laughs. “Just when I thought I had my life together she threw Kane at me…then before I could figure that out, Kane’s killer went on the attack… Thank goodness for HEAs.”

Now for the most important question of all. How can we get our hands on your

Jen: “The book is available at in both e and print format. You can also find us at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Or visit nancy’s website at and click on her catalog page for buy buttons.”

Thank you so much for stopping by, Jen. I for one am excited about your story. For those of you who'd like a sneak peek of Mr. Charming before you buy it, just visit Nancy J. Parra's Excerpt page at address : for a fun read.


  1. Hi Linda,

    Thanks so much for having me on your blog today!

    Jennifer and Kane were really fun characters to write about. My hope is that everyone enjoys reading their story.


  2. What a fun interview! Jennifer sounds like a spunky heroine. Can't wait to read Mr. Charming!


  3. I can't wait to read MR.CHARMING either! But sadly, my copy is STILL being delivered. I'm beginning to suspect the postman caught sight of it and is reading the book before he drops it in my mailbox.

  4. As a long time fan of Ms. Parra's work, I was happy to see her new book had finally become available. Jen sounds like a warm and inviting heroin and I can't wait to meet Kane. Their story should prove yet again that Ms. Parra delivers a good read.

  5. Linda, if it helps I haven't seen a hard copy, yet, either... I was just notified today that it is on it's way...

    Hi Marin, Thanks for stopping by. Everyone Marin has a book out now- HA titled Samantha's Cowboy-big fun!

    Hi De, *waves* nice to see you here. thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love the twist of interviewing the character!

    L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

  7. Thanks, L. Diane, it was Linda's idea and a whole lot of fun to do!


  8. What a great interview. Thanks, Linda. And thanks to Nancy for a fun and engaging book.

    Joelle Charbonneau

  9. Thank you for stopping by, everyone! This was fun.

    And you'll never guess what was in my mailbox when I got home from work? MR. CHARMING. Now, please excuse me. I have some reading to do.