Hi Sharon and welcome! We're so excited to have you visiting Reading Between the Wines today. I know that some of your books are inspired by real events that happen in your life, is I'LL STAND BY YOU one of them?
Hello and thanks for the invitation!! You're correct in that some of my books have been inspired by a real event but I'LL STAND BY YOU is not one of them. The plot evolved out of seeing a very young mother pushing a stroller in a mall and being laughed at by a group of her peers as they passed her by. As you read the story you will see echoes of that moment within the story. I fell in love with this young couple and had nothing but admiration for their determination to keep their families together at all costs. Their situation gathers interest to the point that a large number of people in the town of Blessings, who before had looked down on them for who they were or where they lived, begin to not only root for them, but go out of their way to insure their families stay intact.
What can readers expect from I'LL STAND BY YOU and why is it sure to tug on their heartstrings?
I think they'll fall in absolute love with a little boy named Beep, and a baby boy named Luther Joe. I think they will root for Johnny Pine's cold determination to keep his little brothers out of social services and empathize with Dori Grant for her situation and fall in love with her strength of heart. And when Dori and Johnny figure out that the only people they can trust is each other, they'll be witness to the evolution of the sweetest love story.
A majority of your contemporary romances are single-titles, while your romantic suspense books are part of a series. Is there a reason behind that or is that just the way it turned out?
Actually, most of that is timing. I began writing contemporary romance at a time when the only series books were the shorter category books. Even back then I couldn't tell a story without having some action/adventure in it, which ultimately led me to romantic suspense. As that genre grew in popularity, so did the public's desire for more stories about the secondary characters within the single title books, which led to series books or trilogies within the different genres. I write them because it's how my publisher likes to market what I write. At the root of everything, I am not a romance writer, or a suspense writer in either contemporary or historical fiction. I consider myself a storyteller and I write what needs to be told.
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