Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Nan Reinhardt BIO: Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic fiction for Tule Publishing. Her day job is working as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, however, 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 and is still writing, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled woman in her prime. Nan lives in the Midwest with her husband of 48 years, where they split their time between a house in the city and a cottage on a lake.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
I think the first because that’s when you create the setting, the secondary characters, and the secondary plot lines that will carry through the rest of the series.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
It’s all about creating a place that readers want to go or want to live, as well as secondary characters who are fun. Giving a secondary character a story that follows through several books is a great way to keep readers and myself engaged. Sorta like Carly Hayes and Mac Mackenzie in my River’s Edge books–so far I’m on book #7 with 3 more River’s Edge books contracted (and who knows after that?) and Mac and Carly have been together since book #2 and readers love them. I think because they are an older couple who are getting a second chance at love and they’re an unlikely pair.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Breathe. Creativity can’t blossom in a tense, uptight (I know I’m dating myself!) brain, so just breathe and write…even if you’re not working on your book, write something–your journal, an article, a blog. If you’re stuck and feeling like you can’t write, go out and take a walk or do something completely mindless. Also, fill the creative well with books and films and well-done TV shows. Absorb narrative.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I’m also a freelance copy editor and proofreader, so my day job takes up a good bit of my day. However, I get up every morning at 6 am and write for at least 2 hours, until my husband wakes up and our day begins. That’s my best time to write.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
My favorite character is always the one I’m currently writing, although I do confess to having a special place in my heart for Brendan Flaherty in The Baby Contract, because he’s sorta loosely based on my kid.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
I’d be delighted if any one of my books were made into a movie–I’d say right now, I’d love to see my upcoming The Valentine Wager (releases 2/1/22) made into a film. I’d pick Simon Baker to play hot cop Ryker Lange and maybe Leighton Meester to play Irish spitfire Kitt Boynton.
What is your definition of success?
I believe success is being happy with who you are and what you doing right now in this moment, and if you’re trying to make the world a little bit better place–that’s a good thing, too.
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