The Shade Room: Jacelynn of #WTRTCA

The Shade Room

In honor of  When the Real Thing Comes Along being on sale for .99 cents, I decided to take a few moments to interview Jacelynn, the book’s main character. She had plenty to say, so I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better. No worries if you haven’t read WTRTCA; it’s a spoiler free interview. 🙂

Faith: First of all, Jacelynn, I want to thank you for agreeing to sit down with us. I know you’ve taken a lot of flack from readers and it hasn’t been easy for you.

Jacelynn: That’s an understatement if I’ve ever heard one. Your readers have put me through the ringer, but I’m here to explain my side of things. Hopefully a sista’ can get a little compassion.

Faith: I totally want to give you every opportunity to explain your perspective, but before we get to that, let’s back up a little. When we were first introduced to you, you were caught up in a love triangle gone terribly wrong. How did you get in that position in the first place?

Jacelynn: Going straight for the jugular, huh Faith? I got myself in that predicament by not being true to myself. I wanted to play it safe and stay in a relationship that felt secure, but I didn’t want to give 100 percent to that relationship in a pathetic attempt to prevent myself from getting hurt. All that self-preservation backfired on me big time!

Faith: Was it really self-preservation or just plain selfishness? I’m only asking because a lot of readers felt that you came off that way.

Jacelynn: I can see why I appeared selfish, but that’s not who I am. I was really conflicted and basically all in my feelings! I never meant to hurt anyone.

Faith: You may not have meant to, but you did hurt quite a few people. If you could turn back time, would you have handled things differently?

Jacelynn: I try not to dwell on shoulda-woulda-couldas anymore. Part of my problem was that I was way too caught up in my past. I did the best I could at the time, and that’s all anyone can do. I regret causing anyone pain, and if I could undo that I would. But I can’t. All I can do is move forward and try not to repeat the same mistakes.

Faith: So you’re saying that you’re satisfied with the way things turned out?

Jacelynn: I’m saying that I’m satisfied with ME; flaws and all. Isn’t that the true mark of maturity? I spent so many years in pursuit of perfection that doesn’t exist: holding myself and others to an impossibly high standard. It was ridiculous and exhausting! I’m completely happy with the way things turned out and I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now, because it’s brought me to this place of wholeness and peace.

Faith: Watch out now. I love your new positive attitude!

Jacelynn: Me too. It’s been a long time coming, and I spent enough time whining and crying over spilled milk. Life is too short, chile!

Faith: You ain’t never lied! Now, has this new attitude translated into any new changes in your life?

Jacelynn: Yes! I’ve got so much going on I can barely keep my head on straight: being newly married, expanding my catering business and trying to start a family keeps me really busy! In a totally good way though.

Faith: Whoa, that is a lot. Newly married? Is it someone we know? C’mon, tell us which one you chose. We’ve got #TeamJason and #TeamTaylor fighting like cats and dogs!

Jacelynn: Wouldn’t you like to know? They’ll just have to read the book to find out!

Faith: You are wrong for that! Can readers look forward to hearing more from you?

Jacelynn: It depends…if they act right, I think I can work with you on a sequel.

Faith: Well alright girl, I’ll definitely be in touch. Any parting words?

Jacelynn: Your past does not dictate your future. Once you surrender to God, He’ll change your life in ways that will leave you breathless!


I hope you enjoyed catching up with Jacelynn from When the Real Thing Comes Along. If you’ve already read WTRTCA I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes to leave an honest review on Amazon. If you haven’t read WTRTCA yet, what are you waiting for? Now’s the perfect time to buy.

<<<<<<<<<<< THE E-BOOK IS ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS !!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you’re currently reading or have read WTRTCA tweet me @FaithSimone2011 and let me know if you’re #TeamJason or #TeamTaylor !


13 thoughts on “The Shade Room: Jacelynn of #WTRTCA

  1. That’s what I’m saying, Ann! Jacelynn, didn’t waste no time. Did she?!
    I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I’m happy that she’s happy. But I worry about the guy she didn’t pick and I wonder how he’s taking it.


    • Jacelynn ran down that aisle, chile! Thanks for not giving away any spoilers Simone :). I may address the rejected one’s situation in the sequel or I may not. I really want the next book to focus mainly on Jacelynn and her choice: the stress of the first few years of marriage, getting married with unresolved issues looming, and Jacelynn really coming into her own and finding her voice. We’ll see how it all pans out!


      • Lol! I can actually SEE her doing that, Faith Simone. Wheh! That is TOO funny. On a side note, can I just say what an amazing writer you are. . . because I think of Jacelynn as a real person. And, I am THRILLED to see what happens to her next. No rush though! I imagine writing a novel takes an incredible about of effort.


        • Aww I’m blushing! Thanks so much for the compliment. I think I’m one of my own worst critics and as I learn more about writing and plotting I see areas of improvement in WTRTCA. But if I managed to make Jacelynn as real for you as she is to me, then I can give myself a little pat on the back.


  2. Linda, honey, listen: I wanted to slap Jacelynn all up and through. I don’t want to give anything away (in fact, when I saw what this post was about I didn’t want to read it until I was done with the book) so that’s all I’ll say other than #TeamTaylor. *Grabs popcorn. Waits for sequel*


    • Lol! This is not the first time Jacelynn’s safety has been jeopardized…she tends to bring out the violence in people with her wishy-washy ways. Happy reading, Quanie 😉


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