Q&A: Jenny B. Jones: THERE YOU'LL FIND ME
Q: WHAT INSPIRED THERE YOU'LL FIND ME?
My Winter 2011 release Save the Date, a women's romance, was about Alex and Lucy. Alex was reeling from the loss of his brother, and we see Alex's teenage sister dealing with some grief on her own in a few scenes. I decided she needed her own book. Throw in my newly acquired love for Ireland, and a book was born.
Q: ALTHOUGH YOUR BOOK IS FICTION, WHAT ARE SOME ELEMENTS IN THE BOOK THAT CAME FROM REAL LIFE?
I traveled to Ireland a few years ago and knew I had to set a book there. Other than that, I wanted to write about that point in adolescent life when a kid suffers their first loss of a family member and realize the fragility of life, that things won't always be the same.
Q: FACT VS. FICTION -- WHERE IN YOUR NOVEL DID YOU TAKE SOME LIBERTIES WITH THE FACTS?
The town in There You'll Find Me, Abbeyglen, is based off of a little place in Ireland called Doolin. The major tourist sites in the book are real though. The cemetery that's so significant to the finale is real as well.
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT READERS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR BOOK?
I hope they have fun, have some laughs, and come away with hope and something to think about.
Q: HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH STORY TO WRITE?
God gives me one idea -- and only fragments of that. I'd love to be one of those authors whose brain is just overflowing with ideas. Sadly, I'm one of those authors whose brain is overflowing with sugary lightning bolts from all the M&Ms I've eaten.