Hey, there book dragons! Today you’re in for a special treat because Sara Jane Jacobs is chatting with me today about her latest novel, Season of Deception.
About the Book:
Phoebe Garrison will stop at nothing to steer her niece, Amanda Jarvis, away from the newly discovered affections of her childhood friend, Tyler Armstrong, His Navy SEAL career path is a far cry from the high-society lifestyle Phoebe envisions for Amanda. And when billionaire J.E. Bridwell tries to protect Amanda from her aunt’s controlling nature, Phoebe doesn’t miss the opportunity to use his interference to her advantage. She comes up with a plan that is sure to break Amanda’s devotion to Tyler, sending her right into a future with one of the world’s wealthiest bachelors and giving Amanda the kind of life Phoebe feels that she deserves.
Becky: Hey Sara! Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today.
Sara: Thank you, Becky! This is such a blessing. Thanks for the opportunity!
Becky: Tell us a little bit about your inspiration behind Season of Deception.
Sara: I vaguely remember a radio station having a writing contest back in the early 90s and one tiny short story scene I started working on just began to grow into chapters. The first scene I began writing ended up being about three-quarters of the way through the book where Amanda goes back to her childhood home. After writing that scene, I began to go back and create where it all started between Amanda and Tyler, and that’s pretty much how it happened. I was living in New Orleans at the time and dreamed of living around Franklin, NC where my dad grew up. Picking a place in those Smoky Mountains for the setting seem to help me keep my eyes on that dream.
Becky: It’s rainy afternoon and you’re alone. What movie would you watch? Also, what kind of meal would you have delivered while you enjoy your movie?
Sara: Normally I would probably pick Pride and Prejudice for the movie (because I love that movie!) but since it’s raining in this question (and as I type this it’s cold and raining), I would choose The Age of Adeline. I just love the set/costume/production design in that movie. It has been a year or two since I’ve seen it and I’m ready to see it again. As for the meal, there is a place here in Pensacola called Carmen’s Lunch Bar, and I would love for my food to come from there. They don’t deliver, but if they did, I would order Carmen’s Soda Bread made with fresh rosemary and dried cranberries, the Thai Yellow Curry Crab Chowder and Julie’s Famous N.C. BBQ. I don’t usually go out of my way for BBQ, but Carmen’s is delicious. If you’re ever in Pensacola, a meal at Carmen’s is a real treat!
Becky: Imagine your book was a movie. If you could pick, who would you cast to play your main characters?
Sara: I always love this question since my first writing efforts revolved around screenwriting! And because it’s so fun to play casting director after I finish the book and the characters have lived with me for all that time. So, let me lead into this by saying the guys are probably too old, but in a Google world with tons of photos to choose from these are my picks:
Amanda Armstrong – Bailee Madison
Tyler Armstrong – Zac Efron
Eric Bridwell – Henry Cavill
Phoebe Garrison – Lori Loughlin
(You can visit my Pinterest boards to see some more of the cast 😉
Becky: Which character was your favorite to write about?
Sara: Probably Phoebe. She surprises me! Am I the only one that likes her? (lol) I think are so many actual people that she reminds me of that I like (minus the controlling, manipulative part of her!)
Becky: Do you have to do any research for your writing? If so, tell us a little bit about it.
Sara: Yes, I do! I actually love this part of writing. When I was writing Season of Hope, I spent hours and hours researching Navy SEALs, and for days (probably weeks!) I couldn’t stop talking about it. My daughter is usually the one who gets to hear everything I’m learning.
Becky: Which character surprised you the most as you were writing?
Sara: Probably Eric Bridwell. I don’t want to leave any spoilers about his character, but he turned out to be different than what I had originally planned 😉
Becky: What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
Sara: It was actually one that I couldn’t stop listening to (it was on CD), and it was Once Upon a Time – Discovering Our Forever After Story by Debbie Macomber. It was so good!
Becky: Before you go, do you have any projects you’re currently working on?
Sara: Yes! I am working on Hannah’s story. She is mentioned briefly in book two. I’m attempting to write this as a stand-alone, but I think the story will be much better for the reader if they know Eric’s story from book two. Also, I had a (crazy) idea a few days ago, and I’m hoping to put a little surprise out there soon for readers who keep asking me about Amanda and Tyler. 😉
About Sara Jane Jacobs
I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions to splash in the ocean. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack, and Tuesday.