We’re thrilled to have here today, Brenna Ebans from Holly Kerr’s Women’s fiction, Coming Home. Brenna is coming to us all the way from Northern Ontario, in Canada. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at The Literary Nook!
Thank you so for this interview, Brenna. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I think my sister Kat has always had the wrong impression of me. She seems to think I live some sort of perfect life. I don’t. I’m not perfect. She’s the one that has always had it so easy, being the youngest. You shouldn’t believe everything she says about me.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Our father left when I was three; Mom died when I was thirteen and I’ve been on my own since I was seventeen. I think that made me strong and independent. I don’t have to rely on anyone else to take care of me, although Maggie really helped growing up. She was more of a mother to me than Mom ever was.
(Pause) Apparently, I am emotionally detached and focus too much on work. At least that’s some of what Toby said when we talked about why he cheated on me, after I found him in the supply closet at work with my assistant.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
(Another pause) I know Toby wasn’t my soul mate when I married him. I think Seamus always has been, but now that Kat (my sister) is with him…Even though she stole him from me when I was fifteen, she definitely deserves to have me do the same thing! But I don’t think I could take him away from her. I mean, she’s Kat. What man would prefer me over her?
Joss Ryan is kind of interesting. He’s not my type at all but...he seems to understand me. And I like the bald head.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I thought I had it all together until I found Toby with Krystal. It wasn’t the perfect marriage, but I thought I was happy. And work was going great. And then I found them…I mean, she was giving him a – I won’t go into details, but it’s not a nice thing to see! And then I kind of lost my temper and did some stuff and said some stuff. I kicked Krystal’s purse across the office. That felt good. But the other stuff? I trashed Toby’s office. After that, I started to get worried. I lost my job, my marriage and I had nowhere to go except back home. I’m glad I had Cayleigh and Maggie – I do love my sisters.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Even though I love her and she’s really one of my favourite people in the whole world, I would NOT want to trade places with Maggie. She’s amazing, but she’s got 5 girls! I’m not one for kids. It was the one thing Toby and I agreed on, not that we ever really discussed it. But Maggie got pregnant when she was seventeen and Mike’s great, but that’s a lot on your plate, especially when she practically raised Kat and I because Mom was just…even before she died, Mom was never there. She had these moods where she’d hide in her room and not give a damn about any of us and Maggie would take over because she’s 10 years older than I am.
Maggie’s had to take on a lot of responsibilities and even know, with the wedding and Brianna going away to school, I can tell she’s got going on. But she never complains. I’ve never heard her complain. I love being part of Maggie’s life, but I wouldn’t want it. I could never take care of others a fraction as well as Maggie does. My heart isn’t big enough.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Kat and I working together? Without a fistfight? Amazing. I can’t believe it worked out that way.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
Put more of Cayleigh in it. If she’s going to write about me, she has to have my sisters in it, so there needs more of Cayleigh. Besides, I want to know what’s going on with her and Erica!
Thank you for this interview. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
This was so much fun! And it’s been a while since I’ve had fun.
I’m not sure if you’ll see me. I think I might hide out for a while…see what happens with Joss.
About the Book:
Loving your sisters is easy. Liking them is the hard part.
Brenna Ebans always wanted more than what Hill n’Valley could give her, so it seemed a simple decision to follow her black-sheep sister Dory’s footsteps and leave Hill n’Valley in her rearview, hoping to locate their missing father. Leaving her sisters and her first love Seamus was harder than she thought, but she’s made a life for herself in Vancouver, started her career at a prestigious law firm, and has found the man of her dreams. But when she finds her husband Toby in a compromising position at work, she loses both her love and her job, and has nowhere to go but home.
Youngest sister Cat has remained in Hill n’Valley, leaving a string of broken hearts—and ex-husbands—in her wake. She’s happy living in the family home, with the ghost of their dead mother to keep her company during the day, and her latest conquest—Brenna’s old boyfriend, Seamus—to keep her warm at night. And she’s less than thrilled to hear about Brenna’s return.
But when tragedy strikes, it brings their father back to Hill n’Valley, and the sisters will have a lot of issues to resolve…
About the Author:
Ask any writer and they’ll tell you they have always wrote and Holly Kerr is no exception. She’s written stories about bunnies dodging cars and sisters dying, distracting the cute boy in class and dark plots to kill your best friend’s husband. Coming Home is her latest novel, a story about sisters who can’t get along and living in a small town, two things she knows more than a little about! A self-professed geek, she loves anything to do with Star Wars, super heroes, Joss Whedon and Harry Potter. She also enjoys running, playing in the dirt and sharing a glass of wine with friends.
Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Coming Home.
She’d love you to visit her website at http://hollykerr.ca/.