We have something special for you today — we’d like to introduce you to fellow clean romance writer Tara Watson. Tara has a new book coming out TODAY, and we wanted to help her celebrate by spreading the word! We also want to give you a chance to get to know Tara, so we sent her some questions to find out about her (specifically her reading habits).
Tara Watson is an author, reader, and dog lover, as well as an avid fan of Hallmark Channel films. When she’s not writing sweet romances about good people falling in love, she’s usually found watching Christmas movies all year around and dreaming of the holiday season. That’s why her reading habits aren’t all that surprising.
Tara, thanks for being here and answering some questions! What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down? Why?
I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society recently and loved it! I stayed up way too late to finish it, which is always the sign of a great book. It was so sweet and charming. I loved the characters and was fascinated by the glimpse I got into what life was like in occupied Guernsey during the Second World War. I really love epistolary books and this was one of the best I’ve read.
Where’s the most unusual place you’ve read a book?
I’ve always been an avid reader, and that means it’s rare to find me without a book in my hand! I was particularly bad as a child. I would read at the dinner table, the breakfast table, at birthday parties, when I was meant to be watching a movie with my family, during class, and pretty much any second I could.
Nowadays, I try to be more responsible with my reading habits, but sometimes a book is so good I can’t help myself. I’ve also become a fan of audiobooks, which means I can now listen to books while at the gym, the supermarket, or while doing the dishes, which people seem to find a lot less strange than me walking with my nose in a paperback!
Have you ever had a book recommended to you that you didn’t like? No names, but what didn’t you like about it?
SPOILER ALERT: Many years ago, a friend who knew I like romance novels recommended Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier. I asked if it had a happy ending and they assured me it did. So I read it and was really enjoying it! Until I reached the ending, which was not happy: the couple, after falling in love, are separated and never reunited. What kind of an ending is that?!
If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be? Why?
It has to be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, doesn’t it? She’d be witty and charming and interesting – excellent company. I’ve always loved the book, and her character in particular, and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to meet her. And I think it would just be a wonderfully fun evening!
If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick? Who would cast as the main characters?
Considering I only have one book out, that’s an easy choice! Christmas Lights on Evergreen Avenue. Even as I was writing it, I was envisioning it as a Hallmark movie, and I still hope one day that might come true.
If I got a say in casting, I’d pick Taylor Cole as Winnie. I think she could portray both Winnie’s tougher side, the side which has been hurt and doesn’t think she needs anyone else in her life, and her sweet, silly side, which Dan brings out in her. And I’d cast Wes Brown as Dan. He’s such a laid-back character and a really nice guy. Wes plays relaxed charm well and has a nice smile that would work perfectly for the character.
Which do you prefer: character-drive fiction or plot-driven fiction? Why?
If I had to choose, I would have to say character-driven. But, honestly, I like a good mix between the two. Sometimes that means I’ll choose a plot-driven book, other times a character-driven one, or, my favorite, a book that has a good mix of both! I think it’s a real skill to pull off that mix, and I love it when books get it right. But since I mostly read and write romances, character is always the most important thing in that genre, so I have to pick that.
What’s your favorite genre? Why?
Romance! I need guaranteed happy endings in the books I read. There’s nothing worse than for me to spend hours or days of my life getting invested in two characters and a relationship, only for it to all end unhappily. It only serves to make me unhappy, and why would I do that to myself on purpose? Romance novels make me happy, and that’s how I want to leave any book I’ve read.
In the Christmas-loving town of Harmony, electrician Winnie Anderson is determined to win the annual Christmas lights competition. With $10,000 prize money on the line, it’s Winnie’s ticket to saving her beloved father’s house. If she doesn’t win, she’ll lose the house, and have to move out of Harmony for good.
Winnie is sure she’s the best woman to win. There’s only one problem: Dan Parker, rival electrician.
All Dan wants is a place to call home, and after moving to town three years ago, he knows Harmony is everything he dreamed. He’s always hoped Winnie would be a part of his future, since she’s the only woman who has ever caught his eye. But first he must get past the strange tension between them.
When Winnie breaks her leg, Dan surprises her by stepping up to help complete the display. As they grow closer, Winnie begins to realize Dan isn’t the man she’d always believed. But with both her career as an electrician and her father’s house hanging in the balance, has her revelation come too late?
Christmas Lights on Evergreen Avenue is a sweet contemporary romance that celebrates love, Christmas, community, and friendships. For fans of Hallmark Channel movies.
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940156299300
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=CgZ7DwAAQBAJ
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