ABOUT AUTHOR: Jen Turano, acclaimed author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. Her fourth book in the Ladies of Distinction Series, A Match of Wits, will release from Bethany House in the summer of 2014. She is a member of ACFW and makes her home outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at or Facebook page at

How did you come up with the idea for A Talent for Trouble?
I realized the moment Mr. Jeffrey Murdock pulled his sister, Miss Felicia Murdock, away from her friends in the middle of a ball in book one, A Change of Fortune, that she just might demand a book of her own.  At that point, all I knew was that Felicia was a bit of a disaster especially since she traveled throughout society dressed in outlandish gowns but… the question of why kept plaguing me.  As Mr. Grayson Sumner’s character began to develop at the end of A Change of Fortune and A Most Peculiar Circumstance, I decided to see what would happen if I put the two of them together.  They clicked right from the start so I began writing their story and A Talent for Trouble took off from there.
What was your favorite scene in A Talent for Trouble?  Which was the most fun to write?
My favorite scene is when Grayson is following Felicia around the slums of the city as she drives her pony cart with her trusty, yet ancient pony, Thor around.  When she ends up in a pub and decides to sing a little tune – well, I just love that part, especially Grayson’s reaction to her singing.  The scene I enjoyed writing the most was Felicia trying to drive Grayson’s high-spirited horses, right after she makes the claim that her mother finds her to be very proficient with the reins.  
Did you have a say in choosing the cover for this book?  How did the process work?
Bethany House is responsible for all my covers, but I do fill out a character/setting sheet to give them an idea of what my heroine looks like, her personality and where the book is set.  This cover is one of my favorites and I love that the background is set in Central Park – especially since Felicia does manage to land herself in trouble there.  My editor sends me the final selection and I have to admit, I was thrilled with this cover.
Can you give us a sneak peek into what you’re working on now?  When will it be out?
I’m currently finishing up edits on book four – A Match of Wits.  It’s Miss Agatha Watson’s story, and yes, I know…finally – it’ll come out later in 2014.  I can also announce that I just signed a new contract with Bethany House for an additional three books.  This series will be a little different than The Ladies of Distinction Series because the heroines will not be ladies from society, but working class women.  Miss Harriet Peabody is the heroine in the first book and she forms an unlikely alliance with Mr. Oliver Addleshaw, a character I loosely based on Andrew Carnegie.  It’ll release in 2015.  
When you sit down to relax and read, what genre do you turn to?  Do you prefer hardback, paper, or digital when you read?  Why?
My favorite genre to read is historical romance, but…I can’t read historical when I’m in the midst of a first draft, so I read a lot of YA, thrillers, mysteries and contemporary romances.  I’m really not picky about genre – although I do have to watch with thrillers because before you know it, that light-hearted romp I’m trying to write turns a little, er, dark.  I once added a serial killer to one of my books and my poor editor had to make the gentle suggestion that I might need to consider pulling that out of the story – it sort of ruined the whole light-hearted business.  I reserve buying hardbacks for my absolute favorite authors, but do prefer paperbacks over digital, although I do have an e-reader and use it occasionally.  I’m old, what can I say?
What was your favorite show on TV when you were growing up?  Why was it your favorite?
Bonanza – because I was totally going to marry Little John when I grew up.
What two jobs have you had that would surprise people?
My cute Sasha
I was a lifeguard throughout high school and when I was in college, I worked in the Geography Department.  It was a rather boring job until the professors discovered I could type and then I was typing my fingers to the bone because all of them had manuscripts they’d scribbled out that needed to be typed.  I credit that job with why I can type so fast because, honestly, those professors were less than patient and…demandingJ
If money weren't an issue, where would you like to go and do?
I know there are thousands of exotic locations throughout the world, but quite honestly, my favorite place in the whole world is the east coast of the United States.  I adore Maine, Rhode Island, and upstate New York.  I enjoy finding quaint little restaurants and out of the way country stores.  I love to mosey through antique shops, especially if they’re housed in old barns, but I seldom buy anything except old photographs.
Out of all the sounds in the world, which are your favorites?
Children giggling and frogs croaking.
There are so many types of weather.  Which is your favorite?  Which do you try to avoid?
I love cool days, especially in the fall, and I adore snow.  I absolutely loathe hot weather which is why I’ll never live in Florida.
We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life.  What part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through?

My agent Mary Sue (red Dress)w/other Seymour Clients

I find the hour leading up to dinner to be the most trying.  I’m an early riser.  I take my dog for her walk right after breakfast, around 7:00 am, then take my power walk and get to my computer by 8:30 or 9:00.  I usually write or edit all day, so by the time I stop to get dinner ready, I’m normally a little tired and, occasionally, grumpy.  I also don’t like to cook…at all.  I have no talent for it, I never have, and I like to believe I inherited that non-ability from my mom – she couldn't cook either.  So, it’s difficult for me to pull together a meal and get into a pleasant frame of mind to see my guys when they get home from work and school.
Jen, any final comments for readers?
I’d really just like to take a moment to thank all the readers for the completely unexpected outpouring of support they've given me over this past year.  I wasn't expecting to get to meet so many fabulous readers and it’s those readers who inspire me to keep on writing –so again, thank you and Happy Reading!

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THANKS for stopping by Jen! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Bethany House has at TBCN Starting November 20th. There will be a 10 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) NOVEMBER 20th
Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. 


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  1. Would love to win a talent for trouble. Either way I can't wait to read.

  2. Hi, Virginia, I'd LOVE for you to JOIN the BOOK FUN and ENTER the Drawing. You must do that at The Book Fun Network, Where Book Fun Begins!!!

    SEE YOU THERE!! You can enter until the last day of November!

    Nora St.Laurent
    TBCN Where Book Fun Begins