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* Tell us about the hero of SMALL-TOWN CINDERELLA? Why will we fall in love with him?
Drew Pirelli is as solid and grounded as the houses he builds. He puts his heart and soul into his work, and after years of turning the keys over for another family to live in the houses he builds, Drew has decided to build the home of his own. Now, he just needs the right woman to settle down with to have the family of his dreams…
Debbie Mattson has always been a good friend and the girl next door. When Drew overhears her comment that she’s looking to go out and have a red-hot fling, he sets out to protect her from herself. Before long, though, Drew starts to understand why Debbie is looking for a man to sweep her off her feet. Now, it’s up to him to convince her he can be that man!
* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?
Debbie has spent too much of her life tied down to the family bakery. After caring for her mother during an illness and taking over the bakery after her mother passed away, Debbie is looking for the chance to break free and have fun. Settling down is not part of the plan…
Drew is not the kind of man she has in mind. He’s too serious, too settled, and far too easy to fall for!
*What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after?
Drew has to break out of his shell a little, to stop thinking and start feeling. He’s always downplayed his emotions, but putting his heart on the line is the only way he’ll convince Debbie they’re right for each other.
Debbie has to change her view of relationships. While she wants to break free of a life that she sees as too boring, she has to realize that falling in love is the most daring risk of all.
* Is there any particular significance in the setting?
Like the rest of the Pirelli Brothers miniseries, the book takes place in a small Northern California town called Clearville. There are several fun scenes that take place in Debbie’s bakery.
* What was your favorite scene to write?
This book, for me, has so many fun scenes. I enjoyed writing the scene where Drew follows Debbie to a karaoke singles event and encourages her to break out of her shell and go up and sing. But I think the scene I liked best was Halloween night where Debbie dresses like Cinderella (of course!) and Drew goes out on a limb to convince her that he is her Prince Charming!
* What was the most difficult scene for you to write?
The scene where Debbie pulls away from Drew toward the end of the book was an emotional scene. She knows Drew loves her, but events both from her past and in the present (I don’t want to give too much away!) make her retreat into a shell and feel that she’s already lost too much to risk giving her away.
* Can you share if there were any real-life inspirations for a particular scene or character in the book?
I was fortunate to stay in a small bed and breakfast in Williams, Arizona that had its own bakery. Not only were their pies and Danishes AMAZING, I also had the opportunity to look around and talk with the owners about running a small bakery.
* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one?
Yes! Since this is a Pirelli Brothers book, both Sam and Nick, Drew’s brothers, make appearances as do other members of the Pirelli family.
Since Debbie runs a bakery, I was wondering about favorite desserts? Do you go for baked goods–pies, cakes, donuts? Or are you more of a chocolate fan? Or maybe, my favorite, ice cream?
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