Saturday, 28 July 2018

Interview With Sweet Romance Author Evangeline Kelly

What got you interested writing Sweet Romance books?

I enjoy reading books from many different genres, but I have always enjoyed a good romance. Growing up, I read a good number of Christian Romance books, and I thought it would be fun to delve into that genre.

Tell readers a little about the Santa Clarita series.

Shaken and Matchmaker were the first two novellas I published. I use both as reader magnets for my newsletter and I plan to eventually write a third book to complete the series. The Santa Clarita series centers around hometown characters that are funny and quirky at times. They also deal with inner wounds that have to be overcome in order to find their happily ever after.

Also, tell us the inspiration behind your K-9 Lawkeeper series.

My book, Lawfully Protected, is a part of a multi-author series called The Lawkeepers. This series includes contemporary and historical books about men of the law. The inspiration behind the series comes from authors, Jenna Brandt and Lorana Hoopes, who both have family members who are police officers. I also have a connection as my cousin is a retired police officer. I enjoyed writing Lawfully Protected because I infused humor and suspense into the plot. Some readers said they loved the first few chapters because it revolved around a really funny misunderstanding that kept them laughing.

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?

No, I can’t say that I would. It’s fun to become immersed in a fictional world and the characters that are involved, but I like going back to real life when I’m done.

What's your favorite character that you have created and why?

My favorite character is Sawyer Drake from The Unwanted Assistant. I enjoyed bringing out the complexities of his character and bringing him from an antagonistic recluse to a man who puts aside his fear of stepping out in public in order to actively pursue the heroine.  

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?

No, I can’t say that real life has entered into my fiction as of yet. However, I like to collect articles for inspiration and I plan to incorporate some of those stories into future books.

If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?

I was a social worker in foster care for twenty years before I began writing, so if I would most likely fall back into that if I decided to choose a new career. But at this point, I love writing and don’t plan to change that any time soon.

What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?

So far, I would say my first full length book, The Unwanted Assistant, is my favorite. I love Beauty and the Beast, so I wrote that book with the plan of doing a contemporary Beauty and the Beast theme. I also loved developing the characters in that book to show their flaws and ability to overcome. I’m happy to share that Tantor Media purchased the audio rights for this book and a tentative publish date for the audio book has been set for 9/11/18 (It’s subject to change).  

What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing?

I love to read! I’m sure that’s the same answer most authors give, but it’s true. I also enjoy boating at a local lake with my husband, family, and friends, and going to church activities.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?

I’m really good at ping pong. If you come to my house and want to play a game, you’d better put on your game face because I’ll give you a run for your money.

What do you have in store for your readers next?

I’m currently writing a second in my California Elite series and it’s a Billionaire book. It’s about Lucas Armstrong, the villain in Collision of Wills. He has his own story and readers will find out why he is the way he is. 

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