ABOUT AUTHOR: JEN TURANO is the bestselling and acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House.  Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen by RT as a top pick, while A Most Peculiar Circumstance was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013. 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

What was your favorite scene in In Good Company? Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?

My favorite scene has to be the tennis scene where Millie is playing against Miss Caroline Dixon.  It was a blast to write – what with all the craziness that happened during the match.  The hardest was when Elizabeth thought her father had come back for her – The emotional nature of that scene did get to me – which meant it took me quite a few hours to write it since I’d have to stop and collect myself every few minutes. 

What surprised you and/or fascinated you in your research for this book?

Since the setting for most of “In Good Company” is in Newport during the summer social season, I did have to do quite a bit of new research – that research introducing me to “cottages” as the mansions on Newport were referred to from those of a certain social set, to The Reading Room – a lovely gentleman’s club where there was relatively little reading ever done, to Bailey’s Beach – a very exclusive stretch of sand that, oddly enough, didn’t possess very nice water to swim in, but was chosen because of its secluded location, and The Newport Casino – where no gambling was done, but was simply a club to dine, play tennis and listen to music. 

For a wonderful glimpse of Newport, I would highly recommend the book “Gilded – How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort” by Deborah Davis. 

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

I just recently turned in book three of this series – “Playing the Part.”  It’s Miss Lucetta Plum’s story and is set in a castle that sits high above the Hudson River – a castle that just happens to be named Ravenwood.  Poor Lucetta has run into a bit of a tricky situation with none other than Mr. Silas Ruff – the dastardly gentleman in “After a Fashion, and to get away from his evil intentions, she finds herself agreeing to Abigail Hart’s suggestion of staying at Ravenwood – even though the castle just happens to be owned by none other than Abigail’s…grandson – the oh so delicious Mr. Bram Haverstein.  It’ll hit shelves toward the beginning of March, 2016. 

 After that, I just signed a new contract for a new series – The Wallflowers – but I don’t have all the details as to when those books will start releasing – and since I have yet to write them, well, we’ll see how it goes. 

When you start a new book and/or series what usually comes first for you characters, setting, and situation?

I normally see the characters first – heroines enter my mind before heroes and then the plot begins to fill in.  Settings are normally last – although that isn’t always the case.  In my first series – I knew when I wrote book one that Miss Agatha Watson’s story would start out west – and her story wasn’t until book four. 

How do you come up with your characters names? In this series you have; Harriet Peabody, Millie Longfellow, Lucetta, Everette, Mr. Oliver Addleshaw, Mrs. Fienman, Mrs. Birmingham etc.?

I get a lot of names through pouring over old census data from the 1800’s – but also find names in obituaries and old books.  Everett Mulberry was actually supposed to be an Isaac, but when I was talking to one of my writer friends, he made the remark that whenever he hears the name Isaac, he immediately thinks about the bartender from The Love Boat.  Unfortunately, from that point forward, every time I’d type out Isaac, I’d picture that bartender while strains of the theme song from The Love Boat swept through my mind.  Clearly, I had to find another name, so I called my friend back, told him he owed me a name, and that had him pulling out old family history notes and the name Everett was written on one of the pages.  Since this friend of mine had caused me so much trouble – I told him he really should give me another name – and that’s when he found a Lucetta Plum tucked in his family archives.  I have to work with names for a few days to see if they’ll stick, and sure enough, Lucetta worked just fine as did Everett. 

After a Fashion has a colorful leading lady who isn’t afraid to stick up for herself. She is tender hearted and has compassion for the working class (of which she is part of) I adored her. How did you come up with her? What do you hope readers take away from Harriet Peabody?

Miss Harriet Peabody was inspired by my love of My Fair Lady.  I’ve always wanted to create a character not of wealth, but a lady who has seen her share of trouble and yet that trouble hasn’t soured her on life.  The main thing I wanted readers to gain from Harriet was a sense of self – that no matter what life might throw at you, if you just keep a no-nonsense air about matters, you should be able to press forward and make the best of your situation. 

One of the things that delighted me about Millie was the fact that she was fascinated about learning “new” words. It was fun to see her trying to use the “new” word in a sentence as soon as she learned it. What made you develop a character with this fascination? What do you hope readers take away from this?

When I was young, I overheard a conversation regarding a woman who’d married up in the world.  This woman was known to take a grammar book with her when she visited the beauty parlor and that always struck me as being a very sensible thing to do, especially since this lady was trying to fit in with the country club set.  What always bothered me about that story, though, was the fact that the ladies from the country club had taken to mocking this woman for toting around a grammar book.  By creating Millie, she allowed me to show how fabulous improving oneself could be and certainly should never be something anyone mocks – As for the lady in the beauty parlor – she did wonderfully well with her improvements and eventually became one of the leaders of the country club set – although she was always the nicest lady at that particular club. 

If you had to pick one “reality” TV show to be on what would you pick and why? If you can’t think of a “Reality” Show what show would you be interested being on? Why?

Oddly enough, I rarely watch reality TV shows, but if I had to choose just a regular TV show, I’d go with…The Blacklist – and I’d like to be one of the villains because…how fun would that be – especially if I got to experience a completely gruesome death in the end – served up my just desserts and all that – and…who wouldn’t want a chance to act with James Spader? 

Let’s say you have rhythm and all the dance moves came easy for you; they ask you to be on “Dancing With the Stars” Who would you pick as your partner? (Doesn’t have to be on the show) Why?

Channing Tatum – because…well, do I really need a reason other than the fact that man can dance?

Out of all the Superhero movies out there which one do you like most? Why?

Ironman – the first one – because the dialogue was very clever and I simply adore Robert Downey Jr. 

Out of all the high tech gadgets out today; Name three that have really impacted your life? How has it impacted you?

Cell-phone – because I’m always connected, but other than my phone, I can’t think of any other high-tech gadgets I use all that much.

What was the best advise your parents or someone special do you gave?

Being different is completely cool.

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  1. Great interview. I always enjoy Jen Turano's books.
    Blessings, Tina

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tina. I LOVED this book. I'll be reading other Jen Turano Books!! Grin!