Welcome Robin Wells today to My Book Addiction and More:
*a note, this was set to go up at 9am this morning, I’m not sure why it didn’t*
MBA: Why did you choose to write this book?
Robin Wells: The idea for Still the One came to me as I was writing the book Between the Sheets. Katie was the best friend of the character in that book, and she just grew on me. She owned the hair salon in Chartreuse, Louisiana, and her husband was in Iraq. It wasn’t a part of that story, but in the back of my mind, I knew that Katie’s husband wouldn’t make it back.
Katie’s story kind of cooked in my subconscious while I wrote How to Score. I knew Katie came from the wrong side of town and had a tough childhood. I started fleshing out her background, and then the “What ifs” kicked in: what if she’d had a child out of wedlock and gave it up for adoption? What if the child came back into her life as a teenager, when Katie was grieving her husband’s death? And what if the person who brought her back to Chartreuse, Louisiana, was Katie’s first love? What if he was angry that he’d never been told she’d had his child? What if she was angry that he’d left town without a word after making love to her? What if the child was angry with both of them for giving her up for adoption? What if the daughter were pregnant herself? The story was off and running!
I usually write romantic comedy, but this book falls more into the genre of women’s fiction. It has a lot of humor, but it explores the complexity of relationships — and there’s no relationship more complex than that of mothers and daughters! I wanted to write about how there are two sides to every story, and how everyone’s perceptions are colored by their own personal histories. I also wanted to write about the need to forgive not only others but ourselves, about the redeeming power of love, and about the importance of finding humor in even the worst situations.
MBA: How has my life changed since this book was published?
RW: Still the One just came out, but so far, reader feedback about it has been very positive. I hope you’ll pick up a copy and read it for yourself–then I hope you’ll my website, robinwells.com, and share you thoughts about it. If you belong to a book club, you’ll find some discussion questions on my website.
Thank you Robin for visiting today!
Thanks to the amazing Anna at Grand Central I’m thrilled to offer my readers a chance to win one of five copies of STILL THE ONE by Robin Wells. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. No P.O.Boxes please. Giveaway will run until May May 21st. If you’d like to win comment on this post and the giveaway post. Good Luck!