Find Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
Today is also my stop on a Find Me at Willoughby Close and I have a Q&A with Kate Hewitt plus a chance for you to win a paperback copy of this book.
Do you prefer Tea or Coffee when you read/write your book?
Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. We recently got a hand-held milk frother which has transformed my coffee drinking experience!
How does your book stand out in the sea of the same genre of books?
I think my books tackle serious issues with realism within the promise of a lighter read and a happy ending. It can be a hard balance to get right but I try and I think it makes my books different.
What do you think makes a great romantic story?
True, heartfelt emotion. I love reading romance up until the will-they-or-won’t-they moment. After that, it’s a truly extraordinary book that keeps my interest—and it does that through honest emotion.
Where does the idea of Find Me at Willoughby Close series come from?
The main character in the book, Harriet Lang, is someone who loses everything and has to start over. A year and a half ago, this happened to us—my husband unexpectedly lost his job, which made us lose our house (it was included in the job), and then we had to move 300 miles away and completely start over, all of us reeling from the shock and pain of it all. I used my experiences to write about a different kind of woman having a similar kind of reboot, and how it actually helped her in the long run.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I try to write without checking the Internet because I am so much more effective that way. I also like to have the kitchen clean, the washing done, and the house tidy—although those might be just procrastination techniques…
Who inspired you to become a writer?
I have always wanted to write something, whether it was poetry, plays, stories, or articles. It’s a compulsion I’ve had since I was a small child. My father really encouraged me in my writing; he always took my crazy ideas seriously and believed in me utterly. I think he inspired me to keep going even when faced with rejection after rejection.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned to trust the process, and accept that at some point in the writing I am going to think this is the worst thing I’ve ever written. Also, I am going to get completely blocked and have no idea what comes next, and somehow my subconscious will work it out and the idea will come to me. Part of writing is letting go—and a large part of it is just parking yourself in a chair and doing it.
Thank you so much, Kate!
Paperback: 394 pages
Published: April 13, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group
Blurb: Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she's left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.
Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life--but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible...
Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts--but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.
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Find out more about Kate Hewitt here!
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