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Today I am pleased to have the wonderfully talented, funny, and beautiful Jen Turano on the blog! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her twice now, both at CFRR events. She’s such a delight to speak to, and her books are some of my favorites! Jen even got my introverted daughter to chat a little bit 🙂 After we chat, Jen is giving away a copy of her newest release, Storing Up Trouble set to release May 5th. Please join me in welcoming Jen today!
ABOUT THE BOOK
After Miss Beatrix Waterbury suffers multiple mishaps due to her involvement with the suffrage movement, her mother decides a change of scenery is in order for her incorrigible daughter. Banished from New York, Beatrix is sent off for an extended stay with her Aunt Gladys.
Mr. Norman Nesbit, a gentleman and a brilliant man of science devoted to his work, doesn’t have time to be distracted with members of the feminine set. When robbers descend on the train, intent on divesting him from his important research papers, Norman is thrust into Beatrix’s company when she has the audacity to interfere—leaving him no choice but to try to save her from herself.
When Beatrix’s life is put at stake after her arrival and employment as a salesgirl in Chicago, they find themselves propelled into each other’s company again and again. With danger and intrigue dogging their every step, they become surprisingly drawn to each other—until information comes to light that threatens to crush this relationship that’s barely had a chance to blossom.
INTERVIEW WITH JEN
Welcome back Jen! It’s so good to have you here again. Let’s dive right in. What was the most difficult part of writing this book?
Mr. Norman Nesbit was a tricky character to figure out. I originally thought he was going to be a Sheldon Cooper type from the Big Bang Theory, but as I started writing him, I realized that I didn’t care for the way his story arc was developing. I then deleted the first few chapters and started from scratch, which set me back on my deadline, but allowed me to fix the Norman problem and write him in a way that readers will, hopefully, enjoy.
I can’t wait to read about him! If Al was to pick one character that you’ve written that most reflects you, who would he pick and why?
Since Al’s only read one of my books, that being “After a Fashion” it would be tricky for him to choose given that the one heroine he’s read about, Miss Harriet Peabody, is nothing like me. For example, she’s a wonderful seamstress and I’m not proficient with a needle and thread in the least, even though I did have to take classes like Advanced Tailoring and Flat Pattern Design when I was in college. Now, if Al had actually read all of my books, I think he’d choose Miss Gertrude Cadwalader from “Out of the Ordinary” because she’s prone to landing herself in the most outlandish of situations, something I find happening to me all the time.
I loved Gertrude!! And I think you might be right 🙂 There’s going to be a candy shortage – what candy do you make sure to stock up on?
I’m not really a candy person because it tends to give me a headache, but what I find myself stocking up on, and this is an odd item, is garbanzo beans. I love tossing them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and have replaced snacking on chips with this particular dish – oh, and grapes. I definitely keep the fridge stocked up with grapes, but they have to be really hard grapes, not the mushy kind.
Never in a million years would I think someone would answer this question with garbanzo beans! I know you love to take walks. See anything fun on your walks lately?
With time change, it’s been really dark on the trail lately, so I’m not seeing much. My flashlight did run out of batteries the other day, which had me breaking into a bit of a run – not my favorite way to enjoy the trail, but I was in fear for my very life – hahahahaha – not really, and since I’m not actually that fast when I run, if some critter was out there and had me in its sights, I’d be a goner.
I hate being outside in the dark. Um, it may or may not have something to do with the fact that we have tons of wild animals around here. Who’s the jokester of the family? Any funny stories to share 😉
My son, Dominic, has this really dry sense of humor, but since he’s now out of the house (and gainfully employed as an engineer after graduating from college this summer) the level of jokes played on me has significantly decreased. The past few weeks, he’s been calling Al a lot to seek out investment advice, which is really freaky to me because it’s a very adult thing to do and…wow, it’s hard for a mom to realize her little guy is definitely not little anymore.
My daughter is graduating high school in two months (well maybe?), so I am not far behind you in realizing they aren’t little anymore. Ok, you’re on a tight deadline. Al is driving you nuts. What do you do? Where do you go?
I only write in my office, so if Al is driving me nuts, he’s the one who has to go. However, what with this horrible virus shutting down the country, he is working from home now. He gets the main floor, my office is on the second floor, and we’re just taking it one day at a time. So far, so good.
I’m not sure I’d be able to share workspace with my husband lol. What are you working on next?
I recently turned in the developmental edits for “To Steal a Heart” coming out in November, 2020. I’m now back to the first draft of the second book in that series, currently untitled, but it’s Miss Daphne Beekman’s story – she’s an interesting character because she suffers from a nervous condition which makes her swoon at the most inconvenient of times.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am for that story!!! Thank you for chatting with me today. It’s always such a pleasure.
Thanks so much for having me, Jessica. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe during these very troubling times! God bless!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.comor https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/or on Twitter at JenTurano @JenTurano.
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