We are super excited to welcome one of my new favorite authors. I discovered her on twitter and have been in love with her characters ever since. So when she was getting ready for her blog I volunteered. So without further ado I turn the blog over to Lauren…
Petal, Georgia – Small Town Love by Lauren Dane
I love to write books set in small towns. There’s a sense of intimacy, of community there and I love to use that in the story. There’s also a sense of everyone knowing your business, which is often lovely, but often a pain in the butt.
Of course not every town is Petal. Most towns are whatever the people living there make them into. Big or small, home is where you make it.
But when I open up any manuscript set in Petal, it just sort of automatically transports me there, calms me. I can smell the air, thick with honeysuckle on a hot day, or cool and crisp in the winter. I can see Main Street all done up with fairy lights at the holidays, and red, white and blue banners near Fourth of July.
The Chase family only has four sons so with Making Chase, the series ended. But I wasn’t’ done with Petal or the people who lived there. I just had to find the right story and the right characters for the newest chapter.
And then Nathan and Lily came to me. I’ve wanted to give Nathan a book for a while, but no one seemed right for him until I started thinking about Lily. And then as I began to write, I started thinking on Petal as the setting for Beth Murphy’s story too. And so on.
Nathan Murphy loves his family. They’re all very close knit and supportive. The Murphys are loud and rambunctious and a whole lot of fun. So I wanted to write a heroine who could fit into that on her own terms.
Lily grew up in Petal. Beth Murphy was her closest friend, but it wasn’t until she was in college and he was finishing his teaching degree that they got together. And then he messed up and she moved on.
But now she’s back in Petal and neither of them are the people they were years before. And he’s got some groveling to do and she needs to deal with her own stuff as well.
You’ll see the Chases in the book and in the others in the series. They’re a big part of the Murphy family and of Petal in general J I don’t know whose story will come after Beth’s just yet, but it’ll most likely be a four book series (seems to be my sweet spot 3-4 books in a series).
I hope you all enjoy Nathan and Lily’s HEA!
What about you all? Do you like small town romances/stories?
I’ve got two different prizes to give away: 1) A digital ARC of ONCE AND AGAIN to one lucky winner chosen from the responses to this post.
2) And then from all the comments to all the guest blogs and posts I’m doing for Once and Again, I’ll choose THREE winners of a complete set of the CHASE BROTHERS books in digital or paper – winner’s choice. International entries are absolutely welcomed.