This morning we’re going to welcome Jen Frederick as she talks about writing her newest book, Unraveled. I think that it looks funny, sweet, and heartbreaking … and I’m betting it’s something you’ll like.
UNRAVELED has some great banter between Sam and Gray as they get to know each other, and you also include some steamy scenes as well. Which are easier for you to write? Can you share a favorite scene from the book.
Both types of scenes have their own rhythm and require their own preparation but I think steamy love scenes are actually easier for me to write than good banter.
One of my favorite scenes is where Gray learns how to knit. It seemed crazy to have this big bad Marine take up knitting but it was so much fun to write and I thought it was the perfect scene for the story.
Here’s an excerpt from UNRAVELED that has Gray knitting:
I grilled myself a hamburger and washed it down with a bottle of Miller then took another bottle into my small living room. I flicked on the television to ESPN, picked up the instructional book I’d bought a week ago and the mess of yarn and needles. I was trying to knit the blue section of the flag with the white stars—the part that had stumped Sam—only doing it so that the stars were knitted into the pattern instead of added later. Intarsia was what Sam had called it. Fucking impossible is what it was.
I’d started and ripped out the section a thousand times. It’d taken me a week just to figure out the basic stitches and getting the tension right. I’d had to remind myself that I could do amazing things with weapons and tanks and even excelled at fine motor skill dexterity tasks but holding two needles in one hand while threading yarn in and out was about the most complicated fucking thing I’d ever had to do.
What I currently had going was a lumpy mess with loose stitches creating a misshapen thing that looked like a geometry test gone wrong. There were no right angles, only waves of misstitched edges. But at this point, I wasn’t ever going to finish if I started over so I just went forward. It’d be the ugliest part of the flag, but somehow I’d gotten it into my head that if I presented this to Sam, she’d fall on her knees in joy.
by Jen Frederick
Genre: New Adult Romance
Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
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Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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