One Pink Line is a story of consequences, forgiveness, and ultimate love.
We follow Sydney and Grace, a mother and daughter, as they take us through their sides of the story. Grace learns her idyllic life has a blind spot in it. She’s just taken the usual fifth grade, sex ed. class and learns how babies are made. But, how can that be when her daddy didn’t become her dad till she was two years old? Sydney takes us back to the summer before setting off for college, back to meeting the love of her life, Ethan.
I honestly didn’t really care for Sydney in the majority of the story. I found her past self to be extremely selfish. Yeah I get she was young, in her early twenties, but she came off as lacking a conscience. She met and fell in love with Ethan a couple of months before leaving for college. They decided on a long distance relationship and it worked, for a while. By her senior year, however, she just wanted to have fun and enjoy the experience. Ethan, a year ahead of her and already graduated, wanted a commitment and was looking towards building a future with her. Although, he was the only man she ever loved, she didn’t want to commit. Instead she risked hurting him and destroying their relationship. At one point she had the audacity to be mad at him and blame him for making her feel guilty when she leaves town for the night with another guy who’s “just a friend”. This is when our story turns...
Throughout the story it flips back and forth from Sydney’s past to different times in Grace’s present. Sydney wins me over eventually when she does take responsibility. She works her butt off to provide for her daughter. Through it all and always there for her, remains Ethan. He is the one who stood out most in the story to me. His is the ultimate love. He loved Sydney from the moment he met her and never stopped.
If you’re looking for the typical love story, this isn’t it. But, if you’re in for a serious story of growth and everlasting love, you’ve found it.
Hi Dina! Thank you so much for taking the time for an interview on My Secret Romance! Can you please tell use a little about yourself?
The pleasure is all mine, thanks for having me. Well, I live just north of Chicago with my hubby, ten year old son and two cats. I'm a huge TV fan, and love re-watching some of my old favorite series' like LOST, Felicity, The Office & Will & Grace on DVD. I also love watching inappropriate shows with my son, like Family Guy and The Bachelor. Quick fire favorite things would be: wine, sushi, cheese fries, LuLu Lemon yoga pants (no, I don't do yoga), Baskin Robbins chocolate chip ice cream, Disney World and tabloid magazines.
Is One Pink Line based on real life experiences or is it pure imagination?
One Pink Line was inspired by the true story of a friend of mine. After hearing her tell me about herself, I was so struck by what a wonderful love story there was at the core of her emotional journey, and I knew I had to write about it.
What is your favorite quality about Sydney?
That deep down she's strong and confident. And that she has a great sense of wit.
One Pink Line is made into a movie. Who plays the lead roles?
I love this question, and actually have an entire Pintrest board dedicated to it :) I think Chris Pine would be my 1st choice.
What do you want readers to take away from the experience of reading One Pink Line?
The book explores so many different relationships, that I think readers find it really easy to identify with many of the characters and situations. I've had many people email me saying how much their life story mirrored Sydney's, and then recently I had a girl read the book and said she was brought to tears by how much she identified with Grace. The fact that I wrote emotions that resonated with her really moved me.
Can you give us a peek at what you're working on next?
Next up is a sequel/spin off to One Pink Line that will focus on Grace's life as a young adult and introduce a new female character as well. I'm really excited about it.
Do you use an outline when writing your stories, or do you just let the story take it's course?
I don't use an outline, but there are times I wish I did. So far, I've been most productive with winging it and writing out of sequence.
What can we expect to see from you in the new year?
Lots of awesomeness.
What is something we wouldn't know about you?
I still sleep with my baby blanket every night.
What's your favorite quote?
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
"Leave the gun, take the cannolis."
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