Higgins will make you laugh and keep you turning the page then you must read The Best Man. I really enjoyed reading Higgins emotionally intense characters, fun and humorous dialogue. The Best Man follows Faith, our main character who was left at the alter some years ago. Everyone in the town expected Faith to get married and when that happened, it devastated a lot of people including Faith. Now Faith is back in town to help her family out when she runs into Chief of Police Levi Cooper, he was the best man at her wedding (well it never happened). Faith doesn’t think she can trust him seeing has he was best friends with the man she was going to marry. Sparks will fly, but there are some definite issues to clear up for both characters. Without telling you anymore, Higgins writes beautifully and it’s a story that any contemporary and any romance lover will enjoy reading time and time again. It makes me want to read the book again! Go pick up The Best Man!
The Best Man
Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect…
Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there’s some great scenery there….
Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m from Connecticut, a lovely little town where my sibs and I grew up with dogs and horses and trees. There’s a great ice cream stand in town, where I’m a frequent flyer, and a beautiful library, where I love to spend quiet hours, especially in the summer. There’s something magical about a hot summer day in a cool stone library. I’m a middle child; have a big brother and a younger sister, and the three of us are experts in bringing up Awkward Moments from Childhood whenever possible. I’m very happily married to a heroic firefighter, and we are blessed with two sassy kids who have excellent senses of humor and very long eyelashes.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
This time, the book started with a scene…a bride who walks down the aisle filled with dread that things are about to go horribly wrong…and who’s absolutely correct. I knew I wanted to try a series, so that was another foundation of the book: what to build the three books around. I figured a family business, since I love writing families (see above about the Awkward Moments from Childhood), and I also love wine. My brother suggested the Finger Lakes region of western New York, which is known for small vineyards and great wine. I made a few calls, booked a trip, and fell in love with the area.
How do you create your characters?
I like to torment them, because like all writers, I’m a sadist. So I look at the issues they’re facing in current day and try to build a backstory that would play into the plot…birth order, family history, romantic past, etc. I brood a lot, and stare at the computer screen, and that sort of thing. Then, about 200 pages into the first draft, they spring to life and all of a sudden, they’re like my best friends.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I’m basically inspired by ordinary people and their extraordinary love stories. Because everyone has a great love story, whether they married the boy they’d known since age 12 or married in Vegas on impulse. I started writing because I’d always had stories playing in my head, and when I became a stay-at-home mom and the kids were napping, I finally had the time and motivation to write.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I have a great little office above the garage of my down-the-street neighbor. It’s a tiny apartment where I can pretend to be single and 30-something and hang up pictures of Tom Hardy. : ) I like to have a song for each book, and I play it at very low volume over and over and over…like, 700 times. I’m kind of obsessive about that. I drink seltzer water and eat Hershey Nuggets with Almonds, and require my doggy for company.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
What do you like to read?
I love a good contemporary, that’s for sure, as well as historicals and some general fiction. Steve King and I get together once a year or so (well, his books and I get together). Once a year or so, I make sure to read a true classic, like To Kill a Mockingbird, to remind me what great writing is all about.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Be ruthless with your work. Leave your heart on the page, don’t hold back, and always try to be better.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m answering this in the Sydney Airport with a tin of Tim Tams at my side. I’d share those, but they seem to be almost gone. : )
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