Regina Jeffers . . . A master teacher, for thirty-nine years, Regina passionately taught thousands of students English in the public schools of West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina. Yet, “teacher” does not define her as a person. Ask any of her students or her family, and they will tell you Regina is passionate about so many things: her son, children in need, truth, responsibility, the value of a good education, words, music, dance, the theatre, pro football, classic movies, the BBC, track and field, books, books, and more books. Holding multiple degrees, Jeffers often serves as a Language Arts or Media Literacy consultant to surrounding school districts and has served on several state and national educational commissions.
Regina’s career began when a former student challenged her to do what she so “righteously” told her class should be accomplished in writing. On a whim, she self-published her first book Darcy’s Passions. “I even paid one of my former students to draw the cover. The book was for them and for me. I never thought anything would happen with it. Then one day, Ulysses Press contacted me. They had watched the sales of the book on Amazon, and they offered to print it. That was the beginning of this madness.”
Since that time, Jeffers has continued to write. “Writing was just my latest release of the creative side of my brain. I have taught theatre, even participated in professional and community-based productions when I was younger. I have trained dance teams, flag lines, majorettes, and field commanders. My dancers were both state and national champions. I simply need that time each day to let the possibilities flow.” “When I write now, I write as I used to choreograph routines for my dance teams; I write the scenes in my head like a movie. Usually, it plays there for several days being tweaked and rewritten, but, eventually, I put it to paper. Generally, it does not change much from there because I completed several mental rewrites before the pen and paper are included.” Jeffers admits that she still has much to learn about writing. Being trained in theatre and in journalism, she knows she must work on her description. “Telling the story through dialogue is usually not my problem. Making sure my reader sees what I see in my head is where I struggle.”
Branching out into Regency and contemporary romance, Jeffers insists, “Every woman dreams of her one great love, the man who inspires an emotional response with just a glance across a crowded room. A romance novel must by definition exist purely for the advancement of the hero’s love affair with the heroine; yet, the reader must want the hero to win the woman’s love. To be believable, there must be a connection beyond the sexual appeal; there must be some conflict, which is character-driven. The characters must have believable reasons to be drawn together, as well as to be frustrated by their dreams.” This is the type of literature Jeffers writes–something truly beautiful and haunting.