Today we’re celebrating Sailing in Style.
So, Dana Mentink, where did you get the idea for this novel?I went sailing! Well, not really. I visited the historic River King paddlewheel boat which is permanently docked in Sacramento. It doesn't sail, but it screams "write a story about me!"
Is it a standalone? Or part of a series?
It's the second of the Love by Design series. The first is Return to Pelican Inn which features Cy's sister Rosa.
How long did it take you to write?
I'd say about four months or so.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption, what would it say?It would say, "Do you enjoy a fun and frothy read? Come sail away with me!
What is your favorite scene?
Probably the one where Cy's father nearly drowns in the ocean. I know that sounds bad, but there's so much emotion and love in that scene. I cried writing it and reading it! It counterbalances all the zaniness a bit.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I'd have to say Baggy the dog. He's a misshapen, malformed mutt that captures everyone's heart!
Tell us one thing you learned during research?
The Delta King has a sister ship, the Delta Queen. They were both launched in 1927 here in California and the Queen still sails in the Mississisppi.
This is your twentieth novel for Harlequin. Exactly what does that mean to you?
It's mind blowing but I couldn't POSSIBLY be old enough to have written twenty plus books, can I?
What are you working on now?
I'm writing romantic suspense for Love Inspired and a series of dog themed romances for Harvest House. Thanks for chatting with me! http://amzn.to/1K29uB9