Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jamie Brenner's finest hour...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Laura Boyd
Today we welcome Jamie Brenner back to CLC. She was first here two years ago when The Wedding Sisters published. She has since produced two more fabulous novels, the latest being The Husband Hour (reviewed here). To celebrate this recent publication, Jamie has one copy to give away!

Jamie Brenner grew up in suburban Philadelphia on a steady diet of Norma Klein, Judy Blume, and Judith Krantz novels. After studying literature at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Jamie moved to New York City where she started her career at HarperCollins Publishers, then later BarnesandNoble.com and Vogue.com before returning to books and becoming an author. Her previous novel The Forever Summer is a national bestseller. Jamie lives in New York City with her husband and teenage daughters. Visit Jamie at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Synopsis:
Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.

Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour of her time.

One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)


What is a favorite compliment you received for any of your books?
A book blogger recently wrote that after reading The Husband Hour, she will now read anything I write – regardless of cover, title, or story synopsis! That really touched me because there are a few authors I feel that way about so to have a reader feel that way about one of my books means a lot. I’ve also had a few people tell me that reading The Forever Summer got them through a tough time. I also turn to books (as so many of us do) for escape and comfort so to be able to provide that for someone is the definition of success to me.

How much research did you have to do for The Husband Hour?
The Husband Hour required research in two different areas. First, the story involves a documentary film maker trying to get a young widow to speak about her late husband. In order to get the process of documentary film making right, I sat with a documentary director while she interviewed a subject for a film. This one interview took hours, and I observed everything from the lighting to the use of mics for sound to how the director shaped the questions to get what she needed for her narrative. I was able to learn about the editing process by visiting an editing studio in Brooklyn. The other aspect of the book that took research was the life of a military wife, and this was something I was very anxious to get right. I read a lot of books, including the memoir American Wife by Taya Kyle. I also read a fantastic, journalistic look at the lives of military wives called Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage by Tanya Biank. (This book was turned into the TV show Army Wives.) The book was so fascinating that I reached out to the author with a few questions. Tanya Biank, herself an army wife currently living on post, was just incredibly nice and generous with her input. I ended up sending her an early draft of the manuscript to make sure I didn’t get anything wrong. She gave me notes and they were invaluable.

Since you enjoyed casting The Wedding Sisters for us, will you also cast The Husband Hour as a movie?
I know this sounds crazy but somehow in the past two years I have completely lost any sense of who the 20-something actors are! Lauren and her sister are in their twenties and I literally have no idea who could play them. In my mind, Lauren looks like Jennifer Garner 15 years ago. For Matt it’s a little easier: maybe Theo James or Chris Pratt. For Lauren’s mother, Beth, I imagine Diane Keaton from 15 years ago as well. I’m just stuck in pop culture circa 2003!

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a teenager?
Oh, this one doesn’t age well, but: Tom Cruise.

Since your last two books were set in beach towns, what is your favorite thing to do at the beach?
Plot my next books! Just kidding :) I like to sit on the beach – with a nice big sun hat, close to the water, and read. If I feel confident there are no jellyfish I like to swim, especially in tropical places where the water is still like a pool. But I’d have to say my primary beach activity – as everywhere else in life – is reading.

What is your favorite month, and why?
My favorite month is April. I became a mother in April; my oldest daughter’s birthday is April 3. I love that the days get noticeably longer. The big tree outside my living room window blooms with white flowers. And finally, my last two books have published in April to make it truly the highlight month of my year.

Thanks to Jamie for chatting with us and for sharing her book with our readers.

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31 comments:

Janine said...

I don't know if any celebrity would make a good husband. At least none that I can think of. What I like best about my husband is he is a hard worker. He also does what he can to help people if he is able to. One time one of his co-workers got hurt and had to be out of work for a couple months after having back surgery and he gave him his bonus check to help his family because it was at Christmas time.

Carla S. said...

What I love most about my husband is he is honest, trustworthy and always has my back. We've been married almost 30 years.

randy oaklief said...

I can't wait to read this!

Pam said...

What I love most about my husband is his honesty, loyalty and committment to our family. We will be celebrating 30 years in July.

Kathi said...

I love Jamie Brenner when she does her book tours. She is so genuine and friendly! My husband has stood by me through illness and injury, and taken control of our household of 7 when I was gone for a month for treatment!!

Kate Vocke said...

He does his own laundry! haahaaaa!

Storeybooklover said...

What I love most about my husband is that he is my best friend. We love and respect each other and communicate well with each other. There is literally nobody else I would want to share this crazy life with! 💖

Suburban prep said...

I do not know if I would want to be married to a celebrity.
In regards to my husband he is real. He is there for me and shows his love in many ways. We balance each other and love and respect each other for who the other person is.

Lori Frazier said...

My husband keeps me laughing so that is why I keep him around. Celebrity husband would definitely be Chris Hemsworth.. swoon...

Rita Wray said...

What I like best about my husband is that he helps me with the housework.

Kelley B said...

What I love most about my husband is his loyalty!!!!! He is also my best friend.

RD said...

I think George Clooney turned out to be a good one.

traveler said...

My husband is trustworthy and a universal handyman which is great.

Dianne Casey said...

I also think George Clooney would be a good husband. He looks really happy.

dstoutholcomb said...

my husband is a hardworking man with a great work ethic

denise

Mary C said...

Hugh Jackman

susieqlaw said...

I think any guy would be lucky to be married to Jennifer Garner. She seems so down to earth. I hope she finds her Prince Charming one day.

bn100 said...

caring

Melanie Backus said...

My husband and I will celebrate our forty-third anniversary this year. He is a very generous man and is very sure of himself. He has always worked hard and he loves his family dearly.

Mary Preston said...

Has to be the sense of humor.

Lesley McIntosh said...

my husband has wonderful people skills can mix and talk to anyone and everyone loves him. He is great with our grandchildren as well

Leslie Lawrence said...

I love my husband's sense of humor.

Lisamarie said...

What I like best about my husband is that he is so easy going, he's the calm one in our relationship.

Linda Kish said...

Thomas Rhett seems to be a good husband and loving father.

Arletta Boulton said...

I think it would be tough to be married to a celebrity. The constant scrutiny would add tension to a marriage.

My husband is loyal, kind and trustworthy. So thankful he found me.... lol

John Smith said...

"Which celebrity would make the best husband (or wife)?" Well, as far as wives go, how about Giada De Laurentiis? She's a good cook, smart, and good-humored, an all-around nice person!

Grandma Cootie said...

I like that my husband is NOT a celebrity.

Caitlin said...

I think Chris Evans would make a good husband.

A. B. said...

I'm single; never married. I can't speak to which famous person might make the best spouse.
I do have a ride-or-die of just over five years now. We were together for about two years, but then things kind of fell apart when... [Redacted...]
I virtually never see him, but he really wants to get married. I do, too. He's fun, nurturing, and spontaneous. But whenever I think about it, what stops me every time is that ultimately, I'll never ever really be able to trust him.
--Ann (Email: L-----B@yahoo.com)

Margie Shaw said...

My celebrity crush when I was younger was on Shaun Cassidy from the Hardy Boys.

Janice Mess said...

My husband is kind, always doting, loving, and trustworthy. It would be hard to be married to a celebrity!