When you have been a good girl, people around you have high expectations of you. Kristine knows all about how stressful it can be when friends, family, and bosses want different things at the same time. What do you do? How do you decide? What happens when you don't (because you can't) make everyone happy? There are fabulous stories all around us, and she loves to tell them.
Kristine also likes to write about who we are in public versus who we are in private. With whom do we reveal our true selves? Why does someone get to see the real us inside?
Hint: It must be love.
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Adam, the hero in my new novel Not Quite Home, started off as a marine biologist in my first draft and is now an architect—with a brother who is a marine biologist. Go figure. Some writers plot out their stories almost down to the paragraph. Obviously, I’m not one of them. I’m the one who sits in front of her laptop with her forehead on the dining room table hoping that the change of scenery will help her figure out what her hero should do for a living if he’s not a marine biologist. I bounced so many ideas off my husband that he left the house. So then I harassed him by phone.
Don’t get the wrong idea. I have a plan when I write. I know what scene I’m going to write when I start. I just don’t always know what’s going to happen in the scene. Sometimes it’s a wonderful surprise that’s a better storyline than what I thought I was going to write, and when I’m done I shout, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” I don’t want to know what the neighbors think.
Basically, I profile my characters, drop them in what is reasonably the worst possible situation they could be in (Mu-wa-ha-ha-ha! Evil writer!), and then figure out what they would do based on who they are. Think about it. You make different decisions from your friends and family based on your personality and your values. While you share some things in common, you’re still very different. Otherwise you’d all fall in love with the same person, and that would get really awkward.
That’s what I do and how I do it. I will confess to having a few psychology books in my library to help me if I get stuck on what a character would do. Usually once I look up their personality type, I’m like “Duh. I should’ve known that.” It happens to the best of us. Fortunately it didn’t happen when I was writing Not Quite Home.
I used every connection I had up and down the Georgia coast, every construction expert I knew, art gallery and coffeehouse managers that I didn’t know, a history geek, and one expert that I can’t mention without creating a spoiler—all to create Adam’s world, Kate’s dream, and the crumbling shell of Oakwood Plantation. I loved every minute of it. I’ll confess to taking all the pictures of the ancient oak trees, Spanish moss, and Georgia marshes you see on my website, Facebook page, and Twitter homepage. I didn’t plan to use them there, but like Adam and his career, they just fit. Unlike Adam and Kate. Too bad for them!
I hope you love Not Quite Home and Moss Point as much as those of us who gave them life do.
Adam's life is headed south—to the hometown he swore he'd never see again. Adam's plan is to head home to settle a pending lawsuit and then get out fast. The last thing he counted on was falling for sexy Kate Braswell. The slow burn that starts when they meet soon begins to sizzle, but Kate is putting down roots in the last place he wants to be … how can they build a future? Newcomer Kristine Bria is pleased to present Not Quite Home, Book 1 of her new contemporary romance series, Moss Point.
Architect Adam Moultrie’s bad-boy past is catching up with him and his blossoming career. Inheriting the Moss Point plantation he never wanted, he can’t get rid of it fast enough. Even though he paid someone to board it up, a local teenager breaks in and gets hurt. Her mom, Adam’s ex from high school, seizes the opportunity to get revenge on the guy who abandoned her at the plantation on prom night fifteen years earlier. With a professional partnership in Portland slipping through his fingers, he heads to his hometown on the Georgia coast to resolve the lawsuit as quickly as possible.
Kate Braswell gave up everything to open Local Flavor, her coffeehouse showcasing art, but her builder shatters his leg—and possibly her dreams. Facing bankruptcy and failure, Adam is the only one who can save her and her shop. He becomes her unlikely hero, but the last thing he needs is a sexy woman in pink lip-gloss. Kate doesn’t want a man, even smoldering Adam, regardless of what her hormones say. Still, he can’t keep his hands off the conservative Kate, using all his bad-boy moves to show her what she’s been missing.
Adam and Kate’s sexual attraction eclipses their attempts to dodge an affair that neither wants. She adopts Moss Point while he longs for Portland. His exile is her home, and both must decide if either can survive a compromise.
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