Sweet Romance + Thrilling Intrigue = February Best Reads
Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House. Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013.
Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA. Her childhood was idyllic and she spent many an hour ice-skating on a little pond, playing with friends in her treehouse, boating at the lake, and reading under the shade of numerous trees. High School, surprisingly enough, was fabulous. She roamed the halls with eight wonderful girls, all of whom sheâ€™s still friends with to this day. Student Council took up much of her time as she was Secretary of her class all four years, Vice-President of Student Council her junior year and President her senior year. After High School, she began her next great adventure â€“ College. Pursuing a degree in Clothing & Textiles, Jen was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She left college after the required four years and set out to take the fashion world by storm, finding out that fashion wasnâ€™t nearly as glamorous as sheâ€™d been led to believe.
Meeting her husband, Al, when she was working at a department store in upstate New York, she married him mere months after theyâ€™d met, to everyoneâ€™s concern. Twenty-something years later, she and Al are still going strong, proving the concern was all for naught. Her son, Dominic, was born after sheâ€™d been married for quite some time, and it was then she decided to hang up her heels and settle into the best job of her life â€“ Mom.
Her writing career began rather oddly, right when Dominic was in the third grade. Disgusted with a series theyâ€™d been reading together, Jen and her son set about writing a book of their own. It was a strange story, filled with smelly beasts who had a propensity for eating children, or at least wanting to eat them, but Dominic proclaimed it to be perfect and that was all it took for Jen to begin writing in earnest. Her earlier works were met with swift rejections, but when she settled on romance, she managed to snag an agent and sheâ€™s been writing romance ever since.
When Jenâ€™s not writing, she spends her time hiking around Colorado, socializing with friends and family, and taking great pride in watching Dominic, who will soon be off to college, turn into a remarkable young man. (For readers of A Change of Fortune â€“ Dominic was the inspiration behind little Ben â€“ which is why you wonâ€™t be surprised to learn Jenâ€™s been slightly taken aback over the fact Dominicâ€™s turned out so well.)