* Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him?
Because he’s such a romantic, in such a male way. He recognizes true love when it hits him, and he does the right thing – which doesn’t actually result in a happy ending for a long time.
* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?
Because she has all the energy and confidence and love of life that he responds to in a woman, but it’s packaged in the very feminine way that he also loves.
* What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after?
The hero has the bigger journey in this story. He has to learn to stop punishing himself for things that weren’t his fault. There’s a legacy of family history that has affected him deeply, that he’s still reacting against, and heroine Daisy is the one who has to point out a few truths to him before he can move forward.
* Is there any particular significance in the setting?
I’ve set quite a few of my books in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, because it’s an area I love and know very well. The Cherry family owns a lakefront vacation resort, and there were so many beautiful places of that kind that I could draw on for inspiration.
* What was your favorite scene to write?
Probably the scene where Daisy confronts Tucker about the roadblocks to their happiness together, because it took me a long while to nail the emotions and the motivations, so when it finally clicked into place, it was very satisfying.
* What was the most difficult scene for you to write?
* Can you share if there were any real-life inspirations for a particular scene or character in the book?
Oh gosh, this question is always hard! I think real-life inspiration for writers doesn’t work the way non-writers usually think. For every character and story I create, I’m drawing in hundreds of little threads from all over the place to weave into a whole.
* What do you feel are some of your strengths as a writer and how did those show up in this particular book?
Character and emotion! That’s what people who like my writing always tell me is the big draw. I seem to write characters that become incredibly real to me. They’re less perfect, as a result, but I think we need imperfect people to read about. The perfect ones are too irritating. Imperfect people also have messy, intense, complicated emotions that I think we can all relate to.
* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one?
No, because this is the first book in a new trilogy. I do like the way the heroine from the final book shows up in this story, though, and I really hope that readers will be rooting for her happy ending by the time it comes along, because of the struggles they’ve seen in her in the first two books.
* Why will readers enjoy this book?
Because there’s a lot of warmth and sizzle, as well as a family secret or two, and because it’s always so fun (Well, I think so) to write about sisters and the complicated mix of love and tension that happens between them.
*Thanks, Lilian. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Could I put in a little mention of the other two books in the Cherry Sisters trilogy to look out for, “A Baby Made at Christmas” and “It Began With a Crush,” as well as for the Copper Mountain Rodeo mini-series that’s launching on September 10 from Montana Born Books. I think Special Edition readers will love these stories.