Today for “Feature Friday” let us welcome the lovely Fern Ronay with her book Better in the Morning.
We will have info about the book and her. Plus we have a great interview with Fern.
Make sure to check everything out and go and give Fern some love and add her to your TBR 😉
Happy Reading 🙂
Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer. And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.
Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.
Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.
Hello Fern. Thank you for taking the time to stop in and chat with us, it is great to have you.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
In 2010, I actually wrote a “Letter to My Younger Self” blog post on my birthday. I basically told her ‘Relax!’ because that job won’t go on forever, that guy will one day be an after thought, you’ll know who your true friends are, and your family will always be there, but she already knew that last one.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
There was a time when I was only reading non-fiction books – biographies, memoirs, etc. Law school broke that. I suppose I needed an escape! And I found it in Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I fell so in love with that book. I’d fallen in love with other fiction before that but I’ll always remember that book as the one that put an end to my non-fiction-only phase of the early 2000’s.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes! Many! For example, something happens on Bastille Day in Better in the Morning and that’s a wink to my husband whose birthday is July 14th.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Forever and then about another year! I took a novel writing class in 2008 while still living in New York and that’s when I started outlining and working on Better in the Morning but I would only write on and off for the next few years so it took until 2012 before I had a complete first draft to exchange with beta readers. My second novel appears to be taking just as long but better late than never.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Chocolate. I gave it up for Lent this year and I admit it was so hard. By day 30, I felt like I’d wrestle a chocolate bar out of a little kid’s hands if I could. But, for this, I’d do it. I’d be a crankier person but I’d do it. When the flow comes and you write something you don’t hate, it’s magic. Better-than-chocolate-magic.
This was fun again thank you so much for taking the time to chat.
Fern Ronay is a lawyer who has lived in Manhattan, Chicago and now sunny Los Angeles with her husband, but she will always consider herself a Jersey girl. She is working on her next novel.