Rapid Fire: A Chat with Author Jennifer Dupee


From time to time we like to ask authors some pretty quick, pretty personal rapid-fire questions. Today, author Jennifer Dupee is in the hot seat. Her new book, The Little French Bridal Shop, is out March 9!

AM or PM?


Wake up and go, or gotta get your motor running?

Definitely gotta get my motor running.

TV, Books, Movies or Podcasts?

Books, books, books!

Quiet night in or big night out on the town?

Quiet night with occasional big night out.

Favorite writing drink?

Black coffee to start things off. Water the rest of the day.

Must-have snack for writer’s block?

Nuts, cheese, chips and guac.

Lounge by the pool or hike a mountain?

Hike a mountain then lounge by the pool.

Hike, run, walk, nap?

Occasional run, daily walk, wish I had more time to nap. Kids don’t know how good they have it!

 ‘Personal revenge’ or ‘karma will get them’?

Oh, karma will catch up to them. Life’s too short to get caught up in revenge.

Favorite way to sweat?

Lately, tennis bootcamp. So fun!

Online shopper or gotta try things on?

Gotta try things on – nothing ever fits right because I’m 5’1″.

No. 1 Bucket List wish?

To someday go on an Africa safari.

All-time favorite comedy movie?

Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig is brilliant.

All-time favorite drama movie?

It’s a Wonderful Life. A little long, but classic.

Favorite type of chocolate treat?

Belgian dark chocolate. Yum.

Favorite crunchy snack?

Pita chips.

Do you have a nickname?

Nenners. My parents called me that when I was little and my sister still does (as does one of my lifelong friends).

Least favorite holiday and why?

Oh, this is a bummer, but I don’t love Mother’s Day because I lost my mother when I was 24.  There are so many commercials on the radio about it and they really just get to me. But I do love being a mother and appreciate all mothers out there!

Best alcoholic beverage?


Favorite meal ever?

Ever? Wow. Well, I lived in the Azores for 6 months and this one local restaurant served swordfish that was caught that same day. It was very simple (olive oil, salt, pepper) but so fresh and delicious.

Something no one knows about you that you feel you want to divulge?

I played the steel drum in college and then played with a band for a few years after I graduated.

Any tattoos?

One. I got it in Paris when I was 26. Wish I hadn’t.

Aside from phone, laptop, writing device (or charger!) what is something you can’t function without on a day-to-day basis?

My tiny, cozy home office. I share it with the washer/dryer but it’s still truly a room of my own!

Best way to relax?

Massage or facial. Wish I could afford to have one every month!

Title of your next book or work-in-progress?

I have two in the works – We All Fall Down and Go to the Moon.

Jennifer Dupee new author photo, credit Ambrose Photography (1)
About the Author:

Jennifer Dupee grew up on the North Shore of Boston near the seaside communities of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Beverly Farms. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she studied under published authors Meredith Steinbach and Carole Maso, and received her honors in Creative Writing. She is an active member of the Grub Street writing community in Boston and has published in The Feminist Press. She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Jones First Novel Competition and a semi-finalist for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition. Jennifer lives just outside of Boston with her family. Her first published novel is The Little French Bridal Shop, and she is currently at work on her next novel.

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee, out March 9!

Is a lie of omission still a lie? Larisa Pearl didn’t think so and it got her into a heap of trouble.

When Larisa Pearl returns to her small seaside hometown in Massachusetts to manage her beloved great aunt’s estate, she’s a bit of an emotional mess. She’s just lost her job and her boyfriend and she’s struggling to cope with her mother’s failing health. When she passes by the window of The Little French Bridal Shop, a beautiful ivory satin wedding gown catches her eye…

Now, to the delight of everyone in town, Larisa is planning her wedding. She has her dress, made floral arrangements, and set the date. The only thing missing is the groom. How did this happen? All she did was try on a dress and let her fantasy take flight. But word about her upcoming nuptials has reached the ears of Jack Merrill. As teenagers, they spent time together on her great aunt’s estate, building a friendship that could have become something more had they chosen different paths.

Lost in a web of her own lies, Larisa must first face some difficult truths, including her mother’s fragile future, before she can embrace her family, straighten out her life, and open her heart to finding love.

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