I like to write about places I visit, especially small towns. I've vacationed for years on the Washington Coast and thought it would be a good setting for a series. The fictional town of Willow Beach in Eva's Deadline is a composite of several small towns there that I'm familiar with.Today we’re celebrating the release of Linda Hope Lee's Eva's Deadline.So, Linda, where did you get the idea for this novel?
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
"I'm so glad I found you."
The first draft took about two months.How long did it take you to write?
The scene where Eva returns from spending Christmas in Seattle and finds herself seeking out Mark at the newspaper office. They realize how much they have missed each other and fall into each other's arms.What is your favorite scene?
The hero, Mark Townson, is my favorite character. I like his loyalty to Eva's father and also his willingness to make sacrifices for love.Who was your favorite character and why?
They aren't fictional characters, but the actor Patrick Muldoon, who is in a Hallmark movie I like, A Boyfriend for Christmas, could play my hero, Mark Townson. Kelli Williams, who plays opposite him in the same film, would be my choice for Eva Sinclair.If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?
I learned about the rules of inheritance.Tell us one thing you learned during research.
Being a Blues fan, I hear Percy Sledge singing "Let me wrap you in my warm and tender love" whenever Mark and Eva share an embrace. "Take Time to Know Her" and "When a Man Loves a Woman" from the same CD (Percy Sledge, When a Man Loves a Woman and Other Hits) also fit the story.What music would match the mood of this novel?
It means I still have stories to tell. I've found I really like to write series and hope to produce more.This is your 21st book. Exactly what does that mean to you?
I'm working on books 2 and 3 of the Willow Beach series. After that, I have a small town in Idaho in mind for another series setting.What do you plan to work on next?
What are you reading for pleasure right now?
I'm reading Muriel Jensen's Love Me Forever and enjoying it very much. It's set in Astoria, Oregon, which is only a few miles south of where Eva's Deadline takes place.