Today I’m touring Denise Jaden and her new book, Never Enough. And not only does it have the most gorgeous cover, but it sounds amazing too! And don’t forget to head over to Denise’s blog where she is running a fabulous competition.
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special…even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.
As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?
1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?
A good friend of mine struggled with eating disorders for many years, and as I got closer with her, I found myself wanting to understand her more and wishing I could help. I wrote Never Enough to sort out my feelings and to delve beyond my surface understanding.
2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
This is a tough question for me, but only because I’ve been really very blessed. If I had to name one moment, I think it would still be the first phone call from an agent offering me representation. Again, there have been plenty of wonderful moments, but I think that was the first one, and most impacting one, of where I felt validated as a writer.
3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?
The first one is easy: my long-time critique partner, Shana Silver, has been instrumental in many of my books (and I dedicated my first one, Losing Faith, to her). The ending of Never Enough, which is my favorite part, is due almost completely to Shana’s inspiration. Secondly, I’d have to say my editor, Annette Pollert from Simon Pulse. She directed me in tearing this book apart, finding the heart of it, and then putting it back together again. And thirdly, I’d thank my awesome agent, Michelle Humphrey from Martha Kaplan Agency. She is always wonderful at giving me perspective on my work and characters, which is vital in knowing when it’s really “done.”
4 Describe a typical writing day
I’m still finding “typical” when it comes to scheduling, but lately it looks like this: I get up around seven or seven-thirty, spend a half an hour whipping out some words, usually inspired by my early morning half-dream state. Then I homeschool my son, while eating breakfast and returning emails. If my son is working on independent projects, I try to sneak a few more words in. Then I head to the gym, come home and have lunch. After lunch is often my serious writing time. My son has a quiet time while I spend about an hour hard at work on my current work in progress. We also have plenty of extra-curricular activities to run out to during the week, so no day is really the same, but that is the writing part of it, for the most part.
5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.
Never Enough was not the original title of this book. When I sold it, it was titled Appetite For Beauty. The very first draft of this book, which was much lighter and younger, was titled Oh No, I Think I Ate My Sister!