Hello! Today Pam Jenoff is her to talk literary giants, the cover for THE LAST SUMMER AT CHELSEA BEACH and more…. Grab a cold drink and enjoy the interview!
Interview with Pam Jenoff:
Hi Pam! Thanks so much for agreeing to be interviewed at Traveling With T!
My pleasure! I adored meeting you at Book Expo and am so happy to have the chance to chat again.
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is getting some mighty high praise from some literary giants (Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Kristin Hannah and Diane Chamberlain). How does that make you feel seeing praise from such wonderful authors?
I am incredibly honored by the positive response The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach has gotten from both fellow authors and other early readers. I believe the greatest thing about the internet age for authors is the ability to connect with readers and have real relationships on a sustained and in-depth basis. Closely related, is that benefit of authors being able to connect with other authors for fellowship and support. I am continually amazed by the generosity of author-mentor-goddesses (perhaps your term literary giants is better!) such as Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Kristin Hannah, Diane Chamberlain and Susan Wiggs. Robyn Carr is another. They are at the top of their game, they have blazed a trail for the rest of us, and yet they are always willing to take time from their busy schedules and offer support and advice. I feel so blessed to know them.
Adelia Montforte- how did you create this character?
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach is a book I began almost two decades ago. I had this notion of a young girl who becomes close with a family of boys next door. After a time, I put the project in a drawer and forgot about it. Only I didn’t – a few years ago, I pulled out the manuscript (thank goodness I had saved it!) and was amazed that the voice still rang true and clear to me. In some sense, Addie harkens back to a younger me and we have grown up together. I’m so grateful to have the chance to share her story.
How involved were you with the cover choice for The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach?
For each book, I fill out a questionnaire describing the book’s key themes and images and then I see the cover art once it is developed. The cover for The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach was love at first sight for me – it is so evocative and my favorite cover ever!
What is next for you, Pam? More writing? Book tour for The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach?
I am doing a good deal of travel for The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach. In addition to numerous local events on the East Coast, I will also be traveling to Detroit, Dallas, Omaha, Columbus and Chicago, among other cities. Full details at www.pamjenoff.com. I am also happy to skype with any book clubs that decide to read The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach.
Meanwhile, I am typing furiously on my next project The Aerialist (out in 2016.) Inspired by two true events, it is the story of a young girl who rescues an infant from a train of unknown Jewish babies bound for the concentration camps, and finds shelter with a circus that has rescued Jews. Stay tuned!
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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T