Good morning reader friends! What better way to start the week then by chatting with the wonderful Jen Turano! Her latest book, Caught by Surprise, is amazing. Well, all of her books are really. I was only introduced to her books last year, but it didn’t take long for me to be captivated by her stories and writing style. Today we’re talking about books, swoonworthy characters, kryptonite and more! Please join me in welcoming Jen to the blog, and be sure to look out for the giveaway opportunity after the interview!!!
Interview with Jen Turano
You’re stranded on an island with one character from any book you’ve ever read. Who would you want to be stranded with and why?
Okay, so this is a tough one because I’m notorious for not remembering my characters – but…I think I’d like to be stranded with…Gertrude Cadwalader or Agatha Watson. They were very no-nonsense types, and I imagine they’d be great with survival skills.
If it were me, I would need someone with great survival skills! I would need all the help I could get!
What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve come across on google while researching?
So I was researching gentlemen clubs – yeah, not the best thing to google, especially when I didn’t type in historic gentlemen clubs in NYC. My eyes will never be the same, and don’t even get me started on the odd advertising notices I still get in my sidebar.
Oh my! I hate those pesky advertising notices!
Do you have a writing kryptonite?
I do – and it’s normally these scenes I get fixated on – scenes I’m sure are going to be brilliant, but then end up throwing off the pacing of the story. I once wrote an entire chapter with the heroine conversing with a dog – now, I thought it was hilarious, but the reality was this – I write quirky romances, not dog stories. Honestly….
I mean, I would have liked to read the heroine talking to the dog lol. Maybe that could be a “deleted scene” on your website!
You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Purple glitter, because how fun is that? Although, that’s not really a great name – perhaps purple razzle? Or…nope, nothing else is coming to me.
I think purple razzle suits you!
If one were to glance at your night stand, what would they see, prior to you cleaning it up of course?
My night stand is currently host to a box of tissues, a phone charger, two bottles of Advil, a box of band-aids, (no idea what I needed those for) three books, a coaster, but it’s not a real coaster, it’s a piece of mole-skin that doubles as a coaster because I just haven’t gotten around to bringing a real coaster upstairs, and five hair holder things – you know, the ones that look like rubber bands???
Hey, you never know when you might cut yourself on your mattress 😉
What are you currently reading?
“The Harvey Girls – Women Who Opened the West.” Clearly, I’m getting ready to write a new story – just a novella, but I don’t know that much about the Harvey Girls. I watched that movie with Judy Garland, but it didn’t really do much for me.
Can’t wait to read it! Although, maybe I should read up on the Harvey Girls too. I don’t know much about them either!
Favorite binge-worthy show right now?
I just re-watched “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Oh, the fashions are just to die for and the setting is fabulous.
Sometimes it’s all about the fashion! I can sit for hours just watching a show for the wardrobes!
Of all your books, which swoonworthy hero is your favorite and why?
I really adore Mr. Harrison Sinclair. He’s just so charming, as well as fashion-challenged, but I also really like Mr. Theodore Wilder from clear back in the day. He was just such a guy….
YES! To both of course…..
What’s the one snack food you cannot live without?
I’ve been on this mad diet, so I’m currently living without all the snacks I used to enjoy – like chips, or ice cream, or…well, I could go on and on.
That is one thing I hate about diets!
What can readers look forward to in the future?
Next up is a new series – The American Heiress Series. First book, “Flights of Fancy” will release in January 2019. I thought I’d try an heiress series with a twist – so we’ll see how this goes.
I can’t wait to read this! The cover is beautiful.
Thanks for chatting with me today!
Thanks for having me, Jessica!!!
A USA Today Best-Selling Author, Jen Turano has written the critically acclaimed Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, released in the spring of 2016, and will be followed by a new four-book series, Apart from the Crowd. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work – http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/jen-turano/1761
Jen has graciously offered to give away one signed copy of her latest novel, Caught By Surprise! (US only, sorry!) To enter, tell us your favorite Jen Turano book in the comments. If you’ve never read her books, then tell us why you would like to! Giveaway ends Friday August 31st at 9:00pm EST.