Welcome to Day 20 of #RomancingSeptember
Our guests today are writing duo Sonya Loveday and Candace Knoebel and their book Love Always.
Where is your home town?
Sonya Loveday lives in St. Cloud, Florida and Candace Knoebel lives in Davenport, Florida – both located in Central Florida where it’s practically summer all year long. Both wish for cooler climates and are known to seek the solace of their air conditioners and an icy cold beverage.
How long have you been writing romance?
Love Always, is Candace Knoebel’s first dip into the contemporary romance pool, as where I’ve been writing in the romance genre for a little over a year now.
What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
Candace is known to lean towards coming of age. Angsty and edgy books lure her in more than anything. Throw in a good plot line and you have her on the edge of her seat. To date, that I can remember the most vividly, one of her ‘could not put it down’ moments was the last book of the Divergent series, Insurgent. That one took her days to get over. Not quite romance, but the fallout of her emotions was what authors can only hope to inspire! Plus…who doesn’t lurve Four?!?!
I’d have to say coming of age stories/new adult/rom-com would have to be some of my favorites. But I do love a good historical romance too…Outlander. Need I say more?
Where is your book set?
Love Always, starts out in The Hamptons, New York and then changes as the story moves forward, taking you along both Maggie and Phillip’s journey throughout the book. You’ll see New York, California and then you’ll see ports of call in the Bahamas.
Introduce us to the characters.
Phillip Andrews Warrington is your not-so-typical son of a business mogul. All of Phillip’s life he’s been groomed to step up into the business world by his influential father and interfering mother. Never having a say in what he wants, Phillip’s world gets spun on its axis when he meets Maggie. It’s then that he realizes there’s so much more to life than what he’s been raised to believe.
Magdeline Rosalie Fairchild, know as Maggie, is a modern day gypsy sailing through life as only a spirted fun-loving child of the water can. With a kind heart and a gentle soul, Maggie sees life as an adventure worth putting everything she has into it. She lives fully, loves deeply, and never backs down from what she wants.
How are their backgrounds different?
You take the girl who grew up simple and encouraged, and the boy who grew up lavishly and was repressed, and you have your in-a-nutshell differences. Each has something the other can teach them. Each has a different way of looking at life. Maggie was raised in a small fishing town and, after her mother died, the neighbours stepped in to help her father out. Phillip was raised by various nannies who weren’t allowed to be too much fun. He was bred to be responsible, giving, and pliant.
What was the best bit about writing a book together?
I would say the entire novel. We literally had talked about writing one together for years, but one night at Sonya’s kitchen table, we decided now was the time. We’re so in tune to each other that writing was a piece of cake. We’d write a chapter, send it back to the other, and then wait for them to write theirs and send it back. It took, overall, a little less than two months. Plus, who wouldn’t want to work side-by-side with their best friend?
What were the hardships of co-writing a book?
If I had to pick one (because there really weren’t any) I’d have to say just finding patience to wait for the next chapter to be written by the other, only because we each didn’t always discuss what would happen next, so it’s like waiting for all the other kids to wake up on Christmas morning so you can finally open your presents. 🙂
Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
I’m working on Everdeep (Night Watchmen, #4), and Sonya is working on an untitled project which will be the fourth in the Six Series. In between that, we’re trying to promote Love Always, and we’re getting ready for our edits to come back. So… it’s a full plate.
Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B010EEG3J8
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010EEG3J8
B&N: Link coming when book releases. Will contact you with the link as soon as we have it.
Find out more about the ladies in Stephanie’s post in just a few hours at http://stephanie-hurt.com/