Today we’re celebrating the release of Love Me Forever.
So, Muriel, where did you get the idea for this novel?
When I wrote Always Florence, released August, 2013, I thought of it as a stand-alone book. But I became invested in the lives of Sandy Evans, the heroine's friend, and Hunter Bristol, who works for the hero and is also his friend. They had to work out the issues that provided a good subplot to the August book.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
I think love does its best work when under the passion and the dedication is the friendship that makes all that possible.
How long did it take you to write?
With revisions and AAs about four months.
What is your favorite scene?
There's a scene toward the end when the hero has finally resolved his obstacles to love. It's late at night, he's gone to the grocery to find a bouquet of flowers but they're out and thanks to the advice of someone in the produce department, buys a watermelon - a good hostess gift in other parts of the world. The heroine is shocked to see him - particularly with a watermelon - and when he explains that he's there to tell her that he loves her, she faints dead away. It was the first moment of relief for ME in the story - he's finally free of his burden, and she is vulnerable at last.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sandy, my heroine. She's everbody's advocate and loves the hero so much - but there's so much in his way. She stays strong, though, and wins him over.
If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?
Sandra Bullock as a redhead, Nathan Fillion with sandy blond hair.
Tell us one thing you learned during research.
That a watermelon is a fine hostess gift in China and Japan!
What music would match the mood of this novel?
Does anyone remember, "Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray? "Could I have this dance, for the rest of my life? Would you be my partner, every night? when we're together, it feels so right. Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?"
This is your 90th book. Exactly what does that mean to you?
That I have more endurance than I ever imagined. And that rejection doesn't kill you - it just feels like it.
What do you plan to work on next?
I'm working on the first book in a new series about three siblings separated as little ones when their mother went to jail for murder.
What are you reading for pleasure right now?
HEIST by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.