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Jun 1, 2018

Interview with Daphne Dubois, author of Only the Beginning



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After a heartbreaking betrayal, Melissa Legacy shuns romance. So when her best friend joins the Lovers Oasis website and fears her fiancé will find out, Melissa agrees to meet the anonymous Romeo, prepared to explain her friend’s change of heart—then she sees him.

Failing restaurant entrepreneur, Craig Wheaton hasn’t been home since his mother’s tragic death. Now he’s back to confront his demons and stand beside his brother as best man. Dreading the reunion, he agrees to meet his avatar lover, but at the last moment he reconsiders the arrangement—until he lays eyes on her.

When Craig assumes Melissa is his online consort, she impulsively plays along, resulting in an afternoon of unexpected intimacy. But with Melissa using her friend’s identity and Craig dealing with a family fallout, is a future together impossible, or will they discover that love at first sight is Only the Beginning?


When did you become interested in storytelling?

My sister and I are both nurses, and when nurses get together they talk about ways to earn money other than nursing. We were vacationing and the last book of the Twilight series was coming out. She said, “Wow, that Stephanie Meyer must be so rich, you should write a book.” I was like, “Yeah, I’ll get right on that.” But aloof as I was, she planted the seed and I started thinking about a story. It took another four years, but I finally had a book published, Butterflies Don’t Lie (it was the seventh full manuscript I’d written). Since then I’ve had seven other novels published. And while I’m not rich, and both my sister and I are still nursing, I credit her for getting me started.

What was your first book/story published?

Butterflies Don’t Lie, released September 2014 by Nimbus Publishing. YA contemporary coming of age.

What inspired you to write Only the Beginning?

It’s the classic mistaken identity troupe, which is so fun to write! I wrote this story as a love letter to my beautiful city, Halifax Nova Scotia, and I posted it on Wattpad as a thank you to all the readers who helped my other romance novel get published, The Right Fit.

What character in Only the Beginning is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Wow! I have no idea. I’m really too boring to be in any book. I mostly steal traits from people I know and give them to characters in my stories.

What is your favorite part in Only the Beginning?

This is nearly impossible to answer, but I’ll go with the scene where Craig surprises Melissa at her apartment. 😏

What was the hardest part to write?

The scene where Melissa tells Craig the truth. Honestly, ripped my heart out.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Well, I’m a nurse and I consider writing to be a hobby right now. So, ideally I’d love to make a living as an author.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I do not read reviews for the simple fact they are meant for the reader. Once one of my books has been published, it has already gone through several beta readers and an editor so I know I’m offering the best version of that story. I do however, encourage readers to leave reviews because we live in a high tech world where algorithms determine a book’s successful profile.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Lisa Moore, JK Rowling, Donna Tart, Sarah Waters, Stephen King, Lois Duncan, Ray Bradbury.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

Yes! Thank you for asking. Medallion of Murder is the third book in my YA mystery series and will be released this September from Blue Moon Publishing. Next year, Never Once my YA gender swapped retelling of Cinderella with a sci-fi element will be published by Swoon Reads. Presently I’m working on the final book of the Night Shift series, Final Sale. And after that I’m hoping to start on the sequel to The Right Fit, where Rose gets her own love story.

Thank you so much for having me on the blog today and for helping share Only the Beginning with your followers!



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About the Author


Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she's not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.

Learn more about the author at: http://bethanymyers.blogspot.ca/

Follow her on Twitter(@br_myers), Facebook, and Goodreads


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