Suzanne Jenkins resides at the west Michigan lakeshore with her husband, two dogs and two sheep. Her latest books are Pam of Babylon, Don’t You Forget About Me and Dream Lover. If you haven't read her work, be sure to check it out!
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Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
Pam of Babylon is the story of a middle-aged, Long Island housewife who discovers secrets and lies about her husband Jack’s life when he has a heart attack on the train from Manhattan. She had what she thought was the perfect life until events uncover the truth.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
The title just came to me! I knew right away what the basic story would be, but the twists and turns and other characters came to me as I wrote. I never knew what the outcome of much of it was until I was in the midst of it. E.L. Doctorow said “Writing a novel is like driving a car in the dark. You can only see as far as your headlights shine, but you can make the entire trip that way.” Or something like that. When I read the quote, it was very validating because that is exactly how I write. If I had to have an outline before I could begin I would be in big trouble.
The cover is also serendipitous. I had an idea of a woman in a beach chair, because Pam lived at the beach, with the urn of her husband’s ashes at her feet. The ghost of the man was the jacket designer’s idea! I thought it was perfect.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?
Yes, thank you.
In this scene, Pam is meeting her late husband Jack’s mistress, Sandra, for the first time, just outside of his hospital room where they had gone to view the body. Pam’s sister, Marie is standing with Sandra.