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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Author Interview - Jen Turano

Anne: Today our interview is with Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune and A Most Peculiar Circumstance. Yesterday I reviewed A Most Peculiar Circumstance (click HERE to read that review), and last October I reviewed A Change of Fortune (click HERE).

Welcome, Jen. I hope your day is going well. As usual, my first question is: What inspired A Most Peculiar Circumstance?

Jen: Mr. Theodore Wilder [the main male character] was my biggest inspiration for writing this book. He was such an intriguing gentleman that I knew the moment he appeared in A Change of Fortune, he would need his own story.

Anne: Do you build your characters before you start writing or do they develop their own characters as you write?

Jen: I normally have a vague idea about who my characters are going to be, but they normally always change once they hit the page!

Anne: How do you choose locations for your books?

Jen: Because the entire Ladies of Distinction series is set in the Gilded Age, and because the series centers around families of wealth, there really wasn't a choice but to set it in New York City because that was where the social elite lived - at least part of the year.

Anne: Why did you choose this time period?

Jen: I chose the 1880's because it's such a fascinating time. Industry was growing by leaps and bounds and more people than ever were making huge fortunes which caused quite a bit of mayhem within society as the old families tried to retain their influence on society.

Anne: What is your favorite part of this book?

Jen: My favorite part of the book is at the farm - but I must admit, I do adore the jail scene.

Anne: Why do you write?

Jen: I write because I finally figured out why God blessed me with a rather odd sense of humor.

Anne: And finally, Jen, would you like to tell us about your next venture?

Jen: Book three, A Talent for Trouble, comes out in October 2013, with Book four following in 2014. I've also been working on what could be a different series - sort of a rags to riches theme, but it's still pretty rough.

Anne: Sounds like a heavy work schedule, Jen. God bless you, and God bless His work through you!


  1. I love Jen's books and I'd love to win a copy of this one to give to a friend who has RA and doesn't have much of a budget for books.

    1. Susan--if you will leave your email, I'll be sure your name is also entered in the contest.

  2. Hi Susan,

    Great to hear from you, and if you don't win, send me a message - I'm sure I can help your friend out and get her a book:)

    All the best,

    ~ Jen ~

  3. This sounds so good. I have a change in fortune but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I would love to win this book. I am giving some of my books to our church library after I read them. This would be a good addition.

  4. Thank you so much, Connie! Hope you enjoy A Change of Fortune and that's very kind of you to donate your books to your church library:)

    Have a great weekend.

    ~ Jen ~


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