Interview & Giveaway with Christy Hayes {THE ACCIDENTAL ENCORE}

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Please welcome author Christy Hayes to Novel Reflections! Christy is here to talk about her recent release, THE ACCIDENTAL ENCORE.


 

Please tell readers a little bit about yourself.

I’m a mom to a teen and a tween. My husband and I live outside Atlanta, Georgia with our kids and two rescue dogs. I love exercise, cable news, and reading. We are a family who support the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). I belong to Romance Writers of America and the Women’s Fiction chapter of Romance Writers of America. A portion of my proceeds go to support five charities listed on my website.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I started writing fiction when my daughter started kindergarten almost ten years ago. At first, I started to see if I could do it. When I wrote ‘the end’ I realized I had a lot to learn. I’ve been writing full steam ahead ever since.

Please tell us about your latest release.

The Accidental Encore: Long after crushing heartbreak turned Craig Archer away from women, he calls on beautiful piano teacher Allie Graves when he’s left for two weeks to watch his twelve-year-old niece and all hell breaks loose. Their unlikely friendship fuels an attraction they both attempt to stifle. Optimistic Allie continues her search for love despite a disastrous relationship and a string of bad dates. She never expects to be tempted by a guy like Craig; he’s rude, crude, and his rough edges are sharp enough to draw blood. The sparks from their smoldering attraction threaten to ignite a tortured past Craig has worked hard to smother. Allie’s fears that a relationship with Craig will end in heartbreak are about to come true when their passion forces an encore that could make or break their chance for a future.

Were any of the characters a challenge to write?

Characters are always a challenge to write because I strive to make them as realistic as possible. I want all readers to be able to identify with my characters no matter what their life situations. I love writing from the man’s point of view, and honestly find writing from a man’s point of view easier than women.

What do you feel makes your characters unique?

I don’t necessarily strive to make my characters unique. I try to find a common ground that readers can relate to no matter what situation the characters find themselves in. I think every person has a certain base level of insecurity, be it with their looks, their job, their family, or their relationships. I think we can all relate to an individual’s vulnerability, so showing that vulnerability is important to me for all my characters. By showing that even the most outwardly ‘together’ character has issues is what makes readers care about those characters. Allie is beautiful, but deeply emotionally scarred.

What can readers expect next from you?

I’m working on a three book series based in Colorado. Book one features the grown up son from Shoe Strings. He’s now a fishing guide and falling hard for a cross country star training out west.

Can you leave readers with a little teaser from THE ACCIDENTAL ENCORE?

Allie instinctively lifted a hand and cupped her cheek. She’d thought her bruise had faded when the perceptive girl hadn’t said anything earlier. Of course, the light in the foyer was dim and she sat on the opposite side during the lesson. “It’s nothing. I got into a car accident, that’s all.”

Allie felt more than saw Craig pull back from his plate. “You.” He fixed her with a pointed stare as sharp as the tines on the fork he aimed at her face. “You hit me.”

“Excuse me?”

“That’s how I know you. You ran the red light and plowed your little silver sedan right into my truck.”

Allie deliberately closed her mouth after it had fallen open. She lifted her chin in the air and straightened her spine. “You ran the red light. Mine was green.”

“Green my ass!” He scraped his chair back and stood up slowly, settling into a cocksure stance that had her rising from her seat. The dog, with its boxy head and light eyes, got up and wagged his tail at his master’s feet. She swallowed hard when she realized the dog resembled a short-legged pit bull.

“Listen,” she began with a weary look at the dog, “I don’t know what you were doing instead of paying attention to the road, but you obviously don’t know the difference between green and red.”

“Right back atcha, sister.”

Leah raised her hands in the air. “Whoa. Can we call a truce, please?”

Allie reached for her coat and spied her bag where she’d left it, leaning against the kitchen island where Craig stood. She jerked her arms into her coat and retrieved her bag, holding her ground even as Craig refused to move and forced her to stand within inches of his broad chest. Damn him, he smelled even better up close.

Author Bio:
Christy Hayes writes romance and women’s fiction from her little basement office in the South.  She’s cooked up all kinds of trouble for her flawed characters when she’s not driving her kids to one sporting event or another or walking her pesky rescue mutts through the neighborhood. 

Where can readers find you on the web?

Website: http://www.christyhayes.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SeaHayes

 

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