I can't begin to tell you what a blessing it's been to work with the wonderful authors involved in the Fall Into Romance collection. I'm going to be chatting with one of these amazing people each week leading up to the release of Fall Into Romance. I hope you enjoy these interviews as much as I have!
Chatting with J.J. DiBenedetto
Author of Finding Dori
Me: Romance, Oregon is a beautiful place with a small-town atmosphere and big personalities. If you could visit Romance yourself, what one shop or person would you want to make sure was on your itinerary?
J.J. - I think I’d have to go to the roller rink (which appears in “Finding Forever in Romance” and also “Lost in Romance”), if only because I haven’t been to one since high school and (unlike most of my high school years) I have fond memories of that. And of course I’d want to stay at the Interlude Inn.
Me: Animals are a big part of the stories that make up our Fall Into Romance compilation. Tell us a little about the critter(s) in your novella.
J.J. - My animal is Little Tee, who’s mostly a Standard Poodle (with something else mixed in, because she’s not quite as big as a purebred Poodle). My heroine describes her as “cute and charming, but absent the day that God handed out good sense.”
Me: Which of the characters in your story do you relate to the most? Why is that?
J.J. - Probably Lucas, the hero, because when it comes to relationships, he’s his own worst enemy, and that’s how it always felt to me before I finally met my wife.
Me: How many pets do you have? Tell us a little about them.
J.J. - Right now, I have one pet (it often feels as though he has me, though!). He’s Danny, a white cat (Domestic medium hair, we think). He’s full of energy and mischief, but he’s also very sweet and unlike our first cat, he loves strangers and will go right up to them.
Me: If you haven’t been to Oregon, where would you visit if you could make a trip there?
J.J. - Probably my first pick would be Crater Lake National Park. It looks amazing, and it seems like it would be a great experience.
Me: What was your favorite part about writing your novella?
J.J. - I enjoyed the whole process. It all came pretty easily. As soon as I figured out who my heroine was, her story basically wrote itself. I especially liked working in characters and locations from the other novellas in the set.
Me: What state do you live in? What’s the weather like there in the fall?
J.J. - Virginia (specifically northern Virginia, right outside Washington, DC). Fall varies wildly here. Sometimes we don’t really have one – we get summer heat through to mid-October and then straight to winter-like conditions. And sometimes we get fall-like weather from late September right through until Christmas.
Me: When you go to a festival or fair, is there a particular type of food you look forward to getting that you don’t usually buy at any other time?
J.J. - Funnel cakes! Especially with plenty of sugar and maybe even chocolate drizzled on top.
J.J. DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life and a white cat who rules the roost.
His passions are photography, travel, the opera, the New York Giants, and of course writing.
Mr. DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way they might never have.
Since he was very young , he has always been intrigued with the supernatural and things that can't be explained rationally.
By always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the curiosity building up all those years were finally getting put into words to captivate readers. And it hasn't ended. His main goal is to share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that's how the Dream Series was born.
Dori came to the town of Romance to help a friend. She wasn’t looking for a romance of her own. But when she broke her leg and found herself stuck in Romance for two weeks, romance found her – with the very man who caused her accident.
Lucas wasn’t looking for romance, either. But when the woman who almost killed herself by running in front of his truck turned out to be his next client, romance found him, too.
Dori has two weeks until her leg is healed and she can travel back home to New York. Lucas has two weeks until his job is finished and he won’t have see Dori again. Can the two of them stop sabotaging themselves long enough for Romance to work its magic on them?
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Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto is one of ten sweet novellas in the Fall Into Romance collection.
Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from the USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town-its people-and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home. Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!
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