Interview with ‘The Good Wife’ Author Jane Porter
The Good Wife is the third book in national bestselling author Jane Porter’s Brennan Sisters series, following The Good Daughter. Library Journal calls it “An investment worth making for fans of smart women’s fiction,” and we wholeheartedly agree. We’re thrilled to chat with Jane about this riveting series.
What would you like our readers to know about The Brennan sisters and particularly The Good Wife?
The Good Wife is Sarah Brennan’s story and it’s also my favorite book from the Brennan Series. Sarah’s got a great life with two beautiful kids and a gorgeous, sexy husband, Boone Walker, a professional baseball player. But thanks to Boone’s success on the field, living apart for most of the year puts a huge strain on their marriage. Sarah loves her husband fiercely but he made a mistake three years ago that she’s still finding it hard to forgive him for. Now Boone is facing yet another career change and it makes things even more tense for their marriage until Boone gives Sarah an ultimatum. Either get over the past to forgive and forget, or they go their separate ways. Sarah has to decide if her marriage is worth keeping or if it’s time to walk away.
Did you always see these books as a series? Or did you fall in love with the family (as we have) and want to spend as much time with them as you could?
I knew from the beginning that it would be a series. I had an idea for sisters and as I started fleshing it out, it became clear each sister deserved to have her story told. I had planned to also write about Kit’s twin, Brianna, but that maybe a project for later down the road.
This is probably like asking you to pick between your children, but do you have a favorite sister?
To be honest, before I wrote The Good Wife, my favorite was Kit, the middle sister, but when I sat down to write Sarah, it didn’t take long for me to love her a lot! I love all the Brennan girls but Sarah’s my favorite now. She’s the youngest Brennan and she’s beautiful, smart, and strong. But even though she acts like a tough cookie on the outside, on the inside, she’s a vulnerable girl and still madly in love with her husband. Her character just appealed to me so much on an emotional level. I love her strength and her determination to make it work. To be strong, to not give up.
The one thing we know with your books is we’re always in for a great read, whether it is more contemporary women’s fiction or classic romance. How do you switch so seamlessly between styles?
It’s really not all that difficult. We all want variety in our lives. I love writing classic romances but my women’s fiction novels allow me the freedom to write the longer stories I’ve always wanted to write. They inspire me because they deal with strong relationships and strong women. Being able to switch between the two gives me a lot more freedom and keeps me inspired and happy with my job as a storyteller.
We think the covers for this series are particularly beautiful. How involved are you with that process?
Actually authors don’t really have much involvement in their book covers in general but I’ve been lucky to have the wonderful Cindy Hwang as my editor at Berkley and she graciously asked for my feedback on the covers and made sure I got something for each Brennan book that I absolutely loved!
What can we expect next from you?
I’m working on stories for my new publishing venture, Tule Publishing, and our first mini-series takes place in the small fictional town of Marietta, Montana. My story, Take Me, Cowboy, focuses on Colton Thorpe and Jenny Wright and takes place during the Copper Mountain Rodeo weekend. It’s a fun novella full of classic romance, just the type of story I’ve always loved to write!
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement, Mary Jo Putney’s Sometimes A Rogue and Kresley Cole’s MacRieve.
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