Author Chat with Jennifer Gilmore, Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Jennifer Gilmore, author of We Were Never Here!
Below you'll find more about Jennifer, more about the book,
plus a giveaway!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Verlaine. The Connor’s beautiful tender golden retriever, or maybe Mabel, Lizzie’s Springer Spaniel. But its definitely the dogs.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first. Titles are always hard for me and the working title is never the one I end up with.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
If I tell you my favorite scene it will spoil the book! But one of my favorites is when Connor and Lizzie are getting to know each other and they are listening to music together in the hospital, each with a single earbud. They’re sharing what they love and they’re talking to each other without speaking.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I think the designers at Harper Teen did an amazing job with this cover. I love it. It’s dark in a lot of ways—the sky is an indigo blue, the sun is going down, there are these dark silhouettes, but it manages to convey a lightness and tenderness between the two figures. And it’s just a beautiful image.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m writing a book (working title, If Only, I hope this title sticks!) that deals with alternative futures. All the different ways we imagine our lives.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The hardest scene for me was when Lizzie describes what it is like to have an ileostomy bag for the reader. When she sees herself in the mirror after getting home from the hospital. I was like, how much do I describe? How does she see herself? How has she changed? It was a hard balance of wanting to be truthful but not go too far.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Definitely Connor. He has a dark story—part of that story is why he is able to do his job and fall for Lizzie, but he’s a hard character because he is not always telling the truth. That was hard.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting is the most fun for me—I do it quickly and I learn all this wonderful stuff about the world and my characters. Revising is more craft- related for me, and more getting scenes and language more precise. I think it is the more important work and it’s a lot harder for me.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
My superpower is empathy, like Lizzie’s. I use it more on strangers than the people who know me well though. I think my other superpower is always being on time.
Meet We Were Never Here!!
Did you know your entire life can change in an instant?
For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses, out of the blue. The next thing she knows she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of.
But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. Lizzie has never connected with anyone the way she does with the handsome, teenage volunteer. However, the more time she spends with him, and the deeper in love she falls, the more she realizes that Connor has secrets and a deep pain of his own . . . and that while being with him has the power to make Lizzie forget about her illness, being with her might tear Connor apart.
Meet Jennifer Gilmore!
I wonder if there were things you wanted her to do but she couldn't because she was hospitalized. This could have affected the plot greatly.
It sounds like a deeply touching story line..serious cry worthy potential. So, what is up with the poor reviews on Goodreads? I mean, really?