Hi LuAnn! Welcome to the hot seat at Delighted Reader. Let’s dig in and get to know you and share some with our readers about you new book, Moonlight Kiss.
When I started reading Moonlight Kiss, I wasn’t aware it was the fifth book in the series. What made you decide to set a series in small town Kentucky?
Although I now live in Naples, Florida near the coast I was born and raised in Kentucky and I have such love and pride in my home state.
I grew up and live in Indiana, a stone throw away from the Kentuckian border. So when I read Moonlight Kiss, I immediately went to Google the city name to get a reference to how far away I was. To my surprise, Cricket Creek is fictional! Why did you decide to go with a fictional town located near Lexington, KY instead of a real small town in Kentucky?
I adore small towns and I wanted Cricket Creek to have all of the best features of the towns I love the most and so I created my own world. Also, when writing about real towns you must get everything right… streets, restaurants and over the years things change. I do always have my towns set near cities that I love so I can reference my favorite places. I always include local products from the area to make the experience feel authentic.
The wedding industry is big business in Cricket Creek. Are there plans to find more owners to business needed and will they get their own stories?
I had such fun researching barn weddings! They are both rustic yet elegant at the same time. Wildflower Wedding, the next Cricket Creek book will be out in the spring and it’s Gabby Goodwin’s story, the sweet little florist who owns Flower Power in Wedding Row.
Reid and Addison have a lot of mis-understandings through out the book, from her engagements to his guilt over his financial clients. How did you keep Reid from crossing the line to far in his assumptions and still have Addison forgive him?
One of the wonderful things about romance novels is that love wins against all odds.
Addison has her moment of clarity and she suddenly knows why Reid told her to take the franchise opportunity. Addison is able to forgive Reid because she understands him.
Was Reid or Addison easier to write?
I have three adult sons so I really enjoy and understand the male point of view. Reid was easier because I knew where he was coming from most of the time. I’m not a plotter, I’m a pantser (I write from the seat of my pants and let the characters tell the story to me). One of my favorite things to do is redeem a character. I’m hoping to write Garret’s story.
Do you have any special rituals you need to do or have in place to get your creative writing juices flowing like music, placement of items, certain snacks or drinks?
Oh absolutely! I must have my Tinkerbell coffee mug at my side in the morning when I dive into the story. When I get stuck I put on music. I used to think music would distract me but I’ve grown to enjoy having songs playing in the background. I have to have on loose, comfortable clothing and I’m usually in my bare feet! Chocolate comes in handy and I have a bottle of water by my side all day. Potato chips are my weakness.
Thanksgiving is coming up and I love spending time with my family, but coming up with Thanksgiving favorite comfort food is something the kids and I share together. Do you have a comfort dish at Thanksgiving you must have?
Our Thanksgivings are pretty traditional with turkey and all of the trimmings. I do like to make homemade cranberry sauce rather than the kind out of the can and I also bake my own pumpkin pies. This year I’m heading to Kentucky to be with family so I’m super excited about that.
What’s up next for the residents of Cricket Creek and Wedding Row?
I’m very excited about my Christmas novella in Christmas on Main Street. I just love holiday stories and getting to write one about Cricket Creek was so much fun. Wildflower Wedding comes out in the spring and I’m currently writing Sweet Harmony, Jeff Greenfield’s story with Cat Carson. We met Cat in Pitch Perfect and I’ve been dying to write her story. Getting to write a story about country singers is combining my love of country music with romance. I do think a trip to Nashville will be needed!
Thank you for visiting with us today LuAnn! We were Delighted to have you!
It was my pleasure!
Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet river town known for its baseball, shopping, and cuisine. After finally rebounding from the recession, the residents are ready to repair their lives—and their hearts…
After two very public broken engagements with two very famous men, Addison Monroe is ready to avoid the spotlight. She decides to put her wedding planning experience to good use by opening a bridal boutique. Setting up shop in small town Kentucky is the perfect way to escape prying eyes and live a quiet, single life.
Investment consultant Reid Greenfield is fed up with weddings—and not his own. He’s certain his sister’s plan to turn their family farm into a wedding reception venue will lead to bankruptcy. Reid hopes that city girl Addison will be an ally in getting his sister to change her mind before she loses her savings. Instead, Addison adores the idea and jumps on board. It’s a risky business—especially once romance gets involved. But sometimes a little risk brings a huge reward…
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