by Jen Frederick
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 3, 2013!
About the Book:
For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.
Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.
Exclusive Interview with the Author!
1) Are your characters based on real people in your life?
I think that all of the characters in the book have traits from myself and all the people I know, either in real life or online, but no character is based on someone I know.
If I ever did base a character on someone I knew, it would have to be a fabulous character because I would never want someone I loved to be hurt by a careless portrayal in my book.
2) Where did you get the idea of writing about two characters who are penpals in this day of email and Skype?
I’ve always had a thing for epistolary romances and I particularly love the story of Abigail and John Adams. The two wrote long, details letters to one another filled with intelligent discussion on policy and politics but also of love. It seemed like a perfect way for two lonely people to communicate with each other. In this book, readers are treated to several letters from Noah Jackson, a deployed Marine, to Grace Sullivan, a high school student. Through those letters, these two form a deep bond – one that survives distance and time.
3) Desert Island time. Your characters can bring one person and one thing. What do they bring?
Clearly Noah and Grace would bring each other. The one thing Noah would bring would be a knife. He would see it as a necessary survivalist tool. He’d be able to secure shelter, provide protection, and even use it to start a fire. Grace would end up bringing her camera because it would be the first thing she would think to save. But maybe Noah would have stuck water purification tablets in her pocket. He is a Marine, after all. Always ready.
4) Do you write every day?
Yes, I write every day. I set daily word count goals for myself. Even if the words I’m putting on the page aren’t very good, it is easier to edit actual scenes than a blank page.
5) What’s next for Jen Frederick?
More books in the Woodlands Series. Noah and Grace’s story is just the beginning of the journey. Noah’s best friend and battle buddy, Bo Randolph, is the protagonist for “Unspoken” due out in late August.
Jen Frederick lives with her family in the Midwest and spends her spare time reading books, looking at kitten pictures on the internet, and wishing she were a better cook. Visit her online at www.JenFrederick.com
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