Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Getting it Right the Second Time Around by Jennifer Frank

Please welcome Jennifer Frank author of Getting it Right the Second Time Around.

Jennifer Frank will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Getting It Right the Second Time Around

by Jennifer Frank

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GENRE: New Adult

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I started writing to work through the emotions I had stored up over a number of years as a family physician. You deal with life and death, great sorrow, pain, anger, and confusion. You also get to see courage, heroism, faith, and the miraculous. Writing was the best way for me to process it.

My novel, Getting It Right the Second Time Around, was my first major fiction effort, and I wrote it to enter a novel contest.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I write like I read a book – always curious to see what happens next. So, it is interesting for me to see all the ways that my experiences, ideas, and influences come out in the novel. Getting It Right the Second Time Around is somewhat autobiographical (although I don’t have an Aunt Elinor leaving me millions) as I was once young in Boston on the threshold of a life that I couldn’t quite make out yet.
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I am an absolute fan of trashy reality shows. My addiction started with “The Bachelor”. We don’t have a TV at home, so I usually only get the opportunity to watch them when I’m traveling or at the gym. My favorite is 90 Day Fiance!

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I would love to continue to publish novels that I would want to read myself. However, even if I never publish another book, I just love to write and feel driven to do it. I finished my second novel which is a murder mystery and am working on the prequel to Getting It Right the Second Time Around featuring everyone’s favorite character – Aunt Elinor.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? Her day job is close to my own (I’m a physician) and I love who-dun-its. Plus, she has a hunky love interest who I adore.
  2. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

When I started writing fiction, I started a critique group at our local library. It was helpful to be around writers of all different levels of experience, but I eventually left the group. I am a big fan of Scribophile which is an online writing group which provides excellent and thoughtful critiques from its members.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I submitted Getting It Right the Second Time Around to a couple of novel contests. Both provided good feedback, and I won Honorable Mention in one of the contests which gave me the confidence to keep going. As a writer, it is hard to tell if what you are writing is any good.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best writing advice is to write without judgment. Don’t try to come up with the perfect word or sentence – that’s what editing is all about. Just write. Everyday.

I am not sure what the worst advice is I’ve heard, not because I haven’t gotten any but because I haven’t discovered how truly bad it is yet.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I just start writing which worked well for Getting It Right the Second Time Around but proved more problematic for my murder mystery. I’ve tried to outline, but that’s not how my writing works. The words just come as I go.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I have so many, but the book I’ve loved the longest is Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt. It is a coming-of-age book with wonderful characters. For more grown-up reading, I have read Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher so many times that the cover is torn and the pages are falling out.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

The prequel to Getting It Right the Second Time Around is my next project. It tells the story of a young Aunt Elinor and explains why she never married, how she earned her millions, and how she developed her wit and wisdom.

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BLURB:

 

Alison is a 28 year old living in Boston who is more-or-less happy in her somewhat boring life. She is challenged by the terms of her eccentric aunt’s will to fix a big mistake she made as a college senior – turning down law school for love. While having everything from her job to her apartment disrupted, she has to decide if she’s willing to re-do things the right way around this time, or if she’s courageous enough to find her own path. Having been burned by love before, she is hesitant in allowing another guy – even one as hot as Ryan – shape her future.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

My daydream was the happily ever after to my once upon a time. As a twenty-two-year-old college senior, I’d seen my future clear and bright ahead of me. Dating a smart, gorgeous guy I thought was meant just for me, I was rejoicing that I’d been accepted to law school. I could clearly visualize our happy home filled with beautiful children wearing perfectly coordinated clothes while I saved women and children victimized by poverty, circumstances, and, all too often, those they loved and counted on.

 

At age twenty-eight, I was single, working at a fulfilling (read: low-paying) job, without a hope of the future I once planned. In the previous six years, I had made peace with what was. It wasn’t what I planned and hoped for, but my life was pretty good. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have expended a lot of effort to change much about my life. Unfortunately, life was changing for me one way or the other, thanks to Aunt Elinor.

 

Aunt Elinor could be described in a number of ways, depending on your

perspective. I’d heard everything from persnickety to opinionated to obstreperous. The last one sent me running to my dictionary. Obstreperous /əbˈstrepərəs/ noisy and stubbornly defiant. That was as reasonable a portrayal as any other.

 

While my grandmother, Margaret, did the dutiful thing for a young woman of her generation—got married, had five kids, stayed home to raise them, and then stayed home to care for her husband in retirement—Elinor shunned her parents’ expectations and vowed “to live my own life without some know-it-all man telling me what to serve for dinner and how he wants his underwear ironed.”

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Physician by day, writer by night. Jennifer’s love of writing grew out of the many meaningful moments shared with patients – some joyful, often emotional, always special. Her initial essays, appearing in medical journals and literary magazines, explore the ups and downs of a medical life. As an avid reader, Jennifer adores a great story, eventually deciding to create her own. The characters are her favorite part of any story she writes. When not stamping out disease, coaxing patients to eat their veggies, or composing the next scene, she enjoys spending time with her four children and stay-at-home husband.

 

 

Website:

www.drjenfrank.wix.com/docwithapen

 

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/docwithapen

 

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6271571.Jennifer_Frank

Twitter:

www.twitter.com/drwithapen

 

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Right-Second-Time-Around-ebook/dp/B00VR67K7W

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/getting-it-right-the-second-time-around-jennifer-frank/1121699912

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Jennifer Frank will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1528

 

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12 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Getting it Right the Second Time Around by Jennifer Frank

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    February 9, 2016

    Thank you for hosting

  2. Jennifer Frank
    February 9, 2016

    Christine – thank you for hosting Getting It Right the Second Time Around

  3. achristay
    February 9, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Victoria
    February 9, 2016

    Fantastic interview! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Rita Wray
    February 9, 2016

    Great interview.

  6. momjane
    February 9, 2016

    I really enjoyed your interview.

  7. Becky
    February 9, 2016

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cali W.
    February 9, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

  9. Jennifer Frank
    February 9, 2016

    Thank you to all who visited. Happy Reading!

  10. Betty W
    February 10, 2016

    Hi Jennifer, I really enjoyed your interview! Thank you for sharing and for the contest!

  11. Eva Millien
    February 10, 2016

    Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  12. Ree Dee
    February 13, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. I can’t wait to learn more. Thank you.

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