Amber: What do you love most about writing for the “Love Finds You” series as compared to other books you’ve written?
Loree: Though I've always made a practice of visiting the places where my stories take place, the settings for the Love Finds You series have all been so fun and exciting! And because Summerside prefers to deliver lighthearted, uplifting novels to their loyal fans, I get to have as much fun as the readers do!
Amber: Have you visited the setting of your latest “Love Finds You” book? If so, what was your favorite part of the trip?
Loree: It's a tossup between the Folly Beach fishing pier and the crazy little boat that washed ashore during Hurricane Hugo (where locals and tourists alike paint all sorts of messages on the hull). On second thought, maybe the Morris Island Lighthouse. Or the fantastic restaurants. Hmm…I'm thinking I'll have to get back to you on that!
Amber: Sounds like there's a lot to love about Folly Beach!
Have you learned anything about love and humility while working on your latest “Love Finds You” book that you could share with us?
Loree: Absolutely! As Holly (the heroine) learned that she's lovable, despite her slightly-klutzy tendencies, I learned that my own eccentricities are more tolerable than I'd once thought. And, as Parker (the hero) grapples with his mom's dishonesty, I learned that even parents have feet of clay…and need forgiveness and understanding.
Amber: What would a Christmas party in the town and era of your latest “Love Finds You” book look like? (Any details about food, decorations, traditions, etc., would be wonderful!)
Loree: First, there'd be lots of colorful lights on the cottage terraces and vacation house balconies that overlook the Atlantic. And because the weather is (mostly) beautiful, even in December, the Christmas banquet would take place on the deck, so that the guests could gobble up crab cakes and fish gumbo along with the traditional ham dinner and sides…and so that we could put up our feet while eating our pecan pie, watching the waves crash onto shore all around the historic Morris Island Lighthouse!
Amber: Count me in! Thanks so much for joining us today, Loree! Can't wait to read this book!
Here are the rules for today's giveaway of a signed copy of Love Finds You in Folly Beach, South Carolina to 2 winners! Please read carefully.
- Leave a comment for Loree along with your e-mail address.
- You must have a U.S. mailing address in order to be eligible for this drawing.
- All winners this week will be announced on Sunday, December 11, 2011. (That's soon, so don't delay - enter today!!)