Quote from bestselling author Victoria Howard
"A poignant love story that will have you reaching for the tissues...Every woman needs her own Finn MGraw..."
They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Finn McGraw disagrees.
He was just seventeen when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart—and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten her.
Now, ten years later, he’s got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left.
Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family—but an unexpected inheritance with a mystery attached throws everything he knows into doubt.
And on top of that, the beguiling daughter of his wealthy employer has secrets of her own. But the closer he gets, the harder she pushes him away.
The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances—and above all, of a love that never dies.
1. How will you describe your book within a sentence?
- The Seacrest is a good old-fashioned love story with an ending that will make your heart swell with joy. ;o)
2. If you had the chance to live the life of one of the characters of your book, then which one would it be?
- I must say, if I could be Libby’s older brother, living on Cape Cod in a mansion by the sea, riding horses all day, seeing to the properties, gardens, and such… wow. What a life that would be. Maybe I could even have time to write a sequel to The Seacrest!
- I’ve always written mysteries with romantic themes woven into the stories. When I completed my 20th book, I thought… why not try something different? I’d been craving Cape Cod for nine long years, and knew I’d be there this past summer to get more local color for the story. Somehow, it just grew in my heart and voila! There it was!
- I start with a vague idea of a story line and setting. I start to develop the characters in my head, jotting down key items about their appearance, their troubles, their pasts. Then I just let the story flow out of me. I don’t outline or plan details, it’s all sort of like watching and recording a movie that just spews from my brain. The characters take over.
5. Tell us about your inspiration and how it motivated you to become a writer?
- When my father died in 1997, I kind of lost it. I needed something to help me through the grieving process, since I had lost seven other friends and family during the previous five year period. I was rather broken at that point, and writing (which I’d always wanted to do) gave me the therapy I needed. I dedicated my first mystery series to my father, who is very much like my protagonist, Gus LeGarde. ;o)
6. Describe yourself in 3 words.
- Seriously? Do you know how hard that is for a writer? Even harder than writing a book blurb! Okay, okay. I’ll try.
- Passionate, obsessive writer.
- Husband, father, grandfather.
- All right, I’ll stop now! ;o)
7. Any secret or fact about you that will surprise your readers and others as well?
- I go to bed at 8:00 and get up at 4:00 AM. I know, I know! It’s crazy! But I like to write in the dark, silent house in the morning, sitting with my dogs in front of the woodstove. It’s great!
8. Three most important things that an amateur writer must keep in mind while writing his first book.
- As I describe in my three volume writing guides called Write Like the Wind, I recommend that all writers just let the story out before they agonize over editing. “Write Like the Wind” means just that.
- Read the work aloud and try to make it sound as natural as you can. If it sounds like you talk, you’re getting close!
- Put yourself in the body and mind of your characters. Feel deeply, use all your senses. You want your readers to feel like they are “there,” in the scene with your characters. ;o)
9. How do you spend your leisure time except for writing? Are you into sports?
- I love to garden, take photos, hike the hills, read, cook for the family, and I especially love to cross country ski on the fields near our house when we have enough snow!
- John D. MacDonald, Dick Francis, Alan Bradley
11. Your top three favourite books of all time?
- To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and The Empty Copper Sea.
Thanks so much for having me here today! It’s been a real pleasure!
Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases THE SEACREST (2013), SANCTUARY (2014), and VIRTUOSO (2014).
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