First off, tell us a little bit about the setting of the book and new series. I just loved how detailed you were in describing the island, not only in the book but on your website! So tell my Romantic Readers about Blackberry Island.
Blackberry Island… Where Life Is Sweet! www.blackberryisland.com
BAREFOOT SEASON is the first book of my new Blackberry Island series. Blackberry Island is a lively tourist community between mainland Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Washington. It’s primarily a weekend getaway for Seattlites looking for a quiet, sophisticated escape. Every direction you look, you’ll see incredible water views. You can laze the day away at wineries, world-class restaurants, then return at night to a charming boutique hotel or B&B, such as the Blackberry Island Inn, which is an institution on the island. Unfortunately, the inn is in financial trouble, thanks to mismanagement by Michelle Sanderson’s late mother.
As BAREFOOT SEASON begins, Michelle has inherited the inn and all its problems. After serving ten years in the Army, Michelle was injured in Afghanistan, and she yearns for the solace of home. But solace is hard to find when she discovers that her former best friend Carly is living in the inn’s owner’s suite, and that the bank will force her to keep Carly on staff. Michelle and Carly’s friendship was destroyed when they both fell in love with the same man. He proposed to Carly, then slept with Michelle, and they both felt betrayed. Can their friendship recover?
I do love a happy ending, so the women will find their way back to friendship – and they will both fall in love with terrific men that readers will adore. (Not the same man this time!)
Barefoot Season is really the story of a friendship. What inspired you to make this the central theme of the book?
I will always love writing romance, and BAREFOOT SEASON certainly includes romance, but with my women’s fiction books, I have the chance to write stories about some of the other relationships that are so important. Friendship is one of the touchstone relationships in my life. I can’t imagine going through life without my friends, who support me, cheer for me, comfort me, inspire me… But female friendship is also complicated, and complicated relationships make for the best fiction!