UNRAVELED is written in first person, so we get to know your characters’ innermost thoughts. What is it like for you to be in Sam and Gray’s heads?

I love writing in the first person. It’s more immediate and intimate for me and often I feel like I’m watching the characters interact and I’m merely transcribing the scene.

What was something that surprised you about Sam and Gray’s story while you were writing?

How brave Sam was. Going in, I had planned to have Gray draw her out but as the story unspooled, I realized that it made more sense for Sam to be the one to take chances. She had already suffered and survived the worst thing and so every step forward, no matter if it hurt, was something she could handle.

What was the hardest scene in UNRAVELED for you to write?

Definitely the confrontation scene between the villain and Sam.

What was the most fun?

The slip ‘n slide. I love writing the banter between the guys.

Are you writing another Woodlands novel? What can you tell us about it?

Yes I’m writing Finn’s story right now. He’s in love, but he realizes which one almost too late.


unraveled woodland

Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: New Adult Romance

Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

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Ms. Frederick is giving away to a lucky maiden
digital copies of the fist two books in the series.

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  1. It is very interesting that Jen was surprised about the personality trait of a character she created. Do some characters almost develop a life of their own and tell the author the story rather than the author creating it FOR the characters?

  2. I have yet to read a book by Jen so would welcome a win. The book sounds like the kind I enjoy.
    Interesting interview

  3. I loved the first book and have been eager to read the next one. Thanks for the spotlight and giveaway.