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Genre - Contemporary Romance
We need to talk. This phrase spoken by Ben to his longtime love Laurie changes their lives drastically. He uses those words to springboard his intent to leave her and their childhood neighborhood in Memphis. Sunset Park is just as much engrained in their souls as their horrific childhoods they survived with each other’s help. Ben returns to Sunset Park five years later amid the impending festivities of his cousin’s wedding. He has an ulterior motive other than walking Jamie down the aisle – he wants to make amends with Laurie. This goal is a delicate one as both of them are fragile from Ben’s actions that fateful April night five years earlier. After a scare, they make the complicated attempt to reconcile their relationship and move forward. However, an old mystery resurfaces from their five years apart that threatens not only Ben and Laurie’s hopes but also their lives.
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About the Author:
My interests are varied. An Iowa Hawkeye football fan and longtime NASCAR fan, I hope to one day experience a perfect fall football day at Kinnick Stadium (with a magical win over Michigan, Iowa State, or Nebraska) and the Daytona 500 (go Jr!). I could get lost for days at Walt Disney World or a good book. I have been reading Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke for several years. I would love to re-envision my first favorite television show (The Pretender), meet the cast of my second favorite television show (The Big Bang Theory), see another story from my third favorite television show with the original cast (Firefly), and create a storyline for a music video for my favorite band (Daughtry). ROCK ON!
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Q & A with Dana
1. What’s your latest book about?
1. What’s your latest book about?
Sunset Park is about Ben who is returning to his childhood neighborhood in Memphis five years after leaving Laurie, his longtime girlfriend. He’s returning to Sunset Park for his cousin’s wedding but he also hopes to make amends with Laurie for leaving. It’s a tricky situation for a couple reasons. First, when he left he was basically running away from Laurie because he felt he could no longer deal with some of her issues (OCD, agoraphobic tendencies). Second, after he left that night, Laurie was brutally attacked and left both physically and mentally fragile. Ben and Laurie make the complicated attempt to reconcile their relationship and move forward. However, an old mystery resurfaces from their five years apart that threatens not only Ben and Laurie's hopes but also their lives.2. What genre do you prefer to write and why?
I honestly have not pinned one down yet; I just want to write the stories in my head. With Sunset Park and the Deceptions trilogy that I’m working on now, there is no one genre that would hit you over the head. I consider Sunset Park a reconciliation story with drama and a touch of mystery. With the Deceptions trilogy, it’s part drama, thriller, mystery, and a little romance but not a rip your shirt off romance.3. How did you get started as a writer?
As a kid, I always wanted to be somewhere else other than where I was. The stories I thought up in my head could take me away from the life I was living so I was always doodling little stories in notebooks. (To this day I am a sucker for a brand new notebook.) Once I started college, that’s when I began to really focus on my writing and becoming a writer. I took all the creative writing classes that I could in the hopes of one day being a published author. It took twenty-two years from the time I started college until my first novel was published this past November. During that time I switched careers from Fortune 500 to teaching and was treated for leukemia while also taking care of my ailing mother but during that all, I never stopped believing I could become a published author. So in other words – NEVER GIVE UP!4. How many books do you have out?
Sunset Park is my first published novel and hopefully, not the last.5. What’s the next project you plan to release?
I’m currently working on a trilogy. I started this story before I began Sunset Park. It was originally just a practice piece that I kept coming back to. About a year ago, the story began to expand and I knew I had an actual story going on and not something to just doodle with and this past spring, I realized the story I wanted to tell was longer than just one book and is now a trilogy. The first book is called Deceptions with Aftermath and Closure rounding out the trilogy. The story is about Jack and Penny who have been best friends since meeting at a scholarship luncheon at Princeton. Penny becomes the nanny to his children and on a snowy Thanksgiving night in the Poconos, Jack and Penny are kidnapped. I tell the story of their friendship along with their back stories as they endure their captivity. Hopefully the trilogy will be published and you can find out what happens.6. Name a favorite book hero and why you chose him/her.
I have to go back to my favorite children’s series by Beverly Cleary and choose Ramona Quimby. I could relate a lot to what her and her family went through from owning a cat (I am a crazy cat lady in training) to the struggles the family went through when her father lost her job.7. Name a favorite book villain and why you chose him/her.
I actually think my favorite villain might be one that shows up in my Deceptions trilogy. One of the villains is not an actual entity but is the voice we have inside of all of us. It’s the voice that tells us if we look good in an outfit or maybe tells us to be careful in a sticky situation. For some people, it’s this voice that fuels negative thoughts and actions. For Penny, one of the main characters, her voice drives her eating disorder and low self-worth. Jack, one the other main characters, was born in Russia and he calls this voice the strashnyi golos in his first language. This voice haunts Penny for most of her life and nearly kills her. Since we all have this voice inside of us, the possibility that the voice could become a villain is frightening when we think that we truly can be our own worst enemy.