Finding Miss McFarland
Wallflower Weddings Book Three
by Vivienne Lorret
Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret's latest Wallflower Wedding novel.
Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.
Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.
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What was your favorite chapter (or part) of FINDING MISS MCFARLAND to write and why?
That’s a tough question. I really enjoyed writing Delaney’s character and Griffin’s reactions to her. However, I’d have to say that I had the most fun writing the first kiss scene. I love how Griffin just came unglued, grabbed her, and hauled her to her toes.
What about your characters surprised you while writing?
Delaney’s fragility surprised me most of all. I mean, I knew her backstory of course, but I didn’t imagine how it made her feel until I let her tell me.
How did you select the cover for FINDING MISS MCFARLAND?
I didn’t. My fabulous editor sent it to me after the amazing Avon art department worked their magic.
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your head before you start the book?
Usually, a couple of weeks, or maybe a month; however, writing the last in a series allows me to let it “marinate” even longer.
What are the most important elements in good romance writing, in your opinion?
For me, the answer is identifiable characters. No matter if the subgenre of romance is historical, contemporary, paranormal, etc., if can get inside the protagonist’s head, I will enjoy reading the story.
I read on your website that you signed a contract for 3 more books with Avon Impulse.
Congratulations! What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?
Thank you! : ) I’m very excited and honored to have this opportunity! My biggest challenge as a writer is focusing, sitting in the chair, and organizing my day in blocks of writing time and marketing time. I make a daily attempt to overcome these by leaving myself handwritten notes, such as: FOCUS and WRITE!. I also try to plan my weekly Facebook posts in advance so that I don’t give myself an excuse to venture into the internet labyrinth until my daily word count is complete.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I plot with music. Write in silence.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
There have been so many that I can’t possibly boil it down to one. Being offered the chance to write a series for Avon Impulse based on a novella still amazes me. I have an incredible editor who is my biggest supporter. I just met her for the first time at the RWA conference, where I mingled with dozens of insanely talented authors. Then to top it all off, signing a contract for three more books, and then hitting the USA TODAY bestseller list has been a dream come true.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Note to self: when stumped on a question like this, do not ask my sister. I instantly had a list of things that even surprised me. Lol! But seriously, I think people would be surprised to know that I used to jam AC/DC through my Walkman headphones when I walked to junior high school, and I currently own 237 air-guitars.
Finish the sentence: One book I wish I had written is….
Jude Devereaux’s A Knight in Shining Armor… sigh. I LOVE that book!
What project are you working on now?
I’m currently writing The Rakes of Fallow Hall series for Avon Impulse (due out in early 2015), and falling in love with these heroes a little more every day.
About the Author
I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan… until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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