Richard Natale on Love on the Jersey Shore ~ Interview

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Title: Love on the Jersey Shore
Author: Richard Natale
Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Sexual chemistry and the search for real love can be a combustible mixture.

When the hunky young Anthony Ragucci falls for his dream man, a handsome attorney named Hunter Reese, his happily ever after fantasies are threatened by the meddling of the dashing and haughty Robert Burke. His loyal cousin Frank quickly rushes to Anthony’s defense, only to find his efforts hampered by a growing attraction to the inscrutable Robert.

Ultimately, the two cousins discover that Love on the Jersey Shore is a sink or swim proposition. Watch out for the undertow!


1. We are here today to talk about Love on the Jersey Shore. What can you tell us about it?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Love on the Jersey Shore, is a classic love story transposed to working class New Jersey. Whereas most romance novels stress physical compatibility in finding Mr. Right, I wanted to go beyond that to show that other elements like friendship, honor, trust and family values are also important in creating a long-term commitment.

2. Tell us more about our main characters?

The protagonists, Anthony and Frank Ragucci are two loveable guys with strong family attachments. In trying to find a mate with whom to share their lives, they’re looking for more than just a physical attraction. Anthony in particular is looking for husband and father material since he plans to have kids. The men they fall for seem, at the outset, to be all-wrong, or at least have serious drawbacks. But they discover that, underneath, these men are looking for the same kind of commitment. It just takes them a bit longer to figure it out.

3. What about Love on the Jersey Shore makes you the proudest?

That the four main characters are so distinctive. Anthony and Frank are working class, no-bullshit guys. The former is open and vulnerable, the other is cautious and restrained. Hunter and Robert are Ivy League types, powerful attorneys. But their personalities couldn’t be more different. Hunter is playful and uncomplicated. Robert is forceful and anything but uncomplicated. The attractions are immediate, but in order to succeed, they must develop a genuine appreciation of the other’s character. This enables them to get past their prejudices and weaknesses to accept each other unconditionally.

4. Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for? Tell us about him or her.

I have been toying with an idea of a character who blow’s his life, but through an extraordinary circumstance gets a chance to come back and experience all the things he ignored the first time around. The essential little things that we take for granted every day but which, together, constitute a satisfying life. I’m also working on an idea about a woman who is lost in the middle of her life but finds her way through befriending someone who may or may not be dead.

5. What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

The reviewer Piet Bach who said of my last novel, Café Eisenhower, that “the novel reads as easily as though it were being told over a dinner table by a close friend–not falsely cozy but shifting tone and color like good conversation.” After all the hard work I put into writing Café Eisenhower, it was a joy that he thought it sounded effortless and almost off the cuff. Making something look easy is probably a writer’s toughest task.

6. If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?

Cradled in my partner’s loving arms reminiscing about all the wonderful memories we’ve shared.

7. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

I am just finishing book two of Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed four book series on the amazing and fraught relationship between two women in Naples from the 1950s through the end of the century. I’m totally caught up in the lives of these women and the people around them and it’s a perfect example of how effectively tell-and-not-show prose can have a powerful impact. Can’t wait to read the next two books.

Am also reading Joshua Ferris’ hilarious and profound “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” and just finished Isaac Oliver’s funny and moving essays “Intimacy Idiot” about a young gay man’s life in contemporary New York City.

8. Rapid Fire Time

  • Tardis or DeLorean? De Lorean. Those doors!
  • Electronica or Jazz? Jazz. The great American musical art form.
  • Jocks or Nerds? Nerds. Hands down. Jocks are too high maintenance. Jocks are society’s definition of sexy. Nerds are the hidden treasures.
  • Drunk or Sober? Sober. If you can’t have fun sober, you need the check your definition of fun.
  • Harry or Draco? Harry of course. The nerd.
  • Pickup Truck or Sedan? If I lived in the country, the former. I live in the city, so I have a four-wheel drive semi SUV. Somewhere halfway in between.
  • Hugs or Kisses? Cuddling is a joy forever. But a good kiss can be transporting.
  • Sweet or Savory? Savory. Absolutely.
  • Apple or Android? Apple, but only because of the range of apps.
  • Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Those I fold, everything else is tossed.

9. What are you working on? What is next?

I’m working slavishly on a novel about two best friends in their 20s trying to navigate their way through the movie industry and, at the same time, romance. The one is tough enough. Doing both is almost impossible and compromises have to be made. But that’s true anywhere, isn’t it?


Love on the Jersey Shore on Goodreads
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About the Author

Richard Natale is a Los Angeles-based writer. His short stories have appeared in such literary journals as Chelsea Station Magazine, Gertrude, MCB Quarterly, Wilde Oats and the anthologies Off the Rocks and Men in Love. His recent novel, CAFE EISENHOWER, received an honorable mention from the 2015 Rainbow Book Awards. It was published by BOLD STROKES BOOKS as was his novella JUNIOR WILLIS (cited as one of the best titles of 2014 by the reviewing website ‘Simply the Best’). In addition, Natale’s YA fantasy novel THE GOLDEN CITY OF DOUBLOON is now available through Double Dragon Books.

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