Violet Smith and Zach Aubrey have history…
…the kind of history he regrets and she wishes she could forget.
When a booking mistake at Deep Haven Cottage strands them together at a rental
house on the Maine coast, the rocker and the writer are suddenly thrown back
together after ten years apart. While Violet will do almost anything to prevent
history from repeating itself, Zach wants to show her that her heart will be safe with
him this time. But can Violet give him a second chance? And will Zach truly be able
to change history?
Playing songs, playing for keeps…Playing for Love at Deep Haven
(Enchanted Places - Book One)
Katy Regnery, author and publisher
275 pages (appx)
Pub Date: January 2014
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Katy Regnery, winner of the 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 Maine RWA Everything But the Kitchen Sink contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.
As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a
paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec. Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones
About the book:
How do you approach character development to make them believable and someone readers can identify with?
When I’m writing a book, I’m watching the scenes in my head like a movie and recording them. I don’t think too much. I watch the movie and write down what the characters are saying, how they move, what they look like, how their voices sound and what I think they want. Later I have to go back and delete a lot of stage direction, but all of that extra movement is due to my recording exactly what I see in my head as scenes unfold. My goal is for the reader to be sitting beside me, watching the movie with me. If the reader can’t see and hear everything with the same sharpness that I can, I’m not doing my job. But, I do think this method of writing makes everything – characters especially – feel very real.
Who was the harder character to write Violet or Zach and why?
Violet was tougher to write. I always start with one character first when I set out to write a book. And once that character comes into focus, I concentrate on building a mate for that character. I had started with Zach, so I knew exactly who he was: troubled childhood, brilliant musician, brooding, conflicted, intense. Then, I ask myself: for whom is he a perfect match? Who sees him and starts to love him? And Violet started coming into focus for me: free-spirited and emotional, but surprisingly fragile because she wears her heart outside of her body. And BAM! The conflict presented itself. Then I just had to write them.
Was there anything about their story that surprised you as it unfolded?
Yes. It was really like writing three stories in terms of character development. Since I was writing out of order with flashbacks interspersed into the story, sometimes their emotional trajectories confused me a little and I hadn’t anticipated that…at first I was having trouble keeping the character development straight, so I started calling them Yale Violet/Zach, Greenwich Violet/Rocker Zach, and Deep Haven Violet/Zach. I didn’t actually mean to use those titles in print, but it somehow worked as I was writing and so I left them in. It made it easier for me to identify where they each were in their emotional journey.
What do readers have to look forward in the Enchanted Places series or otherwise?
More fabulous locations. More toe-curling love scenes. I was playing around with Restoring Love at Bolton Castle today and ended up writing a short scene between Cora Aubrey and James Grace. Zach’s twin sister Cora is a really complex person. She had the same damaged upbringing Zach had, but it affected her differently. She has trouble with commitment, just like Zach, but her exterior shell is hard, vulgar and sarcastic where her brother’s was intense and brooding. Enter James Grace, Esq. a smooth, urbane Manhattan blue-blood who’s used to posh hotels, dry martinis, genteel society and party girls falling at his feet. Cora Aubrey’s a beautiful woman, but she’s also foul-mouthed, strong-willed and passionate about a restoration project James Grace is threatening to shut down. Watching them clash against each other is going to be fascinating.
About the Author:
When I’m not writing I like to?
I love hanging out on social media – I’ve met so many amazing people on Twitter and Facebook, it’s opened a whole new world for me. When my family’s home from work and school, I love spending time with them. I have about 20 different TV shows I watch loyally and my Kindle always has a few books waiting for my attention.
Snack of choice when writing?
My office is located in the bedroom wing of our house and I don’t allow any food there. So, I am limited to coffee and water while writing. I used to keep hard candies in my office, but my collie got into them (further illustrating why food belongs in the kitchen!) so that was the bitter end of snacks in the office. J
Favorite genre you read for pleasure?
Romance. And my favorite genre of romance really depends on my mood and the quality of the writing. I love romantic comedy – especially by Penny Reid and Jenny Crusie. I love contemporary romance by Bella Andre (I am a devotee of the Sullivan’s!), Sylvia Day, Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman. I love the really angsty new adult stuff that Jessica Sorensen writes and the less-angsty YA/NA stories by Simone Elkeles and J Lynn. I occasionally read a historic or paranormal romance, but not that often.
Favorite romance book.
For a long time my standard answer to this question was Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. And I will always love that book. But I recently read Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie and I loved it so much, I was totally blown away. So, I don’t know….one of those two, I guess.