This week's Feature on Author is on Kandy Shepherd and her latest release, The Bridesmaid's Baby Bump.
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What are a few things we would find on your desk?My notebook for my current story – I have one for each book and use it to jot down ideas, dialogue, character notes. A can of Diet Coke most likely. And quite often a cat.
|I keep a notebook for each of my stories. The one on the left is for Eliza and Jake in The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump. The other is the notebook for Greek Tycoon’s Mistletoe Proposal, my November 2016 release for Harlequin Romance.|
What motivates you to write?A deadline! But, seriously, I’ve always been a storyteller and when characters and a plot get into my head I really want to write that story for my readers.
Share something about yourself no one else knows?I did a parachute jump when I was much younger and much braver. Never had the chance to do it again. Now I couldn’t!
What was your favorite scene to write?
It’s difficult to single out a favorite scene as I enjoy writing all of them. I have a soft spot for wedding scenes—they are the payout for all the ups and downs in the journeys of my characters to find true love and I love setting the scene and dressing the bride and her attendants.The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump is the final story in the mini series Sydney Brides from Harlequin Romance. The three books are about three friends who run a successful party planning business, Party Queens, and the wonderful men who win their hearts. The guys are also friends and the two couples lives become interwoven over the three books—though each is a stand alone story. Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress was Andie and Dominic’s story;Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride was Gemma and Tristan’s story; now I get the chance to tell Eliza and Jake’s story. Both Eliza and Jake are complex characters, each damaged in their own way. Their attraction to each is intense and initially out of bounds. Secrets and hidden hurts have them guarding their hearts. Then—as the book’s title hints at—an unexpected pregnancy truly tests them. These two really have to work for their happy-ever-after ending! I loved getting them there.
I really enjoyed writing the royal wedding of commoner Gemma and Crown Prince Tristan in Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride (Harlequin Romance March 2016) set in the fictional principality of Montovia. Researching royal weddings I found that cannon fire is part of the tradition in some countries and just had to write that into Gemma and Tristan’s wedding. I also read that lip-readers are sometimes employed to catch every word the royal couples might murmur to each other during and after the ceremony. I wrote that in too. As my new release The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump (Harlequin Romance July 2016) is the third and final book in the Sydney Brides mini-series, it’s hardly a spoiler to say there’s a wedding in that story too—and I had fun with the surprise that Eliza plans for her special day.
Tell us about your book…
The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump is a July release from Harlequin Romance, Mills & Boon Cherish, and Forever Romance.
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