Sense & Sensibility by Rebecca H. Jamison – Author Interview

Sense and SensibilitySense & Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale

Elly Goodwin, a sensible programmer, is so desperate for a job that she takes one from her ex-boyfriend, the same man who put her family out of business. Things only get more complicated for Elly, however, when she realizes her new employer copied his software code from her father. At the same time, she must help her sister Maren recover from a severe case of depression. Elly is far too busy for love, especially not with Ethan Ferrero.
Ethan Ferrero runs his own charity while working as a programmer with Elly. Always one to put others first, he is fully committed to serving people in the military. Actually, he’s a little too committed. He didn’t plan to meet Elly Goodwin when he did, and now he must choose between saving a life and saving their relationship.
Meanwhile, Elly’s dramatic sister, Maren, has recovered enough to fall in love, and when she falls, she falls hard.

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RebeccaAuthor Rebecca Jamison

Rebecca H. Jamison wrote novels just for fun until she made a New Year’s resolution in 2011 to submit a manuscript to publishers. Since then, she’d published three books, starting with Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale.

Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Her job titles have included special education teacher’s aide, technical writer, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom.
Rebecca enjoys running, dancing, reading, and watching detective shows. She lives with her husband and children in Utah.

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 Author Interview

Most embarrassing moment?

Last year, my husband and I had to cancel our hike because of a thunderstorm. We went to a local bookstore instead. While there, I used the restroom, which wasn’t easy, considering how many layers I’d worn for my hike. As I left the restroom and walked down the middle of the bookstore, a store clerk called after me: “You have toilet paper.” I looked behind me to see a thirty-foot stripe of toilet paper trailing out from under my jacket. Luckily, no one recognized me as an author.

 

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?

In my town, some of the pizza stores hire people to dance with a sign. I think that would be a fun job. Seriously, though, once my kids get a little older, I will probably get a job teaching English at the community college.

 

If you were sick/stuck in bed, what comfort food would you want and what author would you want to read?

I enjoy a big cup of Celestial Seasoning Jammin’ Lemon Ginger herbal tea on any occasion, even when I’m not sick. The two authors who’ve helped me forget my aches and pains the most are Roald Dahl and Charlotte Bronte.

 

Which of your characters is a portrayal of you?

I’m a lot like Elly Goodwin in Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale, but I think there’s a little of me in every character that I write.

 

Favorite smell?

It’s a toss-up: Play Doh, freshly cut wood, or rain in the desert.

 

What is your favorite scene in the book?

One of my favorite scenes is the very first chapter. Elly has become so poor that she has to get food at the bishops’ storehouse, which is like a food bank operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Obviously, she’s desperate and embarrassed. It’s the worst possible place to meet a handsome man, but that’s what happens—of course. The situation is only compounded by the fact that Elly had to bring her autistic sister, Grace, along.

 

Desk

Rebecca’s Writing Desk

Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?

Kissing scenes are hard for me to write. I spent an entire week writing and revising the kissing scenes in this book to make sure they were beautiful and original.

 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I love hearing from people who say how much they enjoyed my book or that my book helped them in some way.

 

What words or expression do you overuse?

I just can’t get enough of the word “just.” I have to do word searches to delete all of them.

 

If you were on Death Row what would your last meal be?

I can’t think why I’d be on Death Row, but I’d choose homemade whole wheat bread with butter and honey for my last meal. (I have two sons who have to eat a gluten-free diet, so I obsess about bread. Not that I’d murder for it. Although . . .)

 

What drew you to writing this genre?

Romance is about the most important things in life: our relationships and our families. Isn’t that what life’s really about?

 

Hobbies?

I like to dance and run for exercise. I watch classic movies and detective shows while I fold clothes. I also love going to museums, particularly art museums.

 

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I start with a basic outline, but that outline undergoes a lot of changes as I’m writing.

 

What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves? I have an 1898 biography of Louisa May Alcott that includes many of her letters and journal entries.

 

What books do you love that don’t get a lot of hype? Are We Having Fun Yet: The 16 Secrets of Happy Parenting  by Kay Willis and Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

 

 

Comments

  1. rebecca Jamison says:

    Thanks for hosting me, Kathy.

  2. What a great desk, I love it! And the story sounds really good!