Author Spotlight: Andrea Twombly

I’d like to spotlight a close friend of mine, Andrea Twombly, whose debut book Christmas at the Inn has been topping the Kindle Short Reads chart this holiday season. I know Christmas has just passed, but for those of you who love the season all year round and enjoy contemporary Christian romance, this might just be the book for you!

 

Welcome to the blog, Andrea! Tell us all sorts of stuff about yourself and your book!

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What is your book about?

Christmas at the Inn is a light romance. It is the first in a series, so it introduces the characters and tells the reader how they met. It’s a short read, so to tell any details will give a large part of the story away.

 

How did you come up with the story?

When I would meditate and daydream about circumstances under which two people might meet, one particular event would always seem to be the even that would toss the characters together, so when I started to write this story, it almost naturally followed the story line that had been toying with my consciousness for quite a while.

 

Which character(s) do you most identify with and why?

The main female character, in many ways, is the one I identify with the most, even though my circumstances are not exactly her circumstances.

 

What is your writing process like?

I confess that I am not a disciplined writer. What I mean by that is that I do not make myself sit down every day and put words to paper. Writing is a joy to me, and I know myself well enough to realize that if I make it anything other than a pleasurable activity, I will resist, rebel, and stop doing it. I do a lot of walking and daydreaming. Scenes come to me then. I will often let what is bubbling up build up a head of steam, and then I sit down and write what I am seeing. By that point it is almost like channeling, an effortless expression. And that is how I keep it a joyful act, but as anyone who writes knows, stories are all around us, so my eyes and ears are always open.

 

What do you snack on while you write?

I don’t generally snack while I write. If I’m writing on a weekend morning, I will be drinking my coffee. I am one of the unfortunates who cannot do two things at once, so if I am writing, that is the only thing I can do. In fact, if I stop to eat breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday once I have started to write, I cannot return to it because the energy has shifted away from writing.

 

What are some of your favorite books? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Don’t let anyone turn you away from reading Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. It has not been an influence on my own actual writing style, however, just in how I see the world. Agree with Rand or not, Atlas Shrugged will get a person thinking, perhaps for the rest of their life. I loved Jan Karon’s Mitford series. It is simple storytelling set in a charming town. The problems the author leads her characters into are real-life problems, but she also offers real-life solutions and hope to the reader. Patrick O’Brian, as my friend, author and freelance editor, Tom Howe, declares is a god. The Lucky Jack Aubrey series, beginning with Master and Commander, is a reader’s feast. If anyone had told me that I would adore seafaring, tight historical fiction set during the Napoleonic Wars, I would have laughed in their face, but here I am. He writes like no other. Finally, I would have to say that Rex Stout, with his Nero Wolfe mystery series, Robert B. Parker’s Spencer series, and John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series gave me a love for the character development and lively plot contrivances that can happen only in a series of books.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I daydream a lot. And read a lot. Also, I practice Yoga, I am a Reiki Master, I walk regularly for exercise and inspiration.  I am an active church member and a manufacturing business owner. I have participated in a book group for over twenty-five years. I am a gardener, and I love to cook. Every once in a while I’ll grab my husband’s camera and see what the lens can show me.

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Thanks for stopping by, Andrea, and good luck with Christmas at the Inn: A Rose and Briar Inn Story!

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Available at Amazon

Follow Andrea on Twitter or at her publisher’s Author Page

Book Summary

“The sign says NO VACANCY, not VACANCY.” The innkeeper’s gruff reply belied his handsome face, and Angela Perkins took a step back.

Heading north for the holidays, things certainly hadn’t gone as she had planned. A snowstorm, an apple pie, and an old friend, all conspire to bring her to a crossroads. Will a Christmas Eve detour send her back to her snug village home, or will she forge ahead and let a turn in the road lead her to a newfound happiness?

In this, the first entry in her new Rose and Briar Inn series, From Women’s Pens author Andrea Twombly weaves a warm story of the Christmas season, rich in challenges overcome and courage discovered along a twisting road to love.

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