Today, Theresa Rizzo, author of JUST DESTINY, is at Traveling With T with the lowdown on her writing schedule, what JUST DESTINY is about, and much more!
Interview with Theresa Rizzo:
What was the inspiration for Just Destiny?
My husband was on a business trip on my birthday, so my sister and brother-in-law took me out to dinner to celebrate and I’d cut out this article in the newspaper about a woman being sued by her deceased husband’s family to keep her from having his baby after he was dead. The idea of having your dead husband’s baby seemed bizarre, but still it struck me as a frivolous, ridiculous lawsuit. I figured it wasn’t anybody’s business, after all once you get married, your body’s mine and mine’s yours, right? My attorney sister got this puzzled look on her face and said, “Actually that’s a really interesting legal issue. I wonder if sperm is considered property . . .” And then my brother-in-law looked at her, saying, “I’m not sure I’d want you to have my baby after I’m gone.”So we discussed some legal and moral implications of the situation and what had initially seemed so incredibly simple and private suddenly became complicated and intriguing, propelling me to do some research into the legalities and morality of the issue.I was so fascinated with the idea that I had to build a book around it.
Are any of the characters in Just Destiny based on people in real life? Or are they just characters you imagined?
Nope, actually, George I seemed to think of as Lou Grant on the Mary Tyler Moore show, but I just made everybody else up.
Can you describe Just Destiny in 10 words or less?
Just Destiny is a love story wrapped in suspenseful courtroom drama.
Will you be going on a book signing tour? Or doing any local book events?
I will be at the Crested Butte Writers Conference June 5-8, 2014
Do you have a writing space? A writing routine?
I have my study I do most of my writing in, but if things are going well, I take my laptop to my bedroom and family room to write as well. I get up in the morning and take care of our 2 dogs and cat, then settle down to do a little email before writing until lunch. Then take the pup for a walk before working another couple of hours.
Are you using social media to reach fans? Has that been difficult or do you feel at ease with social media?
I love emailing fans and chatting via Facebook. I have a Twitter account, but I’m not really a fan. I have a much neglected blog—I need to be better with that.
Would you want Just Destiny to be made into a movie? If so, do you have a cast in mind?
Of COURSE I’d love to see Just Destiny be a movie; what author doesn’t think her book would make a wonderful movie? Jenny—Sophia Bush , Steve—Channing Tatum, George—Ed Asner & Judith would be . . . Kate Walsh
Theresa- what are you working on next? Can you give us any hints?
In the fall I’ll put out my next book, The Lives Between Us, which is book dealing with love, loss, revenge, and making hard choices. Here’s the description:
Grieving the loss of her beloved niece, reporter Skylar Kendall plots revenge on the US Senator who opposed life-saving stem cell research and therapy. She becomes romantically involved with his best friend, putting her in the perfect position to tear the senator’s world apart when tragedy strikes. Only, she hadn’t counted on falling in love.
Sen. Hastings’s tragedy would absolutely make Skylar’s career and satisfy her thirst for revenge, but can she betray her new love and friends?
*Special thanks to Theresa Rizzo for taking time to be interviewed!
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Theresa’s debut book, He Belongs to Me, was a finalist in the General Fiction Category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.
What would you do if your whole world fell apart?
Jenny Harrison made some poor choices in the past, but marrying Gabe was the best thing she’d ever done. They had the perfect marriage, until a tragic accident leaves Gabe brain dead and her world in ruins.
Devastated by grief, she decides to preserve the best of their love by conceiving his child, but Gabe’s family is adamantly opposed, even willing to chance exposing long-held family secrets to stop her. Caught in a web of twisted motives and contentious legal issues, Jenny turns to best friend and attorney, Steve Grant. Steve wants to help Jenny, but he has reservations and secrets of his own.
When something so private and simple turns public and complicated, will Jenny relent? What is Steve willing to sacrifice to help Jenny?
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T