Meet Jason, Jansen’s best friend growing up in New York City, her ex-boyfriend, and her friend with benefits for the last 10 years. In A Stranger Thing, Jansen and Jason’s relationship is about to undergo a major shift, because Jansen has a new boyfriend, her roommate Thaler. At the beginning of the book, Jansen has just gotten to NYC to spend her usual summer in the city with Jason, and the two of them are about to embark on their annual trip to Europe. Also on her way to NYC is Lorylyn, one of Jansen’s best friends with whom Jason has a newly developed friends with benefits relationship. And Lorylyn’s coming because she got a surprise plane ticket from an anonymous source…could it be Jason? 🙂
-What’s your name?
-How old are you?
-Where do you live?
~New York City
-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?
~I’d be the beer Delirium Tremens, because its name comes from symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and I spend a good portion of the book in a kind of withdrawal from something that’s been probably the most important thing in my life since I can remember. The bottles of Delirium Tremens have pink elephants on them, and the whole time I’m in Budapest I feel like there’s a huge elephant in the room, so to say. But the beer goes down surprisingly smoothly, and I’d say my life stays pretty smooth through everything.
-What’s your biggest secret?
~I don’t really see myself as having secrets, but only a few people know about the crazy stuff that went down during high school when Jansen and I were growing up in the city, so maybe that. It also gets carried into the present in A Stranger Thing, so what happened back then plus what’s going on now is probably my biggest secret.
-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?
~Maybe what I do in Budapest? I don’t know.
-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?
~Budapest and the few months after…I mean, I end up saying it was the best thing I did in 2009, but I could have done that same thing in some other way. Maybe never going to Budapest at all would have been better. But maybe it wouldn’t have. I just wish I could’ve made it less painful at the time, or been better prepared, somehow.
-Thanks, Jason! If you’re curious about Jansen and Jason’s past or how Jason’s relationship with Lorylyn began, find out more in All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. And for the full backstory about Jansen and Jason and the mystery and danger that made up their teenage years, look for the upcoming trilogy Not Like Paradise.
And tomorrow, come back to meet Jansen’s new boyfriend, Thaler! See you then! 🙂