Character Interview: Jenna Anderson from Julie Arduini’s Entrusted
Jenna, you’re an incredibly brave, young heroine, setting off to live in an unfamiliar place far from your family, following your dreams. Tell us how you got the courage to make the move?
I think it was adrenaline and grief, with God’s leading. I’d promised my elderly neighbor I’d live life to the fullest right before she passed away. I was looking at my job and I knew there was no room for growth. I “happened” to look at a magazine with a listing in the back. I called, got the job, and it seemed to click. And I was off.
You have a unique job, and you sure work with some unique individuals. Who is your favorite in the group and what is it about him or her that gives them the favored status?
As a senior center director I can’t have favorites, but I can say Shirley is my right-hand woman. She’s my volunteer administrator and comes through for me time and time again.
You had a run in with your hero, Ben, from the very start of the story, yet you maintained dignity and control—Well, there was that one boating incident where there wasn’t too much dignity—. Is there a Scripture or a Biblical precept that you leaned upon to help you deal with Ben?
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8, NLT.
I fix my thoughts a lot when I’m around Ben. Without God’s help I think Ben and I would tangle more often.
Without giving the story away, you do face a bit of tragedy in your new life in the Adirondacks. If someone else is facing the same kind of heartbreak, what would be your words of wisdom to him or to her?
Don’t isolate yourself. Whatever you’re feeling, share it. It’s okay to feel.
I’m just curious as to what the seniors are up to these days? Any new events planned for this upcoming year at the senior center?
Roxy is working on another variety show, of course with a Rockette flair. Bart and Dora pitched an idea for a book club, but of course, classics only. The prom is definitely coming back, too. We like to keep busy!
Thank you, Jenna. I look forward to the interview with your author, Julie Arduini on Wednesday.
More about Entrusted:
Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl, plows—literally—into Speculator Falls with a busted GPS, arriving in town as the new senior center director. She has only one goal—that of belonging no matter how out of place she appears and how angry she makes town councilman and grocer Ben Regan.
Her new life is so rural there are no traffic lights, and when she learns her car isn’t equipped to handle the mountain terrain, Ben’s grandmother offers her late husband’s vehicle, further alienating the local businessman.
As she endears herself to the seniors at the center and creates a vision full of ideas, programs, and equipment, she ruffles Ben’s plans to keep Speculator Falls void of change, including the store his grandfather built.
The two work through community events and shared heartbreak only to face off in a town council meeting where Ben publically rejects her proposal for the senior center, causing Jenna to react out of her fears about belonging.
She returns to Ohio where she realizes she needs to surrender her plans for the center and fears about belonging and trust her Heavenly Father when facing fear, change, loss, and love.
Julie Arduini is an author with a passion to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. Her first Adirondack contemporary romance, Entrusted, gives readers hope to surrender fear. A Walk Through the Valley will soon be available as an infertility devotional with five other authors. She blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read and is a frequent contributor to Jasmine’s Place. To learn more about her writing and love of chocolate, visit http://juliearduini.com. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.