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L. L. Dahl-Jensen is a successful career-woman, loving wife, and the dedicated mother of four wonderful, now grown children. With two new grandchildren a boy and a girl, she tries to spend as much time as she can enjoying their company. Being a soft-hearted animal lover, she has adopted many cats and will help any animal possible. The source of her creativity stems from a vivid recurring dream. After many sleepless nights and abrupt awakenings, a new journey began as she recalled and wrote her visions. Writing has now become a new passion.
What makes you proud to be a writer from New Port Richey? I can't say I'm proud but I'm very grateful to have been able to achieve what I have so far and can't wait to do more.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I had a recurring dream and wrote it down. Later I read it to my mother and she thought it sounded like the beginning of a book or movie.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Once I had written the whole thing in first person, I rewrote it in third person. After reading it and getting some opinions from friends I decided to try to get it published.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? The only thing I can say is that my dad loved the gangster movies and we watched them together many times.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I came up with the title while in the writing process but then changed it because it gave too much of the story away. I'm writing the second in the trilogy and I think it will be called "Bruno".
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? ‘Rita Rita’ is a suspense drama with a romantic twist. I love writing drama with all the twists and turns to keep the readers guessing and turning the pages.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Having my kids proud of me and talking about what their mother has done. Also being on the radio on talk shows and I hope to do T.V. next.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I haven't had a very long career so I can't say
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Working with the publisher. Everyone at Authorhouse has been amazing especially a man named James Raven he was so helpful.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only thing I can say is all the rejection letters years ago but some were very helpful and gave constructive criticism.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep on working at it never give up and edit, edit, edit. Have a friend help that you trust as well.
Who is your favorite author? So many talented writers out there, I don't really have a favorite.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? This is a first of a trilogy working on book two now.
Josie finds herself in a tough spot and begins a deception that will have her fearing for her life while love threatens to engulf her. How can she ever get things back to normal without something disastrous happening? Then there is Rita, who has escaped a life in "The Mob" that threatens her very sanity. Watch her discover an inner strength she never knew she had. Can love find her, too? How these women meet and forge their future makes for page-turning drama. Their trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Rita, Rita is a fast paced story with strong characters in realistic settings.
Mentionable characters include Josie who finds herself in an unusual situation, Tony who is just going about his life as usual, Rita who just wants to start over away from the mob and Susan who has memories that haunt her and unanswered questions.
An unusual family saga that transitions smoothly with twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged. This book holds something for everyone as there are good guys, bad guys, adventure and romance that stirs the heart.
L.L. Dahl-Jensen is a new up and coming author that writes with a great story telling style. Rita, Rita is the first book in this author’s trilogy and so we anticipate more great books in the future.
Cold Coffee Press endorses Rita, Rita by L. L. Dahl – Jensen as a suspense drama with a romantic twist. Reviewed on November 26, 2014. Book provided by the author for review. Please visit us at http://www.coldcoffeepress.com.