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Heart’s Ease Heroes: An Interview with Dillon O’Dea from Play Me

Posted by on 9 April, 2014

Play Me, by Victoria Barbour

Play Me, by Victoria Barbour

Hey all, welcome to day three on my interview week with the heroes from Victoria Barbour’s hot new contemporary romance series set in outport Newfoundland. Today we meet the hero from book three in the series, Play Me.

Here’s my review and don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a copy!

And now on to the interview. Dillon O’Dea walked into my living room looking like he’d rather be any place else than about to sit down and be interviewed. Luckily a bottle of Iceberg beer, and a quick chat about Asher Corbin, got him nice and loosened up.

KR: Where are you from?

DOD: I’m from Heart’s Ease, Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s in Trinity Bay.

KR: What do you do for a living?

DOD: I own several businesses. I’m co-owner of a bar in town (St. John’s) called The Wailing Banshee, and also co-owner of a music shop that specializes in folk instruments. My most recent venture is a production studio.

KR: What do you like about Heart’s Ease?

DOD: Technically, I live just outside of Heart’s Ease near a place called Berry Point. Only way to get there is by boat. I suppose what I like best is the freedom. Sometimes it feels like it’s just me and my—Fiona—and the sea and the sky.

KR: Sounds lovely. What do you wish was different?

DOD: You need to grow up in a small place to understand how what makes it good is also what makes it frustrating sometimes. Everyone knows everyone. And sometimes it can feel like you have no privacy. Still, when push comes to shove, you know you have a community full of people that have your back. For the most part.

KR: I grew up in a tiny community in Trinity Bay too, Hatchet Cove. It’s quaint and quiet and the best place on earth. 🙂 Is there someone special in your life?

DOD: (This is where he blushed and asked for another beer.) Yea. There is. Fiona Nolan. She’s a lawyer.

KR: What do you like best about them?

DOD: Like best? That’s hard. I suppose in the beginning it was her hair. And her attitude. And then I witnessed her musical ability. I don’t know. The whole package I think.

KR: What drives you nuts about them?

DOD: (He laughed here.) She always has to have the last word.

KR: What’s the worst thing your author has done to you?

DOD: That’s easy. It involves me taking a very long walk off a very short wharf.

KR: Ha! I remember that. And you deserved it. 😉 Who should play you in the movie adaptation of his novel?

DOD: Don’t be foolish, Kate. There’s not gonna be a movie about us. What? Humour you? Fine. I suppose someone who has my hair colour? Maybe Kevin McKidd? He manages to hide his Scottish accent on Grey’s—I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy. Fiona does—so I suppose he could manage to not butcher sounding like a Newfoundlander. Yea. I dunno.

KR: What impression do you want to leave with readers?

DOD: Readers can think what they want about me and my past. I don’t care. The only impression I hope they have when they’re finished the book is that Fiona is a special woman. Some people have said she has some baggage. But I’d challenge you to find anyone who doesn’t. Fiona is honest, and real, and not ashamed of her past. She’s the bravest woman I know.

Thanks for stopping by Dillon! Tune in tomorrow when I sit down with…strike that, swoon over the one and only Asher Corbin. SQUEEEEEEEEEE!

Play Me, Blurb

When sparks fly between sultry lawyer Fiona Nolan and sexy folk singer Dillon O’Dea, little do they know that they’re about to turn a long simmering family feud into an all out scorcher.

From the moment she sets eyes on Dillon, Fiona knows that she’s willing to play for keeps, even if it means upsetting her family. And when she takes on a case to defend one of her family’s enemies, will Heart’s Ease ever be the same idyllic escape?

Together, Dillon and Fiona fight back against one of the oldest conflicts in Heart’s Ease history, relying on the power of family and music to bring harmony back to the town.

Want to know more about Victoria Barbour? Here’s where you can find her online.


Victoria Barbour

Victoria Barbour

Victoria Barbour

Victoria lives on the island of Newfoundland, and is fiercely proud of her home. She can imagine no better setting for her works, and hopes that her readers will one day come to witness Newfoundland and Labrador’s rustic beauty for themselves. When she’s not writing, or trying to convince people to visit her home, she’s busy with her day-to-day life as a mother, wife, and marketing communications specialist.

She was born in St. John’s, and raised above her family’s fish and chips restaurant. She has traveled and lived in other parts of Canada, but chose to make her home where her heart has long resided. Victoria has a degree in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a minor in Newfoundland Studies. The only thing that stands between her and a Master’s degree in History from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia is her thesis. She has a background in broadcast journalism, advertising, and marketing. She is a proud member of both the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and their affiliate chapter, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada (RWAC).

Victoria counts herself lucky to be surrounded by an incredibly supportive family, and thanks her husband daily for his unerring faith in her, and for being a wonderful father to their infant son.

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