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.
Welcome back to my blog, Regina. Please tell us about your new book, Spotlight on Love.
This is a World War II romance with a timeless message of love. The walls close in around the hero and heroine on December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor Day. The hero, Red, is in the US Postal Service and is commissioned by the Army to serve in Africa. The heroine, Helen, is a nurse who decides to serve her country at this terrifying time. Here is the story blurb:
“Ever-dutiful, Nurse Helen Middleton is a successful Emergency Room Supervisor at Rhode Island Hospital in December, 1941. To help her family through tough economic times, she has sacrificed her dreams of a singing career for steadier employment.
Things change when she meets William ‘Red’ Williamson, a dynamic and compelling man she finds irresistible. As they to get to know each other, Helen considers following her musical dreams and a new world of romance and song seems to be opening up to her. Then, the horrors of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 change the world and throw Red and Helen into the danger and chaos of wartime. Will Helen’s dreams be shattered by World War II or will the power of love triumph over all the obstacles in their way?”
I am so glad you asked me that question, Linda. SPOTLIGHT on LOVE is actually based on my parents’ love story. My mother was a nurse in World War II and my father coordinated the Postal Service in Algeria during the war. As a child (and older!) I listened to their stories over and over again.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Many of the details about the war and the Army that my father and mother had relayed to me were historically accurate, but I had to check them out. Also, the medical care at that time had to be researched and I had to check into the geography, culture and climate of Africa. However, this is not a biography -- it is a work of fiction, so that provides some leeway with authenticity, and readers, I hope, will keep that in mind.
Do you consider your female characters to be strong and determined or meek yet spirited?
It takes a lot of courage to put your dreams on hold for the good of others. Putting yourself second is one of the strongest, bravest things a woman can do. For that reason, my leading female characters are strong and determined. Helen Middleton, I think, is a perfect example of this strength and determination.
Thank you for having me visit your blog! Next releases are DESTINY’S DESIGNS, IN GOOD FAITH and a brand-new work, book five in the Sterling Lakes Series: REFLECTIONS of LOVE. Look for them soon!
Where can my readers find you online?
Regina’s Website: www.reginaandrews.com
Thank you for this interesting interview, Regina. I hope my followers will check out your new novel.