Tule Author Q&A: Nan Reinhardt covers girl gabs & grapes

Tule author Nan Reinhardt took a moment to discuss her new release, Meant to Be (the second installment in her Four Irish Brothers Winery series).

How did Sean and Megan meet in grade school?
They met on the bus in fifth grade. He had his feet out in the aisle and she tripped over them as she got on the bus. From the book:

He could always depend on Megan to tell him the unvarnished truth—she’d been doing it since fifth grade when she told him his feet were too big for his body after she’d tripped over them on the school bus. Fortunately, he grew into his feet and into a friendship with Megan that had remained strong since that fateful day so many years ago.


Megan and her friend Samantha have “girl-talk breaks” occasionally. Does Megan have a lot of other female friends?
She does have good friends and they all show up when she gives a stag party for Samantha the night before Conor and Sam’s wedding. She is the mayor of the town she grew up in, so nearly everyone is her friend, but she’s grown especially close to Sam whom she was drawn to immediately when Sam fell in love with Conor.


If Sean wasn’t a lawyer, what would he be?
I think probably a winemaker—something he discovers about himself as he’s recuperating in River’s Edge. He loves learning about the winery and the vines and wine-making.


Which of his brothers is Sean closest to and why?
At this point, he closest to Conor because Conor reminds him so much of their father, and because Brendan and Aidan are far away and Conor is right there. Conor becomes his confident as he’s recuperating from the gunshot wound.


Was there a celebrity you pictured when you were writing Megan?
Funny you should ask that because I didn’t have a picture of Megan in my head when I wrote her in as a secondary character in A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS. I did for Sean—unquestionably Michael Fassbender—his sexy, easy confidence is/was Sean all over the place. Then as I began writing their book, I saw a picture of Irish model, Louise O’Reilly on Instagram and there was Megan! She’s curvy and blond and just gorgeous. But I have to tell you the truth, the models on the cover of MEANT TO BE are truly Sean and Megan! The cover designer did an amazing job of finding people who fit exactly! I love it!


About the Author

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.


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