I can be such a book girl sometimes, nothing makes me happier than talking books and themes. One of my favorite themes is second chances and that’s partly why I’ve really enjoyed Tule’s Homecoming series. Have you read any of the Homecoming books yet?
Eve Gaddy‘s novella, Sing Me Back Home kicked off the Homecoming series. I read it some weeks ago but still find myself thinking about Jack and Maya. Such a sweet, delightful story about second chances and full of strong characters, it’s a quick read and has a good dose of humor and heat too. Eve was kind enough to sit down to a quick Q&A with me about Sing Me Back Home —
What did you love best about the idea of writing a homecoming novel like Sing Me Back Home? I love second chance romances. I like to think that two people who belong together and break up finally make it back together. I also had fun with the characters. Jack and Maya and their kids were a lot of fun to write. I also enjoyed being able to set the story in Marietta. What a great place to write about.
What sort of journey was it for you, writing this book? Did you struggle to find the words and get the characters to talk or did it all flow smoothly most of the time? I think on the whole it flowed pretty smoothly. But as with nearly everything I’ve ever written, I had times when the words didn’t want to come. Once I immersed myself in the book and really got going, it flowed. My characters are often chatty to me. Of course, sometimes they refuse to talk to me at all. Very frustrating!
Do you have any special memories in relation to homecoming? I was a cheerleader all through high school so homecoming holds some fond memories for me. I can’t think of one particular memory that stands out, though.
How did you come up with the title of your story? That was fun! I often find inspiration from song titles. I was looking through some I’d googled that had the word “home” in the title. I saw Sing Me Back Home and instantly fell in love with it. I always make a playlist for my books so naturally, I downloaded the song by Merle Haggard. I had never heard it before. It was quite a shock when I found out it was a song about a man in prison about to be executed. He wanted his friend to sing a song for him that would take him back home before he died. While neither of my characters were ever in prison, I do think that songs are very evocative. There are many songs that take me back to a different time or place, so the song fit. And I found another Merle Haggard song I really liked so it was a win-win!
In 5 words, describe your Romance Writing Style. Fast paced, witty, sexy, emotional and realistic.
Name 5 words that fit your personality according to you. And 5 words that fit your personality according to your best friend.
Eve: Empathetic, obsessive, determined, fun, concise
Dr. Jack Gallagher, one of Marietta, Montana’s most eligible bachelors, hasn’t been serious about a woman since his wife died five years ago. He’s been content to date occasionally, practice medicine and raise his teenage daughter.
Then happily divorced former fashion model, Maya Parrish, moves back to Marietta, with her own teenaged daughter in tow forcing Jack to rethink his casual dates only rule. Maya, Jack’s high school girlfriend and almost fiancée, may have broken his heart the night of their high school graduation, but the moment Jack and Maya meet again, all the sizzle and sparks, and then some, come rushing back.
Maya is ready to give love a second try. Jack isn’t sure he can take that chance again. He knows how quickly happiness can be ripped away, leaving heartbreak in its place. Can a mad, passionate affair last or will it burn itself out as quickly as it began?
Thank you, Eve! Readers, put Sing Me Back Home on your to-read list if you haven’t already. I know you’ll love it! I also have a fun prize here for one of you. For a chance to win books, gift cards and some fun reader swag, tell me about your favorite themes. What types of stories are your favorite to read? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win! Winner announced on Tuesday. Happy reading!