Title: WHEN YOU KNEW
Author: Jamie Beck
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Gentry Cabot’s rebellious life comes to a screeching halt when a one-night stand leads to a sobering new reality: motherhood. Exhausted and overwhelmed, the former wild child struggles to raise an infant on her own. After a lifetime of feeling like the odd Cabot out, Gentry knows that what her son needs most is family. For his sake, she plans to rebuild bridges with them, but first she needs a little help on the home front.
Humanitarian worker Ian Crawford has devoted his life to service. Forced to temporarily return stateside, he’s eager to head back to Haiti to expand the nonprofit he just founded in his late father’s honor. He can’t do that without money, so when Gentry offers a hefty paycheck for a short-term gig as a live-in nanny, he can’t afford to say no. Ian expects to deal with a barrage of privileged problems. What he doesn’t expect is how quickly being a makeshift father transforms him.
Despite his growing attachment to Gentry and her child, Ian still has his dreams, and Gentry wants a full-time dad for her son. When the baby’s father reenters the picture, will Gentry and Ian embrace the family they’ve formed or end up worlds apart?
Interview with the Author:
1) How old were you when you started writing?
I was forty-four when I first sat down and made a serious attempt at writing a manuscript. Prior to writing, I was a lawyer and then a stay-at-home mother.
2) What’s the most difficult part of being a full-time writer? What’s the most rewarding?
Writing full-time can be very isolating, and the deadlines come quickly. At any one time, I’m writing a book, editing the last one I turned in, and plotting the next one. Sometimes I need to step back for a couple of days to meet up with friends and recharge. The most rewarding part of this career is when I hear from a fan. That connection is precious, and I’m grateful to each and every person who writes to me or follows me on social media. I really enjoy all of that interaction.
3) To get your writing to ‘flow’, do you have any habits or rituals?
I don’t really have rituals, although I do try to stick to a schedule. Mornings are for work-related things like email, social media, and reviewing whatever I wrote the day before, while afternoons are my “fresh” writing hours. I do create Pinterest boards and playlists while writing (to help me visualize the story and identify critical emotions and themes). I also take three writing-retreat weekends per year with my plot partners to work on one another’s next books.
4) If you had to choose one career highlight what would it be? What are some of your goals for the future?
I feel blessed to have had a lot of wonderful things happen to me because of this career. Sales milestones, starred reviews, and award nominations are always nice but, honestly, I think the professional relationships and new friendships I’ve cultivated during the past few years have been the most rewarding of all. I’ve met so many creative, intelligent people these past few years, and my life is much richer for that.
5) You have focused your career on writing contemporary romance. Are there any other genres you might consider writing? Or is there genres that you know without a doubt aren’t right for you?
I consider the majority of my books to be a blend of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. I’d like to write some straight women’s fiction at some point, but don’t have the time while fulfilling contractual obligations. I could never write science fiction and fantasy, or any kind of dark suspense because the world-building and anxiety in those stories makes me uncomfortable. I much prefer realistic stories with happy endings!
6) When you aren’t writing are you a reader? Do you have any favorite authors? Do you have a book you would like to recommend?
I do read, although I admit, the more I write, the harder it is to escape into a book because it’s difficult to turn off the editor in my head. My favorite escapist books are historical romance novels (Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Mary Balogh, and Sherry Thomas). In my own genre, I like Kristan Higgins, Robyn Carr, and Susan Wiggs. I also read the popular “book club” best sellers. Right now I’m reading The Alice Network and enjoying it.
7) Tell us about your newest book When You Knew.
This is the final book in my Cabot series, and probably the lightest of the three. Those who’ve read the other books in the series know Gentry as the immature, sarcastic Cabot. But they probably also realize that her attitude is all a cover to mask feelings of rejection from her conservative, ambitious family and older half-siblings. I think readers are rooting for her to find her way. In the second novel, she got pregnant by accident and offered to let her brother and his wife adopt her child, but then she rescinded that offer and decided to keep the baby. Now she’s a clueless single mom with a colicky infant. She’s trying to build a bridge to her family for her son’s sake, so she goes to work at the family business, which is why she hires Ian (a humanitarian EMT) as a nanny. Essentially, this is an “opposites attract” love story.
8) What is it about Gentry and Ian that made you want to write their story?
The first two books in this series are rather sober, so I really wanted to do something more upbeat. Gentry is snarky and unpredictable, which gave me a lot to work with. One quick way to make her grow up was to make her a mother. It forces her to become responsible and put someone else’s needs first, and it also helped fill that hole in her heart. Putting her with a straight man seemed like a great choice to add some humor and banter. I think readers will expect Ian to change her a lot, but they might be surprised by the effect Gentry has on him.
9) What’s up next for you?
I’m very excited about my upcoming Sanctuary Sound novels, which is a friendship-based series set in a fictional coastal Connecticut town. Stefanie, Claire, and Peyton were the best of childhood friends . . . until life made other plans. Now in their thirties, these three women reconnect in their sleepy hometown to repair broken bonds and make peace with the past as they each wrestle with the uncertainty of the future. The first book, THE MEMORY OF YOU, is available for preorder and releases in late October.
National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. She’s a 2017 Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, and critics at Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.
Fans can learn more about her on her website: www.jamiebeck.com, which includes a fun “Extras” page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.
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