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Author Interview: Nancy Fraser
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
I tried writing a few other genres before I settled on romance. Not because it was easy (it’s not), but because I believe we all need a little happily-ever-after in our lives. What made me write THIS book? Hmm, the same thing that makes me write every book. To get these pesky voices out of my head and make room for more pesky voices. Actually, though, in this case it was to be part of this new line of books. The Last Chance Beach Romance line will have twenty books, multiple authors, and publish every six weeks over the next two years. Return of the Runaway Bride is book #2 in the line. I’m also scheduled to write three more of the scheduled twenty.
2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?
I was an only child, which I believe made me more observant than some because I had fewer interruptions, didn’t have to fight for interactions with others, and often found myself watching others to see how they responded to those around them and to me.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
On a beach in the Bahamas. However, since that’s off the table, I’d have to say at my desk, in my new office chair I’ve named Charlie, and surrounded by all my prompts and research.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
Nothing really dies, as can be attested to by my crowded hard drive and box full of jump drives. Sometimes it becomes a new book. Or, a deleted scene bonus in my newsletter. OR sometimes just a prompt for a better scene in the same book.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
I’ve met my favorite author, Elizabeth Lowell, a few times, so there’s probably nothing left to ask. She refuses to tell what I really want to know. Does she really practice all those steamy love scenes herself?
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I’m pretty much an open book (not to be confused with being cliché). I’ve answered a question similar to this so many times over the years, I’m sure there’s only one thing left to tell, and I’m NOT going to tell it. My daughter-in-law has permission to share when I’m gone, but not before.
I will say, surprisingly, I’ve developed a real affection for my grand-guineas, Elvira, Petunia, Juniper, and Jerry. Something I never, ever expected to do. I don’t mind animals. I don’t have any pets of my own because of condo restrictions and allergies, but I do get quality pet time with my grand-dog, grand-cats, and… now… the guineas.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
Coffee, my tablet, and my day planner (so I reschedule everything I’ve missed).
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
The ability to make the New York Times Bestseller list. Over and over.
9. Favorite snack?
Is coffee a snack? If not, then a few pieces of really good quality cheese (no pre-packaged or processed). At the moment, I have six varieties in my fridge. And, it would be nice to have the cheese with an ice-cold Coke Zero.
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
I’ve never driven the speed limit in my life. No sense starting now.
Return of the Runaway Bride
by Nancy Fraser
GENRE: Contemporary Romance – Steamy
Five years earlier, Emily Bennett ran out on Chase Michaels on the eve of their wedding. At twenty-two, she wanted more than the island of Last Chance Beach could offer. Intent on making a name for herself as a world-class journalist, she left to take a job with a big city newspaper.
Chase Michaels left Last Chance Beach not long after having his heart broken and joined the Coast Guard in an effort to rebuild his life. Returning four years later for a family emergency, he decided to stay and go into business with his best friend.
Emily’s returning as well. Not as the journalist she’d hoped to be but as a bestselling romance author. One of her books is about to be made into a movie, and filming will take place on Last Chance Beach and in the mainland town of Summerville.
Will Emily’s return give them a second chance at the love they once shared? Or, will her ‘other’ reason for leaving put a wedge between three best friends that can’t be healed by time or intention?
Last Chance Beach Wedding Chapel
Five Years Earlier
Chase Michaels stood at the front of the non-denominational chapel, in muted conversation with the justice of the peace. He turned slowly, surveying the half-dozen guests who’d been invited to the wedding rehearsal.
The only persons missing were his best friend Jared, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and Emily, his bride-to-be.
Carly and Becca, Emily’s bridesmaids, hovered nearby.
“I’ve heard of a bride being late for the wedding before,” Carly whispered, “but the rehearsal?”
“You know Emily,” Becca responded, shaking her head in teasing resignation. “She does like to make an entrance.”
When the back door of the chapel opened, everyone raised their gazes in anticipation. Rather than the blushing bride, it was Jared Wilson, Chase’s best man, who entered the sanctuary and made his way down the narrow aisle.
Stopping just short of the flower-covered altar, he pulled Chase aside.
“She’s gone,” Jared said, his words falling like a lead brick on Chase ’s ears.
“What do you mean ‘gone’? Gone where?”
“Mrs. Bennett said Emily packed her suitcase, gassed up her car, and left. She’s on her way to Boston for a job interview.” Jared stuck his hand in the pocket of his jeans and withdrew a velvet pouch. “She left this for you.”
Chase didn’t need to look to know what was in the bag. After all, he’d been the one to give the modest ring to Emily in the first place. Drawing a deep breath, he spun around and faced his friends and family.
“Thank you all for being here for the wedding rehearsal.” Blinking back the threat of tears, he met his mother’s worried gaze. “However, there will be no need to practice. The wedding’s been called off.”
“Called off?” Carly asked. She and Becca exchanged glances and then closed the distance between themselves and where he stood. “If Emily’s got cold feet, we’ll straighten her out.”
Chase gave a quick shake of his head and bit back the string of curses welling up from within. “Emily’s gone. She sent back the ring and, as we speak, she’s on her way to Boston, eager it seems to put both me and Last Chance Beach in her rearview mirror.”
One-by-one, the guests slowly filtered out of the chapel, Carly and Becca giving Chase a hug of support. His mom wrapped her arms around his middle and squeezed, nearly drawing the tears he was fighting so hard to contain. Within minutes, he was left standing at the altar alone, but for the best friend he’d known since kindergarten.
“Are you okay, Chase?” Jared asked.
“No, but I will be. Just not anytime soon.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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