Interview with GYPSY BEACH Author Jillian Neal

Interview with GYPSY BEACH Author Jillian Neal



Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Jillian Neal and her latest release,




Gypsy Beach


Single father, Ryan McNamara, returns to the only place he’d ever been happy, Gypsy Beach. This time he’s divorced, broken, but determined to make something of his life. Sienna Cooper is determined to forget Ryan, the last decade, and all of the hurt he’d left her with. She’s got enough spunk and gypsy fire in her soul to make this work. She’s going to run her grandmother’s inn and make it a success. But when a chance encounter throws them back together, the passions ignite and the past doesn’t feel so far out of reach. Can they rekindle the love they’d once had? Can he convince her that he never intends to walk away again? Will a potent dose of unending lust, a lifetime of love, and enough hot-blooded Gypsy spirit be enough to save them both?

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Please tell us about your novel.

Gypsy Beach is a quiet, little beach town set in North Carolina where Ryan McNamara and Sienna Cooper fell in love as teens. When Ryan’s family forced him to go to college instead of returning to Sienna upon their high school graduation, as they’d been planning, his whole world fell apart. Ten years later, Sienna moves back to Gypsy Beach to run the Inn her grandmother bequeathed to her. Ryan has started and lost his own construction company, but heads back to Gypsy Beach to try desperately to build a life he actually wants to live. Upon their chance encounter the lust between them sparks into an all out wildfire, and Ryan tries desperately to convince Sienna that he’s always loved her and wants her in his new life. Disasters mount around them, but together they traverse the rough tides and set their sights on a lifetime of love.

How did you research your novel, if applicable?

I grew up spending my summers on Southern coastlines everywhere from Gulf Shores, AL to Wilmington and Kure beaches in NC. I currently reside in Atlanta (where Ryan is from) so my research was all around me. I wanted to pay homage to my roots with this entire series. Every location (outside of Gypsy Beach as the town itself is fictional) that is mentioned in all four books I have been to and loved. Other than that, I set out to tell four sexy beach stories that would keep everyone’s e-readers on fire this summer.

Where can readers find you online?

~You can visit my blog and sign up for my mailing list:

~Visit my fan page on Facebook for updates on books, pics of my sexy heroes, and to enter contests to win free swag!

~ I’m on Twitter far more than I should be, but I’d love for you to tweet at me there!

~To see the visual side to my sexy stories follow me on Pinterest:

~Join my author page on Amazon to get updates on the latest book releases:


When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

Coffee! Coffee is my cure no matter what the problem may be. It is also good when there are no problems. My addiction is barely legal, so don’t tell anyone. Hey look, my addiction could be a problem better make more coffee! 😉

Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

Absolutely! My husband is my real-life hero every single day! He never ceases to amaze me. He has supported me from the very first word I wrote. He’s the one that ultimately got me to publish in the first place. Without him, there would be no Gifted Realm, no Gypsy Beach, and ultimately no me, because I’m just so much better because of him. He’s my best friend, an amazing father, and the greatest husband ever. He also cooks a fantastic meal and will even do dishes and laundry while I work!

Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

Without question – Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series! I’ve read and re-read that series so many times I could quote them to you! I loved Gilbert from the moment he first tugged Anne’s braid her first day of school, and there will never be another indomitable red-head quite like Anne Shirley.

Are you character or plot driven? Why?

Oh I am so, so, so character driven! My characters completely run the show. They come to me fully formed and tell me their stories. They are so real to me they feel like my closest friends. I often have no idea where the plot is ultimately going. I want them to tell me so I can tell you! That’s my favorite part about this job.

How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

I love social media. I love that it affords me the opportunity to chat with all of you! When I’m writing and editing, I’ll pop on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for a few minutes here and there for a little break. I often get inspiration from there.

What are the first five titles on your kindle?

{blushes} Well here’s hoping my mother doesn’t read this interview. He he. Okay, here goes:

“Kissin’ Tell” by Lorelai James

“Long Hard Ride” by Lorelai James

“Three Ways to Wicked” by Jodi Redford

“Unbound” by Ava March

“Only Pleasure” by Lora Leigh


Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?


Let’s see here, by the end of this year, I will have published 12-13 books (assuming nothing crazy happens). I’d love to keep that up, so in five years maybe I’ll be celebrating something like my 40th or 50th book. I love my job. I try to make every single book better than the one before, so I hope I’ll just continue to expand my writing abilities. I’d love to look back and have helped other authors achieve success, as well. As for where I’ll be physically, maybe by then I’ll be sitting ocean side while I write. That would be nice!


How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

Goodness, I probably own well over 400 books, easily. I have multiple bookshelves, but my favorite is a massive one in my office that contains all of my very favorite books. My third edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is there along with a huge collection of Jane Austen. Nabokov, Kerouac, Rowling, and most all of L.M. Montgomery’s works reside there as well.

If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

I am solidly independently published. I love the freedom that allows me. I love the personal connection I have to all of my editors and that I get a say on what I write and the cover that graces my work.

What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

It is a very slow process. You have to work tirelessly to build your author platform, your fan base, and to keep it going. No one is an overnight success, no matter what they tell you. It is a tremendous amount of hard work that could take years to ever pay off. Keep reading, keep writing, and put yourself in front of as many potential fans as you possibly can.

What do you find inspiring?

I find inspiration in so many little things. The first sip of coffee in the quiet, early mornings. The smell of a book that you just sank into. The way my sons beam when they’ve figured something out that they’d struggled with. The way my husband’s arms and chest feel against me when I need a hug.

Do you have a favorite charity?

My eldest son is severely dyslexic. I love the Dyslexia Foundation and all of the tireless work they do to help us help him.

Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

Uh, honestly, I would probably spend it sobbing. Why on earth do I only have 24 hours to live? That’s terrible! Now, I’m all depressed. I guess I would spend it with as much of my family as I could and I would never leave my husband’s arms. If I did, I’d try to quickly type out as much of another novel as I could possibly manage.





Jillian Neal is a Romance writer with a passion for passion who pens strong, character driven novels, told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. They’re hot on the trail of a sinister criminal organization when they’re not burning up the bed sheets.

She’s a self-proclaimed ‘Southern girl with a sassy mouth.’ Her coffee addiction is barely legal, and she’s most often running around with her hair and her pen on fire! She’s full of smarts, sass, and sizzle and that’s a lot to get into barely five feet of girl with her head always in the clouds.







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