In Sherryl Woods' romance, A Seaside Christmas, songwriter Jenny Collins returns to her family home to nurse a broken heart. But ex-beau Caleb Green—a country superstar that was unfaithful—has followed Jenny back to Chesapeake Shores, and he's aiming to right his wrongs and win her back.
Romance columnist Christie Ridgway calls this "A warm tale about understanding, forgiveness and the persuasive power of love."
In a 7 questions interview with Sherryl Woods, we talked about country music dreamboats, her favorite Christmas movie and more.
Describe your book in one sentence.
Successful songwriter Jenny Collins returns to Chesapeake Shores to make peace with her estranged family and to heal from a broken heart.
Your character Caleb Green is a bad-boy country superstar—do you enjoy country music?
I'm a huge fan of country music. Give me a guy with a great voice, a good love song, a snug pair of jeans and a tight T-shirt and I'll follow him anywhere.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I have two offices, one more formal than the other. One is just a little corner of a guest room. The other is a formal office and I actually have to walk to work. The truth is, though, that my mind is churning with story points no matter where I am.
Of all the books you’ve written over the years, which has been the most fun for you?
I think a Silhouette Special Edition called Riley's Sleeping Beauty was the most fun, because it broke a lot of rules. The heroine was in a coma for most of the book, for one thing. And there were scenes in various time periods. Believe me, it didn't fit in any molds, for better or worse, but I loved letting my imagination run wild.
Name one book you love that people might be surprised to know you have read.
I don't know how surprising this is for a writer, but just the other day I was going on and on about how much I loved 84 Charing Cross Road. It's a wonderful story about two people brought together by a love of books.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
Like just about everyone, I adore the classics like Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life, but I found the much more recent The Holiday, with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz especially appealing, as well.
Seaview Inn is being reissued at the end of December with a brand new sequel—Home to Seaview Key—coming out at the end of January. Readers have been begging for more from Seaview Key. I hope they love being reunited with Hannah, Grandma Jenny, Luke and some characters who'll definitely be shaking things up on the little island off Florida's west coast!