Book Nerd Interview
That defining moment didn’t come until I was 30 years old -- when my friend told me I should write a novel. I still didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I wrote “The End,” and it was the best feeling of accomplishment.
Can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about RED HILL?
Red Hill is about survival, loss, relationships of all kinds—specifically between a parent and a child—and hope. It’s about what a mother would do in the event of her worst nightmare, how she copes, and how it changes those around her. Red Hill is my favorite book that I’ve written so far.
For those who are unfamiliar with Scarlet, how would you introduce her?
Scarlet is a no-nonsense single mom who doesn’t have time for men or any kind of life, really, because she works hard and is focused on her daughters. This isn’t a story where the heroine starts out weak and ends up strong. Scarlet is strong from the beginning and just gets stronger.
If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I would introduce Claire from Providence to Travis Maddox. I’d like them to duke it out and see who wins—because neither of them lose.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Nathan?
When I first began writing Nathan, I wanted him to be gentle but strong. The way he cares for and talks to Zoe really won me over. I wasn’t expecting him to be so gentle and patient with everyone. He really is an old soul.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I’m a pretty brutally honest person. It bothers me to my core to lie, but if it means outright hurting someone’s feelings, I just can’t do it.
What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
The summer before I wrote Providence, I was a delivery truck driver. I drove this huge truck around for a supply company, stacked boxes onto a dolly and delivered them to various places. I even drove a forklift. It was hard work, but I loved it.
Who was your first boyfriend?
Jesse, in kindergarten. I think it lasted an hour.
Tell me about your first kiss
My mom has a photo album with a Polaroid picture of me in it from when I was about four. I was leaned over in my PJ’s, kissing our blue tick hound, Blue. It was captioned, “Jamie and Blue. Blue died the next day.” Good thing it wasn’t a little boy. Wouldn’t want that on my conscience.
What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or that you do not love them back?
Definitely the latter.
When was the last time you cried?
I cried today at my signing in Kansas City answering a question about the girls in Red Hill and how they relate to my children. I HATE crying. It makes me mad when I cry, but I’m very emotional when it comes to my kids.
What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
The 80’s. Like, totally.
What is your greatest adventure?
Where can readers stalk you?
All over the place!!
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When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.