Friday, February 9, 2018

Interview with Donna Simonetta, Author of Love is Lovelier

What made you decide to be an author? I always wanted to be an author. When I was a little girl, I would go to the library and look at the shelf to see where my books would go once I was a published author. It took me longer to get here than I imagined it would! I worked in the business world, then went to grad school and got my MLS and worked in a school library. I finally got back to writing about ten years ago and never looked back!
What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least? I’ve always been an introvert and a little shy. I’m not one to blow my own horn, so the marketing and promotion piece of being a published author runs contrary to my nature. But everything else I LOVE! I write contemporary romance with heart and humor, so the absolute best part for me is thinking that my books will bring a little lightness to someone who might be going through a hard time. To make someone laugh at the end of a truly lousy day. Reading books has brought so much joy to my life that I’m thrilled to be able to do the same for my readers.
How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing? In some ways, I’m writing better books now than I could have if I’d started writing right out of college. Just living life, experiencing the highs and the lows has put me in a better position to convey my characters emotions as they move through life.
Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book--as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?When things are really flowing for me, I’ve felt this way at some point with every book I’ve written.
You’ve written 4 novels and are working on a 5 and 6th. What’s your favorite time management tip? Time management is something that becomes harder once you become published, and are working on someone else’s deadlines! It can be difficult to balance all the balls you have in the air at the same time. I’m afraid I don’t really have a good tip. I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get everything done and done in advance of deadlines, if at all possible and it can be crushing! So, I don’t really recommend it as a good method for anyone else lol!
Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer? I do a combination of the two. I read somewhere that Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files series (which I love, btw!) draws an actual arc to represent the story arc. He writes the beginning on one side and the end on the other, with the high point in the center of the arc. He then goes on to plot out every point between the two. I modified his method for myself. I draw an arc with the three points laid out beginning, high point, end and then everything that happens in between is more pantsing.
If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? Rejection is inevitable in this field, and you cannot take it personally. I read once (I don’t remember where) that rejection is not personal, and doesn’t mean your work isn’t good. It just means that it is not what the person you’re querying is looking for at the moment. It’s hard not to take it to heart, when your product is as personal to you as a book, but it can be crippling if you do. I let myself feel bad for a few minutes, and then I move on and send it to someone else.
Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote? Music has helped me in the past, but not really with Love is Lovelier. The title does come from the old song lyric Love is Lovelier, the second time around, but I didn’t listen to the song while I wrote. I cannot write in complete silence though, so I do always have on music, or the television on low volume, while I work.
Tell me more about Love is Lovelier.
Heather and Mick have a long history together, and Heather wants to leave it in the past where it belongs. Yet, here Mick is, very much in her present, thanks to her brother Jeff, who hired Mick to be her boss at the Retreat at Rivers Bend.
It wouldn’t be so bad, except Heather and Mick are still attracted to each other like metal to a magnet. Oh, and her brother is considering offering Mick a partnership in the Retreat, which by rights should be hers. And even if they act on their attraction, Heather is a small-town, country girl, and proud of it, whereas Mick can’t get far enough from his West Virginia coal-mining roots.
Will they be able to get a second chance at their first love and find their happy ending together in Rivers Bend?

How about an excerpt from Love is Lovelier?
“Stick close. I’ll get you out of here.”
He used his broad shoulders as a wedge to propel himself though the crowd; Heather scurried to keep up with him so she could take advantage of the gap he created, not wanting to be so close that she could feel the warmth of his body through his elegant suit, but because she needed somehow to beat this crush of people to the Retreat to make sure that everything was in place for the post-christening party she’d planned for Bethanne only perfection would do for her BFF.
She watched Mick’s back as she stuck close to him; he looked so strong and fit it was hard to imagine him the way he was ten years ago, when he’d suffered his NFL career-ending injury, but the same business acumen that kept him with the Portland Pintos organization back then was the reason Jeff and Cisco hired him at the Retreat.
He’d be good for business she’d just have to keep chanting those words in her head like a mantra, or else she’d do one of two things she’d regret--kill Mick, or kiss him, and she’d gone the kissing route with him before. It did not end well. And tempting as the killing option was at the moment, it probably wouldn’t end any better.

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Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read––contemporary romances filled with heart, heat, and humor, like the books of her favorite romance writers, Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis.

A Sweeter Spot is the first book in the Rivers Bend trilogy, which is set in a fictional small town, populated by quirky characters. But if you prefer a big city setting and a little fantasy mixed in with your romance, try Angels Fly. A heartwarming story, set in beautiful San Diego, about getting a second-chance with your first love, with a little help from some unlikely guardian angels.

Writing is Donna’s third career. She has worked in the business world, which she decided wasn’t for her. So she went back to school to get her MLS degree, and worked in a school library, before deciding to pursue writing on a full-time basis. Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.
Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
Donna, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.


  1. Thank you so much for letting me visit today, Sharon! I loved having the chance to meet you live and in person!

  2. Thanks for meeting me at Starbucks! It was fun to have the opportunity to chat with you in real life! :)