The Sound of Her Smile: A Jensy Willett Novel
by Sara Scott
Released: Mar 08, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Why this book and why now?
I have wanted to write a book since I was eleven years old. Then, when I reached retirement age and that goal had not been pursued, it became a case of “now or never.” When I wrote the first volume (“The Touch of Her Voice”), my plot actually arose from a dream I’d had. Then, after reading “TTOHV” many of my friends kept asking me, “What happens next?” “The Sound of Her Smile” is the answer to their question.
What is a significant way your book has changed since either the first draft or the way you thought it would turn out when you first had the inspiration?
I think that my characters became deeper and richer. I think that Sophie emerged as a more complex character than I at first envisioned (even though the reader sees Sophie through Jensy’s first person narration).
What’s your main character(s)’s favorite book and why?
My main character, Jensy Willett, loves the book The Great Gatsby. She likes the use of symbolism, as well the way F. Scott Fitzgerald uses words to create imagery. Jensy believes that words should be savored and rolled on the tongue like drinking a fine wine.
Aside from the obvious food and shelter, what 3 things would your main character want with them if they got stranded away from civilization, and why?
In addition to her wife, Sophie, Jensy would take her favorite books (The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird), and plenty of paper with writing utensils.
Publishing a book is a huge accomplishment and it’s time to party! Choose a celebratory beverage for one of your main characters to toast the release of your new book!
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne. This is a champagne that Jensy became familiar with when she worked in a restaurant. It is the Champagne that Sophie serves when she asks Jensy to move in with her. It is their signature celebratory drink.
What song does your character put on to start your book launch party?
Jensy, without a doubt, would choose the song, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. For Jensy, it’s romance is in both the melody and lyrics… describing the way she looks at Sophie. It is played at their wedding, and reoccurs throughout both novels.