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Between the lines with Big Book Club guest Jane Green (Q&A w/ event details)

Jane Green will appear at the year's Big Book Club Getaway at the Mohegan Sun Feb. 21-22.
Jane Green will appear at the year's Big Book Club Getaway at the Mohegan Sun Feb. 21-22.www.janegreen.com

Jane Green will appear as a guest author at this year’s Big Book Club Getaway, to be held at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino on February 21-22. The event will feature more than eighty authors, and is presented by The Mark Twain House & Museum. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.thebigbookclub.org.

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Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Jane Green.

The author of fourteen New York Times bestselling novels, Ms. Green is also a contributor to various print and online publications including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, and Self. Prior to writing novels, she worked in entertainment journalism and public relations, and was a feature writer for The Daily Express. Her current focus is on writing complex, character-driven stories that explore the concerns of real women’s lives. Originally from London, Ms. Green now lives in Westport with her husband, children, and menagerie of animals.

Ms. Green’s next novel, Tempting Fate (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) is scheduled for publication on March 25, 2014. Advance praise has been enthusiastic. Library Journal awarded the title a starred review, noting, “Green once more proves her skill at exploring the complexities of the human heart.” Further, Kirkus called the book “A Scarlet Letter for the 21st century” while Booklist lauded, “Green takes things in interesting directions as she deftly explores the aftermath of Gabby’s rash, impulsive decision, making her latest a captivating cautionary tale.”

From the publisher:

From the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships….

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her—until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive—something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything—and find out what really matters most.

A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.

Now, Jane Green reveals a few pages from the book of her life …

1) As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?

It wasn't so loud and proud given I was always tucked away in the corner of a library reading, but everyone knew what a bookworm I was.

2) What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?

I loved the Nancy Mitford books, and anything that transported me to another world.

3) What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?

Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things, and am enjoying it immensely. It is a book that envelops you completely each time you open it.

4) What one book do you always recommend when asked?

Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido. The book that has probably had the most influence on what I write.

5) Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?

Tempting Fate which comes out in March, but until then, The Beach House which is the perfect cozy beach getaway read.

6) Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?

Can’t think of anything!

7) Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?

I would be completely tongue-tied if I met Armistead Maupin. I have been a huge fan for years and years.

8) Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?

Cooking lunch for Hugh Grant for Parade magazine wasn't very literary, neither was having Harrison Ford take me up in his helicopter, but both would never have happened had I not had this career. Highlights of my life!

9) What is your greatest literary ambition?

Actually, for now I think I'd quite like a movie...

10) Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is _____.

…kindly hosting all of us. Thank you!

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With thanks to Jane Green for her generosity of time and thought.

Hartford Books Examiner will moderate the Big Book Club Getaway’s “New England in Fiction” panel featuring authors Jane Green, Nan Rossiter, and Joseph Monninger this Saturday, February 22, at 4 PM. The full schedule of events can be viewed here. For further information, visit: www.thebigbookclub.org.