1. Who is your favorite character?
There are really only two characters in this book, and I love Jefferson, but I have to say I adore Liz.
2. Why is he/she your favorite?
She is young and spunky and is willing to take chances and go for her dreams. She has faith in herself and a soft heart. All these characteristics add up to someone I would love to be friends with.
3. How did you come to create him/her?
Actually, it wasn't until my husband pointed out (he reads all my final drafts and does the copy editing) that the heroine reminded him of our daughter, Elizabeth, that I realized what I had done. I had based her on my first-born. The character's name had originally been Jenny, but it never seemed to fit her. When I saw the similarities, I changed the name to Liz, and bingo! It felt right.
4. When did he/she first enter your mind?
◦ This story is set on an existing train car. For years I did all the catering for business events on the car, and now that the owners have retired, I am their personal chef on the cross-country trips. The idea was kind of a natural extension of working on the car. Jefferson is a little like the actual owner of the car.
5. Where was he/she given life in the creative process?
The hero, Jefferson, J. D. to his friends, was the first character that came to me. Liz was created second, because I needed to first work out what the hero was doing on the train, and why. Then I created Liz to be his opposite. He needed someone like Liz to show him all the joy he was missing in life.
6. What do like the most about him/her and what do you dislike the most about him/her?
I think the thing I like best about her is her positive attitude. She works hard to make things happen, and she has fun while she's doing it. The only part that was hard to write was when she thinks she's not good enough for him, that he wants someone who is smarter and prettier. Because I like her so much, this was difficult to write. I wanted her to believe in herself, always. But who doesn't have the occasional doubts?
A multi-published author and former RWA President, Jill Limber’s latest books are Montana Morning, A Heart That Dares and The Right Track. As a child, some of Jill’s tales got her in trouble, but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs and one very ancient cat, Jill’s favorite pastime is to gather friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty of laughter.
You can visit her website at www.JillLimber.com.
About the Book
Jefferson Kennedy runs his life and his business in an orderly, practical and scheduled way. When he decides it is time for him to marry, he does his research and picks the most likely candidates for the position from women he has met over the years. As he travels cross-country in his private restored antique train car, his new gourmet chef is amused at his plans, and when she begins to fall for him, things heat up in the kitchen, turning Jefferson's plans into chaos as he falls in love with his fun-loving, madcap companion.