I'm pleased to have with me Jennifer Young, author of No Time Like Now and Thank You For the Music. The blurb for her latest novel No Time Like Now had me wondering why there and why that job. Y'all know I'll ask, so I did and she's here to give us her answers.
Please welcome Jennifer Young :)
You ask the difficult questions, don’t you? They’re not difficult because I don’t know the answers though — they’re difficult on the sense that if I answer them truthfully, I might not like what I say. Yes, I’m hiding. I ran away from the people I loved because I couldn’t cope and I’d let them — and myself — down.
I found myself in Majorca by accident, though it turned out to be a happy one. Before that disastrous break-up with Tim Stone — before he abandoned men without a word after I told him I was pregnant — I was studying Spanish at university and although I gave it up after the miscarriage and the breakdown, I never quite forgot about it, never let it go.
I liked learning. I regretted having quit university. And I think I must have a strong survival instinct because I always thought, deep down, that if I kept on with the language I’d be learning, growing as a person, changing. Getting better. So I came to Majorca and worked the first part of the summer in a hotel. That was fine and when I heard that there was a job going at the centre, that proved to be even better, because they needed a caretaker in the winter, too, so I’d always have somewhere to stay.
‘Housekeeper’ sounds like a dull job and in a hotel it might be, but not in the field centre, where there’s so much more face-to-face contact with our visitors. All sorts of people turn up. I love the students because they’re young and fun but there are all sorts of other groups too, groups of writers and artists, so there’s always something going on.
It suits my situation perfectly because it means I can chat to people and have a good time, a bit of fun, but none of them ever stays very long so there’s no risk of getting close to anyone. More to the point, there’s no risk of any of them getting close to me and wanting to talk to me. The downside is that I have a little too much time to myself and that’s when I dwell on the past.
In a funny way I feel secure in Majorca, because it’s so like my home and yet so different. I was brought up on the west coast of Scotland so the scenery and the beautiful blue of the sea on a sunny day are a comfort to me, but it isn’t so similar that I ever feel homesick - it’s far too warm and sunny for that!
*chuckles* I do like to ask difficult questions. Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to answer them!
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Title: No Time Like Now
Author: Jennifer Young
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Release Date: October 26, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
As if having Tim on the scene wasn’t bad enough, he's there with his new partner, Holly. But when in the course of his research he comes upon something extremely nasty along the cliffs of north Majorca, he’s forced to turn to Megan for help.
Jennifer Young is an Edinburgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. No Time Like Now is her second published novel; her first novel, Thank You For The Music, is also set on the Balearic island of Majorca.
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