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LET’S WELCOME LENORA WORTH AUTHOR OF: CLOSING THE DEAL
Rad-Reader:What gave you the burning desire to tell this
Lenora:I had an idea for a wedding venue and my Tule Publishing editor
suggested I set it in the very popular Hill Country. That's when the three
friends and the venue came alive. I could picture the Victorian mansion,
Blossom Inn, in my head.
Rad-Reader:What gave you the idea to write this story?
Lenora:I had always wanted to do a wedding venue. The
three friends came into my head and I could see all of them being involved in
working with each other. The inn--Sarina, the wedding cake and catering--Kayla,
and the bridal boutique and wedding gown designer--Mona. I loved these ladies
the moment they came to mind and I'm so excited to share their stories.
Rad-Reader:Can you give us the backstory for Sarina and
Lenora:Drake and Sarina come from different worlds but have similar
tragedies in their pasts. She was raised by her grandmother after her parents
died. Drake lost his mother to cancer when he was in his teens. That bonded
them, but when he tries to buy her property a few days after she buries her
grandmother, things don't go so well. Now they both want one thing--Blossom
Inn. She wants to sell but begins to see the value of keeping it. He wants to
buy it and tear it down to build swanky condos and houses. They begin to fall
in love, but they can't compromise.
Rad-Reader:How long did it take you to write this story?
Lenora:Since this is a shorter romance, it took about three months. But
I loved every minute of it!
Rad-Reader:Why did Sarina not come back to town like her
friends did after college?
Lenora:Sarina loved Blossom but it held tragic memories for her. She
lost her parents at a young age and while she adored her grandmother, she
envied her friend's loud, colorful families. She wanted her family back. So
once she could leave, she did so. Her friend came back to help the family while she
tried to make a life in Dallas. She was becoming very successful in advertising
when she learned she'd inherited the large Victorian mansion her grandmother
had turned into a bed-and-breakfast inn. She did not want to stay but fate
brought her back.
Rad-Reader:Didn’t she ever notice during those times she
came home how much the inn needed work done to it?
Lenora:She rarely came home and when she did, she paid little attention
to the inn's needs. She worked all the time. When she does return, she realizes
she should have done more for her very giving, caring grandmother, Francis. Now
she wants to make up for that. Her friends definitely want her to stay.
Rad-Reader:Isn’t it mean of Sarina’s friends to guilt
her into staying in order for their businesses to benefit?I mean, Wow!She would have to give up her job, her life, not to mention all the
repairs and bills her grandmother left behind. How is she supposed to live with
no steady income?
Lenora:That was one of the conflicts. They wanted her to stay but they
also knew the final decision would be up to her. When she told them her reasons
for leaving, they were shocked. She'd held her secrets close. Soon they rally
around her and help her decide. And they try to protect her from a man they
believe to be a conqueror who will change their pretty little town forever.
Rad-Reader:It doesn’t seem as though Drake’s father
cares about his needs or wants for that matter anyone else’s.Just his own.So, why is he still trying to please him doing things he hates?
Lenora:Sutton Dunmore is still mourning his wife, so
he's closed himself off from the world. But when Drake finally confronts him,
he suddenly understands that his son is falling in love and his hard heart
opens at last. That scene is one of my favorites in the book.
Rad-Reader:He doesn’t mind lying to people to get what
he wants to please his dad which by every account never happens, Correct?
Lenora:He tries to please his dad, so he holds off on revealing the
truth while he plays both sides--convincing Sarina and convincing his dad that
he can do this. But in his heart, Drake doesn't like the deceit. That does him
in, in the end :)
Rad-Reader:Sarina keeps spilling her guts.Is she like that with everyone?
Lenora:I didn't realize she'd spilled her guts but she did share things
with her friends which is what all women do! She's been closed off for so long,
I think having her friends back to pester her and push her helps her to open up
and let it all out. That also helps her to appreciate her past which she'd been
running from for a long time.
Rad-Reader:Drake seems like he is an open person is that
his normal personality?
Lenora:Drake is a good guy who is torn between duty to his hard-hearted
daddy and duty to the woman who has rocked his world and made him question his
every decision. I think that's fairly normal with a lot of us. But these
conflicts help us to grow and change and ultimately do the right thing.
Rad-Reader:Everyone seems like they want help, but they
all have a vested interest in the outcome.No one is there for Sarina.Who
is really in her corner?
Lenora:I think in the end, they are all in her corner. She listens to
advise and absorbs what she can use. The whole town and even Drake and his
father come through in the end. I think sometimes we have to win people to our
corner by our actions and our determination. She became determined to save her home
and not sell it.
Rad-Reader:Why would her grandmother leave people large
chunks of money yet leave Sarina in such financial trouble at the inn?
Lenora:Her grandmother had a good heart but not a good business sense.
Sarina sent her money and thought she'd used it for the inn's upkeep. But her
grandmother took care of the place she loved, first and foremost. I've known a
lot of people who do that, especially in small towns. But Francis was wise and
that worked out in the end. (And in the Inn!)
Rad-Reader: Drake felt this instant connection to Sarina but
was still willing to play her at first with a player’s truth.How would he like being played like that?
Lenora:No one would like being played like that, no. But he felt a keen
duty to please his father. He had to choose between the two and when he stood
up to his father, he gained the girl and his father's respect.
Rad-Reader:Jessica shows up after Drake throws a tantrum
the night before.He was upset because
Sarina withheld info from him.But she
finally tells him the truth.Why was it
ok, for him to withhold but not her?
Lenora:He was always honest about wanting to buy the property. But he
wanted to help her and keep his integrity with his father. Jessica was the
breaking point that pushed him over to Sarina's side. But Sarina didn't want
his help, so he felt betrayed after his willing sacrifice. He had to prove
himself and he did.
Rad-Reader:Trust goes both ways he is the one who
started with a lie so how can he expect her to trust considering her present
Lenora:He had to learn that lesson the hard way. He decided to stay and
convince her to sell but then his goals changed, slowly, but surely. He knew
she didn't trust him. So, he left and came up with a way that would win her
over. I'd like to believe that made him noble.
Rad-Reader:If your book was made into a movie who would
you want to play…
Rad-Reader:What song or songs best describes your couple
or your book as a whole?
for Me – Riley Clemmons”
Sarina has lost so much starting at a young age.Nothing was ever a sure thing she always
doubted her feelings and judgments when it came to relationships within
anyone.Never give to much away of
yourself or any of your secrets you could get hurt.Yet, from the minute she met Drake the
opposite seemed to happen.She found
herself drawn to him.
Drake needed to get away after breaking up with the dragon lady.When they needed to scope out Blossom, Texas
to check on a piece of land to develop.What he found was a woman who everything his mom and he had ever talked
about what love would be before she passed.Sarina like his mom was a true Texas belle strong, beautiful, and a spitfire.
Lenora:Oh, that's tough. I love all music, but Texas demands, country
I really don't have any song titles that come to mind.
Rad-Reader:What are the different genres that you have
Lenora:I write sweet romance, faith-based romance and
romantic suspense and some women's fiction here and there.
Rad-Reader:How and when did you start writing?
Lenora:I started writing at a young age and sold my
stories on the playground for twenty-five cents per copy. But I sold my first
book in 1993. I've been steadily writing since then. So, almost thirty years.....
I've written over eighty books and novellas.
Rad-Reader:Was it always a burning desire to write?
Lenora:Yes. I knew I wanted to write after an assignment in the fourth
grade. That was it for me.
Rad-Reader:What are three things that you can’t leave
Lenora:lipstick, good shoes, and a good book
Rad-Reader:Are you married, and do you have any
children?How do they feel about your
writing career?Any other budding writers?
Lenora:I've been married to my high-school sweetheart for almost 45
years. We have two grown children, a girl, and a boy. They appreciate my career
and they are both avid readers and they both love to write.
Rad-Reader:What is your next project and when is it coming
Lenora:Right now, I'm working on the last Blossom book
and romantic suspense for Love Inspired--set in NY.
Rad-Reader:Where can our readers buy your books?Links
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