Nan Reinhardt took some time to chat with us about her newest release, A Small Town Christmas in today’s Tule Author Q&A.
1. Well we can’t talk about A Small Town Christmas without asking: What is your favorite wine?
Dry reds. I’m always up for a good California zinfandel and Domaine Becquet Winery in Murphys, CA makes one so delicious you want to weep. Husband and I have been checking out new and different pinot noirs lately, too. Lots of great ones out there. We’re always up for a wine-tasting trip wherever we are and we love supporting Indiana wineries, where some great wines are being made.
2. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
We have several that I love—snuggling up on the sofa and watching Holiday Inn on Thanksgiving night is a favorite and attending the Yuletide celebration at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is another. We have a new one now that our kids have moved back to Indiana—Poppy and Grandboy making cookie press cookies. It’s adorable!
3. When you were first writing Samantha — did you see her as a workaholic or someone who just never gave love a chance?
Maybe a little of both, but she let work rule her life because she was afraid she didn’t know how to love. Her complicated relationship with her mom didn’t help her make great choices when it came to men. When she stopped seeking her mother’s approval, which she had been doing unconsciously her whole life, Conor fell into her life. And although she was scared that she couldn’t be the wife and mother Conor had already had in Emmy, love won out and she realized that she only needed to be herself because that was the woman he wanted.
4. Since this first book of the Four Irish Brothers Winery, did you have to do research on their Irish heritage?
You know, the Flaherty men are second-generation Americans, so the research I did was more about wine than about their Irish heritage, although Brendan’s book may involve more of their Irish background, so some research will be necessary. I’ve been to Ireland and I’ve already chosen the little town that their ancestors are from—Kinsale in County Cork. Interestingly, the International Wine Museum is in Kinsale in Desmond Castle. Although there are few wineries in Ireland, the museum is fascinating and tells the story of Ireland’s wine links to Europe and the United States. So many Irish families have started wineries in the America, and that was how I got the idea for Donal and Maggie Flaherty to start a winery when they settled in the hills of Southern Indiana.
5. Lastly, what are you reading now?
Well, I’ve sorta made it my mission to read all the Tule holiday novels for 2018 before the end of the year, so at this moment, I’ve just started Erika Marks’s Rescued by Christmas and the others are queued up on my Kindle or pre-ordered. To tell the truth, I’ve never been one to choose a romance just because it has a holiday theme, but man, these books are fun! Somehow, Christmas adds another layer to romance stories that I’ve fallen in love with.
Nan Reinhardt has been a copy editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, and currently works mainly on fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, Tule Publishing, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.
Author Nan writes romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after they turn forty-five! 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, and a secretary.
She loves her career as a freelance editor, 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, post-menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.
Loved learning some of the research and backstory for your book, Nan!
I enjoyed the interview and learning more about the book. I can’t wait to read the next books.