Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Q&A with Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis is the author of the new novel Almost Just Friends. Her other books include The Lemon Sisters and Lost and Found Sisters. She lives in the Sierras.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Almost Just Friends, and for your character Piper?

A: I’m fascinated by relationships. Romantic relationships, friendships, bromances, and siblings.

Piper is the oldest sister, who’s been tasked with responsibilities she never should have had – raising her two younger siblings. I had fun starting the book in a place where Piper thought she was finally free … only to have it all come tumbling back into her lap, her siblings, secrets … a love she thought she didn’t want…

Q: What do you think the story says about sibling relationships?

A: That it can go incredibly south and yet that blood tie remains no matter what.

Q: You tell the story from several characters' perspectives. How did you choose the point-of-view characters for this novel?

A: I choose the characters who have the most to gain, to lose, and the biggest character arc of their own.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from the story?

A: Family isn’t necessary only the people you share blood with. It’s who you share an unbreakable bond with.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: Putting the finishing touches on The Summer Deal for June!!!!

Q: Anything else we should know?

A: Yes, I’m on Instagram with fun photos and giveaways, so stop by!

--Interview with Deborah Kalb. Here's a previous Q&A with Jill Shalvis.

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