Today I’m delighted to have Becky Lower here to talk about her contemporary romance Voice of an Angel.
So Becky, what inspired you to write this book? Voice Of An Angel was inspired by two things. First was the movie, Eddie & The Cruisers, one of my all-time favorites. The lead singer of a rock band fakes his own death to get out of a bad contract. Great sound track. Second was the very real life of a folk singer in the DC area who died way before she should have, and whose music is still being sold and heard today. I kind of mashed those two story lines together to come up with Evelyn Hammer’s own unique tale.
As a fan of some singers who died way too soon, I’m intrigued. How do you make time to write? I like to write in the morning, which has never been a problem since I began to take writing seriously. My little dog usually joins me in the study and finds the spot where the sun is, or curls up on her rug behind the desk. But my sister has just moved in with me. She has her own space in the house, and I’ve warned her not to talk to me in the mornings when I’m working, but she has lapsed a few times. I raise my hand, don’t lift my eyes from my computer, and she backs out of the room with an apology. I’ve been able to cut down on my part-time job since she moved in, so it’s been a blessing to have her here. And, I do take time in the afternoons to go to the movies or just sit and read with her.
Sisters. Mine is an aspiring fiction author. What is your favorite part about being an author? I love the process of writing. Especially when I can get into the zone and just lose myself in the story. And I love it when some new-to-me reader loses herself in my stories. Makes it all worthwhile.
I have lost myself a few times in your wonderful Cotillion Ball historical series. Thinking of lost, let’s play “Dump the purse” – what’s in yours? A cell phone with no minutes left, a change purse that’s about thirty years old and showing it, used tissues, my name badge from my part-time job, and a notepad and pen, in case I overhear a bit of conversation or talk to someone about something interesting. Never any money.
I’m always hopeful I’ll find some, but I know where the money really goes. My kids built a time machine out of Legos. When and where are we headed and why? Since I write historic romances as well as contemporary ones, I’d set the time machine for 1830 in the American west. Maybe we’ll run into Jedediah Smith.
Adventuring with Jedediah Smith would be fun, but then I’d miss out on dessert time! Give me your “either—or” answers
- Chocolate, fruit or other? Cake. I like cake.
- Warm or cold? Warm, about ten minutes out of the oven.
- Buttercream or fondant? Buttercream. On cake.
- Cookies or brownies? Brownies, if cake isn’t available.
- With nuts or without? Nuts, of course. And sprinkles.
Yum! Before we rush out for dessert, would you share more about Voice of an Angel and how my readers can get in touch with you?
Voice of an Angel
Max Bainbridge is an ace newspaper reporter who gets all the biggest assignments, most recently covering the fighting in Afghanistan. When he is shot on the battlefields, he is operated on and then flown home. The nurse responsible for his subsequent care is Evelyn Hammer, a 35-year-old woman who ran for her life, and from the musical spotlight, when she was 17 and on the cusp of fame. Her new identity has been in place, and impenetrable, ever since. Over the years, she’s found singing is a more soothing way to wake people from surgery, and they are usually so foggy they don’t realize she’s been singing to them. Until Max, that is.
Evelyn knows she’s breaking one of the cardinal rules of nursing by dating a patient, but she can’t resist Max. What begins as an innocent affair with a definite expiration date when Max leaves for his next assignment becomes a real threat to unmasking Evelyn’s hidden identity. Max can’t control his journalism instincts as one clue after another emerges and he realizes he doesn’t know the person he’s fallen in love with.
Only by uncovering Evelyn’s secret past can they move forward with their future. But her past is still there, and threatening. Some secrets are better left alone.
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JLVNS8U
More about Becky Lower
Becky Lower has traveled the country looking for great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it present day middle America or on a covered wagon headed west in the 1850s. Contemporary and historical romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of RWA and is an active member of the Northeast Ohio RWA. She has a degree in English and Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and lives in an eclectic college town in Ohio with her puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary. She loves to hear from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at http://www.beckylowerauthor.com