Lorhainne Eckhart - Characters You Can Relate To
With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart writes the kind of books she wants to read. She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, and her second book ever published, The Forgotten Child, is no exception. With close to 900 reviews on Amazon, translated into German and French, this book was such a hit that the long-running Friessen Family series was born. Now with over ninety titles and multiple series under her belt her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. A recipient of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, Lorhainne lives on the sunny west-coast Gulf Island of Salt Spring Island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams. As our Author of the Day, Eckhart tells us all about her book, The Holiday Bride.
Please give us a short introduction to what The Holiday Bride is about.
A secret baby from a one night stand that no one knows about except Trinity Cooper Wildes twin sister Dawn. And the baby daddy himself is a deputy Garrett Franke who works for the small town Sheriff who is, in fact, Trinity Wilde’s father. Add in the fact Trinity and Garrett have a love, hate relationship. But when a snowstorm hits, snowing Trinity into her isolated Idaho cabin, her sister sends up Deputy Garrett Franke who doesn’t have a clue she has a baby, let alone that it’s his. And when he shows up at the door finding her snowed in, the baby isn’t the kind of secret that can stay that way long.
Here is a great review from one of my fans that really sums up this fantastic story that I really had so much fun writing: “This is a delightful romance loaded with charm, a sassy new mother, a strapping alpha, and a love just waiting to happen. It’s a quick, easy read that will entertain you on every page. Although their interactions show that Trinity and Garrett are true opposites, it only proves there is an exception to the rule that oil and water do not mix. You won’t want to miss this enjoyable holiday addition to the wonderful Wilde Brothers series.”
What inspired you to write about secret pregnancy, with the father not knowing about the baby?
Like all my books, this one just kind of came to me. I decided to write some short stories over Christmas from some of my older series. And The Holiday Bride, A Wilde Brothers Christmas was one of them, only the short story didn’t stay short and became a novella. There is just something about this story and writing it that there was too much between these two characters to be contained in a short story. The Holiday Bride focuses on one of the two twins introduced in Friendly Fire, The Wilde Brothers, who is now grown up. And one thing led to another as I created Trinity’s all grown up character, a secret baby, a secret pregnancy and the father the kind of guy that is a hot small-town deputy who happens to work for her father, the alpha of the alphas. I mean what could go wrong?
Tell us more about Trinity Cooper Wilde. What makes her tick?
Trinity Cooper Wilde was first introduced in Friendly Fire, as a child, she was kidnapped in a small Idaho town by someone who never should have been able to fit into the community. She was rescued by Logan Wilde who was the new small-town Sheriff, but the events of her trauma had scarred her and shaped her into who she is today, needing to wade into everything carefully to make sure nothing could go wrong. She is terrified all the time and won’t face anything. Digging herself into a hole and avoiding everything and then times passes, she piles on excuses and it’s no wonder she told no one about her baby. A baby that was a result of a one night stand with a man she’ll never admit to anyone, including herself she loves.
What makes Garrett Franke so special?
Garrett Franke is one of the true Alpha types, but more than anything he is the only guy that stands his ground with Trinity, he’ll call her out on all her crap, and behavior, and he was so much fun to write. He’s just not a pushover and one of his lines that is my favorite in the book to Trinity is: “The thing with you, Trinity, is that giving you too many choices is the same as giving you enough rope to hang yourself.”
You write about some heavy themes—things that many of your readers have probably never experienced—yet it's very easy to identify with your characters. How do you make them so relatable?
I guess when I start writing, I create the character and then turn them loose. They become real people, with real problems.
Did you work against a deadline for this book? How hard was it to stick to?
The Holiday Bride was planned to be a short story released right before Christmas, but unfortunately, the characters had too much to say, and do, and there was no way once I started writing the story that it would remain a short story. So I finished it shortly after Christmas, now a novella, and for that, I am really grateful. The Holiday Bride really is a great story, the characters Trinity and Garrett are fantastic and they really do say something about that old saying of how oil and water don’t mix, except for them.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working on a brand new series The O’Connell’s, with the first book of the series The Neighbor available January 31.
The O’Connells of Livingston, Montana, is not your typical family. Follow them on their journey to the dark and dangerous side of love in a series of romantic thrillers you won’t want to miss. Raised by a single mother after their father’s mysterious death twenty years ago, the six grown siblings live in a small town with all kinds of hidden secrets, including unsettling disappearances at a rate much higher than the state average. The residents of Livingston know something strange is going on in their remote wooded area, which seems to breed deception, and for the O’Connells, their father’s death is just one of many similar unsolved murders. Much like the contemporary family romance series focusing on the Friessens, this romantic suspense series follows the lives of the O’Connell family as each of the siblings searches for love.
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