Seventy-five Days of Phobias– Day 4: Jenny Schwartz in Slapdance

Jenny Schwarz

Jenny Schwarz

Day 4 has me welcome Slapdancer Jenny Schwartz to answer the question: What are you afraid of?

Hi Sandra, it’s always nice to have a place to share fears *peers around for spiders* Ooh, clowns! Love clowns!

Should I start off sensible and serious, and work my way back to ridiculous?

HeroDutyIn Hero Duty my heroine, Jessica Trove, has a very good reason for her phobia about the sea. Her mum and beloved Pops died in a boating accident and the tragedy has impacted her entire life. Sometimes phobias are closely entwined with trauma and heartbreak. Fortunately, Jessica finds her hero – I adore Brodie – and her own strength.

But moving on to something a bit lighter: like my fear of spiders and my ability to levitate if one walks across the floor. I’m truly phobic about arachnids and if you want to see the worst slapdance ever, watch me after I’ve walked into a spider web.

Toby the lapdog

Toby the “lapdog”

And then we have my dog Toby, who knows that thunder is a warning that the gods of despair and devastation are on his trail. Poor shivery boy, but really he’s too big to be a lapdog.

Finally, and ridiculously, is my fear of reviews! Oh good grief, it’s like knowing that fire burns but being unable to resist poking at it. Reading reviews with one eye is not a reasonable compromise between phobic Ack! and author obsession.

And why is it that other people’s phobias often make us laugh?

Toby the Lapdog ‘s fear of thunder is called Brontophobia, while Arachnophobic Jenny Schwartz is an Australian author of Coastal Romance. Her books celebrate the joy of falling in love and the freedom of choosing to follow your heart. She has a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past — and a passion for reading, especially books with a guaranteed happy ever after. Her Jardin Bay series captures her love for Australia, and for sexy heroes and the determined women who drive them wild.Welcome to her world of coastal dreaming!HeroDuty

You can find Jenny’s Hero Duty here:


9 thoughts on “Seventy-five Days of Phobias– Day 4: Jenny Schwartz in Slapdance

  1. I have a true phopia about grasshoppers, the big, brown kind. And, like sourris25, I made my phobia part of my plot. A huge grasshopper landed on my heroine. Hah! My heroine was brave and didn’t fear the grasshopper at all. Sadly, my story hasn’t cured me at all.


      • Victoria, it must be a trend — gifting our characters with our phobias 🙂 Shame it didn’t work for you 🙂

        Sandra, I love basil. I can’t help you with the hungry grasshoppers, but I’m such a fan of basil for keeping fruit fly away. No wonder people plant it with tomatoes — it’s not just about laziness when you’re collecting stuff for dinner 🙂


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