DescriptionVeronica 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.
Author BioFern 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.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. The sense of fulfillment I feel after getting the words on the page and seeing the story take shape.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. The editing process. It's this thing that makes the story infinitely better but is just so painful to go through.
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. A journalist. I love interviewing people and am lucky to do so as part of AfterBuzzTV in Los Angeles.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. A Fern Grows in Jersey
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. Wow. Does everyone say this is a tough one to answer? I'll go with Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. It's a "children's book for adults" in a sense but it had such a profound impact on me when I read it almost ten years ago that I even wrote a blog post about it called "The Book that Changed My Life."
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. A combo of Bridget Jones, Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City, of course, was a book before it was a show; thanks, Candace Bushnell!) and my own protagonist Veronica Buccino.
Q. What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. Well, since I only have one under my belt at this point, I'd have to say I'm Veronica Buccino from Better in the Morning but I do have quite a bit of Jada, her best friend, in me.
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. The Great Gatsby
Q. What is your favorite season?
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. The way it works with my publisher is that we fill out a form that asks a series of questions about the story and specific feelings that are elicited from the book. It then goes to the artist and cover designer. What came back was beyond my wildest writer dreams. It was the perfect cover and includes an "Easter egg" that any reader of Better in the Morning will appreciate.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. Hmmm. Nothing comes to mind but I did have an awesome release party that was hosted at AfterBuzzTV studios, complete with a cake with the book cover on it from Cake + Art in West Hollywood, a signature cocktail with champagne that was dubbed "The Veronica," and gift bags too. I felt like it was my wedding again! And I felt like Carrie Bradshaw who said "There is one day even the most cynical New York woman dreams of ... her book release party." You can see pics on my Instagram @FernRonay.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Yes, I'm now telling Jada's story. She's married and a mother but is rather unhappy. It's a bit darker but has the same elements of incorporating "life after life."
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. Well, I'd like to say thank you to you for hosting me! And, as I say in the acknowledgements of Better in the Morning: To the person reading this right now, I always believed that whoever was meant to read this would be led to it somehow. I am so happy you have found your way here and I hope you enjoyed it!