Welcome to UTC, Jill! We are thrilled to have you here to talk about your latest book in the Animal Magnetism series. You’re pretty well known for your small town romances. This series is set in the fictional town of Sunshine, Idaho. When creating this series, what are some things that you think are important to establish before you begin writing a story in a made up contemporary setting?
It’s always about the characters for me. And one of those characters are always absolutely the setting. I have to love it, have to want to live there.
Now let me just say that I absolutely adore AJ and Darcy. For readers who are new to the series, can you please give us a little intro to both characters?
Darcy is a bit of a handful. Willful, feisty, strong-willed, strong-minded … a wonderful woman with a huge heart and a mind of her own. It takes a good man to let a woman like Darcy be herself without reining her in and there’s no better man for the job than AJ Colten.
Each one of your characters are always very likeable and endearing. What would you say is a quality that every hero or heroine should have?
A good heart!!! (not to underestimate the value of great abs on a hero!
Animals are such a big part of this series. On social media, you shared your story where you took in some adorable one week puppies. How have the presence of animals in your life shaped who you are?
We’ve always had animals here, always. Rescues, mostly. My daughter has been fostering kittens and puppies who are too young to be adopted and I’m so proud of her! Animals are a big part of our lives and I love writing them into my stories.
I’m very excited for the next book in the series, ALL I WANT. This will be Parker and Zoe’s book. What can you tell us about this book?
Well Zoe’s story has been a long time coming. She’s taken care of her siblings for so long she’s forgotten about herself. Time for her to get her own story, don’t you think?
And lastly, what are you currently working on?
I’m working on a Cedar Ridge book right now, hot guys on a mountain. The first one is SECOND CHANCE SUMMER and comes out in June. Stay tuned.
Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can’t refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?