My name is Susan Jones, and I am the heroine of Jason Pomerance’s novel Women Like Us. I’ve been asked how I changed by being in the book. Well, to be honest, at the beginning of this story my life was sort of a mess — I’m a chef, which is a difficult and challenging job under the best of circumstances, but really it’s even more difficult and challenging if you’re a woman. Not that I’d let those challenges stop me — in fact I often had to work harder to prove myself. Which may be one of the reasons I screwed up my relationship with my kid, I screwed up my marriage to Andrew (okay well to be honest my ex had a lot to do with that), and don’t even get me started on my mother-in-law, Edith Vale! She’d have a whole lot to say about how my life had gone off the rails. Mrs. Vale, a starchy Pasadena Matron, has strong opinions about just about everything. She didn’t like me from the get-go, and pretty much everything I did, in her eyes, I did wrong. Just try pleasing a woman like that. It’s pretty impossible.
Anyway, I realized I need to make some changes in my life, and I needed to start with Henry, my son, now 17. I stumbled on what seemed like a really good idea. Henry was mostly being raised by Mrs. Vale (long story, read the book!) and he was due to fly back to California from the east coast at the end of his school term. What if I proposed a road trip, just the two of us? We’d have plenty of time to hash out how our relationship had gone south, wouldn’t we? And maybe we could even figure out how to fix it. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans? Just when you think you know what you’re doing, life throws you a curve ball, and everything changes. Did I ever think I’d find myself living back at Edith Vale’s house? Did I ever think that I’d have to find common ground with this woman I always looked at as my enemy as the family confronted a crisis? No, I certainly didn’t.
So when life throws up one of those curve balls, my guess is you have two choices: you can run and hide, or you can learn to adapt, and maybe even change and grow as a person. Okay, I’ll admit it — part of me wanted to run and hide, because change is scary and often difficult to face. What Did I learn from having life throw me a curve ball? Well, I don’t want to give away too many details, but I’ll say this — I learned about love, I learned about loss, and I learned that sometimes there are second chances, and even the chance at redemption.
Jason Pomerance was born in New York City, raised in Westchester County and graduated from Middlebury College. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner and their beagles. He has written film and television projects for numerous studios and production companies, including Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, Fremantle Media and Gold Circle Films. Women Like Us is his first novel. Visit Jason Pomerance at http://www.jasonpomerance.com/