Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: LORI VIRELLI

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1) What is special about the place you grew up?

Out of all of Jill’s questions, I wanted to answer this one the most, but I realized I already wrote about it in my short story memoir anthology, Home Avenue. What I didn’t mention in my memoir is that I lived in a small village that was nestled right next to a bustling metropolis called, Chicago. We had the feel of a small town community with lots of people who knew (and helped) each other, while also having the perks of a city where everything we needed was nearby.

2) Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

Not Europe or any place exotic. Vancouver. The mountains and ocean there look majestic in pictures.

3) What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are?

This one could get very long, deep and personal, so I’ll share in brief. In my thirties, I went through a difficult time with infertility. The struggle had me questioning everything I thought I knew about myself, God and life. I went through a deep inner search, and it changed me into who I am today. I wrote a little about it on my blog, here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my slot on Jill’s summer series. I don’t like to write posts longer than 500 words, and many of you read about me here before. So, I thought I’d share briefly about what I like to write on my blog and in my books.

My writing has a little something to do with the question number three above. I’m a huge believer in inner journeys. If my fictional characters aren’t doing inner journeys (in Whit’s End), then they are usually struggling with inner turmoil until they do. Sometimes they take that journey, sometimes they don’t. Not everyone knows they need personal growth and may never find themselves. I like to show juxtapositions between the two.

My blog’s subtitle is Inquire, Inspire, Aspire. I used Inquire to mean inquiring inward. Inspire is meant to inspire others by sharing our experiences, strength and hope. Aspire is meant to reach personal goals and growth.

I’m fascinated with the human mind, the depths it holds, the uniqueness of individuals and how we interact. I really like to get to know people, as in the below meme.

 

Come chat with me on my blog some time. I’d like to get to know you.

For the next twenty-four hours, my short story memoir anthology, Home Avenue, is free. My novel, Whit’s End is on sale through the holiday weekend for .99 cents. I’d love to know what you think of them.

 

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

88 thoughts on “SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: LORI VIRELLI

  1. Yeah, Jill, I second Derrick’s comment! Enjoying your series…

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  2. Good to meet you! Vancouver is a place I’d love to visit. I follow some bloggers from there and it always sounds wonderful! So nice to offer your book too!

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  3. Congrats on your memoir collection, Lori. I also am a fan of the inner journey. 🙂 I also know what infertility is like. After I type this comment, I’ll read your post. Thank you for sharing what had to be a painful experience.

    Thanks, Jill, for hosting this series! Happy Memorial Day weekend.

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  4. Good to meet you, Lori. I also would love to visit Vancouver one day. I live in Canada but I’m on the other end, so it’s actually quite a long trip!

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  6. Jill, I’m enjoying your Summer Spotlight series – it’s a great idea. Lovely to learn more about you, Lori. You seemed to have grown up in the perfect location, the big city resources in a small village setting! I love your blog subtitle, such scope from our inner self to beyond, seeking what can be impossible, making it a reality with inspiration from each other along the way. Beautiful. Wishing you both a lovely weekend. 😀

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  7. Good luck with your book sales, Lori. I really enjoyed reading them. Great character development with just enough tension.

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  8. Happy long weekend to you too, Jill! 🙂

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  9. I want to go to Vancouver too! My husband just returned from a conference there, and I wasn’t able to go. I’m still jelly about it. 😁

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  10. Thanks for the series, Jill. Well done. 🙂

    Vancouver is one of my favourite cities – we try to go a couple of times a year.

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  11. Hi, Lori – It is great to meet you here. You have intrigued me to visit your blog and read more there.
    And if you ever travel to Vancouver, please also consider taking the ferry across to Vancouver Island. I know that I am biased, but it truly is magical (despite our unusually rainy recent winter)!

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    • Hi Donna! That makes me happy to hear you’re interested in visiting Lori’s blog. That was the idea behind this series…to get everyone connected. I’m so looking forward to your turn in the spotlight. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Hi Donna. Nice to meet you, too. I look forward to connecting with you further. BTW, I would definitely go over to Vancouver Island if I ever get there. I think my blogging friend, Anneli (wordsfromanneli.com) lives there. Would be so cool to meet my blogging friends. You must live there too? Thanks for reading my guest post. Have a nice weekend.

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  12. Hi Jill and Lori! Lori, it’s so nice to meet you. I’ll have to check out your blog.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  13. Hi ladies–wonderful interview. Much of what you said, Lori, resonated with me. Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

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  14. I’d recommend both of your books Lori, they are both all about journeys in their widest sense and getting to know what’s below the surface.

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  15. Great series, Jill. I’d love to go to Vancouver one day. I’ll put it on the bucket list when I’ve finished painting the house and the front stairs are up and running 🙂

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  17. Lori, I clicked back on the link to The Road Less Traveled on your blog. The way you dealt with infertility is so honest and perceptive. I particularly liked the Joseph Campbell quote you referred back to: “We must let go of the life we had planned, so as to accept the one we have waiting for us.” I held on too long to a plan for my life, so the quote really resonates with me.

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    • I agree with you, Nicki. Lori’s post on The Road Less Traveled was both courageous and honest. I’m happy that you clicked on the link. Campbell’s quote is one of my favorites. Thanks for stopping by to support Lori.

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    • Hi Nicki, Thank you for the kind words about the sharing of my infertility story. I’m glad the quote by Joseph Campbell resonated with you (his books great). It always helps to know we aren’t alone. And, maybe we can get inspiration from someone else’s story. That’s why I share openly and write similar things in my fiction. Nice to meet you. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  18. Jill, thank-you so much for featuring Lori on your Summer Spotlight. I have read her ‘Whit’s End’ novel and enjoyed it very much so now I will try her short story anthology. I first met Lori a few months ago on your blog when you featured ‘Whit’s End’.

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  19. Thank you for reminding me about this book. I’ll have to make sure to get it. I’ll look forward to more summer spotlight reads (and to more summer)!

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  20. Lori sounds like a good friend and someone who cares. I will definitely go visit your blog and wish your book well, Lori. 🙂 💐
    I like to read short stories and may get more book purchases in the Fall. Meanwhile, June 21st has my pile of Summer books or Beach reads where Jill’s is right on top. 🙂 My summer vacation is one week end of June and into July. Otherwise, it is a series of hot, long days at my work. Like my SIL, Dean of Baldwin Wallace says, I get paid to “work out.” Lol 😀

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    • Your summer vacation will be here before you know it, Robin. It sounds wonderful. I’ve often dreamed of taking a couple weeks off to just read. Getting paid to “work out” isn’t such a bad thing. It better for your health than sitting in a cubicle. 🙂

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      • So true 🙌 and I have adjusted to the whole place. I will see my Mom daily, watch my brother and sister in law’s dogs while they head to France. It is just one week that overlaps end of June and beginning of July. Still happy all in all, of course! 🙂

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    • Thanks for reading my summer spotlight, RE. Have a great summer and vacation.

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