I am so pleased to be kicking off the blog tour for I’m Keeping You by Jane Lark today.
Q&A with Jane Lark
What was your favourite thing about writing the book?
The favourite thing for me about writing I’m Keeping You was being able to reconnect with Jason and Rachel, Rachel is hard to write but I love that she is so different. Because she has bipolar her character’s thought processes are so unusual and it therefore takes some thinking on my part to capture that in the right way. It’s a challenge. I like a challenge. I like that it challenges my readers too, though, and I hope she broadens people’s understanding of mental health issues and that Jason’s perspective helps people understand the issues people face when they care for someone with issues because that isn’t always easy either.
What were your influences when writing the book?
Having researched all the settings in I Found You through Google’s little map man and Trip Adviser comments I visited New York last summer and walked all around the areas where Jason and Rachel lived (yes, I do have a sense of them really living there, as though they are real people – well they are to me HaHa, she smiles). At one point I stood on Manhattan Bridge and said, “This is where they met.”
So this time it was great to have the images I’d seen and experienced in my head, rather than secondhand views.
But as far as the storyline goes, all the stories in the Starting Out series stem from a desire to challenge perceptions. People are so rarely what the seem on first impressions, and I want to stretch my readers a little by asking them to consider what might be going behind that person’s closed door.
If the series was made into a film, which actors would you want to play your characters?
Rachel – Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars and Jason – Liam Hemsworth from the Hunger Games
My fingers held on to the arm of the seat as I stared out the window of the small United Airlines plane. It was taxiing out to the runway. My body was so heavy with fear it felt like I’d been tied down to the seat with iron chains. They held me in place. I wanted to run. I could see Saint, in my head, reaching out his hands for me when I’d walked away with Jason. My heart hadn’t beaten in a normal pattern since.
But I was doing this for Saint. To protect him. To keep him.
Jason could have gone alone. But I didn’t want him to go alone. I didn’t want Jason to leave me. I wanted to be with him—but I wanted to be with Saint too. I was breaking in half. The two guys in my life were ripping me in half.
I sighed out. My breath became moisture on the small oval window. My teeth sank into my lower lip, holding in the emotion threatening to well over in a flood of tears as I lifted a hand and wiped the moisture away.
“Are you okay?” Jason’s hand rested over mine on the seat arm.
I didn’t look at him, just turned my hand up the other way and clasped his, clinging to any connection that held me closer to normal.
“Rach…” He pushed, worry catching in his voice
“Yeah.” No. I was a fucked-up mess. But he knew that already.
The plane taxied around, turning on to the runway, then stopped.
I breathed in deep and held the air in my lungs. The image in my head became the packet of meds I’d left in the drawer in our room. The meds I’d stopped taking a week ago. I couldn’t be the zombie I was when I took them. I needed my brain to be working. Declan was clever. I needed to be able to think when I faced him. The meds made me feel like I was drowning all the time, trapped under an ocean and looking at the world through a fog; I couldn’t breathe through it, or reach through it. I needed to be alive and awake to cope with Declan and New York.
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,’The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’, as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last. You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots. ’Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.