Afterwonk: A Guest Post by Jill Sorenson

Please welcome to Wonkomance author Jill Sorenson, who writes kick-ass romantic suspense and is known for dropping the word “vagina” into Twitter conversation on a more-than-regular basis. Jill’s visiting to talk about her latest release, Aftershock. She’s not sure if it’s wonky, but the reviews at Goodreads for Aftershock are peppered with words like “disturbing,” “gritty,” “intense,” and “original.” I can’t be the only one who perks right up at that. Disturbing! Romance! Let me at it!

Here’s the blurb—


As an emergency paramedic, Lauren Boyer is dedicated and highly capable. Until an earthquake strikes, trapping her beneath the freeway with a group of strangers-including Iraq war veteran Garrett Wright…


Handsome and take-charge Garrett aids Lauren in her rescue efforts, even as the steely look in his eyes seems to hide dark secrets. When a gang of escaped convicts goes on the attack, Garrett’s bravery makes him more than a courageous bystander to Lauren. If they can save the others before time runs out, maybe, just maybe, they can explore the fire igniting between them-if the truth about who he really is doesn’t pull them apart forever….

And here’s Jilly!


Hi Wonkettes! I’m excited to be here among the wonky people!

When I invited myself over, Ruthie asked me to list five wonky things about my upcoming release. I struggled with this task. Someone once said that my books are about “messed-up people falling in love.” I like that description. Sounds wonky, right? But many romances feature deeply flawed characters. I think of my books as traditional: strong, protective hero meets pretty, independent heroine. They overcome obstacles, have vanilla sex, and fall in love.

I’ll just list 5 “unique” details about Aftershock and let you judge the wonk factor.

  1. My characters meet-cute in earthquake rubble after a freeway collapse. The structure they’re trapped under, now that’s wonky. It could fall and crush them any minute.
  2. The hero and heroine are regular people. He’s a former Marine and she’s a paramedic.
  3. They’re dirty. Not sexy-dirty, but bloodstained and dusty. I won’t tell you how they get clean enough to have sex. Just trust.
  4. They bond over Dune, my favorite science fiction novel. What could be more wonky than Dune? The lack of water in the cavern is very Arrakis-like.
  5. My secondary characters are always on the edgy side. In this book, a pregnant teenager and escaped convict become friends.

I don’t know if Aftershock is any wonkier than your average romance. I’m wonky. I definitely went wonky writing it. Maybe the fact that I consider my books traditional is wonky, in itself. If romance is based on fantasy, escape, and perfection, where does gritty realism fit in? If the characters can’t escape, is it still an escape fantasy?

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.

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9 Responses to Afterwonk: A Guest Post by Jill Sorenson

  1. Jessi Gage says:

    I’m all about supporting wonky gals. I’ll check out Aftershock. It looks intense. I’m intrigued. The cover rawks.

    Nice to meet you, Jill.

  2. Lynn Pauley says:

    After reading the blurb, I am intrigued — sounds like my kind of book! And Jessi is right — the cover is great!

  3. Thanks ladies! Happy wonking.

  4. Megan says:

    As I am with all your books, I’m VERY excited to read AFTERSHOCK! I can’t wait! You write awesome stories and your characters are always easy to relate to. Keep up the good work! And in honor of being twitter twinsies, “VAGINA”

  5. I love it! Psst…vagina. Pass it on.

  6. Jane says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Jill. I love when you get vagical. Aren’t we all a little wonky?

  7. I love reading about flawed characters. I think having that dash of gritty realism does not take the fantasy or escape factor out of the romance novel. The fact that the hero and heroine get together, have an amazing sex life (even if it takes a while to build – love those bad sex scenes as well :D ), and end up with the happily ever after all keep the novel within the realm of escape and fantasy romance. I really feel that you can still get a message out about serious issues within the plot structure of a romance novel without ruining the fantasy and escape aspects, such as bringing attention to challenges that heroic jobs such as police, firefighting, paramedic, soldier,etc. face along with tackling issues such as drug smuggling, gangs, human trafficking, etc. I’m definitely adding “Aftershock” on my to be read list! Sounds like it is just up my alley. :)

  8. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks for the comment. I like romances that tackle serious issues and show real life struggles. Interesting that you bring up bad sex. That is the one horror I don’t usually put my hero & heroine through, at least not together. There are so many other bad things going on in my books, especially Aftershock. A hot sex reprieve is kind of mandatory!

  9. My random number generator chose #4 Megan. Email me at with your mailing info.

    Thanks Ruthie and Wonkomance!! I’m a big fan of the writers here.