I am thrilled to be hosting a very special guest on the blog today! Everybody say a nice, cheery welcome to author of the fantastic new novel, A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT, Christine Warner! Christine was kind enough to stop by today to answer a few questions, so sit back and get to know Christine and A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT!
About A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT:
What happens when your plus one becomes “the one”?
Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common–they’re neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other’s plus one–a little friendly arrangement between friends.
Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that’s okay, they’ll add an addendum–one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.
When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what’s more important–what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.
Interview With Christine Warner:
Describe yourself in five words.
Loyal, friendly, funny (at least I think so and so do a few friends lol), sentimental, happy J
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I don’t like to drive. I have to do it, but I don’t enjoy it like some people who hop into the car to just tool around. I’m a great passenger, but my time behind the wheel is usually short, which my hubs will attest to because when we take a road trip he does a majority of the driving.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your writing career?
Never give up!
What do you listen to while you write? Or do you prefer silence?
I am so jealous of authors who can write while listening to music. I actually have to have silence. The only noise that doesn’t bother me and pull me out of my work is the snores of my dog. She’s a great writing companion.
What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve looked up in the name of research – or what do you think the government has maybe flagged you for?
Lol. I have written a light-hearted romantic suspense and actually have a couple others in the works. I’ve looked up ways to kill people, information about strangling, poisoning, car crashes. I always find it funny to think about someone looking over my search history. I even wonder if my husband worries. lol
What was your favorite part of writing A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT?
I just loved the characters. Some of my favorite scenes included the ones with Holly’s family. The way they picked on each other, with total love beneath the surface. And I totally loved Grams. Her outspoken manner and the way she just did what she wanted. I picture Holly being the same at her age.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing Holly and Roth from A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT?
Lol. I’m so horrible at picking actor/actresses for my characters. I will tell you that I pictured Holly Madison in my mind as I was writing Holly Haggerty. Mainly because of her blonde hair and eyes. I also pictured a more buff and harder around the edges Orlando Bloom as Roth. But I bet when a reader is reading the book, they come up with totally different images J
I love a great friends-to-lovers story, and in A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT, Holly and Roth are best friends before they take the plunge into romance. What is so endearing about friends-to-lovers stories that keep romance readers coming back for more?
I love friends-to-lovers stories as well, and I think what readers enjoy about these types of stories is that the characters already have a history. So, they are more comfortable around each other. It becomes easy to watch their relationship evolve because it happens so smoothly through their comfort level and casual conversations.
Something I loved most about A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT was the totally sweet, always wonderful banter between Holly and Roth. How do you come up with such amazing romantic dialogue for your lead characters?
Thank you so much. I love to hear that you enjoy the banter because I do, too. I really just let the characters take the lead. Sometimes I throw in something I might say if someone said something to me like one of the characters say to each other. I want it to be as natural as possible because dialogue can be so much fun and so revealing.
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about A FRIENDLY ARRANGEMENT?
I like to throw background characters into my books that are actual people in my life. In a Friendly Arrangement Holly’s dentist is Dr. Kroemer, who happens to be my dentist in real life. I also mentioned him in the acknowledgements. He was so excited to be in my book—even though it was a blip—and his entire staff mentions it every time I go into the office.
What are you working on now?
I’m insane at the moment because I’m actually working on 4 books. I’m working on a cowboy story that has been swirling around in my head for close to 5 years. I’m also working on the 2nd and 3rd novella for my Sweet Fifties series that all take place in the 50s, and I’m working on the outline for a fun and flirty contemporary romance that I’m thinking might work into another series.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
If you’ve read any of my books (and I hope you have) and enjoyed them enough to want to help me spread the word, I have a street team. We play games, share jokes and pictures, they help me spread the word when I have a new release or promotion going on, and there are always prizes involved because I’ve discovered I love giving stuff away. So, if anyone is interested in being a part of Christine’s Crew, you can learn more about it here and also sign up!
About Christine Warner:
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it’s a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at christine-warner.com.