Thursday, April 9, 2015

Author Chat with Jill Kemerer

Let me introduce you to author Jill Kemerer. Her debut novel Small-Town Bachelor is available now at online retailers. Jill 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&MS, 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…

Thanks for joining me today, Jill!

Thank you for having me. 

What inspired you to write Small-Town Bachelor?

Years ago a teacher’s wife at my children’s school worked for the zoo. Their backyard was next to the school parking lot, and I started chatting with her. She told me she was caring for one of the zoo’s otters for a week or so because the little guy wasn’t adjusting well to his environment. This concept—taking an otter home—fascinated me, and, I have to admit, I think river otters are the cutest things ever. I knew my heroine, Claire, would be caring for otters in my book.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing this story?

My biggest challenge is always writing lovable characters with realistic reasons why they can’t fall in love with each other. I get emotional as they struggle to accept they’re meant to be together.

What surprised you when writing this story?

I was surprised at how much I related to Claire’s spiritual journey. She has a hard time trusting God has something wonderful planned for her. I have a hard time trusting that too sometimes, but God is always surprising me in the best way.

Who’s your favorite character, and why?

Oh, Candice, how can you ask me that? I love them all! I love Claire because she’s genuine and giving. But the hero, Reed, is probably my favorite. He has deep wounds from his childhood, and I’m really proud of the decisions he makes in this book.

Where can we purchase Small-Town Bachelor?

 Small-Town Bachelor is available in both paperback and digital formats. It will be on store shelves late March through April, and it’s available for order from all major retailers. For a full list of links, click on my book page for SMALL-TOWN BACHELOR.

Thanks for stopping by, Jill!

Nice chatting with you!

~Feel free to leave any comments or questions for Jill, as she'll be stopping by throughout the day. 


  1. Thank you so much for having me today, Candice!! I loved answering your questions. Will stop back in later!