KTE: Welcome Jenny! What is one landscape that inspired, or is featured in, Sass & Serendipity?
Jenny: The book is about two sisters growing up in
KTE: Can you share an excerpt from the book that shows this wild land and heat?
Jenny: Sure! Here’s a descriptive passage from Sass & Serendipity:
As they crossed the small footbridge over Chandler Creek, she caught sight of their dim reflection in the water below. There they were. The two of them. Side by side. Her big mass of dark tresses and red T-shirt, and his russet-colored hair and green button-down. The images were all wavy, almost dreamlike. Daphne hadn’t even realized she was smiling until she saw her white teeth shining back at her on the rippling surface.
Luke stopped, rested his forearms on the wooden rail of the bridge, and gazed upstream. “Wow. This place is so cool,” he said, gesturing toward the water, the live oaks on the shore, and the cluster of nineteenth-century storefronts on the street beyond. “Small but nice.”
KTE: Wow...that is gorgeous. It is clear how vibrant that landscape is in your mind. How important it is to you.
Jenny: I have family all over
Jennifer Ziegler is a YA novelist, speaker, and former English teacher. Her novel How Not to Be Popular (Delacorte/Random House, 2008) was an International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choice, a Lone Star Reading List selection, and an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee. Her next novel, Sass and Serendipity (Delacorte/Random House, 2011), gives Jane Austen a small-town