Character Interview with Olivia Taylor from “There Goes the Groom”

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Olivia’s world turns upside down when Tony Dipietro, the man who literally left her at the altar eight years ago, comes back home. Worse still, she has to work with him. To her horror she discovers she not only finds him as attractive as she did eight years ago, she still has feelings for him. But she’s engaged to another man and she won’t subject him to the pain she endured when Tony left her. What is she going to do?

To help her work out her problems, Olivia enlists the help of therapist Dr. Joan Jepson, or Dr. J for short:

Dr. J: Tell me about Tony, Olivia.

Olivia: Well, he’s smart, ambitious, funny…he’s got the most glorious dark eyes, like the darkest, most luscious chocolate you could ever imagine. And those abs…

Dr. J: Let’s move on shall we? How did you feel when he left you standing at the altar eight years ago on your wedding day?

Olivia: How do you imagine I felt? I was angry, humiliated. I’d just been dumped in front of everyone I knew.

Dr. J: Aside from the anger, what did you feel?

Olivia: What do you mean? Isn’t anger enough?

Dr. J: I don’t know. Is it? Did you love Tony?

Olivia: Of course I did! Why else would I decide to marry him when I was barely twenty years old? I was crazy about him. I knew going in that marriage was a crap shoot, but I figured we’d at least get past the ceremony.

Dr. J: Why is marriage a crap shoot?

Olivia: (picking at some invisible lint on her sweater) It’s like rolling the dice. Some marriages come up aces, and others get nothing but snake eyes.

Dr. J: What do you mean?

Olivia: (shrugging and looking away) Some couples have all the luck. Like Mr. and Mrs. Dipietro, Tony’s parents. They’ve been married forty years and are just as in love as they were the day they married. And then there’s my parents. (rolls her eyes)

Dr. J: What about your parents?

Olivia: They barely tolerate each other. I don’t know why they’ve stayed together all these years.

Dr. J: (shuffles her notes) Let’s talk about your fiancé for a moment. What is Stuart like?

Olivia: He’s great. He’s loyal, dependable, happy…

Dr. J: (thinks to herself: So are Labrador retrievers) And how do you feel about him?

Olivia: I feel that Stuart and I will have a stable relationship and will make good parents.

Dr. J: But how do you feel about Stuart? Do you love him?

Olivia: (hesitating) Yeah, sure I do.

Dr. J: You don’t sound very convinced.

Olivia: Okay, so maybe I’m not wildly in love in Stuart they way I was with Tony. I adored Tony with every fiber of my being and look how that ended? Me, standing alone at the altar. You can’t trust those feelings. They sweep you away and you lose yourself. The next thing you know you’re looking at each other and wondering why you got married in the first place.

Dr. J: Is that what you were afraid of when you were about to marry Tony? You were afraid it wouldn’t last?

Olivia: The thought certainly crossed my mind. Especially after—

Dr. J: After what?

Olivia: Nothing. I don’t want to talk about it.

Dr. J: All right. Let’s get back to Stuart. I understand he’s been out of town the last few weeks.

Olivia: Yes. His father had an accident so he went back to New Brunswick to help his mother look after him, and to run the family business.

Dr. J: How do you feel about that?

Olivia: (looks away) I understand.

Dr. J: But it’s getting very close to your wedding day, isn’t it?

Olivia: Yes, very close.

Dr. J: Are you concerned that Stuart may decide not to come back here to Ottawa?

Olivia: No, of course not. Stuart is dependable. I can count on him. He wouldn’t do something like that.

Dr. J: Perhaps you should go out to New Brunswick and talk to him. Make sure everything’s okay.

Olivia: (looks away again) I was going to, but he said my coming out there would be an inconvenience for his family right now, with his father being ill and everything.

Dr. J: I see.

Olivia: What do you see? If you understand Stuart’s attitude, please enlighten me, because I don’t get it. I thought he was so dependable.

Dr. J: How does that make you feel?

Olivia: Scared. You know when I said earlier that I only felt anger when Tony left me at the altar? That wasn’t exactly true. A tiny part of me was relieved because I didn’t have to get married that day. I was afraid that Tony and I were going to burn out and end up like my parents.

Dr. J: How do you feel about Tony today?

Olivia: I think he’s just as smart and ambitious and gorgeous as he ever was. He still makes me laugh. He still makes me feel alive. I’m crazy about him but I’m scared. I can’t just dump Stuart weeks before our wedding. Dr. J, what am I going to do?


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Cover_There Goes the GroomEight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar. He was sure she didn’t really want to marry him. Now he’s back, and they’re forced to work together.

Coming home isn’t easy for Tony, because his father wanted him to work at a trade instead of going off to college. Their relationship is still unsteady. Even before Tony’s return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe and reliable. Yet the last thing she wants is a loveless, faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.

When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her as he did before?

If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.


When he arrived at McLaren’s a short time later, he saw a group of people, mostly men, crowded around one of the pool tables, clapping and cheering to the beat of hard driving rock music. As he got closer he saw the object of their attention. Olivia was on top of the pool table, doing an incredibly sexy, somewhat drunken dance. Her snug jeans and close fitting tank top showed off her lovely curves, and her hair, usually pinned into submission, hung loose and free around her shoulders. Even her bare feet were sexy, the toenails painted a flirty red.

Tony’s breath caught in his throat. She’d never looked more beautiful.

Dani stood nearby, arguing with a couple of the bar’s bouncers.

“Look Lady, if your friend doesn’t come down on her own, we’re going to have to go up there and get her. She’s ruining the table.”

Dani held up a pair of high heels. “How could she be ruining the table? She’s in her bare feet.”

“She’s creating a disturbance. She’s got to come down.”

Tony spoke up. “I’ll get her down. Just give me a few minutes.”

“You’ve got five minutes before we toss her.”

“How are you going to get her down?” Dani asked when the bouncers moved away.

“I don’t know. I’ll think of something.”

Tony elbowed his way to the side of the pool table. Olivia was in her own little world, moving to the rock beat, her hair flying around her face. She looked totally different from the buttoned down executive she usually showed to the world. She reminded him of the girl he used to know, the girl he’d fallen in love with.

“Hey Liv, what are you doing up there?”

At first she didn’t hear him and he had to shout at her again. Then she lifted her face and looked towards him, smiling.

“Hey Tony, I’m having a party,” she said. “It’s my birthday. You remembered my birthday, didn’t you?”

“Sure I did.” Every June twenty-eighth for the last eight years he’d think of her and wonder what she was doing.

“At least you said ‘Happy Birthday’ to me.” She spun in a little circle, her hips gyrating. Tony swallowed nervously. She was an incredibly sexy woman. A look around him at the faces of the other men watching her told him they thought the same. He had to get Liv out of there before one of them decided to take her up on what she unwittingly offered.

“Time to go home, Liv,” he said, holding out his hand to her. “I’ll help you down.”

“Don’t wanna go home,” Liv giggled. “Too many mice.”

“Then we’ll go to Dani’s house.”

Liv danced around the light fixture to the other side of the pool table. “Too many floors.”

“Dani and I will take you to my place then,” he said, grasping at ways to entice her. “We’ll have cake.”

She stopped dancing and walked towards him. “With birthday candles and balloons?”

“Sure.” Where the hell was he going to get birthday candles and balloons at this time of night?

“Okay, let’s go!”

Without warning she jumped off the pool table and into his arms. Tony staggered under her weight, barely keeping his balance. Liv flung her arms around his neck.

“Let’s go eat birthday cake!”

Jana Richards pictureJana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side. She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.

Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou. You can reach her through her website at @JanaRichards_

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  1. Thank you for hosting today

  2. Hi and good morning! Thanks for having me here at Long and Short Reviews. I’m actually on the road today so I won’t be able to check in until later tonight. I just wanted to let you know that anyone who signs up for my newsletter during the tour will receive a PDF copy of my romantic comedy “Rescue Me”. You can go to my website at to sign up. Thank you and I’ll see you later!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I love the premise of the story, sounds like a fun read.


    • Thanks Rita. Writing about someone who is already engaged is a bit of a no-no in romance, but Tony and Olivia’s story is one that wouldn’t let me go. I just had to write it.

      I’m entering you in the contest Rita!

  4. Thanks for the post! It was kind of like a double character interview and I love that! Olivia seems like a really strong character! I’m glad I got to know her just a bit more 😀

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • Olivia was a fun character to write. I love to read about strong heroines, so I hope the heroines I write about are strong as well.

      Good luck in the contest.

  5. Karen H in NC says:

    Loved that therapy session! Is there a genre that you haven’t written in yet but would like to?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    • Hi Karen,
      I’ve always thought I’d like to write in the Regency period because I enjoy reading those books. But I don’t think I know enough of the history or the nuances of that period to write a believable story, at least not yet. But I still love that era.

  6. This really sounds like a fun book. Loved this excerpt.

  7. Shannon says:

    It sounds like she is in a pickel then. Tony better have a very good reason for leaving her at the alter all of those years ago

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    • Yeah, he’d better! I can’t imagine anything more humiliating, can you? Tony believes Olivia really doesn’t want to go through with the wedding. Unfortunately, he waits until they’re standing in front of the minister to say something.

      Thanks for following along.

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    I love me a good character interview! 🙂 I think it’s such a unique and fun thing to read.


  9. I enjoyed the interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. Hello Jana,
    Hmmm, I am wondering if Stuart is as dependable as Olivia thinks he is.
    And, an answer is there for her to see, Tony’s parents love each other still, so perhaps Tony learned from their example. We can only hope.
    Yours truly,

  11. Mary Preston says:

    Most insightful thank you.


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