Monday, March 20, 2017

Interview with Inspirational 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 to my blog, Regina.  I love your cover. Please tell us about your novel: Destiny’s Designs.

Thank you so much for hosting me, Linda!

Destiny’s Designs tells the story of Lisa Machon, an interior designer in Newport, Rhode Island. Running her own business is not easy, but when she wins the job of coordinating a New Year’s Eve gala for the wealthy Lamont family, she becomes an overnight success. In addition, she forms an affectionate bond with Countess Lamont - and she meets her handsome son, Neil. The Countess has a priceless vase, which she treasures, and when it is destroyed, Lisa agrees to help Neil find a replacement. This quest takes them to many exotic cities and finds them falling in love.

This sounds like a fun love story. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

A lot of Destiny’s Designs is based on my personal experience. I am from Rhode Island and actually worked for a very well-known interior designer in Newport, who taught me so much. The natural beauty of the area and the corresponding milieu of luxury and opulence definitely inspire me, too. The Lamont family is completely from my imagination, and they have conflicts and problems just like the rest of us even though they are so wealthy.

What kind of research did you do?

Many of the details of the book concerning the interior design are based on my experiences as an assistant interior designer. The various locations in Europe are all places I have visited and loved very much. As for the romance with a sailor...well, we’ll leave the kind of research I did on that part up to your imagination!

Oh yes. Imagination is good. I have read your books and really love your characters. They are so well developed. Tell us about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I would have to say the heroine Lisa Machon is one of my favorites in this book. She is completely self-made and had a rough start in life, being orphaned at a very young age. Also I love Bliss Lamont, the hero’s sister. She is a glamorous fashion model and seems to have the world at her feet - but her heart is broken from losing custody of her son in a bitter divorce.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Thank you so much for hosting me, Linda! I love hearing from my readers!

Thank you for this interview, Regina. I hope my followers will check out your book. For those familiar with Regina's works, here are the books that she has reissued.

Regina’s inspirational romance DESTINY’S DESIGNS has been reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing  . Also available are LIGHT OF THE HEART, ANGELS OF THE HEART, PRAISE OF THE HEART, and GLORY OF THE HEART, Books 1- 4 of the Sterling Lakes Series, also reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing and THE PERFECT PROPOSAL and SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE. Look for REFLECTIONS OF THE HEART, book 5 in The Sterling Lakes Series, as well as more brand new titles in her Sterling Lakes Series, along with the reissue of  IN GOOD FAITH soon. 


Gina said...

Hi, Linda and thank you so much for hosting me this week.
Destiny's Designs is one of my favorite books. Karen Weisner created the wonderful cover for me. Isn't she incredibly talented?
I am looking forward to a great time with you and all the readers out there.

Nancy Luebke said...

Sounds very interesting. Thanks for this opportunity.

Jonathan Andrews said...

I love this cover.....cannot wait to read the book.

Jonathan Andrews said...

Nice cover Regina cannot wait to read the book!!!!

Gina said...

Oh, my apologies - I just noticed that I spelled Karen's last name incorrectly - it should be Karen Wiesner. I'm so sorry.

Isn't she fantastic? And she's a fabulous writer and a wonderful friend, too.

Library Lady said...

Our church library readers can't get enough of our Christian romance books.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Marilyn R. said...

Destiny's Designs will be a wonderful book to read filled with adventure, suspense and romance. Thank you for the nice interview. It's always nice to learn more about an author. marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

Shirley Strait said...

Thank you both for taking time for the inteeview and the giveaway.
Linda thank you for introducing me to an author I was not aware of.

Linda Moffitt said...

This looks like a really great book. Thanks for sharing it with us and for the chance to win. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

Sonja said...

Looks great! I am happy to have this chance! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

Edye Nicole said...

My mom would love to read this! :)


Diane Craver said...


I haven't read this book yet by you. I'm sure I'll love reading DESTINY'S DESIGNS. I love that you wrote about something you actually experienced as an assistant to a well-known interior designer. This is a wonderful and fun interview!

Gina said...

Hi reader friends, and thank you so much for your comments. It's so nice to meet each and every one of you.

Nancy, you're welcome.

Library Lady, so happy to hear that your readers enjoy Christian romance books - I have published quite a few they might enjoy, including my Sterling Lakes Series.

Marilyn - you're right! "Destiny's Design does have suspense, romance and adventure!

Do you have any questions for me?

Gina said...

Reader friends, thank you so much for stopping in at Linda's blog to chat!

Shirley - nice to meet you, too!

Linda - thanks for your enthusiastic comment!

Sonja - so nice to hear from you :-)

Edye - great to meet you! Hope you and your mom both enjoy DD!

Did you have anything you wanted to ask me about?

Gina said...

Hi Diane! Thank you for visiting and commenting. You are a wonderful friend and an outstanding writer.

Jonathan - thanks for your are such a supportive husband, you're the best!

It's great to talk to everyone. Let's enjoy the rest of the week together. Linda, thanks again for hosting me :-)

Larry Hammersley said...

Regina: I'm finally able to see your interview, thanks to my wife, Sue who got me in a different route than outlook. I envy your travels and composing that into your new novel. I like the sound of the storyline. I need to read more of your books than I have. I wish you all the best, always. Larry

LAWonder said...

This sounds wonderful and refreshing! I'd love to read it!

Gina said...

Hi Larry, thanks for stopping in and commenting. I appreciate your valiant efforts! And my thanks to Sue, too, of course. Glad the story has some appeal for you. It was a blast to write it, and I absolutely love the cover that Karen Wiesner created for it; it's perfect, isn't it?

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a really nice story. I think I'd really enjoy reading it.
lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Gina said...

Hi LA Wonder and Linda - thank you both for joining in the visit with your nice comments. It's great to meet you!

jean602 said...

Sounds so good can't wait to read this.Love the cover.

Linda Moffitt said...

:) No more questions, Thanks for asking Checked out your books on Amazon they all look Great.

Gina said...

Hi Jean, nice to meet you and thanks for the comment. Karen Wiesner did the cover, she's so talented. I really love it, too! :)

Gina said...

Thank you, Linda, so much for having me visit this week. It's been wonderful fun and I have enjoyed meeting everyone.

It's great to get to know all my readers, and I always love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch with me!

If you are in RI, I will be at the Warwick Library Sat April 22nd from 10-3pm.

And now for the drawing!!!!
My 4-year old neighbor Viviane drew the winning name :) This week's winner is Linda Moffitt!
Congratulations, Linda, I will email you. Thank you everyone! Happy reading and remember...all your dreams are part of "Destiny's Designs"!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Linda Moffitt. The author has chosen you as the winner. I know you'll enjoy her book.