Jill Shalvis is in the house! I am super excited to host Jill here at the Romance Dish today. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Jill is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and a RITA award winner for the first book in her terrific Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible. But did you know that she also has a blog where she chronicles everything from teasers and excerpts to pictures of gorgeous men to hilarious moments in her I Love Lucy-esque life? (Pssst! Check it out here!) Her latest release, Forever and a Day, is the sixth book in the Lucky Harbor series. I absolutely adored it and you can read my review here! Jill is a city girl who makes her home in the wild Sierras near beautiful Lake Tahoe. She certainly has plenty of inspiration! Welcome, Jill!
interview with Jill Shalvis on Lucky Harbor, writing and relaxing...
us a little bit about Lucky Harbor, the town your series is based in?
Harbor is a small beach town on the Washington coast, where you could leave a
bucket of money on your back seat and it wouldn’t get stolen, but you couldn’t
keep a secret to save your life. If
Lucky Harbor was real, you’d want to live there for the warm, fun, caring
people -- and possibly for the hot guys.
Have you always wanted to
I was a journalism major and thought I was going the nonfiction route. But I kept wanting to embellish my
stories. They tend to frown on that in
nonfiction. Also, I wanted a happily
ever after. Romance was an obvious
choice. I gave it a shot and haven’t
looked back yet.
How would you describe your
funny, sexy contemporaries. Um, maybe
I saw on your blog you call
yourself a Glee ‘ho. What other shows
tickle your fancy?
I should have said I was a TV ‘ho! Justified, Burn Notice, Breaking
Bad. I love reality shows too, Survivor,
Amazing Race … you know what? I think it’d be shorter and easier to stick
us a bit about Forever and a Day.
afraid I gave ER Dr. Josh Scott a bit more than his fair share of torture this
time around. He’s got a medical practice
that he inherited from his father, a five-year-old son whose mother walked away
from them both, and a sister he’s solely responsible for. And to top things off, a wayward puppy. It’s a lot, and our overworked hero is on the
very edge of burn out. He’s in desperate
need of … something.
that something shows up in the form of Grace Brooks. She’s lost just about everything in the
economic downturn, and the financial wizard is reduced to dog walking when Josh
hires her to do just that. He thinks
he’s helping her out, giving her a job, when in truth, she changes his world. And rocks it.
who has fabricated her doggy resume, has little to no experience with pets or
five- year-old boys but, like she does everything, she digs in with her entire
Do you have any plans to
branch out and write in any other genres?
have my hands full at the moment with what I’m doing, but if I was to clone
myself, I’d want to write scripts for TV. Maybe the Big Bang Theory. Or
maybe … Criminal Minds! :)
If you weren’t writing what
else would you be doing right now?
Reading. Playing in the snow. Bossing the kids
around. Eating cookies… Taking a nap!!!!
Andrea here: Thanks so much, Jill! So, dear readers, Jill's Lucky Harbor series is about a small town located on the coast of Washington. What are some of your favorite small-town romances? Where are they set? The wonderful people at Grand Central have graciously offered to give a copy of Forever and a Day to one lucky commenter. (The giveaway is limited to U.S. or Canadian residents only.)