Please tell the readers about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?
DR. PETE HARDING DOESN'T DATE SINGLE MOMS
No matter how lovely Keira Noble's smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He's been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn't
mean he can't help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son….
Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can't deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas?
How did you decide on the setting? Did you need to do research?
My husband first introduced me to Leavenworth Washington when we were in college over twenty plus years ago and I fell in love with the setting. When I decided to use Leavenworth as the setting for The Christmas Promise I asked my mom if she’d go visit with me and a couple of weeks later we boarded an Amtrak to Leavenworth. My husband has family there and it was wonderful to pick their brains and see the town through their eyes. Since I’m writing a series that takes place there, from time to time I email one of his aunts when I have a quick question about the town.
I began the research and plotting in November and turned in the completed project in April or May, so I guess it took six or seven months.
Which did you create first the plot of the characters?
This is a tough question, because I think they are interwoven. When I was in my hotel room in Leavenworth I had the idea that I wanted my female charter to be a shop owner, which turned into a candy shop owner as I walked through the village. Then I tried to think of what kind of occupation my hero should have and came up with a veterinarian.
LOL I guess I came up with the characters first and the plot grew from there.
What genre is you favorite to write and why?
Romance! I love to read romance and have a hard time enjoying a book that doesn’t have some element of romance. I can’t imagine writing a book that doesn’t include romance in some way. Why? I guess it’s because I’m a romantic at heart.
Did you start out with a different plot of did the story stay the same the whole time you were creating it?
The general idea of the plot stayed the same. Little things evolved as I wrote, but the story itself didn’t really change.
Kimberly, The Christmas Promise sounds like a wonderful novel. Where online, can the readers connect with you?