Saturday, March 5, 2016

Interview with Christian Romance Author Regina Andrews


 A resident of Providence, RI, Regina grew up in nearby Barrington. After graduating from Providence College she attended the University of Delaware, eventually earning her Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Brown University. She is inspired by anything to do with nature, and she and her husband enjoy visiting nearby Cape Cod. Regina’s hobbies include Travel, Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Choral Singing and Gardening. She is a radio host for In-Sight, an association dedicated to providing services to the visually impaired of all ages. Among Regina’s inspirational romances are: THE PERFECT PROPOSAL, LIGHT OF THE HEART, ANGELS OF THE HEART, PRAISE OF THE HEART, and GLORY OF THE HEART. Look for brand new titles in her Sterling Lakes Series: DESTINY’S DESIGNS, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and IN GOOD FAITH.

Welcome to my blog, Regina. Where did you get your inspiration for the Sterling Lakes Series?

This series is based, in part, on the town where I grew up. By that I mean all the good parts! As I grew older I realized how idyllic my background was in Barrington. It was filled with natural beauty and kind-hearted people. We never locked our doors. Things change over time, and that became a theme I wanted to explore in my work. So I added the dimension of life’s problems and challenges to Sterling Lakes. I think it makes the books more true-to-life and easier for my readers to relate to. I hope so anyway! They are all stand-alones but flow as a cohesive series. The nine books in the series all deal with the renovations of the town church and thematically are divided into three sections. The first three deal with the past, the middle three with the present and the last three with the future. Of course, past, present and future overlap, but that is the general story arc of the series.

Light of the Heart, book 1, is a great love story with plenty of humor. Cascade, the female character, is charming. As for Dan, he is a hoot and he’s such a fun and masculine character. One of my favorite quotes that he says is this: “I’m just the project manager. I come into town, do the job, and leave. No ties, no friendships, no tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors. In and out.” He snapped his fingers. “Just like that.” No tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors? After that statement, you can tell what kind of guy he is going to be. This story is very entertaining and I really liked Dan.”  –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Tell us about book two: Angels of the Heart.

The life of a television journalist has been good to Maryanne Lynch. That is, until she learns of developer Travis Collimore's plans to destroy the Townsend Barn, a cherished Sterling Lakes landmark, and build a strip mall in its place. Will Maryanne's efforts to stop him be successful? Or will Travis' plans for the future prevail over her attachment to the past?

Angels of the Heart, book 2, is a love story with grit. Maryanne is a strong character and is trying to save a historical landmark, a barn with an angel weather vane. She says that the barn represents the city’s past and who they are, so it can’t be torn down. She says that we don’t tear down our history but “we build up on where we came from, that’s who we are.” I loved her strength and grit concerning other beliefs she had and she was not about to back down. A great story!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Now tell us about book three: Praise of the Heart.

Librarian Laura Matthewson is happy staying out of the limelight. But when pro baseball star Cliff Markham returns home to Sterling Lakes to help with the St. Luke's Church Renovation fundraiser, will she be able to resist his magnetic power?

Praise of the Heart, book 3, is a sweet love story with challenges. Laura is a librarian with a quiet demeanor who doesn’t like a lot of attention drawn to her. Cliff is the complete opposite. He’s an all-star baseball hero and enjoys the limelight, but he doesn’t let it go to his head. These two are opposites, but they quickly fall for each other. Love at first sight! This story has its challenges, too. Someone is trying to stop the church renovations from going through and a certain woman gossips and bad-mouths others without another thought or worry about who it hurts. Not only that, Laura is faced with a decision whether or not to become a model. These challenges have their moments, but end happily. A great story!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Now tell us about book four: Glory of the Heart.

GLORY OF THE HEART deals with a hero who is grappling with the past and a heroine who is starting a new future, trying to put the past behind her. CC, the heroine, has just moved to town and purchased the house that the hero used to live in as a child before his family left Sterling Lakes. He finds a stash of letters from his father in CC’s attic, and they reveal a shocking truth about the past that shatters his image of what his family really was. Both characters struggle to find the truth, and both struggle to move on from the past. Faith and doubt play a huge role in how their romance develops.

Perrin Marlowe, a war hero, has based his life on the ideals of his father and pursued a livelihood in the realm of stonework and masonry. Returning to Sterling Lakes, he finds the truth about his past in the attic of CC Cogshell’s house--and for CC, who has started a new life in the rural New England town, this seminal move in her life as she leaves a terrible relationship may lead her to places she never dreamed of going. It is through the past that they will both be able to move into their futures...will it be a future that they can share together?

Please tell us where my readers can find your books

Regina Andrews Website: http://www.reginaandrews.com

Thank you so much for this interview, Regina. I went to Writers Exchange and it’s a very nice website. I hope my readers will check out your Christian Romances.

43 comments:

Sonja said...

This whole series looks so nice. Just the type of books I love!

Mai T. said...

A very interesting review. These covers are great.

koukkunokka@anvianet.fi

EdyeNicolesMakeup said...

Great interview! I'd love to read these books :)

Natasha Persaud said...

I've added them to my TBR 😊

The Diary of Book Enthusiasts said...

Ah, another new author for me. I will have to check these books out soon! ~Zee

Gina said...

Hi Linda and thank you so much for inviting me to visit your wonderful blog. I am looking forward to a great time together.

Thank you everyone for commenting. I hope you enjoy the Sterling Lakes books! Love to answer any questions you might have about the series.

Debby said...

I enjoyed the interview! Regina, I see you are from the smallest state..and you attended college in my home state...the second smallest state. :-)

Thanks again for the wonderful interview!

Deborah

Diane Craver said...

Great series, Regina! I wish you continued success with your books! I have enjoyed reading several books in this series. Your covers are beautiful!

Linda and Regina,
Wonderful interview!

Diane Dean White said...

Nice interview Linda and Regina. Your book and story-line sound very
interesting, and I think the cover is lovely too. :)

Jonathan Andrews said...

Regina -wonderful series of books..Nice interview with Linda!!Wish more people would visit all these wonderful websites.. Cheers!

Danni Boston said...

Regina, I'm so happy for your book series success and am looking forward to seeing more inspiring stories flow from you pen. I would love for you to visit the west coast and add your own experience of travel and adventure to future publications. Best wishes always. xo

Laurean Brooks said...

I enjoyed the interview, Linda and Regina. What a wonderful concept to use your hometown's atmosphere for Sterling Lakes. The characters and plot sound interesting.

And I love the idea of keeping the same town, taking the story from the past to the present, from book to book. What could be more enjoyable than activities and challenges occurring around a homey town.

I can tell this series is your passionm Regina. I'd love to own a copy. landtbeth at yahoo dot com

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Linda and Regina,

Thanks for the interesting interview. I've read some of Regina's books and recommend them as sweet, small hometown reads. She captures the essence she mentioned in her real life hometown and filled it with fascinating, wholesome characters and an interesting plot.

Susan Roebuck said...

Excellent interview. I am going to start on Regina's books right now.

Kelley Heckart said...

Hi Regina,

I wanted to stop by and say hello. Best wishes on your new series.

Larry Hammersley said...

Linda and Regina: I enjoyed the interview and the background of the series. I've read the first book and the proposal novel. I enjoyed them and am glad, Regina, that you have so much support for your novels. You deserve it. I hope to pick up the second book in the series soon. Thanks, Linda for interviewing Regina and your very nice website.

Mutti said...

My kind of books! I want to read them all!

debbie curto said...

I would like to read all these books.

Gina said...

Thanks for visiting, Sonja!

Gina said...

Nice to hear from you, Mai!

Gina said...

Thanks, I hope you enjoy them all!

Gina said...

Great, Natasha - thanks!

Gina said...

Wonderful, Zee! I hope you enjoy them!

Gina said...

Hello Deborah from delightful Delaware! Thanks for commenting:)

Gina said...

Thank you so much Diane! I appreciate your support and encouragement with all my "heart"!!

Gina said...

Thank you for commenting, Diane. I appreciate your kind words!

Gina said...

Jon, thanks for your comment and your unfailing support!

Gina said...

Thanks for commenting Dani! I love your idea - great new route for my writings :)

Gina said...

Laurie, you're such a good friend! Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful comments!

Gina said...

Gail, what a blessing you are! I cherish your friendship. Thank you for commenting.

Gina said...

Thank you SO much, Susan!!!

Gina said...

Great to hear from you, Kelley! Thanks so much for stopping in!!

Gina said...

As always, Larry, thank you for your kind words and constant support! You're such a good friend!!!

Gina said...

I hope you do, Mutti, and I hope you enjoy them all! Thank you!!

Gina said...

Thanks for commenting, Debnie! And I would love it if you read all these books! :)

Joyce DiPastena said...

A wonderful interview! I loved learning more about Regina. She's a fantastic writer!

Ann Mock said...

You book "The Light of the Heart" was wonderful! You are very tallented Regina!

Unknown said...

Great interview, ladies! I love getting a sort of behind-the-scenes look at how an author gets her inspiration. It inspires me as a writer! I started reading Regina's book, "Spotlight on Love" this morning and I was almost late to work, it drew me in so well. Can't wait to read the other books in the series!

Unknown said...

BTW, this is Nicole!

Jeanna Massman said...

I loved the interview. These books look like a sweet escape from the troubles we often find in the world today.

Holly Letson said...

Very nice. Love these covers.

Gina said...

Thanks to everyone who visited and left a comment. I appreciate you taking the time to stop in and let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoy the Sterling Lakes Series, please feel free to write a review and send me your input. I love hearing from my readers!

And Linda, thank you so much for hosting me on your fantastic blog. It is always so interesting and fun. May I also add that I love your books! You are a wonderful writer, a fine person and a great friend. I look forward to visiting again soon. Thanks again!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Holly Letson and Mai T. You are the winners of these fun books. I know you'll enjoy them.