Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Interview: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts
Describe your book in five words or less.
It’s a good read.
How did the ideas for your books come to you?
Gosh, they can come from something I read, heard someone talking about, what’s going on in the culture, even something my husband said. And sometimes they just pop into my head from out of the blue.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I would love readers to come away feeling encouraged that when we pull together we can accomplish great things. Never give up is a good motto by which to live.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
Probably the hardest part is revising a book. The easiest? Sitting down and writing a scene.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
Well, I have Merry Ex-mas (a holiday tale of wives and their exes) coming out next month. And then in spring What She Wants will hit the shelves. That is going to be a fun one. It involves a group of poker buddies trying to solve their women problems in a rather unusual way.
Why did you choose to write for a specific genre?
I wanted to write something I’d be interested in reading. I like reading women’s fiction, reading about things we women deal with in our daily lives.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
It’s a thrill, and I’m always touched and honored when I hear someone say that. Without you readers where would we writers be?
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question
“Would you like to go on Dancing with the Stars?” My answer would be, “Yes!”
What was your road to publications like?
You know, the road to publication was easy, but once there I encountered plenty of detours and wrong turns. This can be a tough business. But rewarding. You just have to make sure you hang in there long enough to collect the rewards.
About the Author:
Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She's happily married and has three children. Her books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.
When she's not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
Her latest book is Better Than Chocolate.
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About the Book:
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they’re about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?
After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They’ll have a chocolate festival! Time’s running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town’s behind them, so everything’s bound to go smoothly….
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother’s attempts to help aren’t helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It’s enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake’s also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there’s something even better than chocolate.