Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interview with 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.

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?”

Where did you get your inspiration for this historical romance?

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:

Thank you for this interesting interview, Regina. I hope my followers will check out your new novel.


Natasha Persaud said...

It's so poignant that this love story is based on your parents love story too many times parents divorce and kids grow up without those kinds of story thanks for the chance

Robin in NC said...

That's so sweet that your book is based on your parents' story! That was a very special time for our country & I always enjoy reading books that take place during that time! Thanks for sharing your interview & the chance to win a copy of your book!

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Sonja said...

Love WWII stories. It was a big part of my personal family history. And the reason we came to America to live. The fact it's about your parents is awesome. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

Melanie Backus said...

Love where your story comes from. I would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Gina said...

Linda, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog and giving readers from all over the opportunity to share in my parent's love story. It means so much to me as a daughter and as an author and I hope your readers will connect with Helen and Red.

Natasha, Robin, Sonja and Melanie - thank you for your comments and for understanding how special this romance really is! I appreciate your warm good wishes.

Looking forward to an exciting visit!

Darcy Flynn said...

What an honor to your parents' to base a love story on their love! Your cover is beautiful! Best Wishes!

Annie B. Stronge AKA Diane Theiler said...

A story based on someones life means so much more. Great interview.

bison61 said...

it is so nice to write about the love story of your parents. I imagine the research was very interesting

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Gail Pallotta said...

What wonderful inspiration for a story. This sounds like an interesting one. I've read some of Regina's work and enjoyed her easy-to-read, flowing style.


Rhi said...

This sounds like a very interesting book, especially since it is inspired by your parent's own story. Thanks for sharing, I'm looking forward to adding this to my TBR pile to read.

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Larry Hammersley said...

Regina you have another interesting story line. I admire your range of novel subject matter and impressed with your far ranging inspirational story crafting. I've just finished your Angels of Heart and really enjoyed it. Linda thank you for having Regina on your site again. She is a fine and thoughtful lady with many stories to tell.

Laurean Brooks said...

How interesting, Regina, that this book is based on your parents lives. That makes it dear to your heart. You create interesting and strong characters and delightful stories. Keep writing

I enjoy the WWII era. My father was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. I don't know why I didn' know this until five years ago. Dad died in 1980 and Mom never mentioned it. Then a cousin doing genealogy discovered it.

I won't put my name in since I don't have an ereader. Reading off the computer screen hurts my eyes.

beachgirl0323 said...

I love historical romance and its even sweeter that it is your parents story. I love historical romance.

beachgirl0323 said...

I forgot to leave my email. I love historical romance and its even sweeter that its your parents story.

Lily M. said...

You know I always think that books centered around WWII are always sad cus of what happened during the time. But this one has love in it so it sounds interesting 😊😊

Lily M. said...

Oh I almost for got my email

Mai T. said...

Awesome interview! Can't wait to read the book.

Ireon Williams said...

Love the background from your story

Barbara Raffin said...

What wonderful inspiration for writing this story, your parents' love story.

bn100 said...

nice inspiration

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Gina said...

Hello everyone -- Darcy, Annie Bison61, Gail, Rhi, Larry, Laurean, Beachgirl0323, Lily,Mai, Ireon, Barbara and bn100 --

Great to hear from all of you. Thank you for your kind comments and encouraging words. I really appreciate your support!

Linda, thank you so much for inviting me to visit your fantastic blog.

Gina said...

Hello readers and Linda and thank you for such a wonderful week.

I so appreciate everyone's comments that I have decided to forward an ebook to each one of you!

In return I earnestly request that you post a review of SPOTLIGHT on LOVE on Amazon or Goodreads etc on my behalf - reader reviews are essential to an author's success. It does not have to be long, just speak from your heart.

Laurie, we spoke privately concerning a readable book for you :)

Thank you all ahead of time so much. You are so dear to me, thanks to you with blessings of the heart!