The Trail to Rom Com Land

I’m known for my ugly-cry books. I’ve always landed on the dramatic end of the scale, which has served me well for my biggest bestselling books like Forever Innocent and Baby Dust.

I’d written a few rom coms here and there, almost by accident. (I’m funny? No. No one thinks the Queen of the Ugly Cry is funny.) But they sold way better than I thought they would. So when the pandemic began, I leaned in to my humorous side.

It didn’t really feel right to publish those books under Deanna Roy, where an unsuspecting reader with a box of tissues by her side was ready to go full-on emotional. So I chose my pen name known for her sports romance, JJ Knight.

And wow, did readers love them. Wow, wow, wow. Big Pickle hit the Top 100 on Amazon, then Hot Pickle did, too. I decided I had a series going, so I wrote more. Spicy Pickle. Royal Pickle. You can probably tell from the titles that I was not taking myself very seriously. But they ARE set in a delicatessen — where did your brain go? 🙂

These days I find myself working in two spaces: drama and comedy. It’s a good place. If you’re looking for my latest work, head over to JJ Knight, because that’s where the action is. But don’t give up your tissue box. I have a doozy of a Deanna-book in the works. It’s right up there with Forever Innocent.

No matter which name you’re reading me as, you can always find me on social media, especially in my private Facebook group, which is very active, full of Pickle jokes, and frequently doing giveaways of signed copies. I’m even on TikTok! Here are some of the crazy books in my Pickle-verse! I think you’ll still find that emotional connection inside, even if the crying comes from laughing too hard.

Thank you all for being crossover fans!

40 thoughts on “The Trail to Rom Com Land”

  1. Lindsay Zappone

    I have read them all but if I had to choose my favorite it was second chance Santa

  2. I have royal pickle waiting for me to read. These all sound so good though. I’ll definitely be making my way through them all

    1. Oooh, you’ll have so much fun with it. Sometimes I still picture the prince diving beneath the tables of Grammy Alma’s deli and laugh and laugh.

  3. Josephine Robinson

    Not met any pickles yet, all on tbr list can’t wait to read them you are a new author to me

  4. Alisha Prewitt

    I have read all the pickle books. Big pickle is my favorite only because it started the series and gave you the beginning to a great series. I really want to read royal rebel but my book budget was cut to zero due to all this freaking inflation and havent gotten my kindle unlimited back up and running. So I am a sad girl since I havent been able to one click yet.

  5. The Big Pickle is sentimentally my favorite of the pickleverse since it is the first one that introduced me to all things pickle

    1. I laughed so much writing that one! As soon as I looked at what bodybuilders wear, I was all I’VE GOT IT!

  6. Alexandria Eubanks

    I have read all except the latest pickle one..to be done this weekend…i would have to choose the pickle series because those made me laugh the most.

  7. I love them all, I can’t pick a favorite. I need all of them in paperback except Big Pickle and Spicy Pickle lol

  8. Delores Fisher

    I’ve read the entire series and I believe my favorite has to be Royal Pickle! I love them all though!

  9. I’ve read all of the original Pickle series and loved them all! I think I liked Spicy Pickle the best. Really enjoyed the characters in the story! Still need to read all the royal pickles but someday I will!

  10. I haven’t read all of them but I loved the ones I have. I’m excited for Royal Pickle.

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