Saturday, October 15, 2016
Question of the Month: Author's Favorites
Vicki Essex: I really enjoyed writing my third novel, IN HER CORNER. It's a sports story, where the heroine, Bella Fiore, is training to be the first female champion in a big mixed martial arts league. I explored a lot of gender issues in this book, and it was challenging and very satisfying to research and call out the inherent sexism, hypermasculinity and misogyny prevalent in the world of sports. It's also one of my favorite romances--the hero, Kyle Peters, has so many issues to overcome, and Bella gets to pry him from his comfort zone and make him face his fears. In my opinion, Bella's one of the best kick-ass female characters I've written.
Claire McEwen: I loved writing my July book, RETURN TO MARKER RANCH. It's a very emotional story. The characters' feelings just flowed right out of my heart and onto the page. Also, it dealt with a few issues that are very dear to me: how we treat our veterans when they come back from war, and how important animals can be in healing our spirits. Plus, the story ended in a really unique way! It was a joy to write, from start to finish.
Janet Lee Nye: Well. I don't have too many to choose from but I'm going to have to go with my debut, SPYING ON THE BOSS. First, it was my debut! Second, it dealt with an issue that, as a pediatric/neonatal nurse, is one I deal with quite a lot: children in the foster care system and what happens to them when they "age" out. Plus, it had a strong female friendship and enough snark and inside jokes to keep me giggling. It also was one of those "lightning bolt" stories. We were going through some major changes at my pay the bills job and as a Taurus, let me tell you how much I LOATHE change. It had become a joke around my house for me to constantly being saying, "I'm going to quit my job and do ...fill in the blank." One day, a friend was talking about the really cute guy her cleaning service sent to her house and I said to my Fella, "I'm going to quit my job and open a maid service with all good looking guys!" And he came over, kissed me on the forehead and said, "You don't know anything about running a cleaning service. But you know how to write." And, three years and several almost giving up on it later, it was my Superromance debut.
Nan Dixon: This is so hard. I'm a love the one you're with writer. Each book I've worked on becomes my favorite. But feisty Dolley Fitzgerald and hunky Irishman Liam Delaney from THROUGH A MAGNOLIA FILTER get my vote. Family was always a foreign concept to Liam Delaney. Until research into one of his documentary films brings him to Savannah and Dolley Fitzgerald’s B and B. Dolley’s passion for life and photography is infectious. When she becomes his apprentice, they’re the perfect team . He’s finally found the home he’s always wanted, and it’s all because of her.
Their only problem? He dreams of a home and family. Dolley dreams of adventure and travel. Somehow they must find a compromise.
Kristina Knight: Like Nan, I'm very much a love-the-one-you're-with author, but my second Superromance, FIRST LOVE AGAIN holds a very special place in my heart. First, it's set practically in my backyard (although fictionalized a bit) so I got to put a lot of local color on the pages. Also, it's a very emotional reunion story - Jaime and Emmett were highschool sweethearts, and both have a LOT of baggage to work through...helping them find their happily ever after was very sweet!
Jo McNally: My debut novel SHE'S FAR FROM HOLLYWOOD (coming February 2017) was my favorite to write. Yes, I know that might seem obvious, since it will be my first published novel (although there's already a follow-up story coming to Supers!). But I just loved writing these strong-willed characters and their snarky, snappy dialogue - he keeps calling her "Hollywood." so she calls him "Plowboy." The story hints there will be a rescue taking place, but it's not the one the reader expects. Most importantly to me, despite plenty of humor and heat, the book deals with the important issue of wounded veterans, PTSD, and the alarming suicide rate among vets. I wrote some scenes through tears. And of course, it is my first published novel, so it will always have a very special place in my heart.
Sharon Hartley: My favorite Super is my current release, ACCIDENTAL BODYGUARD. I used my sister’s former home in central Florida as the setting for about half of that book. We called her property “The Clark Compound,” and I visited there as often as I could. I added a few acres, but feel as if I’ve memorialized a very special place and time in this book, allowing me to reconnect with my sister on occasion.
Kris Fletcher: I am quite fond of the one I have coming out in March, but of the ones I have already out, I would have to go with NOW YOU SEE ME. That story kicked around in my head in various incarnations for a long time before it found the right path. In fact, it was my first ever submission to Superromance - and my first Super rejection! And thank Heaven it was rejected, because in the shape it had at that point, it really didn't live up to its potential. But after my first sale, I pulled it out, addressed the issues that were problematic the first time around, tweaked it and played with it and sent it in, and lo and behold, it became my second Superromance. I loved examining the issue of reputations by pairing up the town's legendary bad boy with the widow of the town's hero. It was just a joy to write.
Jennifer Lohmann: My favorite of my books is a A PROMISE FOR THE BABY, and that's because I added one particular scene that makes me giggle years after I wrote it. I loved making the rigid hero line dance at a wedding. Writing that scene was incredibly fun!