We are VERY excited here at the CCC to have Laurie Tomlinson as a GUEST INTERVIEW! She has posted blogs before here, but never been featured as an author. Please welcome Laurie, and keep reading so you can enter to win a copy of her DEBUT NOVELLA!
Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?
Thanks for hosting me again! The first of two releasing this spring is my March 6 novella, That’s When I Knew, part of the Love at First Laugh collection of inspirational romantic comedies. It tells the story of childhood sweethearts Nick and Chelsea, who spent summers playing neighborhood baseball in small-town Oklahoma, had a failed summer romance as teens, and arenow reunited as adults on the verge of the biggest convention of Chelsea’s career. It was first inspired by two inseparable kids in my neighborhood (though it’s not based on them at all!). They say you’re supposed to write what you know, so the rest of the story developed from my love of planners.
Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Definitely Chelsea. I accidentally related to her way more than I intended to. She designed a planner to help with her hot mess of a life, and it took off rather unexpectedly. So she deals with perfectionism and impostor syndrome because she’s unorganized and all over the place, but she has a great team to help her keep her head on straight J
If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them?
Nick would be played by Garrett Hedlund (when he’s clean shaven!) and I see Chelsea as an older version of Katherine McNamara with that fantastic strawberry blond hair!
How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel?
Some of my other novels that aren’t published were based in this fictional Oklahoma lake town, Greencliff, so I had to have Chelsea live there. But much of the novella takes place on the road to Chicago, which I chose because it’s the perfect big city for an international trade show!
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why?
Never say never! But I will most likely stay away from writing historical novels. I’d also prefergetting a cavity filled over anything related to classical philosophy. No. Just no. Contemporary subjects, on the other hand, I am totally okay with!
Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why?
Continuing the last question, I’m most like Hermione Granger – definitely a reformed know-it-all. I consider life one big continuing education course and like to read about a wide range of topics. But I also have a little Madea in me, if you know what I mean.
What strange writing habits do you have? Like standing on your head while you write with a pen between your teeth?
I write way out of order! In the first three books I wrote, the first scene that came to me was the black moment, so I started there, wrote to the end, and then wrote the rest from the beginning. I’m working on writing more linearly to avoid the editing carnage that ensues from my normalmethod, but the story wants what the story wants! I know y’all can relate.
Do you have a writing mentor, or another author who has inspired/encouraged you in some way?
Hands down, Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner. I would probably still be working on my first novel in the secret corner of a coffee shop if it weren’t for her!
We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?
Oh, my faith affects everything. It’s the reason I write, the way I can write, and the breath behind every storyline, whether my stories are for the Christian market or not.
Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were responsible to write your own epitaph for your tombstone, what would it say?
That’s a hard question! I know the right answer is something about full life with a John 10:10 quote, but all I can think about right now is being a Jaime character. If someone else’s hand put me in the grave, you’d better believe my epitaph will be about haunting them J
Anne is an insatiable romantic with a serious vintage aura in all she writes. Do you have fabulous love story in your family history that you could share with us in a few words? If not, what about your own?
My parents got engaged after knowing each other for four weeks, were married four months later, and are still going strong 33 years later! Sometimes you really do just know, and when the Lord is at the center of your marriage, you can defy all the odds and statistics and hard times.
Erica and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing?
I’m a fan of happily ever after, but I love showing the beauty in the mess that happens when two humans come together in the most unlikely of circumstances. The best romances, to me, are the couples that strengthen and support each other as partners in their dreams. *Swoon*
We’d love you have you share a quote from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:
"There is no slow motion of dipping toes in the water with Nick, you know? Being with him is running from the dock and diving headfirst without stopping to check the water." – Chelsea Scott
On most days, Chelsea Scott feels like her rapidly growing planner and stationery businessshould belong to someone else. Maybe if it did, it wouldn't be hovering near the red due to onecostly decision. But the collaboration that will save her company awaits her pitch at the trade show she's keynoting. When her transportation falls through at the last minute, she accepts help from Nick Pearson, who’s unexpectedly come back into her life.
The last time Nick saw Chelsea, he told her he loved her, and she ran. Twelve years later, their lives are different, more complex than the summers they spent playing baseball and eating ice cream cones at their dock with their toes in the lake. But as they spend time together on the road, their feelings for each other become clear: all those years couldn’t take away how good they can be together.
When Chelsea's past decisions resurface at the convention, her newly rekindled relationship withNick – and her business – are in jeopardy. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will another summer end with them apart?
The Love at First Laugh Collection releases on March 6. Pre-order all eight novellas for 99 cents on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2l0mqka
About Laurie: Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author and cheerleader for creatives. She believes that God’s love is unfailing, anything can be accomplished with a good to-do list, and that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. Her debut contemporary romance novel releases in May 2017 from Harlequin Heartwarming. You can connect with Laurie on her website, Facebook page, and Instagram.
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