Thursday, January 23, 2014

Character Interview – Daniella Dipietro from Jana Richards Left at the Altar Series

Today I’m going to interview Daniella Dipietro, otherwise known as Dani, the only character in my Left at the Altar series who appears in all three books. She’s the heroine’s best friend in “Her Best Man”, the sister of the hero in “There Goes the Groom”, and the heroine of her own story in “Always a Bridesmaid”. I’m interviewing her just before the start of “Always a Bridesmaid”. Let’s meet her!

Jana: Hi Dani! I’m happy to be speaking to you today. Tell me about your wedding experiences.

Dani: My wedding experiences? You do realize I’m not married, right? I’m not even dating anyone right now.

Jana: Yes, I know. I meant your experience as a bridesmaid. You’ve done the bridesmaid thing several times, haven’t you?

Dani: More times than I care to remember. I think it’s somewhere between fifteen and twenty. I’ve lost count.

Jana: Tell me about being a bridesmaid. What did you like about it, what did you hate?

Dani: Well, I enjoyed supporting my friends on their wedding days. What I didn’t enjoy was the cost and the assortment of ugly bridesmaid dresses I’ve still got stuffed in my closet. I call it my ugly bridesmaid dress hall of shame. But my favorite has to be the dress I wore in my cousin Theresa’s wedding party. She’s a kindergarten teacher so she decided to have a nursery rhyme theme. I was Little Bo Peep, complete with a bonnet and a staff. If I ever decide to take up a career in sheep herding, I’m all set.

Jana: So Dani, tell me about your love life. Why is a girl like you, in your late twenties, not married?

Dani: (rolls her eyes) Because I’m saving myself for Mr. Right. Listen, it’s not like I don’t want to get married. I’m just busy with my career as a lawyer. Not to mention being a bridesmaid every other weekend.

Jana: Are you sure there isn’t more to it than that? Why don’t you date?

Dani: I date. I’m just picky about who I date. I’ve had some lousy experiences.

Jana: Tell me about those experiences.

Dani: I’d really rather not.

Jana: You give the impression of being an open book, but in reality you keep your cards close to your vest. You don’t let people know how you really feel.

Dani: (shifts uncomfortably) I don’t know if I’d say that.

Jana: I hear you’ve been trying to lose weight.

Dani: I’m not trying, I have lost weight. About thirty pounds since I was in university. I’m pretty proud of myself.

Jana: You should be. Congratulations. That’s quite an accomplishment.

Dani: Thanks, but I think I should lose about twenty more.

Jana: You’re not very good at taking compliments, are you?

Dani: What do you mean?

Jana: Well, I congratulate you on your weight loss and you respond by saying you need to lose more weight. Can’t you just be happy about what you’ve done?

Dani: I’m just being realistic. Let’s face it, I’m not exactly svelte. Taylor Swift is not exactly lusting over my figure.

Jana: You use jokes to cover how you really feel. Why do you do that?

Dani: Who are you, Sigmund Freud? Give it a rest, will you?

Jana: All right, I’ll leave you alone. But I have a feeling your life is going to drastically change very soon.

Dani: From your lips to God’s ears.

Jana here. Like Dani, I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life. I’ve gained and lost, and gained again. I am once more trying to lose weight, especially the stuff around my middle. Do you have any tips for me? What do you do to keep your weight under control? 

What about weddings? Love them or hate them? Have you ever been a bridesmaid? What was your experience like?

Her Best Man
Left at the Altar Series
Book One
Jana Richards

Genre: Humorous contemporary romance

Publisher: Uncial Press

ISBN: 978-1-60174-019-9

Number of pages: 166
Word Count: 55,000

Cover Artist: Judith B. Glad

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Book Description:

Sarah Stevens experiences a bride's worst nightmare; being dumped at the altar. When she goes on the Caribbean cruise meant to be her honeymoon in order to lick her wounds, she discovers her ex-fiancé has sent his brother, Will Marshall, the former best man, on the cruise as well. Everyone on board thinks they're newlyweds, and Sarah is too embarrassed to set them straight. How is she supposed to share a tiny cabin with a man she barely knows? Even worse, how is she supposed to pretend that she and Will are on their honeymoon? Sarah discovers the best man for her really is the best man.

There Goes the Groom
Left at the Altar Series
Book Two
Jana Richards

Genre: Humorous romantic comedy

Publisher: Uncial Press

ISBN: 978-1-60174-159-2

Number of pages: 157
Word Count: 52,500

Cover Artist: Judith B. Glad

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Eight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar. He was sure she didn't really want to marry him. Now he's back, and they're forced to work together.

Coming home isn't easy for Tony, because his father wanted him to work at a trade instead of going off to college. Their relationship is still unsteady. Even before Tony's return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe and reliable. Yet the last thing she wants is a loveless, faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.

When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her as he did before?

If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.

Always a Bridesmaid
Left at the Altar series
Book Three
Jana Richards

Genre: Humorous contemporary romance

Publisher: Uncial Press


Number of pages: 201
Word Count: 61,000

Cover Artist: Judith B. Glad

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Dani Dipietro has always considered herself an ugly duckling in a family of swans. She's the bridesmaid her friends count on, but never the woman any man wants for his bride. So she plays the funny girl and guards her emotions, and her secrets, closely.

When Zach Morrison was dumped at his wedding, Dani was there to help him through the humiliation. A year later they meet again and once more Zach needs her help. To fend off the unwanted attentions of his former fiancé, he asks Dani to pretend to be his girlfriend. They play their roles a little too well, and make believe turns into reality. But their relationship comes crashing down around them when Zach's trust issues cause him to accuse Dani of cheating. Telling the truth means Dani will betray a friend, something she will never do. But keeping her secrets means she may be destined to remain a bridesmaid forever.

About the Author :

When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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1 comment:

Jana Richards said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!