SO THRILLED that Star Crossed is featured on the Barnes & Noble Book Blog in "4 Romance Novel Clichés…and Books That Did Them Well." I try. ;)
HUGS. Book blog Rather Be Reading usually reviews YA, but on their Big Kids' Table posts, they talk about books for adults. They've included my novel Star Crossed among their favorite romances. Thanks y'all!
FULL CIRCLE. Many thanks to reporter Allison Griffin for her article about my writing in Alabama's capital city newspaper, The Montgomery Advertiser, where I worked as a copyeditor right after college (and wrote my first book).
YOU REALLY LIKE ME! A recent blog post on All About Romance discusses how sex and drugs intersect with character in Going Too Far and books by the fabulous Megan McCafferty and Simone Elkeles. I totally meant to do that.
PSSST. Want to know some secrets about Dirty Little Secret? My publisher Gallery Books interviews me on XOXO After Dark.
Goodreads kindly conducted a video interview with me about Dirty Little Secret. If you ever doubted the book was inspired by my banjo-playing dad, here he is!
SHOUT OUT. I'm mentioned in a pretty strange way on the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. I'll take it. Kudos to my critique partner, Victoria Dahl, for the honor bestowed on her.
I'm a Famous Author! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
Are you writing sequels to your books?

In my Superlatives series of YA romances, each book features one of three high school friends. I had so much fun writing these interrelated plots!

Each novel in the Stargazer series of romantic comedies for adults centers on someone who works for the Stargazer Public Relations firm. Star Crossed features Wendy, and Playing Dirty features Wendy's BFF Sarah.

As for the rest of my books, Endless Summer is the sequel to The Boys Next Door (and The Boys Next Door is reprinted in the Endless Summer volume, so if you want to read those, you don't have to buy both). I am not planning any other sequels. However, if you like one of my YA romantic comedies, you would probably like the others, and the same goes for my YA romantic dramas.

Where did you get the idea for Forget You?

I had an idea for a novel about an athletic teenage boy who spends the entire story on crutches, and I built the rest of the book around that.

Is John from Going Too Far based on a real person, and can I borrow him?


Do you wakeboard like Lori in The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer?

No. I did grow up on a lake in Alabama like Lori, and I learned to waterski when I was five. Wakeboarding hadn't been invented yet.

Is bryozoa real?

Oh yes.

Did someone really smear it on you?

Yes. This sort of trauma makes the most compelling fiction.

Were you a beauty queen like Virginia in Major Crush?

That's so sweet! Look closer.

Were you in marching band like Virginia?

Yes! I was the first female drum major of my high school marching band. I also played saxophone (well), drums (a little), trumpet (badly), and oboe (very badly). I wanted to be a high school band director myself, so my first major in college was music education. Then I switched to English and got serious about writing.

Do you have any advice for writers?

Yes, I am full of it.

How to let go of a manuscript

How to take an author photo

Waiting Novelists' Survival Kit

How to handle your name getting bigger

No, I was serious.

Oh! I beg your pardon. I've also written an (almost) dead serious post about how to get published.

Are you making your novels into movies?

I am not in the movie business, but maybe someone else will make my books into movies someday. I've explained how this works here in case you're interested.

Are you making your novels into movies?

I said no.

Are you making your novels into movies?


Can you please change your mind about making your novels into movies?

Look, who do you think I am, Kathryn Bigelow? I can hardly make dinner.

When you make your novels into movies, can I play Lori?


Did you star in The Notebook?

No, that's a different Jennifer Echols.

Do you have a secretary?

You're funny. First I'd get a personal chef.

Did you design your own website?

Isn't that like asking me if I cut my own hair?

I don't mean to insult you. I just wanted to make sure you know that your website looks like Tiger Beat threw up on Sassy.

Thank you for your concern.

I am doing a report on your books for school and I need your bio. Could you please post one? And don't make up stuff, okay? This is for a grade. I know how you are.

Well all RIGHT.

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her romantic novels for adults and young adults have been published in eight languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Book Buyer's Best Award, and the Maggie. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Dirty Little Secret won the Alabama Library Association's YA Author Award. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.