Title: Dear Heart, I Hate You
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: J. Sterling
Release Date: May 9, 2016

I didn’t plan on him....
Or for him.
Or anything that had to do with Cal Donovan from Boston.
Meeting him had been a complete and utter surprise, taking me completely off guard. I met new people every single day in my line of work and none of them affected me. Wasn’t that the way of things though? You could meet a thousand people and none of them would mean anything to you, but then you’d meet one and they suddenly meant everything.
I was a self-professed workaholic. When did making yourself your number one priority become such a horrible thing? I wasn’t entirely sure, but I learned fairly quickly after my last breakup that men didn’t like being second on a woman's priority list. And they seemed to be intimidated by a motivated female, calling me things like “hard to handle,” “challenging, ” and “difficult.”
Being single seemed to work best for me and I had no plans on changing my relationship status anytime soon.
And then I met Cal.
And he f*****g ruined everything.

Q: Tell me a little about your new book.

A: Honestly, I think it's a little different than some of the stories out there. What I mean is that it's not this over the top drama, for the sake of being dramatic. There's nothing in here that is contrived. It's very real.. something that anyone could go through and experience. It's a moment of time in Jules life. A heartbreak that could happen to any one of us- and probably has.

Q: How was it inspired?

A: All of my books are inspired by my life and the things I go through and experience. Dear Heart, I Hate You is absolutely no exception to this.

Q: It sounds angsty?! What type of feels are we in for when we read? 

A: There's a lot of funny. I know it doesn't seem like there would be, but I like witty, funny dialogue and tend to write those best in my secondary characters. Lucas and Tami are 2 of my most favorite best friend characters I've written to date.  Dear Heart, I Hate You is also an emotional story. It's raw. It's guttural. It's full of feeling. How we react to things. How we process. How we deal. And ultimately how we heal.  

Q: If you could pick a theme song for Dear Heart, I Hate You, what would it be?

A: Hands down, AMNESIA by Josh Abbott Band.  Good lord. This song was EVERYTHING I was feeling when I was writing this book. I found it (the song) when I was almost finished with the story, but I needed it just the same. It really encompasses every emotion... like it was made for this book... or the book was made for it.  

Q: What does a day in the life of J. Sterling involve?

A: I like sleep, so I sleep half the day away. But to be fair, I stay up half the night too. LOL  Once i'm up, it's lots of emails, phone calls, administrative type stuff, Facebooking, LOTS of business end things like marketing, promotion, etc. Usually Blake (my son) has a baseball game- and he's graduating in a month, so my life right now is all about senior year, college, prom, and baseball. On top of that I'm making sure my dog Peter doesn't crap in the house while we're gone all the time (this is a problem lately lol) and I go to the gym. Notice I haven't even mentioned writing?????  That happens at night usually-  late at night. But I'm not always doing it. Like right now, since DHIHY is coming out soon, my focus is on that and I'm not able to write about other characters while i'm thinking about these ones.

Q: Current favorite read?

A: *grabs kindle*  I haven't read in a couple weeks because I've been preoccupied.  But it looks like the 2 books I read recently that I loved were Royal and the Chaos of Stars  :)

I got fired from my last job. 
It's true. 
I know you're sitting there thinking, "Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone like you?" And I'd love to give you a good reason, but the truth is that sometimes being all sorts of awesome isn't fun for other people. They don't always tend to like it. lol 
So I picked my pride off the floor, bought a laptop and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing stories that meant something to me was a million times better than working my ass off for someone who didn't really care about anything other than the bottom line. 
My soul has never felt more satisfied. 
My heart has never been more full.
I've never worked so hard in my life, but I love every second of it. I truly do.
It is SO worth it. 
All of it. 
Every moment.
The journey it took to get to this point- I wouldn't change a thing.


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