[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Michele! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Michele Summers] Funny, blunt (in a good way, I hope), sarcastic (not always good), creative and loyal!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Find My Way Home?
[Michele Summers] Find My Way Home is the first in the Harmony Homecomings series. My heroine, Bertie Anderson wants nothing more than to move away from her small, hometown and make it big as an interior designer. She’s only three weeks away from reaching her goal when she’s given the challenge to redesign the old Victorian in town she’s always dreamed about. But there’s a catch: she has to finish in three months with the reward of a huge bonus if she does. No probs. Easy peasy. Except her client is Keith Morgan, retired professional tennis player and bad boy of Miami.
Keith has moved to Harmony with a huge chip on his shoulder (along with a lot of guilt) in hopes of changing his life and making a better one for him and his ten-year old daughter. What he doesn’t expect is the small town quirkiness he encounters, his aunt’s ultimatum to get married in three months, and his uncontrollable attraction to his maddening designer, Bertie. Lots of sparks and laughs!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Michele Summers] Gosh, so many. How do I choose? I absolutely adore the ending, but I won’t give that away. But it makes me laugh and smile every time I read it. Near the beginning, one of my favorites is when Keith takes Bertie to the Dog, the local diner for the first time, and he’s shocked by the crazy, colorful interiors. He insults Bertie, who designed the interiors, with his commentary and the evening goes downhill from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Michele Summers] Making the hero, Keith’s anger and resentment from his major life changes come across without making him unlikable. Trying to convey his apprehension, without sounding too bitter, was a real challenge for me. I hope I nailed it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Michele Summers] Unfortunately, these days, it’s my cell phone…I guess we all live in fear of leaving it behind. But, I also have an obsession with hand lotions…keep them everywhere, in my handbag, car, desk top. I wouldn’t leave home without it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Michele Summers] Waterford ring holder to hold all my jewelry when I’m typing. My Bem wireless speaker for music and, wait for it…backscratcher. My back always itches and it comes in handy!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?
[Michele Summers] I’d like to be all healthy and say baby carrots with hummus, which I do eat on occasion, but when a deadline is looming I crave sour gummy candy…particularly Haribo Sour Spaghetti. (sounds gross, I know). The sour pucker wakes me up! If you have any on hand…don’t hesitate to send it over.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Michele Summers] Again, I’d like to be noble and wise and say something like, Oprah or Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But really, I’d like to trade places with Hugh Jackman’s wife! Just for one day…come on, I don’t think she’d mind!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Michele Summers] It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s Superman! I think I’d want to fly. Amazing aerial view and I could get where I needed to go with no traffic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Michele Summers] First Love by James Patterson: touching story with lots of humor.
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick: even better than the movie…thought provoking.
How A Lady Weds a Rogue by Katharine Ashe: interesting and different and well-written.
The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell: again different, but well-written…kept me up all night!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Michele Summers] Readers can connect with me at: www.michelesummers.com where they can sign-up to join my newsletter and hear about new releases, contests and more. Also,
Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. It’s been such fun and I hope you enjoy reading Find My Way Home.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Interior decorator Bertie Anderson is almost ready to say goodbye to small-town life in Harmony, North Carolina. She’s excited about living her dream life at her new job in Atlanta, the design capital of the South. She just has one last job to do…
Keith Morgan is ready to leave life in the fast lane (a.k.a., Miami) for a quiet life where he can raise his ten-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, his new lifestyle is threatened the moment he lays eyes on the decorator his aunt hired to help him create his dream home—the curvaceous temptation that is Bertie Anderson. As Bertie begins to turn his house into a home, will he find his way into her heart before it’s too late?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Debut author Michele Summers writes about small-town life with a Southern flair. She loves to knit and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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