Lenora Worth writes award-winning romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired and also writes for Tule, Zondervan and Redbud Press. Three of her books finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards and several of her books have been RT Reviewer’s Choice finalists. “Logan’s Child” won the 1998 Best Love Inspired for RT. Her Love Inspired Suspense “Body of Evidence” became a NY Times Bestseller. Her novella in Mistletoe Kisses, along with several other writers, also made her a USA Today Bestselling author. With over sixty books published and millions of books in print, she goes on adventures with her retired husband, Don. They have two grown children. Lenora enjoys reading, baking and shopping … especially shoe shopping.
When reclusive war hero, Sam Hinson, is asked to be the best man for his friend Brodie Steven, he heads to the small town of Spirit, Louisiana, only to find out from the bride’s gorgeous older sister that he needs to deliver the “best man” speech at the wedding reception. He doesn’t like to even be in a crowd, let along speak to one.
Still hurting from her ex-husband, Madeline Sonnier Parker is ready for a little temporary romance. She tells Sam she’ll help him write his toast to the bride and groom if he’ll help her aggravate her ex. But Sam’s been used before, and after being around Madeline, he decides he wants more than what she’s willing to give. Could this wedding bargain be the start of something more …
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Jan Schliesman: How often to you Get Lost In A Story?
Lenora Worth: When I start writing, I can get lost completely in a new story. I first get lost in the idea. A scene or a character gets in my head and then I have to listen and take notes and see it in my brain. I love developing a new idea. So I get lost in the story every time I start a story.
Jan: You’re attending the RT Conference and Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation luncheon in April this year. Tell me how much you enjoy events like these.
Lenora: I love RT and I’m excited about Barbara Vey’s Reader luncheon. This year they are both in April and I’ll be celebrating my 60th birthday that month! I love meeting and connecting with readers at these events. Getting to know readers is so important to a writer. I think especially with romance readers since all women can identify with what we write, it’s important to meet and get real with readers!
Jan: It was love at first sight when I met my husband. What about you?
Lenora: I met my husband when we were both around five or six years old. My sister rented a cottage in his grandparents’ backyard. He moved away but came back when we were in high school. It was love at first sight but it took us a while to get together. I saw him walking across the campus and told my friend “That’s the man I’m going to marry.” We got married right after high school and we’ve been married forty-one years.
Jan: Does your heroine have any of your character traits?
Lenora: I sure hope not. I’m a slob and I’m not very courageous. But I do think I put some of my background angst and emotions into every heroine. I get to be courageous through them and each one of my heroine’s has taught me something new.
Lenora: I love to walk on the beach with my husband. I like to bake, especially sweets. I enjoy catching up on my reading. And I catch up on lunch with friends!
Jan: How long have you been writing?
Lenora: I wrote in grammar school, high school and during my short college days J It’s always been with me. But I started writing to publish in the late eighties after I joined a local chapter of RWA and sold my first book in 1993. Twenty-three years later, I’m still at it.
Jan: Most writers have to find their zone before the words start flowing. Describe your ideal writing day.
Lenora: My ideal writing day starts after coffee, of course. I come into my office and read e-mail and then I sit and write. A good day will be a full chapter (without interruptions or distractions). Those kinds of days are the ones where I glance up and have to remember where I am. I can get lost in a chapter.
Jan: Have you ever used real life experiences in your stories? Changed the names to protect the guilty?
Lenora: Oh, yes. J I’ve had villains who were loosely based on old bosses and I’ve used character traits of people I’ve known or worked with in secondary characters. I think everyone we meet has something intriguing that can be used later in a book. I get scenes in my head after dinner parties or after hearing something on the news and then mixing that with a personality I’ve seen in someone. This job is so much fun because human nature never changes.
Lenora: I love Blue Bell’s Pralines and Cream and Moo-llennium Crunch. (I love Haagen-Dazs, too, by the way.)
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