October 7, 2013

Character Interview: Bridget Grant from First and Again @JanaRichards #RLFblog #contemporary

First and Again 
Jana Richards, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Bridget Grant, from the book, First And Again.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover artist: Morrow Creative Ltd.
Length: 87,000 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: Bridget Grant returns to her hometown in North Dakota, and finds all the problems she left behind are still there, including her first love.
Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.
She's swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she's trying to navigate the strained relationships she'd left behind – including her first love, Jack Davison.
Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack's tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever – Jack's also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.
But Bridget's only planning to stay in Paradise until she's saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack's invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Jack Davison is a North Dakota rancher and owner of the Lazy J Guest Ranch. Jack is thirty-nine years old, and aside from a few years spent working in Texas, he's lived in North Dakota all his life. Bridget Grant is a chef. Her last job was as head chef of the catering company that she and her ex-husband owned in San Francisco. But her life fell apart, and she's forced to return to the hometown she couldn't wait to leave twenty years ago. She's thirty-eight years old.

Interview with Bridget Grant

Tell us about yourself.
There's not much to tell really. I have a fifteen year old daughter named Rebecca, who's angry with me for moving her away from her father. Not that he cared where we went. My first night in Paradise, my sister humiliated me in front of Jack and a bunch of her friends. My mother and I haven't gotten along since before I developed breasts. Oh, and every time I think about cooking, I have an anxiety attack. Not good for a professional chef.
Aside from that, everything's peachy. Thanks for asking.
Tell us about Jack Davison.
Jack's a great guy. He's funny and kind, and oh God, what a kisser! Why the hell couldn't he have gone bald and grown a paunch in the last twenty years? Instead he's as fit and good looking as he was back then. I have enough problems without my hormones running amok every time I see him.
Jack is also a wonderful father. When I see him with Rebecca and his daughter Leslie, I can't help but think about the children we never had together.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Lately my strongest point seems to be my ability to piss people off.
What would Jack say is your strongest point?
He'd probably say I was good mother. That's one thing we can agree on. Rebecca is my first priority, always. Jack also thinks I'll get back on my feet soon and get my life on track again. I'm not as confident as he is on that one.
What would Jack say is your biggest weakness?
Likely my inability to stay out his business. We disagree on how he's raising his daughter. Leslie needs to learn to do things for herself and be more independent. Jack insists on doing everything for her. Just because she has Down Syndrome doesn't mean she's helpless.
What was it like where you grew up?
I was born in Minneapolis but we moved to Paradise when I was six, after my parents broke up. I never saw my father again. My father was my hero and I've never understood why my mother never allowed him to visit my sister and me after we came to North Dakota.
Paradise was a safe place to grow up, but I never felt I truly belonged here.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I can't say I regret marrying my ex-husband because that marriage gave me Rebecca. But I wasted a lot of years in an unhappy, unhealthy marriage. I'm not sorry I left Paradise as soon as I finished high school, even though Jack wanted me to stay. As much as I loved him back then, I was afraid I'd grow to resent him if I'd stayed instead of following my dreams. His life has always been here in Paradise, and mine wasn't.
I wish I wasn't always at odds with my family. I'd give anything for a better relationship with my mother and sister. I wish my daughter wouldn't act out so much, and I wish she could understand why I had to move us out here.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
To work in a professional kitchen again, without panicking. And if I was allowed two wishes, I'd love to be a mother to a second child.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Someplace where I'm free to do the things I love. Someplace where I can be me. Someplace where I'm loved.

About the Author

Jana Richards
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 www.janarichards.com

Previous Books

Seeing Things
A Long Way from Eden
Burning Love
The Girl Most Likely
Home Fires
Her Best Man – Book 1, Left at the Altar Series
There Goes the Groom – Book 2, Left at the Altar Series

Books Coming Soon

Always a Bridesmaid – Book 3, Left at the Altar Series.
Coming January 17, 2013


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