Monday, June 15, 2015


Hello to all you Books by Banister fans. I’m Gail Olmsted, and it’s a pleasure to be here on Tracie’s blog. I loved Twin Piques, Blame it on the Fame, and In Need of Therapy, so I’m really excited! Today, I get to interview Jill Griffin Sheridan, the main character of my 2nd novel, Guessing at Normal, for a cover story in People magazine.

I’m here today with Jill Griffin Sheridan, Grammy winning songwriter and wife of this year’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’- rockstar and music legend Jamie Sheridan. 
Q: So Jill, our readers want to know what it’s like to be married to a sexy rockstar!

A: Well, um, it’s great I guess. No, I mean, it is great. James is sweet and thoughtful. When it’s just the two of us, we like to stay in, cook dinner. You know, just normal stuff. He puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else. laughs nervously

Q: How did you two meet?

A: His former band Nomad was touring in support of their first album and they stayed at the motel where I worked. James asked me for change for cigarettes, then he asked me out. Soon after that, I joined Nomad on the road. It was love at first sight!

Q: Where do you get inspiration for the love songs you write?

A: I’ve kept a journal for years where I write down my thoughts and feelings. James was the first person I ever shared them with. His love gave me the confidence I needed to share them with the world.

Q: Awww. How sweet! So what type of music do you listen to? 

A: I love rock and roll and pop music, especially the 80’s.

Q: And your husband’s music too, of course? 

A: Oh, yeah, of course. <defensive>

Q: Speaking of your husband, Jamie has quite the reputation as a ladies man who likes to party while on the road. Do you wish to comment? I’m sorry, you seem really uncomfortable.

A: Sex, drugs and rock ‘roll, am I right? Its all made up by the press, just lies to sell more magazines. Whoops, sorry. No offense. <laughs nervously>

Q: None taken. And what about Amber Leigh, Jamies opening act?

A: What about her? Shes a lovely girl, very talented. <really defensive>

Q: So theres no truth to the rumor that she and your husband are making ‘beautiful music’ together while on tour?

A: Oh my God, of course not. Where did you hear . . . ? Can I get some water please?

Q: And what about Jamie’s twin brother Alex? He cofounded Nomad with Jamie back in the day. What’s he up to these days?

A: Well, um, I’m not exactly sure. You would have to ask Alex.

Q: Do I detect a little tension between you and Alex?

A: Well, Alex and I have always had an awkward relationship. He calls me Yoko, he blames me for breaking up the band. Wait, can that be off the record?

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

A: Well, still with James, of course. Still writing songs. You know, livin’ the dream.

Q: How do you deal with stressful situations?

A: You mean, like these interviews? <more nervous laughter> A couple of Ativan can really take the edge off. Wait, can that be off the record? So are we done here or what?

Q: Just one more question. Guessing at Normal is the title of James first solo record. It went platinum recently. Do you think your life is normal?

A: ‘Normal’ is just a setting on a washing machine. I mean, what the hell is ‘normal’ anyway? <getting a bit hostile>

Q: Well Jill, I can see youre in a bit of a rush, so I just want to say a quick thank you. Are you going to try to join Jamie on the road?

A: No comment. <hurries off>

<Blogger's note: Ooooo, sounds like there's going to be a lot of juicy scandal and drama in this book. I can't wait to read it!>

Book Blurb

Jill Griffin has mastered the art of being invisible, so when she falls in love with sexy rocker James Sheridan, at first she is content to live in his larger than life shadow. Building a ‘normal’ life together under the glare of the media is challenging and further complicated by constant touring, James’ partying and the mixed signals she gets from James’ twin brother Alex. 

When her poems and journal ramblings become the songs on James’ best-selling album, Jill has to step out of her comfort zone and figure out how to live her life in a spotlight all her own. With no road map to follow, she struggles to navigate her way in her search for happiness.  As her professional success threatens her relationship with James, Jill questions whether she can make a living writing love songs without the love of her life.

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Author Bio

My first visit to Sedona, AZ prompted me to start writing Jeep Tour, my first novel. I fell in love with the red rocks and blue skies. My second novel is Guessing at Normal, a rock and roll romance. I am currently working on a sequel to Jeep Tour, which will be based in Ireland. A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am mom to two young adults and three cats, and I enjoy reading, boating, music and travel. 

I am a professor in the School of Business & Information Technology at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA.  I was the recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Higher Education as one of “29 Who Shine”.

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