Q&A with Rochelle Weinstein, Author of This Is Not How It Ends

by Heather Caliendo
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Rochelle Weinstein is the USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of women’s fiction, including This Is Not How It Ends, Somebody’s Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind.

Rochelle spent her early years in sunny South Florida, always with a book in hand, raised by the likes of Sidney Sheldon and Judy Blume. Upon graduating from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Rochelle moved to Los Angeles, where she handled advertising and promotions for major film studios and record labels at LA Weekly. After returning to Miami, she continued her passion for entertainment as a music-industry executive at the Box Music Network. When she’s not writing, Rochelle loves to hike, read, and find the world’s best nachos (something I try to find as well!).

Here’s a look at This is Not How it Ends (I loved this novel): 

When Charlotte and Philip meet, the pair form a deep and instant connection. Soon they’re settled in the Florida Keys with plans to marry. But just as they should be getting closer, Charlotte feels Philip slipping away.

Second-guessing their love is something Charlotte never imagined, but with Philip’s excessive absences, she finds herself yearning for more. When she meets Ben, she ignores the pull, but the supportive single dad is there for her in ways she never knew she desired. Soon Charlotte finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she knows she needs.

As a hurricane passes through Islamorada, stunning revelations challenge Charlotte’s loyalties and upend her life. Forced to reexamine the choices she’s made, and has yet to make, Charlotte embarks on an emotional journey of friendship, love, and sacrifice—knowing that forgiveness is a gift, and the best-laid plans can change in a heartbeat.

Let’s get to know Rochelle in the below Q&A where she talks favorite novels, gives a look into her next novel and much more.

What are some of your favorite novels?

A Little Life, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Storyteller’s Secret, Behold The Dreamers.

When did you know you wanted to become an author?

I’ve always been a writer but didn’t have the confidence to pursue writing as a career until I was 30.

What do you like the most about writing contemporary fiction?

Timely, topical issues that matter.

Are any of your stories based off of real people and/or events?

There’s always a piece of me or my life (or someone else’s) in my stories. Usually what your reading is the emotional response to a person or situation that I’ve made into fiction.

What inspired you to write This is Not How It Ends?

Truth, my readers wanted a sequel to What We Leave Behind, and I never felt I could do the story justice so I decided to create another moving, heart-wrenching tale that would keep readers guessing until the very end. My intention was to make readers feel. 

What are you working on next?

Two shattered families facing the challenges of love and loss. This sixth book has gone through multiple iterations so this too can change! 

What are you currently reading and what’s on your TBR (to be read list)?

I’m actually reading two books at the moment. Smacked by Eilene Zimmerman and Julianne Maclean’s A Fire Sparkling.

TBR: Dear Edward, Been There, Married That, Musical Chairs, This Won’t End Well, You Were There Too, How To Save A Life, This Tender Land.…so many. Just crazy how many great books are out there. 

Thank you to Rochelle for participating in the Q&A! Click here to order This Is Not How It Ends on Amazon.

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