Can you crush on your sister’s boyfriend and not piss her off? It seems like it would be long road back to sibling bliss, and that’s exactly what you’re going to find out in GCC member Denise Jaden’s new book, NEVER ENOUGH, published this month through Simon Pulse.
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special…even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.
As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?
Here’s what Denise had to say:
Q: In ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA, Mariana is a bridesmaid in her cousin’s wedding. How many times have you been a bridesmaid and what’s the worst dress you ever wore?
Denise: I think I’ve only been in one wedding, and that was for my best friend in high school. The dress wasn’t bad—for the eighties!
Q: I’ve used some of my personal background in each of my novels. Did you take any snippets from your real life when writing your latest book? Base any characters on real people?
Denise: I first started writing Never Enough because a good friend of mine was struggling with a severe eating disorder, and I wanted to understand her better. The older sister in the book is not based off of this girl, but there are definitely a few personality traits of hers that are similar. The love interest, Marcus, was loosely modeled after my best guy friend from high school, though our relationship was always completely platonic.
Q: Let’s talk publishing. What was harder for you, finding an agent or an editor? Why?
Denise: Finding an agent was much harder for me. I queried three different manuscripts over several years. When Losing Faith was finally ready, the agent search went much quicker (about three months, I think) and finding an editor for Losing Faith was even quicker than that.
Q: Where did the idea for you latest novel come from?
Denise: As I mentioned, I had a friend with a severe eating disorder. The novel started out as more of an exploration of emotional stress than a story with a beginning, middle, and end, but I guess I’m a storyteller at heart, because it quickly developed into one.
Q: Where were you when you found out that your latest novel was going to be published? Tell us the story.
Denise: To be honest, I don’t remember much of the process of this latest book, mostly because the email came in during the flux of my debut novel releasing. My editor wanted to speak with me about some in-depth changes before making a deal, so it was a bit of a long process before I could actually say that the book was on its way to publication. The first time I announced it was at my launch party for Losing Faith, but even then, I think I had to tell people not to announce it online yet.