Hi Roni! I'm so happy to have not only a fellow Wild Rose Press author, but a fellow NJ Romance Writers, and she doesn't live far from me. What can I offer you? Coffee, tea, cocoa, wine? The camp fridge is like the Starship Enterprise, you speak it, you get it.
I love coffee, but had to cut down several years ago LOL. So in the evenings, it’s decaff or a cup of cocoa. On Friday nights it’s always Amaretto—my favorite!
We'll add some Amaretto to the coffee and voila both. Tell us have you ever camped, or as I call what I do, Glamp. If not what about a grand adventure or vacation?
I have never gone camping, and honestly, don’t have a great desire to rough it! I would try it if the conditions weren’t too rough LOL. One of my MOST memorable trips was to Greece. I’d wanted to visit that country since I was a teen, and absolutely loved Greece and the people who lived there. I felt very at home there, too. Later a psychic told me I had had several happy lives there in the past.
I once heard that in Greece flowers we pay for, grow like weeds. I can only imagine the beauty and scents which fill the air. Tell us about your latest project and what’s on the horizon.
“Meet Me at the Inn” is a novella set in the Vermont world of the Deerbourne Inn. At the end of my novella, “Enchanted Vermont Nights” which is also set at the Deerbourne Inn, I felt sorry for the heroine’s cousin Tarren. So I decided to give her a happy ending and wrote this story! Right now I am about halfway through a new novella for The Wild Rose Press’ new cookie series (for next year’s holiday season).
I adore the Deerbourne stories. I'll need to add it to my growing TBR List. Do you have a tagline? Life Motto? Always a happy ending!
Well, that's a great one. I love a HEA. How long did it take you from conception to publication?
For this book, about a year. I did the first version in a couple of months, then spent a month revising. Then, I sent it to my editor.
Are there any mentors, authors, or books you would like to give a shout-out to?
I really enjoyed your book, DV! Among my favorite authors are Heather Graham, Beth Ciotta, Nancy Herkness, Judi Fennell and Peggy Jaeger. I wrote to Phyllis A. Whitney when I was a teenager because I loved her books. I also read her writing books and she actually wrote back and told me to keep working at my own writing, and not to give up.
Roni, thank you! I'm honored to be named with such an illustrious group. Tell us, what does literary success look like to you?
Having my name known my romance readers.
Do you have any tips, tricks, or anything you specialize in that you would share with others. I’m also interested in how you have been managing your life and writing with COVID-19.
Actually, writing about fictional characters’ problems can help escape the reality of Covid and its accompanying stress.
Now the fun questions
Actress Tarren Reilly is still smarting from being dumped by her former boyfriend--whom she stole from her cousin. Reeling from the pain she has caused, she agrees to a fake relationship for publicity reasons.
Country singer Clint Jackson has wanted Tarren since they first met. Together, they visit the Deerbourne Inn for the Thanksgiving holiday, where he plans to suggest they take their phony relationship to the "friends with benefits" level.
Both Tarren and Clint are dealing with personal issues from prior entanglements. As they draw closer, can Tarren and Clint deal with their pasts and turn a pretend relationship into the real deal?
More about Roni
Roni has published 8 romance novels and one novella. Her books have been nominated for the New Jersey Golden Leaf award and the National Readers’ Choice Award. “Marquis in a Minute” won the NJ Golden Leaf award for Best Regency Romance.
Roni is a member of New Jersey Romance Writers (she served as its president in 2016); Romance Writers of America; and the Authors Guild.
Roni lives in northwest New Jersey with her family, including their dog. She is also a realtor at Jersey Success Realty, a company she and her husband own. She served on the board of her local animal shelter, Noah’s Ark, for eight years.