Author Interview: Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato author Jenna Evans Welch on Ashley Brooke Book Club

OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH AUTHOR!

Time for this month’s author interview with the delightful woman behind April’s Ashley Brooke Book Club selection, Love & Gelato.

Typically these interviews are spoiler free but we had a question we needed answered, so if you want to remain spoiler free read through the interview and skip the very last question. Then come back and get some fun behind the scenes insight when you’re all done! 😉

We are so excited to continue talking about Love & Gelato because we loved the adventurous spirit of Lina and how vivid Florence was within its pages. We hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are!

So without further ado…

LIGHTNING ROUND Q&A:

WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?

JENNA: I just started a book last night called “Jane & Prudence ” at the recommendation of a friend. I’m enjoying it so far!

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST AMAZON PURCHASE?

JENNA: A kid sized rolling pin for play dough and “Time of our Lives” by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley. I can’t get over the fact that they are a real life couple that has managed to figure out how to a) write great books together and b) not kill each other in the process.

WHAT’S YOUR STARBUCKS ORDER?

JENNA: Drip coffee with a splash of cream–as long as the quality is good I’m seriously low maintenance about coffee.

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

JENNA: Buying plants!

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY OR FICTIONAL CHARACTER?

JENNA: Lizzo–I’m genuinely baffled as to how I made it through the first 32 years of my life without her.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ONLINE OBSESSION (WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, ETC.)

JENNA: I’m all about Instagram and @Awkwardfamilyphotos and @influencersinthewild never fail to warm my heart. 

WHAT IS NEXT IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE?

JENNA: A terrible dating show that I will not name because UGH SO EMBARRASSING.

Okay, Let’s Chat “Love & Gelato”

ITALY IS ALMOST LIKE ANOTHER CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK. HAVE YOU SPENT MUCH TIME THERE? WHAT WAS IT LIKE RESEARCHING ALL OF THE LANDMARKS AND DETAILS OF FLORENCE?

I went to high school in Florence Italy (yes, it was amazing!) and I had a friend named Ioiana who grew up in the American cemetery right outside of Florence. She was a runner and used to run through the headstones in the mornings, and I remember thinking at 16 that it would make a great setting for the book. Love & Gelato definitely bubbled up out of my love for Florence. Ponte Vecchio is my most favorite place on earth. 

THE THIRD BOOK IN THIS SERIES IS DUE OUT IN NOVEMBER. HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO TEASE MORE STORIES OUT OF THESE CHARACTERS AND PLACES?

I’m very inspired by settings and I often start out by thinking “Where do I want to write about?” In each case I’ve known where I wanted to set a book and had a vague idea of the character before I knew what the actual story would be.

DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW THIS WOULD BE A TRILOGY OR ARE THERE MORE BOOKS TO COME?

I had no plans for a trilogy, I just keep finding myself inspired by characters within my previous books. If they are easy to write I know that I want to know more about them! (Side note, I am so excited for Love & Olives to come out that I could cry!

DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW HOWARD WAS NOT GOING TO BE LINA’S BIOLOGICAL FATHER?

This actually didn’t happen until the final draft! All along I’d planned for Howard to be her biological father, then a few weeks before the final was due it all fell into place, and changed the story radically. I remember sending it to my editors with a note of, “So…there is a very major change in here.”

Read-A-Likes

sisterhood of the traveling pants // eat, pray, love  //  the princess diaries

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11 Comments

  1. Jenn
    April 23, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    What’s the second book called!? I thought love and gelato was a stand alone!

    Thanks!

    • Stacy
      April 24, 2020 / 9:58 am

      It’s called Love & Luck

      • Jenn
        April 24, 2020 / 11:36 am

        Thank you!!! I definitely am looking for something light hearted during all of this! Can’t wait to snag it 🙂

    • April 24, 2020 / 11:25 am

      You will really enjoy Love & Luck!! Such a fun read!

  2. Cindy
    April 25, 2020 / 8:33 am

    Can’t wait to read the two other books! Loved the interview. It’s so cool we get to hear from the authors

  3. Kelly
    April 26, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Been binge reading through your recs during quarantine and this one was such a sweet read! I had no idea it was part of a trilogy so I’m going to order book one ASAP! Thanks for vetting out so many great options for us, book club team!

    • April 27, 2020 / 11:16 am

      Ah! Kelly! I love hearing this!!! Made my day!!

  4. Cindy
    April 27, 2020 / 7:31 am

    I won this book on your Instagram giveaway and I couldn’t put it down. It was just the right dose of lighthearted love story that I needed right now but with enough heartbreak and adventure to make it real. I absolutely loved it and would completely recommend to a friend! Thank you so much!

    • April 27, 2020 / 11:16 am

      Cindy!! I’m so glad!! I’m thrilled you loved it!

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