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My Guest

I’m super excited to introduce my first guest, Jill Weatherholt. Let’s get to know her and find out what she’s been up to. I’ve asked her a few questions to get the conversation going, and guess what I learned? She just released her debut romance novel, Second Chance Romance. So, I started reading it and, well…WOW. So far I’m loving it. Here’s Jill.


jillwThanks for inviting me to visit your blog today, Lori. When I started blogging in September of 2012, I had no idea I’d meet so many wonderful and talented people who I’d end up being friends with. Honestly, I don’t remember how we connected, but I’m so happy we did.

I’ve been writing seriously for several years. In the past, I wrote for myself, entering a few contests here and there. In the summer of 2012, things seem to take off when I was published for the first time in Southern Writer’s Magazine. Since then, it’s been an amazing journey. When I was offered a contract by Harlequin on August 17, 2015, it was clear to me that God had bigger plans for my writing.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

My earliest memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up is a babysitter. Growing up, my sister and I had the best sitter in the neighborhood. I wanted to be just like her. Next, I remember wanting to be a garbage man. LOL! Hanging on the back of the truck looked like fun. Next, I wanted to be a doctor, until I fainted while getting my ears pierced. I decided against any profession that involved blood or needles.

Is there someone outside of your reach whom you admire that you’d like to meet and ask questions (author, motivational speaker, etc.)?

As a writer, I’d love to sit down and speak with Debbie Macomber. She’s an award winning writer of romance and contemporary women’s fiction who’s dyslexic. Despite her learning disability, she persevered through countless rejections and achieved her dream. (Lori’s comment: Very inspirational)

What book would you enjoy reading again?

Gone with the Wind is my favorite book and one that I’d love to read again. Since GWTW is so long, and my free reading time is limited, I catch it on TCM when it’s televised.

Is there a specific moment in your life when you first knew you wanted to be a writer?

I had to stop and think about this one. When I pulled out an old journal, I read this, written on June 22, 2008:

I want to be a writer; not just a writer who keeps a journal or writes short stories here and there. I want to be a published writer.

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Honestly, I didn’t remember writing this, so thank you for prompting me to take a look back. This is why I love to journal. (Lori’s comment: Don’t you just love going back and finding things in there you didn’t remember? I even posted a story here straight from my journal).

How did you come up with the idea for your novel?

The initial spark came after I’d read about a woman who’d lost her entire family in a horrific car accident. From there, the story took on a life of its own as it was written during my first participation in NaNoWriMo so I was just trying to get the words onto the page.

Tell us something about one of your characters that you know, but is not written into their story.

My heroine, Melanie Harper didn’t want to have children when she and her husband were first married. She thought they’d be a distraction to her career. Once she had her twin girls, they became her world. (Lori’s comment: Thanks for sharing this. I’m always curious, because I know so much more about my characters than I can put onto the page).

Thanks for inviting me over today, Lori!

Lori Here: Thanks for chatting with us, Jill. Now, anyone else care to share what they wanted to be when they grew up? Any garbage men or doctors? 😉

Small-Town Daddy 

Jackson Daughtry’s jobs as a paramedic and part-owner of a local café keep him busy—but the single dad’s number one priority is raising his little girl with love and small-town values. And when his business partner’s hotshot lawyer niece comes to town planning to disrupt their lives by moving her aunt away, Jackson has to set Melanie Harper straight. When circumstances force them to work side by side in the coffee shop, Jackson slowly discovers what put the sadness in Melanie’s pretty brown eyes. Now it’ll take all his faith—and a hopeful five-year-old—to show the city gal that she’s already home.

By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness.

Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her heart belongs to Virginia. She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University. She shares her life with her real-life hero and number one supporter. Their relationship grew on the golf course, and now they have one in their backyard. Jill believes in enjoying every moment of this journey because God has everything under control. Visit Jill at




104 thoughts on “My Guest”

  1. Wow! Jill so nice to get some background about your writing passions and learn a bit more about you. You are an inspiration and I hold onto my dreams and hope I can be a success one day like you. Thank you for sharing Jill’s amazing journey Lori. I’m not a fan of romance novels but this story sounds like much much more.

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  2. Hi Lori and Jill! Great interview with fun and interesting questions. I think I wanted to be a garbage man too at some point – it did look like a lot of fun to ride on that truck! I can’t wait to read Jill’s book – thank you for letting us know more about it!

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    1. Hi Sheila. Two garbage women. Ha. That’s cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in any of my neighborhoods though. Have you? Of course, now they just use that gripper to grab trash cans these days.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing. 🙂

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  3. They say that there’s something about writing down your dreams … that they are more likely to come to pass. Jill you’ve shown this to be true!

    I like the premise of your new book, and I salute you (and your team), for the many long hours you worked to get it off the ground. I wish you godspeed for the next one.

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    1. Thanks so much for popping over, Timi! I truly appreciate your support and your kind words. Getting this book to print was certainly a team effort. The people at Harlequin were amazing to work with.
      Yes, I’ve always been a believer in writing down dreams and speaking them out loud. I’m happy that Lori asked me that question. I knew I’d find the answer in one of my journals.

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  4. Hi Lori and Jill!
    I really enjoyed your interview Lori, and appreciated the interesting questions you asked and Jill’s amusing answers! I have bought Jill’s book but haven’t read it yet and I am *so* looking forward to it!
    I have your book ‘Whit’s End’ on Kindle and finished it the other day. I loved it!

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    1. Hi Clare. It was fun for me to learn those things about Jill, too. I enjoy getting to know blogger friends better.

      Thank you so much for taking a chance on Whit’s End. I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed it.

      Hope you have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂

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    2. Hi Clare! Thanks for stopping by. I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. It is fun to learn more about each other. I just finished Lori’s book yesterday…I really liked it too. I appreciate you purchasing my book. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week! ❤

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  5. Lori, this is a wonderful interview with Jill. Great to learn more about you,Jill and especially smiling at your early dreams for a job. I wanted to be a tightrope walker – until I kept falling off the fence where I was practising and then a brickie until my fingers got hurt trying to help build a wall on the patio! Writing is much safer! 😀❤️

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Annika! Now I’m smiling at the idea of you wanting to be a tightrope walker. Hopefully you were never injured while practicing. 🙂 I’m too afraid of heights to have a job like that. Have a great week! ❤

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    2. Hi Annika. Ha, yes, writing is much safer than being a brickie. We learned that new term here in the states. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your early job ideas. Always nice to visit with you.

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  6. I love to read about dreams come true, especially for writers. Jill deserves the adulation I see here. I have read her book and publishes a review.

    One day my dream will come true as well – publishing a memoir of my early life as a Mennonite in Lancaster County, PA which I often post about in my blog.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marian. I truly appreciate your support and encouraging words along the way. Yes, your dream WILL come true too and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for coming over to visit Lori’s blog. Enjoy your weekend!

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    2. Hi Marian. Reading how someone else’s dream came true certainly inspires others. It’s great that Jill shared hers.

      Wow! A Mennonite. That sounds like an interesting memoir. My memoir is just a few short stories made humorous with uplifting endings. At least I hope that’s how they come across.

      Thanks for visiting and for sharing.

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  7. Oh, wouldn’t that be cool to meet Debbie Macomber! You’re amazing, Jill, and such an encouragement to other writers. I CANNOT even imagine writing a book for NaNoWriMo. So happy for you, my friend. Happy writing weekend! 😍

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    1. Aw…thank you so much, Tori! You’ve been so supportive and encouraging during this journey…I appreciate it. Yes, I’d love to meet Debbie too. When I read about her challenges with dyslexia, I was in awe. As for NaNoWriMo, you might surprise yourself. 🙂 Have a great weekend and stay warm! ❤

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  8. Fantastic post, ladies. Jill, as you know I am already a fan and love your book! I wish you the very best wish your release…and writing career.

    I chuckled at your career aspirations. Lori, as for your questions, I actually was going to be a doctor. I switched over to engineering after I lost my parents, and had to work full time and part time while going through school. That would not have made for success in med school!

    This is my first visit to your blog, Lori, and I really like it!

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    1. Hi Kate. I know, it was fun learning more about Jill and her career aspirations. Thanks for sharing about your career. Engineering! Wow. That’s as difficult as becoming a doctor only in a whole different way. You had your hands full with that in school plus working so much. I’m glad to read that you like my blog. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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    2. Hi Kate! How wonderful to see your smiling face on Lori’s blog. I appreciate you popping over as I know how busy you’ve been promoting your fantastic book, SANCTUARY COVE. Thank you for sharing your early career aspirations. You’re such a caring and compassionate person, you would have made an excellent doctor, but I’m happy you’re a writer, otherwise I would have never met you. Take care of yourself! ❤

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    1. Hi Carrie. Funny how we end up doing things we didn’t expect. You went in a different direction, except, you kind of got back in that direction as an author. Thanks for sharing. Good to see you. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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  9. I have read Jill’s book, wrote review on A….and LOVED her debut. I can’t wait to read her next book….. she is at the top of my fave authors!!
    Thanks for having Jill here today, Lori!!

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  10. Hello Jill and Lori! I have been following Jill’s blog for quite a bit now and enjoy Jill and her blog so much. I learned some new things in this interview… a degree in Psychology, Jill! I am going to download your book to my Kindle this afternoon so that I can enjoy it tomorrow afternoon on the porch while it snows, Jill! Thank you for sharing this interview, Lori!

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    1. Hi there. I know, it’s great getting to know our blogging friends better. I enjoy this social medium so much more than the others. Thank you for visiting. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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    2. Hi Pix! Thanks so much for coming over to Lori’s blog today. I’ve always enjoyed Psychology. One of my favorite courses was Abnormal Psychology…it was fascinating. We’re predicted to get a little snow, but after temperatures in the 70’s this week, I can’t imagine much will accumulate. Tomorrow, I’ll be picture you with those feet up and reading. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it! ❤

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  11. Hi Jill and Lori,
    I’m so glad I stopped by today. It was nice getting to know you better, Jill. I’ve read Jill’s book and loved it. I encourage everybody who enjoys romances to read it.

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    1. Hi Jackie. How cool that you’ve read Jill’s book. Everyone is saying such great things. I can’t wait to get to it again. Thanks for visiting. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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    2. Hi Jackie! I’m so happy you stopped by Lori’s blog. I’ve been thinking about you and envying you being surrounded by palm trees now. I know you’re thrilled to be settled again.I think KY is getting snow this weekend. Thank you for your kind words about my book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. ❤

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    1. Hi L. Marie! It really was eye opening to read through those old entries. I had recollection of entries where I was beating myself up for not writing as much as I should, but I didn’t remember writing that particular entry. Thanks to Lori, I discovered when that dream was planted. Thank you for all of your support over the years. You were one of the first few people to learn my dream had come true. ❤


    1. Thanks for coming over today, Jacqui. I’ve always been addicted to reading author interviews and seeing photos of their writing spaces. 🙂 Believe me, I know you’ve got the tallest TBR stack in the country, so no pressure! Enjoy your weekend.

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  12. Super interview. I have Jill’s book on my Kindle. I’m not normally a romance reader but since Jill wrote it I have to read it because she is one of my most favorite people. I wanted to be a lawyer but had to work to put myslef through college and needed to get an honest job when I graduated. I became a marketing guy instead. The only regret I had was not being able to handle my own tickets. Thanks, Lori

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    1. Hi John. Although I like to read women’s fiction, I’m not normally a romance reader either. But, I’m really enjoying Jill’s. Thanks for sharing about your career choices and shifts. So many of us end up doing something other than what we intended, but I think it all works out in the end. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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    2. Oh man, John…either you make me laugh or you make me cry. Thank you for your sweet comment. If I were to make a top ten list of my favorite people, you’d be right up there. It seems the writing career has really benefited from your “marketing guy” background. Plus, just think of all of the the law school debt you avoided. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Lori, you will love the book when you’re done with it–and be sorry you have to leave the characters behind. I enjoyed it so much! Jill, you made my day with the garbage man thing. That is the best. My dad was a garbage man before I was a teen (changed jobs around that time). he owned his own tiny company, but he was still out there dumping dumpsters. I loved riding in the truck when it picked up the dumpsters in the claws, but it still smelled bad, which is something I am opposed to.

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    1. Hi Luanne. I’m opposed to things smelling bad, too. 😉 I’m already getting attached to the characters in Jill’s book. The writing is drawing me in. She’s done a great job. Thanks for visiting. Have a nice weekend.

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    2. Aw…thank you so much, Luanne! I’m so happy you enjoy SCR. I appreciate your wonderful review and support, over the years. I remember your blog post about your father! Riding on the back of the truck would definitely be more enjoyable wearing a nose plug. Congratulations on KIN TYPES! I’m so excited for you!

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