High Heels and Book Deals – Erin Green on her Leap Year-inspired book

This week’s guest on Marcie’s High Heels and Book Deals blog is Erin Green. She’s here to tell us about her latest book. 

Taking a Chance on Love focuses on how one question can change everything.

Meet Carmen, Polly and Dana – all happy and successful women, with very different views on relationships. 

Carmen has made a life with Elliot for the past eight years. She’s ready for the next step but a proposal seems to be as far away as ever. 

Polly is devoted to her family. But after her parents’ bitter divorce, she’s wary of marriage – even after sharing twenty years and one son with Fraser.

Single mother Dana longs for companionship, despite her dedication to raising her son Luke. Finding the right person to bring into their lives feels impossible – until a unique way to select a potential Mr Right comes along.

With 29th February fast approaching, will they each take the chance this Leap Year to take control of their fates?

What was the idea behind it? 

Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by the 29th February. The requirement of an extra day every four years due to the accumulation of spare annual hours simply intrigues me. The effect upon the seasons, the tides, nature, sunset/sunrise and basic life on this planet if we didn’t have the additional day is phenomenal. It reinforces the sentiment ‘what a difference a day makes!

Can you tell me one positive trait of your main character or characters?

The book weaves together three main characters: Carmen, Polly and Dana – each one is a successful and independent woman. Carmen owns her own wedding boutique, Polly always puts family first and Dana is dedicated to raising her young son.

Can you tell me one negative trait of your main character or characters?

Each woman has a different view about relationships. Carmen is desperate to marry long-term boyfriend Elliot. Polly has been committed to Fraser for two decades but isn’t interested in marriage. Dana is single and searching for love.

Why did you chose this genre to write in?

I feel the genre chose me, if I’m honest. As I go about my daily life I am intrigued by the lives of real women who I meet every day. Their lives are often complicated or difficult as they juggle family, friends and careers yet still filled with love, life and laughter.

What is your favourite book

My ‘go-to’ book is Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which I’ve read countless times since I was a teenager. I love Austen’s witty observations and charm about the society in which she lived. Each time I read the novel, I find something new or interesting which gives me pleasure. It’s a timeless classic which provides a safe haven when I’m fed up with this world and simply need time with Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

What is the book you are reading now? 

I have three books ‘on the go’ this month – I read throughout the day so tend to keep a book in a specific place: lounge, dining room and bedside cabinet.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – I love a classic.

Victoria: a life by A.N. Other – I’ve had a lifetime’s obsession with this monarch.

The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie – rereading as part of the #ReadChristie2020 challenge

What is your favourite romantic film?

‘Gone With The Wind’ I adore the characterisation of Scarlett O’Hara with her sassy attitude and love affair with Rhett Butler. I watch films for escapism so Atlanta during the American Civil war provides the perfect backdrop of history and romance.

What is your best writing habit?

I write every day. It’s a habit I have developed over the years which enables me to hold the threads of the plotline in my head whilst moving the project forward every day. Years ago, when I first began writing, I would ‘binge’ write chapter after chapter in one day and it felt great but then wouldn’t touch the manuscript for days, even weeks. The task of having to return to the manuscript, re-read what I’d written and then begin again proved to be quite an effort. For me, it makes sense to spend that time writing rather than reminding myself of the specific detail. The amount of time varies each day depending on my commitments for the day but I write every day.

What is your first draft process?

Initially it begins with an idea which has caught my imagination and interest. I tend to note things down to prevent them being lost in my mind. I’ll let the idea germinate for a few days, it’s amazing how my brain links other observations or previous notes together during this time. I set aside a ‘planning session’ and begin creating mind maps of possible scenarios, conflicts, motivations, situation all linked to the initial idea. I even note down ridiculous ideas because you never know what will prove useful later on. My plotline is written upon coloured Post-it Notes and I play around with the order of the events and conflict until I feel the pace of the story is correct. By this stage I am eager to start writing but I don’t allow myself to until I am confident that I’ve got a solid foundation of planning and have answered any nagging questions. I often do specific research during this period, completing more when necessary during the writing stage. I create my manuscript template, a chapter-by-chapter spreadsheet and then the writing begins.

What’s your poison – high heels or flats?

I love boots. I rarely wear shoes which might seem strange. These are my particular favourites because of the lace fastening detail.

Buy Taking a Chance on Love

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

You can find Erin on Twitter at @ErinGreenAuthor, Facebook at @ErinGreenAuthor and visit her website here.

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