Interview with Dr. Ivan Rusilko from The Winemaker’s Dinner Series & Giveaway


I was extremely lucky to catch up with Dr. Ivan from The Winemaker’s Dinner Series recently at the 2013 Romantic Times convention, fresh off of the release of Dessert.  Thanks to your help on Twitter, and help from the two great gals with me, we were able to get a little bit of insight into the mind of the delicious Dr. Ivan!

Oh, and what interview wouldn’t be complete without a fun giveaway? I have a set of paperback copies of The Winemaker’s Dinner Appetizers and Entree to give away along with a signed goodie from Ivan and Ivans-you-can-eat (his adorable face on M&M’s!) YAY! Enter to win in the rafflecopter below….enjoy!

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Interview with Ivan:

What are you afraid of? Any phobias? “SPIDERS!! Arachnophobia….obviously ;-)”

What was engraved in that ring? “No spoilers……”

How do your parents feel about being in the books again? “They don’t know they are In this book yet, but they love being in the other ones”

What made you decide to call your inner demon “freak”? “Korn’s Freak on a Leash”

What prompted you to use your real first name in the book? “Who says that’s my real first name? Haha! …..because it’s a real story”

How was it writings book that showed you as not the perfect guy, but as a flawed man? “It’s great to write true nonfiction….”

Still some unanswered equestrians when it comes to Jaden’s family. Another book? “The series is not over :-D”

How does it feel knowing Dessert debuted the highest if the series? “It feels special, very special….it’s my favorite in the series”

Apples or oranges? “Green apples”

What writes influenced you? “C.S. Lewis”

Build your ultimate sandwich: “asiago cheese bread, lettuce tomato, pickle, mustard, Italian dressing and chicken OR two brunettes”

Do you see yourself writing any other books besides TWD? If so, main character again or total fiction? “Yes, more books…still erotica. Yes, I’d still be the main character, but introduce some new characters.”

Favorite aspect of writing a book? “Physically creating a reality that’s not real; like a lucid dream in a way. But, overall, it’s meeting the fans”

Favorite guilty pleasure? “Saying in one night and not doing anything.  I’m constantly doing three things at the same time and multitasking…it’s rare that I just shut the world out.”

Favorite sport? Team? “Ice Hockey (watching and playing…he was almost A professional hockey payer and was quite the bruiser!) and the Penguins [are the fave team]”

Next tattoo? “Not sure yet, but it will involve medicine in the design somehow”

Fave band? “Pink Floyd”

Fave medical procedure to perform? “Lips”

Boxers, briefs or commando? “Depends on the woman and what’s planned for the evening”

Are you intimidated by anything? “Approaching and talking to a single woman”

Most attractive thing a woman wears? Says? “Wears….short, tight skirt for a night out and baggy jeans with holes in them during the day.  As far as what a woman says….anything an educated woman says is attractive.”

Do you want kids? “Yes…two boys. I would like them to be athletic, learn a second language and learn/play an instrument….being well rounded is important.”

Worst interview question? “Is it in yet? haha! just kidding…I’ve never been asked that 😉 Basically just being asked the same questions at interviews.”

What was your favorite video game growing up? “Goldeneye for Nintendo 64….or Duck Hunt or Paper Boy”

What’s your advice for a guy looking to pick up a gal? “It’s a game; learn how to play it.”

Are we your favorite interviewers? “By far!” (good answer, Ivan!)


Many thanks to Ivan for taking the time to sit down with me and my friends to chat and answer our questions, and many thanks to those that contributed to my interview on Twitter! Ivan is incredibly charming, gracious, wonderfully idealistic, open and funny….loves “that’s what she said jokes” and has managed to accomplish a great many things before hitting the big 3-0. Oh, and ladies, he’s a Pisces.  If my interview is reaching you and introducing you to Dr. Ivan and The Winemaker’s Dinner Series for the very first time, I can’t recommend this book series highly enough….so grab a copy, a glass of wine and enjoy the ride!

……And another huge thanks to Micha….for being Micha <3

Enter to win a paperback copy of Appetizer and Entree as well as a signed Ivan picture and Ivans-you-can-eat!


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  1. Jenn DaSilva says:

    I love you Jilly… And love The Winemakers Dinner !!! Hugs.

  2. Shirley Bastian says:

    GREAT interview Jillian! It was wonderful to see some “different” questions being asked instead of the same-old-same-old. Thanks for sharing with us. Two thumbs up to YOU for supporting the series from the very beginning!!

  3. Great interview! Thank you, Jillian!

  4. Charlet kee says:

    Great interview! Thanks for taking the time to ask our questions!!

  5. Loved the interview!! 🙂

  6. April Merriman says:

    Love the random questions!

  7. Great Interview! Thank you, Jillian! 😉

  8. Francine says:

    Great interview Jilly! Always like to see an interview that has some really great outside of the boxes questions and not the same ole same ole!! Thanks 🙂

  9. Awesome. Thanks for the give away, good luck everyone!

  10. great interview!

  11. Cynthia Oteri says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Great interview!! The BEST answer…..“The series is not over 😀 ”……YAY!!!!

  13. I so want to read this!!! Love it!! Thank you!!

  14. Jen B (@Scrapingirl16) says:

    Very curious about these books. Dying to read them!!

  15. Loved the whole thing. It was great. I need to read them though. And reading all these great interviews and reviews I am itching to do so. Thank you for holding the giveaway and good luck to everyone.

  16. It’s all about, love, wine and SMILES….you rock girl!

  17. I need to read these.

  18. Shannon Caswell says:

    Cannot wait to start reading this series…more late nights I suspect

  19. Denise Shepherd Evans says:

    Really want to read this series!!

  20. SHELLEY S says:


  21. I have yet to read this series but heard that its a must read!! Thanks for the chance of the giveaway 🙂

  22. heather says:

    Great interview!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Krystal Dunlap says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. Would LOVE to win!


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