Kristy Miller’s aunt dies suddenly, leaving Kristy a large portion of her multi-million dollar estate including her mountain home, Evergreen. Kristy soon discovers that Aunt Leslie had kept a few secrets from her family, not the least of which is how she earned her fortune.
One of her aunt’s secrets leads Kristy into a new relationship with the charming but stubborn Drew Stone. Each of Drew’s young sons received a large inheritance from Aunt Leslie, but Mr. Stone maintains that he has never met or heard of Kristy’s aunt and wants no part of the money.
And then there’s the other secret—Evergreen might be haunted, sending Kristy in search of a ghost.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
In order for a book to qualify as a romance, it has to have a happy ending. This book has that, but I don’t tie up all the loose ends. There are some plot elements that I leave the to the reader’s imagination.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing. Don’t give up. Keep honing your craft. The more your write, the better you will write.
The first thing I was ever paid to write was a weekly newspaper column called Scenes From Real Life. I wrote this column for my hometown newspaper for four years. I began writing fiction in my early twenties, choosing the romance genre because that was what I enjoyed reading.
From 1986-2007, I worked at my hometown, daily newspaper. In 2000, I became the paper’s composition supervisor. In 2007, I left the newspaper and now do e-book formatting on a freelance basis for “indie” authors and for two publishers. My husband and I still live in our hometown, because we both enjoy the pace of small town living.
I started writing this book five years ago when my husband and I were going through a very difficult time in our lives. I wrote about 15 pages and stopped, because the story stumped me. I couldn’t get past a certain point. It may have been because of the personal crisis I was going through, but I put it away and never finished it. I didn’t write anything for the next few years, while my husband and I were fighting our way out of poverty and coming back from lengthy unemployment and losing our home to foreclosure. I concentrated instead on starting and building my new business. When the writing bug bit again, I attempted some new genres for me – romantic comedy and historical western mystery. Both fell flat with readers, while my old WWII romance novels that I’d written 10 years ago were still popular and kept earning royalties. I didn’t want to revisit those stories, or to write in that genre again, but I did re-read them for the first time in years and finally realized why readers liked them so much.
I went back to Evergreen, changed the whole premise and plot of the story and was finally able to finish it. Readers of my WWII romance novels will recognize that my heroine Kristy Miller is the granddaughter of my characters from A Soldier’s Love and Gold Star Wife. The book is not strictly a romance, although that’s part of the story. There’s also maybe, possibly a ghost or two hanging around Evergreen. You’ll have to read the story to find out the answer that question. But ultimately, the story is really about family relationships, and the message is simple. Be kind to that crazy old aunt you have, because you never know what kind of secrets she’s keeping.