Please give a warm welcome to Erin Nicholas! Erin is the author of Hitched, the fourth book in the Promise Harbor Wedding continuity. Erin is the final author to stop by to chat about this Samhain series, so please enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the links after the interview so you can order a copy of all four books for yourself!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Erin Nicholas] Wife, mom, romance writer, wine lover, dark chocolate connoisseur, coffeeaholic, sarcastic, bossy Princess
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hitched?
[Erin Nicholas] I’d love to! Hitched is the fourth book (of four) in the Promise Harbor Wedding series. The series starts at a wedding that goes all wrong and follows the members of the wedding party from that point. Book one is the jilted groom’s story, book two tells us what happens when the Maid of Honor disappears, the Best Man gets into trouble in book three and then book four is the bride’s story. The run-away bride’s story to be specific!
Gavin Montgomery is the hero of book four. He arrives in Promise Harbor just before the woman he loves says I do to someone else. He can’t let Allie get married without telling her that he’s still in love with her and the only chance he has is, well, in the middle of the ceremony.
From there they’re on a crazy adventure to see where their hearts take them and if they can make things work this time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Erin Nicholas] Three good friends and a glass of good wine! But seriously, our editor, Lindsey Faber at Samhain, first suggested a multi-author series with the four of us. We were all really excited, but we all had lots of other things going on and it took us awhile (2 years!) to really get a solid idea and to get going.
When we started brainstorming, we knew that we wanted a central event of some kind tying our characters and our stories together. We threw out lots of ideas, but the one that stuck and really got us all excited was a wedding. From there we each took a member of the wedding party and we were off and running!
I don’t know why, but I’ve always been intrigued by that part of the wedding ceremony where they ask “does anyone know of a reason why these two should not be wed?” I’ve always thought “what if” someone stood up and actually said “because I’m in love with her.” I eagerly volunteered to write the bride’s story, knowing that I wanted to finally use that “what if”! From there I got to create this woman, the bride, by asking things like “how did she end up the star in a wedding that she doesn’t really want?” “Who is this guy who’s interrupting the wedding?” “Why aren’t they together?” “What’s their history?” “Where has he been during this whole engagement that he’s just now showing up?” And a whole bunch of other fun questions!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Allie?
[Erin Nicholas] generous, dependable, conflicted
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Gavin had a theme song, what would it be?
[Erin Nicholas] I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Allie is never without.
[Erin Nicholas] Her cell phone and planner
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Gavin’s bedroom?
[Erin Nicholas] Any other woman (or man) besides Allie, a suit and tie, anything flowery, ruffle-y or lacey
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Allie’s greatest regret?
[Erin Nicholas] Allie is a very practical person and when she makes choices the pros and cons are carefully weighed. So I don’t think she’s really aware of any regrets, until she has some new insights thanks to Gavin. Then I think she regrets not trusting the people around her to be stronger or braver or smarter than she’s given them credit for and taking everything on by herself.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Erin Nicholas] People. I am so fortunate to know and get to be around amazing people all the time. Everyone has a story and it’s so wonderful to hear about true stories of enduring love and bravery and sacrifice and triumph. I love getting to know people and asking them about their lives and their experiences.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Erin Nicholas] Coffee, a pink ballpoint pen (for notes or for longhand writing at times), and photos that act as inspiration for my characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Erin Nicholas] Wow, that’s hard. I love to read, but don’t always have as much time as I’d like. And depending on my own deadlines there’s sometimes a big gap between a book’s release and when I actually pick it up.
Hmm… to me this would mean a book I was anxious to get back to when I had to put it down, a book that I thought about when I wasn’t reading, and characters that I can easily conjure even long after I finish it. One book that comes to mind in recent months is High Risk, by Vivian Arend. I always love Viv’s writing and the whole premise in this novel, with the search and rescue team, was just really fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Erin Nicholas] LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Erin Nicholas] Hang out with my family, read, movies, lunch with girlfriends
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Erin Nicholas] www.ErinNicholas.com,
on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ErinNicholas)
on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/erin.nicholas.90)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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