Interview and Giveaway: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Book Blurb:Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Publisher: Simon Pulse Release
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.
And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.
1. Have you been to Ireland (my absolute favorite place I have been lucky enough to visit!)? And if yes what did you love the most? And if not, how did you do your research for the book?Isn’t it the best? The first time I went to Ireland was during college. It was part of summer study abroad I did in London, and to be honest I was a little annoyed that I had to leave my most favorite city for a week. But then we touched down in Ireland and it was love at first sight. The history, scenery, and overall vibe is just magical. I always say that you haven’t seen green until you see Ireland. When I decided to set Love & Luck there my editors and I briefly discussed me attempting to do my research from home (at the time I had a four-month-old baby, so travel was tricky) but I knew that in order to write Ireland I had to go there again. I booked a ticket for the following weekend, and my best friend and I spent 72 hours driving as fast as we could across the island, it was ridiculous and exhausting and pretty magical.2. What gave you you the idea or the motivation for Love & Luck?When I was writing Love & Gelato I really connected with Addie’s character (she has a small role in the first book) so I knew I wanted to write about her next. As far as the story, the original idea came from an old, broken down VW I kept seeing on a route I drive regularly. Every time I passed it I thought, there’s a story in there. Then one day I had this thought: If I was 16 years old, and my parents didn’t know where I was, I had no supervision, and I could go anywhere, where would I go? Love & Luck was my answer to that. 3. Since your books are about girls traveling, do you do a lot of traveling yourself?Yes! I was lucky enough to visit Peru as a young teenager, and then spent my sophomore and junior years of high school years in Florence Italy. Both those experiences really opened my eyes up to the world and travel, and has made travel something I truly value. I truly believe that seeing the world makes you a better person—it opens you up to new cultures and experiences and allows you to develop greater empathy and understanding. I think about places I want to go every single day!4. Where would you go if you could travel anywhere?Oh man, my list is long these days! Lately I’ve been thinking about Australia, Switzerland, Iceland and Japan.5. What destinations would you like to write about next?Greece!6. What are your favorite authors to read?As far as YA I really love Kasie West, Rainbow Rowell, and Stephanie Perkins. Adult literature I love David Sedaris, Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng. 7. What do you like most about author signing events? Meeting readers, of course! So much of the writing process is solitary, so it is an incredible feeling to have someone walk up to you and start talking about characters that lived in your head for so long. I’ve found my readers to be funny, introspective, and very kind.
p.s. I had the chance to meet Jenna at a signing event on May 8th at my local bookstore The King's English and she was so incredibly friendly and wonderful, definitely an author to read and support based on how well she takes care of her readers alone!
Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but togrow upto become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and the upcoming LOVE & LUCK.
When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young children.