Second chances don’t come around often, especially not in a town known for its scandals, and almost definitely not with the one that got away, but Morgan and Charlie get theirs in Elley Arden’s latest Harmony Falls novel, MARRYING THE WRONG MAN. This is a story that’ll tug at the reader’s heartstrings and we can't wait to share it with you.
MARRYING THE WRONG MAN goes on sale May 12th so fire up your eReaders, pre-order your copy at Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble and enjoy this exclusive interview with author Elley Arden!
Please tell readers what MARRYING THE WRONG MAN is about:
Marrying the Wrong Man is about second chances. Living in a small town, Charlie and Morgan were pigeon-holed from the moment of their births. And though they found each other in their early twenties, they hadn’t found themselves yet. After some pretty catastrophic events in both of their lives and several years apart, they end up together again. Neither one of them is too happy about it. But there’s a child between them now, and they have to work together for her sake. The end result is love of course. And this time, it works, because they are listening to their hearts instead of other people.
In your opinion, who will enjoy MARRYING THE WRONG MAN?
I’m a hopeless romantic and an endless optimist. No matter how bad things get, I expect a happy ending. I want my entertainment to yield the same. I’m also a busy woman with a fulltime writing career, a husband I enjoy spending time with, three kids who take up a lot of my time, and two pets who clamor for whatever is left. Marrying the Wrong Man—as well as all my books—is written with woman like me in mind. The story is intended to make a positive emotional impact on readers without taking up too much of their time.
Are any of your characters anything like you or your life?
All of my characters have a little bit of me in them. Sometimes, it’s just the car they drive. Other times, it’s a personality quirk. But, as the story is written, the characters morph in such a way that even the similarities we share become infiltrated with their own uniqueness.
Share a bit about Charlie, and what makes him "hero" material:
Charlie Cramer is a man in need of redemption after he drank a good bit of his life and his reputation away. He’s hero material, because despite the dark pit he’d fallen into, he picks himself up, and he creates an admirable life for himself. And when the woman who’d pretty much kicked him into that pit shows up in town, he helps her when no one else would.
Tell us what makes Morgan the "leading lady" in MARRYING THE WRONG MAN:
I love the idea that a fall from grace can end up being life’s biggest blessing. Morgan Parrish was a classic mean girl who ends up on the other side of the popularity coin when she flees town to hide an illegitimate pregnancy and then has to deal with her politician father’s very public arrest. In the end, this once selfish woman learns the joy of self-sacrifice. It’s a pretty poignant role reversal.
Is MARRYING THE WRONG MAN part of a series? If so tell us about what's next and/or what else you're working on:
Marrying the Wrong Man closes out the Harmony Falls Series. I’m currently working on the next book in the Designing Love Series. It’s titled Marriage by Design, and it focuses on Angie Corcarelli’s fight to save some historic row homes from demolition. Of course, the man she’s fighting is worth fighting for, too. But, he just so happens to be her best friend’s ex-boyfriend and her brother’s arch nemesis.
What is your writing routine like? How much of your time do you spend marketing, blogging, networking, and writing books?
During my first year as a published romance author, I was writing a book every 3-4 months. It was an inhuman pace that kept me writing six to eight hours a day, five days a week. As a result, I would drop off the social networking, blogging, and marketing radar for days and even weeks at a time. In my second year, I’m hoping to find a better balance. We’ll see what happens. There are so many story ideas and so little time!
Who are your favorite authors? And/or what are you reading right now?
My favorite authors are the ones I grew up reading: Judith McNaught and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Later on, I discovered Rachel Gibson and Susan Andersen. Those are favorites, who I preorder or wait impatiently for their next book. There are many wonderful writers putting out books today. I’m currently reading Christine Bell’s Wife for Hire.
When did you first start writing, where did you publish, and what were the results?
I was a non-fiction writer and editor for ten years before I pursued a career as a romance writer. I have plastic bins in my basement filled with hundreds of glossy magazines that feature my articles. But romance was always pulling at me. Crimson Romance took a chance on me and published my first romance novel, Save My Soul: Book One in the Kemmons Brothers Baseball Series, in March 2013. I’ve now published seven novels with Crimson Romance (another four are on the way), and Save My Soul has sold thousands of copies. Not bad for a year’s work. J
Do you have any writing advice you can give to those who want to be as successful as you are?
My advice to anyone who wants to see a publication rate like I’ve had in my first year is to jump first. Take chances. Make it up as you go along. You can always regroup. You can always slow down. You can always change course. But, you’ll never know what you’re capable of unless you do it.
What local community or charitable organizations, or writers groups do you belong too?
Currently I’m woefully uninvolved. With this crazy writing schedule, it’s been hard to keep up with the laundry let alone shower and dress to attend meetings and get-togethers. More balance is my goal. I’d like to get back to doing things like sitting on the committee for my city’s St. Jude Children’s Hospital gala and regularly attending my local romance writers’ group meetings.
Have you won any Honors, Citations or Prizes?
A couple years ago, I decided to try a contest for feedback, so I submitted Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding to the Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Ignite the Flame Contest, and I won first prize. That was my first and only contest entry.
Tell us anything about you as a working writer that you think might be interesting or unusual:
I can’t stick to an outline. I write one, and all the plot points are brilliant. As I read through it, I’m certain best-seller status is guaranteed. But, when I sit down to write, the characters never cooperate. They think this plot point is stupid. They hate the twist on Page Eight. They kick and scream until I’m kicking and screaming with them. And then I ignore the outline for the rest of the book. It causes a lot of frustration.
How can our readers learn more about you and MARRYING THE WRONG MAN?
I’d love for readers to check out my website: http://elleyarden.com. I’m also on Twitter (@elleywrites) at least once a day, but @ me if you have something to say, because I never seem to get through my timeline with any real regularity. I do love to chat, though, especially if it’s about baseball or wine. I’m also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elley-Arden-Author/540667649278016) when I’m feeling particularly longwinded. J
Author: Elley Arden
Author Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May12th, 2014
Word Count: 50,000words
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Format: Digital eBook
Morgan Parrish returns to Harmony Falls after her spectacle of an almost wedding and her father’s colossal fall from grace. She’s broke and infamous. But that’s nothing compared to the secret she’s been keeping.
Life is finally on the upswing for Charlie Cramer. He’s sober and chef of Chargrilled Bistro. But his peace is shattered, when the woman he loves—the woman who left him—shows up in town with shocking cargo: the baby he’d begged her to keep and raise with him.
When fate steps in and Morgan takes a job working in Charlie’s bistro, things heat up—in and out of the kitchen. Can they learn to trust each other enough to love again? And is that love enough to keep them up when everyone else is trying to tear them down?
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Other books in the Harmony Falls series:
BATTLING THE BEST MAN: Goodreads | Amazon| Barnes and Noble | iBooks
CRASHING THE CONGRESSMAN'S WEDDING: Goodreads | Amazon| Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Books-A-Million | Powell’s