Author Interview: Chasing Paris by Jen Carter plus Giveaway

Welcome to Author Jen Carter

Jen teaches English in higher education and is writing her second book, which will be released in the summer of 2013. She is happily married and resides with her beautiful family and Golden Retriever in the San Diego area.


What is one book everyone should read?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck.  It has everything: beautiful description, complex characters, and a captivating storyline.  I read it every summer, and parts of it still bring tears to my eyes.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Many people can relate to standing at a crossroads in life and the courage it takes to choose the path that offers the greatest happiness—and sometimes the greatest struggle.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I was first inspired by passionate teachers who helped me understand the power of language.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
In elementary school, I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Northern Italy.  Great food, great coffee, beautiful coastline—what could be better?

What is your favorite quote?
“You don’t write because you want to say something.  You write because you have something to say.”  —F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Isabel Allende, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Steinbeck, Ovid, J.K. Rowling, Jan Karon, Ernest Hemingway.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes.  I started writing Chasing Paris before I graduated from college, but my life post-college took a similar path as the main character, Amy.  I took an office job that bored me, and I knew there was something better for me.  She and I both found our “something better,” although in completely different ways.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never give up.

Which authors have influenced you most how?
I’m fascinated by Ernest Hemingway’s writing style.   His sentences were so tight; every word mattered.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer!  There is so much to do outside in San Diego with the kids.

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Jumping in puddles with my daughters.

Chasing Paris

Amy Winthrow is shocked when her grandmother dies—not because Elizabeth Hathaway’s death is unexpected but because her existence had always been hidden.  Ever-inquisitive and prone to letting her imagination get the best of her, Amy embarks upon a journey with an unlikely friend to unravel the mysteries of the elusive Lizzie Hathaway.  As she follows the trail of broken dreams and promises of her grandmother’s life, Amy finds herself on a path of accidental self-discovery—a path that she chases all the way to Paris where Lizzie’s story ends and Amy’s begins.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Chasing Paris
Ebook open Internationally, Paperback open to US only
Ends 10/9/12

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