|Let me tell you how I got the idea for this novel...|
It started when I followed a 4-part documentary on the lack of fresh food in low income homes, and one part was on school back-pack programs. They send a backpack full of food home on Fridays with children who may not have meals over the weekend. This coincided with several times our local newspaper ran articles about gardens that encourage children to help plant, harvest and then eat organically grown vegetables.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say? Blue skies and sunflowers warm the heart.
What is your favorite scene? “I’m Molly McNair. May I help you?” She watched him unsnap a pearl button on the breast pocket of a blue Western-style shirt. She blinked as he extended a piece of paper.
The action was enough to make Nitro do something he’d never done before. He jerked his leash right out of Molly’s grasp and bounded up to the Harley.
She made a grab for him and missed. The next thing that happened was more shocking.
The man, who had yet to identify himself, stripped off his sunglasses with one hand and reached down with the other, murmuring soothingly until the dog dropped to the ground. Nitro rolled onto his back and wriggled in the dirt as the man laughed and scratched his exposed belly.
Molly’s jaw dropped. Impressed but wary, she crossed to the biker and took back her traitorous pet’s leash. It was then she saw the paper that had fluttered from the man’s hand. Her ad, torn from the newspaper. Bending, she picked it up.
“I came about the driver’s position.” The biker twirled his sunglasses by one arm. “Has the job been filled?”
Who was your favorite character and why? Maybe Nitro, Molly’s Doberman who is supposed to be a guard dog, but has a soft spot for the hero and the children who come to plant their garden at her farm.
If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be? This is always hard for me because I am not a big movie buff. But a friend who has read the book chose Simon Baker as the hero, and Keira Knightly when she had her hair short and black as Molly. My daughter said maybe Josh Holloway and Katy Perry. I guess I’ll defer to readers on this question.
Tell us one thing you learned during research. I was shocked to learn during the documentaries how many truly needy families we have in the United States—this land of plenty. It’s hard to know that child hunger is an ever growing problem.
What music would match the mood of this novel? Maybe Jon Bon Jovi’s “Everybody’s Broken”
This is your 56th book. Exactly what does that mean to you? I’m profoundly grateful to Harlequin for each book their editors choose to accept. And when I hear from readers who like my story and characters it’s like ice cream with my cake.
What do you plan to work on next? I’m ready to start book 3 of a trilogy for the American line set in a fictional Montana town.
What are you reading for pleasure right now? I just finished the July Heartwarmings and Harper Lee’s new book. Next up are 2 books in the American line, one from Cathy McDavid and the other Barbara White Daille. Then my August Heartwarming subscription should arrive.