Hi Nan, here we go with the awkward questions. You’re a good sport to put up with me!
1. What book do you wish you’d written?
Well, frankly, any books that have sold millions of copies–the Harry Potter books, Gone with the Wind, hell, any best-selling novel. But that’s because I’d love to be a best-selling author, and I’m guessing that’s not what you’re asking me. I’d love to be able to write with the eloquence of Douglas Kennedy or the panache of Lani Diane Rich or the humor of Susan Elizabeth Phillips or the world-building power of my crit partner, Cheryl Brooks. However, I write like Nan Reinhardt and I’m okay with that, too.
2. What are you most likely to be doing when you Really Should Be Writing?
3. If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
A fruit or a vegetable? Seriously? Hmmm… Probably a peach, because I’m juicy and plump and at my best in the late summer and early fall. And a vegetable? I’d be a butternut squash, basically for the same reasons, except for the juicy part.
4. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be/do?
I’d be an ex-pat living in Paris–maybe being a buyer for a wine and cheese shop. Taking little trips to other parts of Europe to find wonderful wines and delectable cheeses and breads. Oh, and I’d absolutely insist we carry California wines.
5. What is the best (most useful) critique you ever got on your work?
From my editor, Lani Diane Rich at StoryWonk, who said to me, “Sweets, you can write all the gorgeous backstory you want, but most of it’s for you, not your reader.” Her story critiques and recommendations were exactly right on and I am a stronger, better writer for having her in my life. She’s the best.
6. What do you wear when you write?
Pretty much my uniform for work and for writing consists of yoga pants, a tank top, and a hoodie. The only thing that changes is the length of the yoga pants–shorts in the summer, capris in the spring and fall and long pants in the winter. I’m a pretty boring dresser…but my characters dress to kill, so I guess it’s okay that I don’t, right?
7. What is your comfort food/meal/drink and why do you turn to it for comfort?
Well, red wine and chocolate are always a great comfort. But for a comfort meal, maybe tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I’m working on not eating out of boredom or because food is present and I never, well rarely, eat after supper. Food has always been my way of celebrating and mourning and stressing–it’s how I fix most problems. I’m working on finding other ways such as exercise, reading, and writing.
8. What two novels would you most enjoy put together as a mash-up?
Anything by Charles Dickens with anything by Garrison Keillor–maybe Great Expectations on Lake Woebegon?
9. Who would you like to play you in the movie version of your life?
Well, a younger version of Sophia Loren would be great (ha!). Probably Meryl Streep–she has a fabulous face and can do funny and serious both so very well. Plus her sort-of uncertain quality feels very familiar to me.
10. What book do you go back to re-read over & over?
Rereading books is one reason I love my Kindle so very much! It makes it so much easier to do that. I’ve read all of Lani Diane Rich’s books more than once, all of Gene Stratton Porter’s books, most anything by Barbara Michaels, Liz Flaherty’s One More Summer, and I read Rachel Field’s All This and Heaven Too about every three years or so. The list is really longer–these are just examples. Books are a great comfort to me, so when I find one I love, I read it over and over.
11. If you could attempt anything and know you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?
Be a musical comedy star–I’d love to sing and act an dance onstage, but I have no talent for any of that whatsoever, so my acting comes out in my books, my singing is restricted to the car and the shower, and my dancing is saved for the pool.
Thank you, Nan, For visiting us here at kategeorge.com. We’re wishing you great success with your books.
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Nan Reinhardt is a writer of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is also a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. She’s been an antiques dealer, a bank teller, a stay-at-home mom, a secretary, and for the last 17 years, she’s earned her living as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.
But writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!) and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! She’s still writing romance, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.
Her first novel Rule Number One is available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. The other two, Once More From the Top and Sex and the Widow Miles — the first novels in the Women of Willow Bay series, are available exclusively at Amazon.
Visit Nan’s website: www.nanreinhardt.com
Talk to Nan at: email@example.com
Once More From the Top
What do you do when the one who got away… comes back?
Carrie Halligan never regretted the choice she made sixteen years ago to raise her son Jack by herself in Willow Bay, Michigan. A successful photographer by day, at night Carrie satisfies her musical passions by playing piano at a hotel bar, maintaining a balance that works for her and Jack. Walking away from Maestro Liam Reilly without telling him she was pregnant with his child may have been the hardest thing she’d ever done, but it was definitely the right thing.
When Liam shows up in town to perform a benefit concert with the local symphony, however, Carrie’s carefully crafted life spins out of control. After sending Jack to summer camp, she realizes she can’t keep Liam in the dark forever. Telling the truth to the man she once loved more than life itself isn’t near as hard as spending time in his presence and realizing that the years haven’t diminished his power over her heart. Will her lie be too much to get past, or will the spark of passion between them overcome everything?
Sex and the Widow Miles
His life ended. Hers didn’t.
Model-thin, beautiful, and aging gracefully, Julie Miles was looking forward to retirement with her husband, Dr. Charlie Miles, in their idyllic Willow Bay, Michigan home. But when Charlie dies of a heart attack, simply getting out of bed becomes a daily struggle. Desperate for a change of scene, she leaves her home to stay in her friend Carrie’s unoccupied Chicago apartment.
Her handsome and young new neighbor, Will Brody, seems to enjoy his assignment to keep an eye on her, and Jules can’t help but be flattered. She embraces life—and sex—again, until the discovery of a dark secret shatters her world once more. She knows her feelings for Will are more than casual, and he’s made it clear he wants her, but how can she ever trust a man again when her perfect life turned out to be a lie? Determined to get to the bottom of it all, Jules goes in search of the truth and discovers that there’s always a second chance to find real love.
Love never ages—that’s our mantra at FWR. We believe that love can happen to anyone, at any age. In our youth-crazed society, it’s easy to forget that romance isn’t the exclusive property of twenty- or even thirty-somethings. Our new and exciting series, The Women of Willow Bay, follows several women in their prime from the village of Willow Bay, Michigan, as they deal with life and love. At Fine Wine Romances, we write love stories for grown-ups because we believe you’re never too old for a little sexy romance.