Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Author Interview: Christine Feldman

Christine Feldman
author, All's Fair in Love and Weddings

Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.

My favorite types of heroes AND heroines are those who are flawed but have definite redeeming qualities; in my opinion, perfect people make rather dull characters to read about—because perfect people don’t need to achieve emotional growth, and growth is what makes so many wonderful stories moving. But after that, I tend to like a hero who has a wry sense of humor. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a cool customer sort of hero, and other times I want the friendly boy-next-door instead, but I ALWAYS like ‘em to make me laugh. As far as heroines go, I like a heroine who takes action instead of letting other people determine her fate. Sometimes that means a character who has no qualms about speaking her mind, but sometimes it can be a quieter wallflower type who is struggling to break free.

Speaking up might be hard for her, but as long as she’s TRYING, I can really cheer her on.

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?

Is it cheating if I pick an entire continent? Like, say, Europe? ;) That way I can indulge my love of all things Celtic but still enjoy the view from a Tuscan hillside vineyard... But if I really had to narrow it down to just one specific location, the Scottish highlands might do nicely. Yep, that would work!

What is one silly fact about you?

I can ask where the post office is in Japanese. That’s about all I know how to say, though, so I don’t think I’d come in too handy as a travel companion to Japan unless you REALLY can’t wait to mail something while you’re there.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

I write strictly clean/sweet romance because otherwise I’d never be able to look my mother in the eye at family gatherings. Just kidding... Personally, I just feel a lot more comfortable leaving certain details behind closed doors for the couples in my books. Besides, don’t you have to have an extensive knowledge of colorful euphemisms to write steamy stuff? My vocabulary is limited in that department. ;)

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

I have a couple of screenplays that have placed in contests on both coasts, and I’d like to rewrite at least one of them as a novel. One is sort of mystery/paranormal, and the other is fantasy with comic touches. I love to both read and write in several genres, and I think it would be hard to limit myself to just one.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Hmm... good chemistry between the hero and heroine, of course. Storyline complications that keep raising the emotional stakes higher and keep me biting my nails: will they find happiness together, or won’t they? Witty dialogue, because that’s where some of the best chemistry lies. And I always appreciate a romance in which the two leads end up changing each other or each other’s lives for the better somehow—maybe one of them comes to a realization about himself or herself that couldn’t have happened otherwise, and that realization has a tremendous impact on him or her. Also, a healthy dose of humor never hurts...

Please share about your book 

All’s Fair in Love and Weddings is a contemporary romance revolving around a destination wedding in the Virgin Islands. The heroine, Prue, has been unexpectedly invited to her estranged sister’s wedding and hopes to finally repair their broken relationship. The hero, Tucker, is a childhood friend of the groom who has come to the islands intending to stop the wedding because he believes his friend is making a huge mistake. Naturally, once he and Prue cross paths and she realizes why he’s there, she is determined to make up for past mistakes and ensure her sister’s happiness by preventing Tucker from interfering with the wedding—by any means possible, which leads to some lively incidents. Both of them have good reasons for doing what they’re doing, as you see when you read the story, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re on opposite sides. But sparks fly nevertheless, which makes things even more complicated...

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Prue is impulsive, loyal, reckless, tenacious, and lots and lots of fun.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

You’ll laugh, you’ll, cry, you’ll fall in love. At least, I hope you will... ;)

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