Jen Turano is here on my blog with me today!
I am doing a book review about her latest book, Caught By Surprise, which I think you will love! When I’m reading her books, I have a tendency to catch myself going between snickering to myself, or wanting to roll on the floor while howling with laughter… 🙂 Yes, this book is that funny! ; ) You can buy your own copy here
(be sure and read to the end for a surprise! 😉 )
I know I’ve said this before, but I was so privileged to actually be able to get to know Jen a little bit, when I, completely by chance, got to sit beside her for almost an entire day, at the CFRR 2017. She’s just as much fun in real life.
First off, here is the interview I did with Jen…
Hi Jen! Thanks so much for agreeing to pay us a visit here on my blog!
I came up with a few questions that I’d love to get answers from you.
To start it off, I loved the suggestion you gave that I ask you about your favorite summer time activities as a child—so PLEASE tell me! 🙂
JT: I simply had a marvelous childhood. I spent days at the local pool, hanging out with all my friends, then played kick the can, freeze tag, kick ball, you name it, in the evenings with all the neighborhood kids. I had a treehouse in the very back of our yard where I’d read my Nancy Drew stories and play dress up with my sister. My parents had a boat, so I’d also spend time at the lake, and then we’d drive to Florida every summer to see my grandmother. It took us two days by car, but my parents would always stop at fun attractions to keep me and my siblings from killing each other as we fought over who had to take the middle seat. One of my favorite activities was catching and releasing lightning bugs. We don’t have those out here in Denver, so whenever I took my son back to my hometown when he was little, that’s what we’d do every night.
Also, tell us a bit more about when you were a child—what were your dreams, did you think you’d be a writer someday?
JT: I distinctly recall wanting to be a movie star. Yep, that’s right, a movie star. The only problem with that dream, though, was that I was incredibly shy and certainly wouldn’t have liked performing in front of anyone. As for being a writer, nope, that really never crossed my mind. I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer, would ride my bike around the neighborhood, thinking up stories, but it just never occurred to me that I should write those stories down. That idea didn’t strike me until about ten years ago, and then, after it did strike, well, here I am, writing away.
Tell me about the most unusual vacation you’ve ever been on.
JT: Oh, I’ve had a few of those – let me think – when I was about eight, we went to Ocean City, Maryland, and I wasn’t feeling well in the car. I made it to the front door of the cottage my parents had rented and then…well, it wasn’t pretty. Spent five days in bed, sicker than sick. And then there was the time when we took Dominic (son) to the beach. He got stung by jellyfish larvae – who knew that was a thing? He swelled up like a balloon. But I’ve been on vacations where disaster didn’t strike – weekends at lakes and going up to hit the slopes in the mountains. I don’t like to ski anymore because I’m super afraid of the chair lifts, but it’s great to hang out and watch everyone else.
And yes…your other suggestion–me asking you about any strange occupations…Have you ever been an elevator operator? Tell me about it!
JT: So I’ve never actually been employed as an elevator operator – but, with that said, I majored in fashion in college – yes, I know, not my brightest move. But, I’ve always had this love for old department stores, and because I worked in a few of those, I had access to…old-fashioned elevators. Oh, my…I just love operating those. There was a company I worked for right out of school based in West Virginia and one of their downtown anchor stores had the original elevator, complete with grated door and lever to go up and down. Since I abandoned that shyness I mentioned earlier, I had no qualms about asking if I could give the elevator a go. Hahaha – after my first try, and who knew those things could plummet so rapidly, no one would get on an elevator with me again. But, I had a blast and would spend my time taking it up to the seventh floor and then back down, and then up again. That’s probably why I include so many elevator scenes in my books – there’s just something about them!
Tell me about something you ate, anytime during your lifetime, that you really don’t want to ever see again.
JT: I don’t know what they’re called – but it’s a candy – orange and looks like a large peanut? Anyway, I bought a whole bag of them from the local 5 & 10 store when I was younger, then proceeded to eat the entire bag. This is me, shuddering as I write this. I’ve never eaten another one of those pesky things since…horrible experience there…
On the flip side, do you have any strong cravings for a specific food?
JT: Right now I have a thing for these nachos I found at this new Mexican place. It’s about fifteen minutes from my house so I’ll find myself making the trip when I get a craving. It’s something with the cheese – almost a sweet cheese, but they are delicious.
Where do you get your inspiration for your characters?
JT: Inspiration comes from just observing people or reading research material. I love watching people when I go out. I’ll see a glimpse of a personality standing behind someone in line at the grocery store, and the next thing you know, that personality will turn into a character. Of course, most of my characters have traits of people I’m close to – friends and relatives, but I never say anything to those people because you never know if what I think is cool might not be so cool to them.
What is your next book about? Can you give us a sneak preview?
JT: My next book begins a new series about three American heiresses. “Flights of Fancy” will release in January 2019, and it revolves around Miss Isadora Delafield, a grand heiress who runs away from NYC after her mother decides she needs to marry the dastardly Duke of Montrose. I came up with the idea for the series after reading about poor Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was forced by her mother, Alva, to marry a duke even though Consuelo was in love with another man. That’s when I wondered what would have happened if Consuelo had balked, and just like that, the idea for the American Heiress series took hold.
JT: Thank you so much for having me, Rosalyn!! Loved visiting with you!!
All the best, Jen
Jen! Thanks so much for stopping by, you totally made my day by agreeing to do this! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
I think it’s fairly easy to see where Jen’s humor in her books comes from….this lady is brimming over with life and has the ability to see the humor in situations. It just spills out onto the pages of her books! 🙂
About the book:
Temperance Flowerdew is the main character. I think this story starts right off with a bang…she is mistakenly abducted, and finds herself waking up in…a coffin…yes, you heard right! After escaping from those bumbling kidnappers, she finds her friend Gilbert Cavendish. He tries numerous times to convince her they need to get married, which she keeps turning down.
I really don’t want to give away too much of the story, but it is filled with humor. There is also a mystery afoot…she thought she knew why she was kidnapped and all of that, but then someone keeps trying to kill her, so it’s rather mysterious as to just what exactly is going on.
I love the characters and how they relate to each other, and their little quirks that come out on these pages. I love their colorfulness and how real they are. Very down-to-earth, in spite of the fact that they have flowery names. (Which I think just add even more humor to the story) If you are looking for a light-hearted read, make sure and read this one. I forgot to say that it is the third in a series, but it can stand alone as well.
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