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Janette Rallison, how long have you been writing?
Technically, I’ve been writing since I was six. I can’t vouch for the quality of my work back then, though. I was first published when I was thirty.
LOL, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I grew up in Pullman, Washington which is where three of my teen romantic comedies take place. I live in Arizona now–which means that when I write about cooler climates I have to remind myself that people don’t mow the lawn in December…stuff like that.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
My husband, because he’s always been supportive of my writing. Writing is a career that takes years of unpaid practice before you see dividends, so it’s especially important to have supportive people around you who keep cheering you on instead of asking, “Why do you do this?” (You will ask yourself that question enough times.)
So true…what is the name of your book?
My Fair Lacey & A Perfect Fit
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.Â
Lacey has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years – but first, she needs a loan. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate’s Harvard-educated brother, offers to help her clean up her appearance and manner to impress the bank manager, she jumps at the chance. She makes mistake after mistake, and perhaps the biggest mistake is falling for sexy Garret.
This modern retelling of My Fair Lady offers all the humor of the original movie with a splash of romance thrown in.
Jojo Halifax, Lacey’s roommate, believes that winning Echo Ridge’s float competition is just what her fledgling art career needs. And if that means giving her ex-boyfriend, Anthony, a second chance so she can be a designer on his team, well, she’s willing to make the sacrifice. But when a lost bet leads to a blind date with her brother’s friend, Wyatt, she begins to have second thoughts about second chances. Wyatt is handsome and charming and just might have been paid to make her forget about Anthony. Is falling for his charm worth the risk or should she take Anthony back again?
Do you have a favorite character, why?Â
Since Lacey is based on Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady, I’m going to have to say she’s my favorite. You have to feel for someone who is trying to better themselves–especially if she has to deal with a Professor Higgins. Fortunately for Lacey, her mentor is younger, hotter, and nicer than Higgins.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I expect my readers to laugh and sigh happily. I think we all need more of that in our lives.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Get a marketing degree. Writing a good book is only half the battle. Getting people to discover you and then remember you as important.
Where can we find your book?