We’re thrilled to welcome guest author Bethany Chase to the Ball this week, and can’t wait to read her upcoming debut novel, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, which hits shelves March 31st! (How gorgeous is that cover?!)
Here’s what Emily Giffin (yes, THE Emily Giffin) had to say about Bethany’s book: “A warm, witty, and wise novel. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.”– # 1 New York Times bestseller Emily Giffin
Now for the blurb:
Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer—and former flame—Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn.
Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices—and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life—and in love.
Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind.
Here’s what Bethany had to say about her love for the mountains, tasteless jokes, and staying true to the manuscript in front of her…
Who is one of your favorite (fictional or non-fictional) characters?
Anne of Green Gables. I reread all the Anne and Emily books countless times as a girl, and as a teenager I thought I was most like Emily—but actually that was just me being a moody self-obsessed teenager. Anne’s brains, kindness, soul-deep love of beauty, and that fierce ambition of hers all make her my idol.
Where do you love to be?
In the mountains. I grew up in the Virginia Blue Ridge foothills, and they’re still very much a part of me. These days I get my mountain fix in upstate New York’s Catskills, and it’s hard to explain how deeply satisfying it is to my soul when we come around that bend on the interstate and I see that first ridge in the distance.
Tell us a secret about the main character in your novel — something that’s not even in your book.
Eamon really is paranoid about getting fat. It was something I kept seeing in my informal fact gathering (read: social media eavesdropping) about elite athletes: they’re as fussy as ballerinas about their weight.
Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you laugh.
“That’s what she said” jokes. I can’t even put up even the flimsiest pretense that my sense of humor is more sophisticated than that of a 14-year-old boy. The other night I was out at dinner with my two (straight, male) bosses, and one of them was explaining why he doesn’t like cupcakes: “I like the bottom better than the top.” My other boss and I stared at each other for a second and then almost fell out of our chairs laughing.
What’s your next big thing? (new book, new project, etc.)
I am hard at work on edits to my second book, with occasional adulterous interludes with a couple of other manuscripts. I know I’m not supposed to do that. My writing idol Chuck Wendig says whatever you do, DO NOT pause your work on your current project to go pork another manuscript behind the woodshed. But I keep getting good ideas for scenes I want to add, and since two of the books are related, they feed off each other, so there you go… porking.
Oh, that Chuck Wendig! He has such a way with words… 🙂
GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post by Noon (EST) on Friday, March 20th to win a copy of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY (North America)! Follow The Debutante Ball on Facebook and Twitter for extra entries—just mention that you did so in your comments. We’ll choose and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!
A native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Bethany Chase headed to Williams College for an English degree and somehow came out the other side an interior designer. When she’s not writing or designing, you can usually find her in a karaoke bar. She lives with her lovely husband and occasionally psychotic cat in Brooklyn, three flights up. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is her first novel. You can find Bethany on Facebook and Twitter.