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Lucky Number 7: Jill Shalvis dishes on IT HAD TO BE YOU, pets & sexiness

It Had To Be You
Jill Shalvis




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Lucky Harbor #7

June 2013
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Featuring: Ali Winters; Luke Hanover
352 pages
ISBN: 1455521124
EAN: 9781455521128
Kindle: B009CKS2ZE
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Also by Jill Shalvis:
Rainy Day Friends, June 2018
About That Kiss, February 2018
Holiday Wishes, November 2017
Chasing Christmas Eve, October 2017


Janene Cates Putman had a chance to talk to New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis about this and that, you know, mostly about her pets, hot men and Lucky Harbor.

FF: Congrats on your Career Achievement award for Contemporary Romance from Romantic Times! How was the 2013 Booklovers Convention for you? (I was there & was terribly bummed not to have run into you!)

I would have loved to see you! It was my first time at the Booklovers Convention. I was a Booklovers Convention virgin! But I had a fantastic time, and the award was the icecream on top of the cake. :)

FF: Lucky Harbor novels – set to have 10 by next year – WOW! How do you feel about this series ending?

A little sad, to be honest. Lucky Harbor has defined my career and brought a lot of goodness into my life. I have such a soft spot for all the characters that it's really hard to move on. :)

FF: From IT HAD TO BE YOU: "It's okay. I've got you." Thank God. For just this one second, someone had her.

Isn't that one of the sexiest things a man can say? What else is sexy to you?

I find a hero with a sense of humor, a strong loyalty, and a big heart to be just about the sexiest thing ever.

FF: Favorite book or series you've written? Favorite book you've not written?

Favorite book just might be IT HAD TO BE YOU, which just came out. I think Luke shot to the top of my favorite hero ever when I wrote the scene above that you quoted.

FF: Misplaced City Girl blog excerpt: "I'll be here taking a badly needed nap. And also eating an entire bag of Pepperidge Farm's Mint Milanos." What are some of your other tried-and-true writing techniques?

Writing is a great job. I can work in my bunny slippers on my deck while eating cookies. But it's also a really hard job that requires discipline. I'm not all that good at discipline, and I have ADHD. So I have to force myself to sit still to write. It's not pretty. I bribe myself. Write a page and you can check email. Write another and you can have a cookie...

FF: Tell us about your cat, Satan – er, Sadie – and your other furry writing partners & how they inspired your involvement with Read Humane 2013.

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. We've rescued plenty of them over the years. And they've all inspired me. There's nothing like writing with a cat on your legs making them numb, and a dog on your feet chewing on your favorite slipper...

FF: My favorite from your Question of the Day (paraphrased): What does your Alpha Man call you? And what do you WISH he would call you?

Alpha Man calls me a variety of things depending on his mood. :) Sometimes it's honey, or babe. Sometimes it's "hey, woman!"

FF: What is the favorite vice you possess – that you will admit to?

Ha. There are many. Cookies. Bad TV reality shows. Trashy magazines... Stealing my teenagers cute sundresses.

FF: How many books do you write a year? (My guess would be "a boatload" but that's not really a number... )How do you keep your writing fresh?

I write three full single titles a year and sometimes a novella or two. I still have lots of stories in my head so apparently I'm not done yet!

FF: Do you have a good-luck charm – something you keep with you when you write? If so, what is it?

My dog, Frat Boy. :)




6 comments posted.

Re: Lucky Number 7: Jill Shalvis dishes on IT HAD TO BE YOU, pets & sexiness

I really enjoyed reading the interview, and am looking forward to reading her latest book!! I thought I was an animal lover!! One day I hope to have as many animals, if not more, running around my household!! You can't beat having a cat or kitten purring on your lap, and a dog curled up at your feet!! Congratulations on your latest award, Jill!! You've earned it!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:44am June 12, 2013)

Great interview - and a great quote from Luke.
(Carla Carlson 11:10am June 12, 2013)

Jill Shavis is one of my favorite authors. Can't wait to read new book.
(Susan Falkler 6:26pm June 12, 2013)

I love your description of the benefits of being an author: writing while wearing bunny slippers and eating cookies on your deck.
(Joanne Hicks 10:03pm June 12, 2013)

Love, love, love Jill!!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 12:55pm June 13, 2013)

You are a busy lady! Great to get the chance to write all the stories down. I often have cats around me too.
(Clare O'Beara 4:01am June 14, 2013)

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