Christine S Feldman
author, The Bargain
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I’m a small-town girl through-and-through. The town I grew up in had a population of about 1,200 at the time I was a kid, and while I’ve since traveled around a little bit—including to places like Oahu, British Columbia, and New York City—I think I’ll always be most at home in cozy little rural communities. Not that I wouldn’t mind a trip or two now and then…
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
I like both heroes and heroines who are flawed because I think their struggles to overcome their flaws make for great stories. Perfection is boring! Plus, I feel like—both as a reader and as a writer—I can relate better to those types of characters. But although they may be flawed, underneath it all they have to have some sort of quality that redeems them enough for me to be able to root for them.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Oooo…is it weird that even though I’m not a wine drinker I would love to spend a few weeks in an old villa beside a vineyard in the Italian countryside? I’m not picky, though. Rural France or the highlands of Scotland would work just as well… :)
What is one silly fact about you?
I think I might just be addicted to cookies and cream ice cream. You think I’m kidding, don’t you?
What got you started on your writing journey?
Reading. When I was a kid, I used to read all the time: Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins, Boxcar Children, Black Stallion…you name it. It fired up my imagination, and I think I typed up my first “story” on my parents’ typewriter when I was about 6 or 7. And I’m pretty sure it was about the Black Stallion. I guess I finally figured I should either be a writer or a horse rancher—and if you write, you don’t have to muck out any stables.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I write clean and sweet romance because I know my mother reads everything I write, and Thanksgiving around the dinner table would be awfully awkward otherwise. Kidding—sort of. Actually, I don’t write steamy stuff because I’m just not comfortable doing it. And the truth is, I think you can hint at passion very well without becoming explicit.
Sometimes less is more.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
I’m working on three holiday novellas right now—for Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day—that should be available as ebooks on Amazon in November, December, and January respectively. It can be challenging to try to create the same depth for characters and plots in novellas compared to what you see in full-length novels, but I have to say I’m really enjoying it. These will be sweet, clean contemporary romances as well. And in 2014…well, I’ve got lots of ideas percolating. Sometimes the biggest challenge is to pick which one to work on next.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
1) A heroine who is dynamic rather than passive—even if she’s a shy little mouse of a thing, if she takes some sort of action to bring about change in her life, I can admire that. (Especially since I’m rather shy myself.)
2) A hero who brings out the best in the heroine, whether it’s through challenging her or catching her when she falls.
3) A little humor is nice!
4) Adding a hillside vineyard in Italy certainly can’t hurt a romance.
Please share about your book
My latest book is The Bargain, a sweet contemporary romance. Here’s the official book blurb:
Ladies’ man Michael is a former bad boy looking for redemption. He is desperate to atone for past mistakes that he made with his family, but younger brother Drew has cut him out of his life and refuses to even speak to him. Which means Michael needs help getting to Drew.
And so he approaches Shannon with a proposition: If she will get Drew to agree to hear him out, Michael will mentor Shannon in how to win his brother’s heart. Suspicious of Michael’s motives, Shannon initially enters into the bargain just to make sure Michael isn’t actually in town to cause trouble for Drew, but the two unlikely allies are surprised to discover they enjoy each other’s company far more than either expected.
Shannon starts to realize that maybe love isn’t about reinventing yourself after all. It’s about finding your perfect match.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
This is kind of an ugly duckling meets beautiful swan story. Like it says above, Shannon is a tomboy, and she’s also socially awkward, to say the least. But she’s also fiercely loyal and tenacious, and she’s got “moxie” that reviewers of the book seem to appreciate (visit my website at http://christinesfeldman.com to check them out). Unlike Shannon, Michael has confidence to spare. He was and still is a heartthrob, but he’s also deeply troubled and haunted by past mistakes. Ultimately, they do wind up bringing out the best in each other.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
My mother says it’s delightful. :)
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