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Author Interview & Giveaway - Jen Turano

Monday, November 13, 2017

About the Book
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail 


Welcome to Bookworm Mama, Jen! I can not believe that I haven't had you "officially" visit my blog yet! I am so honored to remedy that oversight today! 

Since I absolutely adore you and your blog, there is no place else I’d rather be today!!!  Thank you for inviting me for a visit. 

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
Beautiful lace dress! This little girls hair is gorgeous!!! SUBSCRIBE YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
I started reading when I was about three. I was super shy, so loved disappearing under this drop-leaf table with a book to get away from everyone. Unbeknownst to me, people could still see me, but as far as I was concerned, I was invisible. I’ve always had stories in my head, but it took me forever to realize I could actually get those stories down on paper and into book form 😊 

When did you KNOW that you wanted to be an author?

That’s a little tricky – I didn’t really start out with that as my goal. I started writing after my son and I plodded our way through a dreadful book when he was in third grade. But it was a blast writing a story for him, and then, well, it was rather nice to use my brain again. After writing about five stories, and after my son got into middle school, I think that’s when I actively began pursuing the idea of becoming a published author.

love this outfit! "The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated." Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), My Fair Lady (1964)
Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle
What literary character is most like you?

Eliza Doolittle – My Fair Lady. Because she’s a bit odd, but practical.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of Out of the Ordinary?

Out of the Ordinary began with Miss Gertrude Cadwalader in the first book of the series Behind the Scenes. She was a great character to write because she has secrets from her past that she needs to deal with in order to move forward. By pairing her with Mrs. Davenport – a woman with secrets of her own, the theme of forgiveness just naturally evolved.

What type of research was involved for Out of the Ordinary?

The second in a series of enormous steam yachts named Corsair was built for J.P. Morgan in 1890 by Neafie & Levy of Philadelphia, replacing an earlier craft used by the financier as a ferry between his Hudson River estate and office on Wall St. In 1897 the 241-ft. Corsair II became the flagship
Steam Yacht, 1890 - Pinterest
Interesting tidbit about my research for this particular book – because I write Gilded Age, I can often fall back on what I already know about New York High Society – However…I decided to make the hero, Mr. Harrison Sinclair, an industry leader in the shipping world. Here’s the thing, as I got into writing, I quickly came to realize I knew absolutely nothing about yachts in 1883, which meant I had to stop writing and dive into nautical research. I finally found a book on the subject – less than riveting, but I’m now in possession of more knowledge than I ever thought I needed about the inner-workings of…boats.

Hahaha! I love it! Well, you painted the picture very well. I would love to take a cruise on the Sinclair's yacht. As long as birdcages are not involved!
What Specific Career In Creative Arts Should I Choose?

What hidden talents do you have?

I can sort of paint – as in pictures – but…I’m more of an abstract painter which means no one has to feel bad if they don’t know what I’m trying to paint. 

Favorite childhood book? Why?

Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn – It’s this charming story about a boy who feels neglected by his family. And, because he’s feeling that way, he runs away from home and makes this really cool fort in the forest. He’s soon joined by his friends who are also feeling neglected. It’s very whimsical and speaks to all children who’ve wanted to run away at some point or another, only to discover that there’s really no place like home. 

How to develop your best novel writing ideas
Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I usually only write in my office, I never write when I’m off to a conference, and I don’t save any of the scenes I think aren’t working.

What writing advice do you have for pre-published authors?

Perfect your craft, get your work in front of as many people as possible, and if you’re lucky enough to get feedback from editors or agents, take it. 

Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough, 1911.
Before we go can you tell us about your current WIP?

I’m just starting a new series that revolves around American heiresses who might go a bit…rogue. The first book centers around Miss Isadora Delafield who has attracted the attention of the dastardly Duke of Montrose. The idea for the book started with this – What would have happened if Consuelo Vanderbilt refused to marry the Duke of Marlborough when her mother insisted on it – We’ll see what happens.  

Thank you so much for joining us today Jen, I admire you so much and am thankful the Lord placed you in my life!

Thank you so much for having me, Rachel!!! It’s been such fun getting to know you over the past few years!! 

About the Author
Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books named top ten romances from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. 

Jen has graciously provided a SIGNED print copy of Out of the Ordinary for a giveaway today! Giveaway will close 11/20/17 at 12:00am. Open to continental U.S. only. Void where prohibited. Please see Policies and Disclosures for more information.


  1. I think it would have been a simpler time without all the hassle of electronics like cell phones, TV and the like. However, it was also a harder time with more manual labor and the times of the depression. The idea of living then is appealing but at my age in life, I think I will just work harder to find a balance between the olden values of faith, family, and country and apply them in this easier way of getting things done life that we have now.

  2. While fascinating to read stories set in that time period, I think I will stick with the health advances and conveniences we have today, such as refrigerated food, modern medicines, etc.

  3. I think living in the Gilded Age could be fun in some ways. But not so much in others. I can't imagine the stress of living up to a certain image and financial status. But I do love reading about the Gilded Age.

  4. I would love to visit, but I don't know that I'd want to live there. Sadly, I rely too much on modern conveniences! Thank you for the fun interview and the chance to win. I love Jen Turano's books!!

  5. I love reading historical fiction, but I don't think I would want to live there forever. Visiting might be fun though.

  6. I would like to have lived during the Gilded Age. It would be nice to see what life was like then. It would be different than our age of technology.

  7. Honestly, I'm happy with today's technology (hello, hygiene products!). Although I do wish that people were more modest in their dress nowadays, I'm glad to live in an era where I don't have to wear a corset or petticoats or however many layers they had to wear back then! Haha

  8. It is nice to see how life was back in the Gilded Age and other time periods that is why I like to read Historical Fiction Thanks for this great interview and the chance to win

  9. I don't think I would liked living in the Gilded Age as I am too accustomed to the more modern and casual lifestyle. I do live by some of the Gold Coast mansions on Long Island NY.
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  10. Gilded Age might have been a fun era to live in, though if I weren’t in the upper crust of the society, it may not have been so fun.

  11. Fun review with two of my favorite people. Thanks, Rachel and Jen!

    I think it would be fun to visit the Gilded Age for a few days, but I enjoy my creature comforts and modern conveniences too much to stay for long! :-D

  12. I would have been grand to live during the Gilded Age but with my luck— I’d have been a lowly maid or seamstress! Thanks for the post.

  13. I would like to visit the Gilded Age, but I would not want to live there. I come from a family of farmers, so I think that would be a really hard life. I'm not sure how many of us would be part of the upper crowd. It's fun to imagine, though. If nothing else, I'd like to try on the clothing. :)

  14. I think that I'd have liked to experience the life during the Gilded Age period, but I don't think it would have been good to live during that time.

  15. I wouldn't like to have lived during the Gilded Age. There are so many social conventions that just seem silly to me. I also love my modern conveniences. It is fun to read about that time though, especially in Jen's books.

  16. I like this age, but the 1940s might have been nice. I LOVE Jen's books!

  17. Can we just take a time machine and live there for a while and come back to modern conveniences?

  18. I love the clothing from the Gilded Age, but I really love having my modern conveniences. I am so glad that Jen is releasing another book. I love her stories! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

  19. Like a lot of people have commented, I like my modern conveniences too much to want to go backwards in time, lol! But at the same time I'd have loved to see all the growth going on in society, economically, and politically. I think each era has it's pro's and con's :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway chance for Jen's new book!

  20. I think it was a fascinating era, but I knd of like my dishwasher, washing machine, car, etc. Things would probably have been a lot less complicated, though. Thank you formthe giveaway opportunity.

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  21. While there are some parts of the Gilded Age that seem appealing, I would have to pass on the corsets.

  22. I love reading about all of history, but I'm pretty partial to my cell phone so I'm not sure I could live in any other time ;)

  23. I would have loved to live during the Gilded Age. It an era that fascinates me and I would like to know about it.

  24. I'd like to visit the Gilded Age.

  25. I would like to read this to find out how the young girl gets out of the situation where they think she was the thief.

  26. No, I don't think I would have wanted to live during that time, but if someone invented time travel I'd enjoy visiting it. I think as glamorous as some things may seem back then (dresses, manors, etc.) the reality of hardships they faced would outweigh the positives. Then again, they might say they wouldn't want to live in our time period either!

  27. I have always thought I was born in the wrong time period. I think that's why I love reading so much. It allows me to live so many different lives!

  28. I think I love the conveniences of the modern era a bit to much to go back and live in the Gilded Age!

  29. Loved this post! Can't wait to read this book!

  30. Great interview! Jen is one of my favorite authors! I like her books because I know that I'm going to laugh before I even open the book. I've read all of her books so this one is next on my list. Thank you!


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