Maybe This Time is Jennifer Crusie’s new book, landing on bookshelves everywhere today. This is her first solo novel since the wildly popular Bet Me, which won the 2004 RITA.)
Maybe This Time is smart and quirky, brimming with the trademark Crusie repartee. Here, with a Take 5 to whet your appetites, is Jennifer Crusie.
Q: Jenny, what’s the premise of your new book, Maybe This Time?
Andie Miller is trying to settle down, something she’s never been any good at, so before she gets married to an impatient fiance, she goes to sever her ties with her ex-husband, North. He asks her for one last favor: he has inherited guardianship of two children, and he needs someone to go to the isolated house where they’re living, evaluate their needs, and bring them to the city. Should take about a month. But when Andie gets there she finds that the children are hellions, the housekeeper is creepy, the house may be haunted, and she still has feelings for her North. Trouble ensues.
Q: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenge do you set before them?
Andie and North both have intimacy issues and communication problems that they were never going to solve on their own. But when two children enter the mix (what Henry James called “another turn of the screw”), they have to take the risk and connect, both to the kids and then to each other if they’re going to save the kids. And the fact that the kids don’t want them means they have to go way outside their comfort zones. Add to that a cast of supporting characters who are, each in his or her own way, trying for second chances, and you have a lot of desperate people in one big house, which puts Andie and North under even more pressure.
Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of having written this book? [Read more…]