Welcome to Saturday Small Talk! A new feature where I will be interviewing authors. Find out what makes them tick, what they’re currently working on, and maybe what their guilty pleasures might be! Pull up a chair and let’s talk.
Today, I’ll be chatting with Nancy Henderson.
Aleen [Lampshade Reader]: Hi Nancy! Happy to have you here. Please tell us a little bit about your new book.
Nancy Henderson: Hi, Aleen! Second Beginning is the second book in my Cold Springs series, which is a contemporary romance.
Abby Cooper would give an anything to escape her past. Buying a building sight unseen is a crazy idea but so is opening a bookstore in a one-horse town in the middle of nowhere. Little did she know there would be a funeral home right across the street. How can she move on when death is constantly staring her in the face?
Ethan Carver has little time for anything but work. Death is a demanding business, and he has no time for relationships. When the newest member of Cold Springs opens a bookstore across the street from him, all focus dies. Can he learn to slow down and enjoy life for a change?
LR: What inspired the themes in your story?
NH: Small town life is the big inspiration in this series. I love how everyone in the books know each other and everyone knows everything about each other’s lives good and bad. It makes for some great conflict!
LR: I love small town romances just because of the nosiness! LOL.
LR: So, I see that you like to write in multiple genres. Do you have a favorite?
NH: I write in both historical and contemporary romance. I also write zany non-fiction cat stories (visit my website at http://www.litterboxesandhairballs.com for my alter writing ego. LOL!).
LR: Do you incorporate your love for cats into any of your stories?
NH: Well, in addition to writing humorous cat stories, I try to include animals in all of my books. Sometimes cats, sometimes dogs. In Second Beginning the animal is a Holstein cow!
LR: A cow sounds like an interesting addition!
LR: If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
NH: Patrick Dempsey for Ethan Carver…the heroine, I suppose Jennifer Garner, I guess.
LR: *daydreams about McDreamy…* Huh!? Oh yeah..the interview…
LR: Speaking of McDreamy, here’s a personal question: Do you have a book boyfriend? If so, do tell. 😉
NH: I’d have to say I love all my book heroes. I don’t think I could pick a favorite. How about they’re all my book boyfriend harem? LOL!
LR: A book boyfriend harem huh? Sounds intriguing…
LR: If you had to visit any time period, which would you choose and why?
NH: Colonial America. Granted, I’d probably be dead by now due to all the medical problems I’ve had in the past, but I think it would have really been something to live back then. I’d want to shoot a musket and visit an Indian village instead of staying home and making bread and taking care of babies, though.
LR: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
NH: I have so many favorite authors. Gosh, that’s a difficult question because there are so many. I’m currently reading The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig. It’s a great motivation read for writing.
LR: What’s next for you?
NH: I’m currently finishing up the draft of book 3 in the Cold Springs series. After that, I’m diving right back into Coloinal America with another Native American historical romance.
LR: Sounds awesome Nancy! Now are you ready for my rapid fire round? *doesn’t give her a chance to answer question*
Rapid Fire Round!
Plotter or Pantser?
A little of both. I write a rough outline just so I know if the ending is going to work or not then I pants all the details in the first draft.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. Love strong, black coffee. It’s the first think I reach for in the morning.
Morning person or Night owl?
Morning. I get up at 4 am every day to write.
Chicken or eggplant parmesan.
Least favorite meal?
Liver and onions. Bleh!
Last person you texted/emailed?
My mom. I’m always sending her cute cat photos!
LR: Thank you Nancy! It was great chatting with you!
NH: Thank you so much for having me. I love to stay in touch with readers. Visit my website at: http://www.always-a-story.com.
Books in the Cold Springs Series
(clicking on the images goes to Amazon purchase page)