Disclaimer: This eBook was provided to me, complimentary, by Carina UK in exchange for my review. However, all opinions are my own.
I recently had the opportunity to read Jenny Oliver’s newest novella, The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Cafe. This is the first installment of her new quartet, Cherry Pie Island. Today, Jenny is visiting my blog to answer a few questions as part of her virtual book tour. First, let’s take a look at the gorgeous book cover. Isn’t this island just the cutest?!
Jenny, welcome to Framed Frosting! I’m so honored that you are taking the time to answer some of my questions, and for offering one of my readers a FREE eBook copy! Thank you!!
FF: The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Cafe is the first book in the Cherry Pie Island quartet. What inspired you to write this series?
JO: I wanted to write shorter novellas that were linked by an overarching place or business. I toyed with a lot of different ideas but when I came up with Cherry Pie Island (click here for a map of the island!), it just felt right. I adore a good cherry! I wait every year in anticipation for the blossom, and the river is one of my favourite things (if a river can be a thing). I also like a strong sense of community in a story and an island immediately tightens people’s relationships – through proximity and a sense of belonging – so it seemed the perfect setting.
FF: Without spoiling the book, can you tell us what your favorite scene was to write and why?
JO: Ooh that’s so tricky! About four or five have just rolled through my mind. Probably a scene near the beginning when Annie leaves her mum’s house frustrated and bumps into Matt who’s out walking his pug dog. It’s really awkward and a bit tense and there’s clear attraction between them that they both refuse to acknowledge. It was fun to write.
FF: Where do you go to write your novels without distractions?
JO: I have a desk at home but quite often I’ll go up to London and find a quiet cafe or space where I can sit for a while and write. More often than not I eavesdrop instead so the desk at home is better but less fun.
FF: The main character Annie, owns The Dandelion Cafe, known for the best slice of cherry pie on the island. Is cherry pie something that you bake for your family? Do you eat yours with cream or custard?
JO: My older sister used to watch Twin Peaks and cherry pie is a huge part of that series. I think it really stuck with me from watching that (I was too young to really understand anything else that was going on!). When we used to have it at home there were the same conversations as in the book – I wanted custard, my mum wanted cream, my sister wanted ice cream, the other sister wanted it plain, and my dad, I think, had a bit of everything!
FF: If this book were made into a movie, whom would you want to play Annie and Matthew, the main characters?
JO: Maybe Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lawrence. There are lots of lovely pics of Matthew on my Pinterest board – for research of course!
FF: What book are you currently reading? What has been the best book you’ve read this year?
JO: The best book I’ve read this year was Love, Nina by @ninastibbe. I’m currently reading I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe and when I get through that I’m excited to read The Day We Disappeared by @lucy_robinson
FF: What can we expect from you next?
JO: Well there are three more Cherry Pie novellas still to come. Then there will be a book in the winter that’s packed with everything Christmas which is always a treat to write!
Thanks so much Jenny for being here today! I throughly enjoyed reading your novella and look forward to reading the rest of the series! Jenny and her publisher, Carina UK, are giving one reader an eBook copy of The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Cafe! This giveaway is open internationally and ends April 10th.
Do you like your cherry pie with cream or custard?
Will you be purchasing Jenny’s novella or adding it to your reading list?