Feature Fiction Friday – Dana Romanin

Today we have fellow writer, Dana Romanin, talking about her favorite books as well as her new release.

​Dana Romanin has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl pretending to be Anne Shirdana-romaninley (from Anne of Green Gables). She used to write under a forsythia bush, but now she writes in a messy office that she shares with her sewing obsessed daughter.

Dana’s short story, The Silence of Sand, was chosen for adaptation into a short film performed by the Blue Man Group. Dana has also published short fiction for teens in Encounter—The Magazine and had a short story published in a Family Fiction anthology, The Story 2014. Her first novel, Abby’s Letters, releases in June 2017.

She lives in a small town near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her wonderful husband, three beautiful kids, and a lot of persnickety pets.

You can find her blog and awkward videos on her website www.DanaRomanin.com. She can also be found on Twitter (@DanaRomanin) and her Facebook fan page (DanaRomaninAuthor).

Here Dana tells us her favorite stories and why:

The three books that I love the most are three totally different books. I tried coming up with more, but I couldn’t. I like other books. But I love these books. After thinking about why these books are my favorite, I realized it’s because there are traits in the main character’s personality that I wish I could have. This fact was an epiphany that I didn’t know about myself until I sat down to write this post. I always thought that I just enjoyed reading them…and reading them again…and again. But it turns out, it goes much deeper than just enjoyment. So instead of explaining why I love these books, I’m going explain why I love the main character.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I love that Anne Shirley is full of life and passion. She expresses herself without shame or fear. She isn’t too shy to show her real self. She is insecure about some aspects of herself, like her hair color, but that doesn’t stop her. She has an appreciation for beauty and nature that encourages me to look for the beauty in my own life.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
Hadassah has a strong faith in God and his provision. No matter what she faces, she loves God and trusts Him even when things don’t turn out the way she wants. That’s the kind of faith to—I’d say strive for, but then striving is not really acting in faith. That’s the kind of faith to pray for. There that’s better.

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is strong, has perseverance, and is loyal. Let’s face it, anybody who wants to make it in almost anything in life must be strong emotionally and have perseverance. That’s especially true in writing. But for me, it is most important to be loyal—loyal to God and his vision for my writing.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I wish for you, dear reader, to have a life full of passion for beauty like Anne, faith like Hadassah, and loyalty like Katniss.

​Thanks for sharing, Dana!

Now, tell us about your book, Abby’s Letters

For years, Jane’s mom told her horror stories about her time spent in foster care. Now she’s determabbysletters-500x750ined to keep her little sister from suffering the same fate.

Seventeen-year-old Jane Sanders has had to take care of her alcoholic mother and little sister, Abby, since her dad died seven years ago. And now Mom had to go and die too. Authorities determine it was a homeless transient who died in the fire of the old manufacturing plant, but Jane knows the truth.

There is no way she’s going to let Abby go into foster care which leaves her with one option—fake her mom’s life. As far as Abby knows, their mom is in rehab. And Jane wants to keep it that way. She’d be eighteen in a few months then she could become legal guardian to her sister. With the help of her best friend, Clark, it should be easy, right?
Juggling nosy neighbors, a concerned school counselor, and an oblivious new boyfriend turns out to be harder than Jane thought. But the real problem begins when Abby starts writing letters to Mom. Through Abby’s letters, Jane sees a different side to their mom—a side she could have loved. And loving Mom is something she didn’t plan on. Because loving somebody makes it harder to ignore their death.

Here’s an excerpt:

​Clark exhaled. “Anything for you, Janie.”
Oh. He had to pull out the nickname. It crushed her. Asking Clark to lie for her—she had never asked so much of him. It went against everything he believed in. She didn’t believe in all that Christian stuff, but he did. Keeping this secret would mean disrespecting his mother. It meant he would have to go against his beliefs.
Disrespect his God.
But his God wasn’t there for her, and He certainly wasn’t going to save Abby from foster care.
Jane would, though.
She entwined her fingers with his. He was so different than the little boy who’d played hide-and-seek with her on warm summer nights, back when her world was filled with her father’s laughter and her mother’s smiles. Now his muscle twitched in his strong jawline. What happened to the freckle-faced boy she had played G.I. Joe and Transformers with? He even had stubble.

“Thanks, Superman.”
“You’re the only one allowed to call me that.”
“And you’re the only one allowed to call me Janie.”
“This is too much. You can’t do this alone.” His thumb caressed her hand.
“I’m not. I have you.”

Find out more about Abby’s letters:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2t0WlsF
​Barnes & Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/abbys-letters-dana-romanin/1126566488?ean=2940157200473

​Happy reading and have a great weekend 🙂

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