Finding Her Own Place In Life

Jerry F. Westinger Author Interview

“A Bad Time To Meet The Family” follows Thessa and Corlis as they navigate high society and face deceitful challenges that threaten to tear apart their friendship. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book?

At the end of “A Bad Place to Be a Hero”, Thessa resolves to give up her life as a robber and settle down in New Montres. At that point, it’s a satisfying ending to her part of the story─but, in truth, this sort of thing isn’t as simple as making one decision. Someone who spent twenty years being pampered in a marble palace isn’t just going to strike out on her own and get everything right. Besides the plot about Corlis, I was most interested in exploring how her life is affected by the choices (and mistakes) she makes while finding her own place in life; how much she misses the comforts of her old home; and what it takes for her to turn her back on that world for good.

What were some challenges you felt were important to developing your characters in the story?

There are a LOT of characters to juggle in a story like this, and it’s always a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, you want to make them distinct enough so that even if their names don’t immediately stick with the reader, their personalities would be immediately recognizable. On the other hand, though, you want to avoid reducing them to broad and predictable stereotypes. My stories are about people first and foremost, so it’s important to me that they should feel like actual humans with depth and complexity.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

Without a doubt, Porla and Ladec’s debate whether “the first one” or “the second one” is better.

What can readers expect in The Bad Series Book 3?

As the stinger implies, we will be seeing some old familiar faces again. Besides that, the plot will also prominently feature certain elements of the world that have been repeatedly hinted at in the first two books.

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“In wine, there’s truth. That’s why they keep it locked in cellars.”
After they barely got away with their necks intact in A Bad Place to Be a Hero, unlikely friends Thessa and Corlis are each facing challenges of their own. While Thessa is having difficulty adjusting to life as a commoner in New Montres, Corlis receives astounding news: the family that had abandoned him when he was an infant is inviting him to an extravagant summer celebration in their home.
Within days, the orphan turned innkeeper is whisked away to the idyllic countryside of Forterne province, with Thessa on his side to help him navigate the intricacies of high society. But just when everything looks almost too good to be true, another surprise guest turns up at the doorstep, whose intentions are nowhere close to cordial.
Once again, Corlis and Thessa are sent down a twisted path of intrigue and deceit, relying on their wits and each other to keep them out of trouble─but is their friendship strong enough to withstand the allure of wealth?

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