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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ALICE J. WISLER, in addition to writing novels set in her state of North Carolina, teaches grief-writing courses. Her four year old son, Daniel died in 1997 from cancer treatments, and she knows how therapeutic writing from pain can be. Alice offers Writing the Heartache classes both online and at physical locations. She founded Daniel's House Publications, a support group for bereaved parents and speaks across the country on coping after the death of a child. Alice lives with her three kids and husband in Durham, NC, where they often take their boat, Rain Song (named after her first novel) out on lovely Falls Lake. She enjoys cooking Asian food and acting.
Alice's blogs: http://alicewisler.blogspot.com/ and http://writingtheheartache.blogspot.com/.
by Alice J. Wisler
Published by Bethany House
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jackie Donovan prays for two things: an honest, wonderful man to marry and to own a bed-and-breakfast on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the meantime, she works for Lighthouse Views, writing articles about local business owners, and intrepidly goes on the blind dates set up by her well-meaning but oh-so-clueless relatives.
There's one specific property Jackie dreams of purchasing: The Bailey House, a fabulous old home located right next to the ocean, a place where Jackie spent many happy childhood afternoons. But the Bailey House has strange stories and secrets surrounding it—not to mention its outrageous price tag.
When Jackie meets handsome Davis Erickson, who holds the key to the Bailey property, she believes God has answered both her prayers. But as Jackie learns some disturbing details about Davis's past, she begins to wonder if her heart has lead her astray. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?
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1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?
I love the sun and wind that play around the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Being in that region is romantic, fun and beautiful. Of course, it makes a great
setting for a novel about a woman who not only wants romance, but to run a colonial bed and breakfast.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
Jackie is impatient and grows frustrated when things don't go her way. I can be like that! Her love of cottage cheese and chips is not mine. We do share height--she's 5'10" and I'm 5'9".
3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?
Chocolate fudge, I think. And speaking of ice cream, like me, Jackie can't eat it without getting it all over herself.
4. Are there any themes in Hatteras Girl that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?
Wait on God is a theme that I hope readers see. Wait for the right man and wait for doors to open for dreams to come true. Uncle Ropey has to wait for his dream to own a runabout boat and Sheerly talks of waiting for hers. Other themes? Patience as you wait. Also, dealing with life one day at a time after the death of a loved one. Minnie has to do that after her husband dies.
5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
I love the lines I gave to the mystery writer who comes to Sheerly's salon to get her hair done. And I like the phrase I give Aunt Sheerly to say, "Why is it that getting older takes years off your life?" Quirky dialogue is one of my favorite parts of writing my Southern novels set in North Carolina. The hardest parts to write and keep consistent had to do with the damage (hidden) to the Bailey House, the bed and breakfast Jackie wants to run.
6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
A Wedding Invitation will be published in the fall of 2011. This story has a refugee camp and Winston Salem, NC connection. Samantha and Carson are asked to help Lien, a half Vietnamese, half American girl, find her Vietnamese mother.
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