Dillon Bancroft is a contemporary romance author residing in sunny Tampa, Florida.
Dillon began writing ever since she could remember. She was a horrible student because while the only class of interest to her was her creative writing class in High School, she spent the rest of her class periods writing stories in her notebooks, allowing just a few of her friends to read stories she never thought would see the light of day.
Since Bancroft never thought being an author was ever an option, she continued writing, but only for her. She's a sucker for second chances and enemies becoming lovers. She's a hopeless romantic who loves anti-heroes.
She is a mom of two wild and crazy girls that know every single button to push, wife to a Marine who is probably more romantic than she is, and a TV junkie with obscure television quotes only her husband would know.
They say snitches get stitches. Except I got all the stitches before I ever thought about trying to snitch. My abusive ex-boyfriend, one of the most powerful men in the country, is on the hunt for my silence. He’ll stop at nothing to make sure I’m six feet under for ratting him out to the FBI.
To make matters worse, I’m pregnant...with his baby. So why do I want to fall in bed with the sexy veterinarian who lives two doors down from me on the family farm? I can’t resist starting a no-strings attachment with the hot, single dad who doesn’t do forever. But it can’t be more than that. I’m on borrowed time. Forever will get us both killed.
The prodigal daughter returns to Sage Creek, and I want to send her anywhere but here. I don’t need her brand of drama lurking around. Especially when I have a daughter I’m fighting to get sole custody of. But when my brother from another mother becomes her witness protection and brings her to the farm I work at, I’m forced to help.
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Q&A with Dillon Bancroft
Q: Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how became an author?
Hi! My name is Dillon and I’m probably one of the biggest geeks you’ll ever meet. I am a mom to two girls and a wife to a former marine (who has a big hand in helping me with the military side of my stories.)
Writing is always something I did. The first time I can pinpoint being conscious of writing was in fourth grade. My teacher made an offhand comment about how she liked short stories. So I went back to my desk and wrote her a short story about a haunted house. And then, well, it spiraled from there. I started writing Harry Potter Fan Fiction (and don’t worry, you will NEVER see that because Quizilla is dead!).
During classes in high school where my teachers thought I was taking notes, I was writing the stories that filtered through my head.
Around 2013, I started doing my research about getting published. But there was a little voice in my head saying that I should steer clear. In January of 2021, I told the voice to be quiet, and published my first novel!
Q: What is your writing process like?
It’s never the same. For each book it’s different. But what doesn’t change is my coffee consumption. That, and I follow the Save the Cat! Writes a Novel strategy. Before any project, I’ll read that book again and I’ll start a beat sheet to give me an idea of where I want the story to go. From there, I sit and allow the wind to take me wherever it wants me to go. I deviate from the beat sheets 100% of the time. But I suppose that’s what’s so fun about writing. You never know where the story will take you.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Two major things: watch bad TV, and read. I write (and read) romance, but I also like to read other genres from historical non-fiction to horror. I also cook a lot and wish I were at Disney.
Q: How do you celebrate when you are finished writing a book?
I stare at the screen in disbelief!
Q: How do you celebrate when your books release?
For a release, my husband and I usually go out for dinner and pop a bottle of champagne!
Q: Can you tell me how the series came about?
This is going to sound totally insane, but the first character who came to me inside my head was Annie (book 2). Her story evolved from what was in my head two years ago, but once I “met” Aria, I knew her story had to come first. I tried writing it in March of 2020 when the pandemic first halted everything, but I could never get it to where I wanted it.
It was in a dream where she told me to take a step back and let things happen. So I did. And then one day, it was like I was holding all the pieces, and I just needed to sew everything together.
Q: Are any of your characters similar to real-life friends or family?
Yes! Aria’s brother Chris reminds me of my big brother Matt. I’ve borrowed names here and there from close friends and family. But as far as characters go, I think there’s a tiny piece of me that implants itself into them.
Q: What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
The book itself. Aria’s journey is...rough. I had to tap into my own trauma to get her feelings laced into her story. While our trauma isn’t the same, our feelings are similar. Writing this book has been equally cathartic and difficult. Regardless, I’m so proud of this story.
Q: What part of writing this book was the most fun for you?
The flirting between Derek and Aria! I can’t flirt to save my life, so the flirting and banter between them are fun!
Q: What Authors or other Books have inspired you to write this book?
I’m constantly inspired by Emilia Finn. She’s a rockstar. Julia Wolf, Kandi Steiner, and Loreth Ann White!
Q: What is your favorite passage from this book?
“You would make some woman insanely happy one day, Derek. Not every woman is like your ex-wife.”
He stills at my words.
“And not every woman is like you.”
Q: If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and what would you say to them?
Honestly, Aria. I don’t think anything would need to be said. But I’d love to give her a big hug. And, I suppose maybe I’d thank her for teaching me that me avoiding my pain wasn’t a good coping mechanism.