Spotlight & Giveaway: The Edge of Always by J. A. Redmerski

Posted January 8th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 53 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author J. A. Redmerski to HJ!


What would you say is your motto or maxim as a writer?

J. A. RedmerskiI didn’t make up the quote and I don’t know who did, but I live by it: “Know the ending before you begin.” I’ve found through experience that if you already know how your story is going to end, it’s so much easier to get there. Without some kind of direction, your story can become as lost as you are.

If you were stranded on a deserted island… 

I always love these types of questions. First, before I ever allow myself to be in a situation like that, I’ll make sure I have a hot guy with me. If I ever travel over seas, you can bet your butt I’m taking some eye candy along just in case because I refuse to get stranded on a deserted island alone. Now, with that said, if I was stranded I’d put my survival skills to work (hey, I know my stuff! I watch Survivorman, lol) so that said eye candy and myself could spend a lot of time together. 😉

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Edge of Always

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

TEOATHE EDGE OF ALWAYS is about two people who (in book #1, THE EDGE OF NEVER) met through extraordinary circumstances and fell in love, but are put to the test when their relationship faces some tough hardships.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Camryn Bennett is a young woman who has always wanted something more in life than the banality of daily living, who knows that there’s more out there in the world than the mundane things most of us do every single day. Andrew Parrish is a guy with a ‘live free and be yourself’ kind of personality who just so happens to be the one person in the world that Camryn needs to find her way. They truly are perfect for another!

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Something that Camryn subjects herself to in THE EDGE OF ALWAYS surprised me. I never intended to write that, but that just goes to show that sometimes fictional characters really do seem to have a life of their own and us authors are simply telling their story.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why? 

My favorite scene in THE EDGE OF ALWAYS was the beach scene. Not only was it was fun to write because I got to step out of the box from what was normal and expected of Camryn and Andrew, but I was able to introduce new characters, who ultimately became the focus of my spinoff novel, SONG OF THE FIREFLIES.

I feel sick. God, I’ve never, ever, had a hangover like this before. The early morning sun and the breeze coming off the ocean wakes me up. At first I just lay here because I’m afraid if I move I’m going to throw up. My head is pounding, the tips of my fingers are numb, the rest of my body a nauseous, trembling mess. I moan and open my eyes the rest of the way, pressing one arm horizontally across my stomach. I know there’s no way I’m getting off this beach without puking for a good five minutes first, but I try to hold it back as long as I can.
My cheek is pressed into the sand beneath me. I feel grains sticking to my skin. Very carefully, I reach up a finger and shuffle it away before it gets inside my eye.
I hear a thwap followed by a cracking noise and shouting.
Against the argument from my stomach, I roll over onto my other side facing the ocean.
“Get off of him!” I hear a girl scream.
That wakes me up even more and for a split second I realize just how out of it I really was. But I’m wide awake now. I raise my head from the sand to see Andrew pummeling Tate with his fists.
“Andrew!” I try to shout, but my throat is sore and my voice is hoarse, so I only manage to croak out his name instead. “Andrew!” I say again, gaining more control over my voice.
“What the fuck is wrong with you, man?!” Tate yells.
He’s trying to back away from Andrew, but Andrew just keeps coming. He punches him again and again, this time knocking Tate on his ass in the sand.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

Honestly, the hardest one to write was the tragedy that befell Camryn and Andrew. But I can’t share any of it because it’s a huge spoiler!

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

I’d love to have Dianna Agron as Camryn, but choosing Andrew is difficult! I think it’s a toss-up between model Andrew Stetson and actor Kellan Lutz.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Seems Camryn and Andrew did everything I would’ve done, anyway, but I’d give them the same kind of advice I’d give anyone: Live your own life the way your heart tells you to, and never how others expect you to live.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

Right now I’m writing book #3 in my In the Company of Killers series titled THE SWAN & THE JACKAL. This series is what I’ll mostly be working throughout 2014, but I’ll also write a couple more New Adult titles.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

Web site:

Thanks for blogging at HJ

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Excerpt (SONG OF THE FIREFLIES – releases 2/4)

And just then, the sky opened up and it began to pour. Bray shrieked and tried to cover herself unsuccessfully with her arms and then the screaming turned into laughter. We were both drenched in under five seconds. The rain pounded down so fast and so hard that we had to shout over the noise to hear each other; each drop like a million nails being thrust into the dirt on the baseball field.
“It’s a long walk back!” I said.
Bray started spinning like a ballerina in the middle of the field. She laughed and raised her arms above her and turned her face upward toward the sky and just let the rain wash over her. She opened her mouth and spun around and around. I watched her for a moment, mesmerized by her innocence. I saw that little girl I met so long ago, running with me through that pasture without a worry in the world. Just seeing her like that, it made me smile, but deep down it also crushed me. I knew that she would never be that innocent again, that our life together would never be as carefree as it was when we were children.
“Dance with me!” she shouted.
“Dance with me!”
I had heard her right the first time. I just didn’t understand why here, why now.
“There’s no music!” I said over the rain.
She grabbed my hand. “You don’t hear that?!” she said, motioning to the patter of rain and thunder around us.

Book Info

When everything falls apart, love remains . . .


Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged-and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to-until tragedy blindsides them.

Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride…





53 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Edge of Always by J. A. Redmerski”

  1. ashleigh hazelwood

    Id take my husband… We love roadtrips, we need no destination. Just love to drive

  2. Meagan Wells

    I would choose my husband. we had such a fun time when we were on our honeymoon running around in Maui. He was so funny. We had such a blast.

  3. Leanna

    My dad we get each others jokes and sarcasm. We can yell and scream at each other and be fine five minutes later. We both like to drive fast.

  4. Gretchen

    I’d love to go on a road trip with my family, parents, and sister’s family altogether. It would be a blast.

  5. Jenn McElroy

    I’d go on a road trip with my husband SANS kids! We always had a good time pre-kids. We still have fun together with two kids, but long car rides can be stressful.

  6. Jordan

    my sister because she’s a ball of energy and is always down with whatever! road trips with her are alwaysgreat!

  7. Chelsea B.

    Probably my sister, because we have so much fun together and because she has such a calming effect on me. As a person who hasn’t traveled much, both would be very useful 🙂

  8. Margaret

    I think I’d choose my 11 year old daughter – she has such an interesting perspective on things and is a book nerd like her mom! We actually have a list that was published of 50 great author sites to visit (homesteads, etc.) that we are in the planning stages of a road trip to get to as many as we can!

  9. Marcy Meyer

    I would choose my sister, because we would have a blast together. We both love to rock out to the music, and I know we’d find some trouble to get into along the way.

  10. marcyshuler

    I would take my internet friend, Sally. We’ve only met once, but we call ourselves “identical twins, separated at birth by seven years.” LOL I love her sense of humor and we’d have so much fun no matter what we were doing. She’s older, but no matter what she says…I’m the GOOD twin. 😀

  11. Kim Pinch

    I would go with my daughter. We like the same things and she always makes me laugh. It would be a very relaxing trip.

  12. DJ Sakata

    I don’t really like road trips but if I were to go on one, I would go with a girlfriend and leave the men at home 😉

  13. Leslie Miner

    My sister. We do small road trips whenever she visits. We pick a direction and take off. It would be fun to go on a long road trip with her.

  14. Rita Luken

    Wow it would have to be my best friend..we do a lot of laughing and I know a road trip withe her would be so much fun.

  15. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    My best buddy Joni! We are like a modern day Thema and Louise! We would be the two that would be in the back of the police car using 3 words to decribe our night 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  16. Barbara Ann

    My husband because he he’s flexible and when I get whimsical and change my mind about places to go and where to stop, he’s always agreeable and we have so much fun together. Since I’m also directionally challenged, I need him so I can actually get somewhere, lol.

  17. We're Jumpin' Books

    My Best Friend of 26 years. No matter what, he has always been a friend to me. We still go to Six Flags after all these years later, and it is something that we can do to build more memories in one place.

  18. veRONIca

    My sister. We would have so much fun, blasting music, taking ridiculous detours and pictures, just so much randomness.

  19. Christine L.

    My friend Sandi would be a blast to go on a road trip with! We have so many shared memories to reminisce about and are constantly making new ones by way of going on adventures like ROAD TRIPS!

  20. Christine Kochanowski

    My husband, I would be lost without him in so many ways, he’s always been my rock. Plus he’s the only one who can deal with be and my bipolar issues.

  21. Zandalee

    I’d choose to have Jennifer Lawrence as my road-trip buddy. 🙂 She seems like such a fun and wild person!

  22. Demitra

    With my best friend. We have a common interest, She is funny, she is full of life and you never get bored with her.

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