Tuesday, January 6, 2015

On Tour: Blind Date Bride by Arlene Hittle and the Voices Question

Blind Date Bride

Blind Date Bride by Arlene Hittle 
Series: Reality TV Bites #1
Paperback and e-book, 274 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Arlene Hittle

Nearly a decade ago, accountant Kari Parker shed 220 pounds of dead weight - her hulking, abusive college boyfriend. The last thing she wants in her life is another man - especially one as tall as a Windy City high rise. Yet when her best friend enters her in Romance TV’s “Get a Love Life” contest, another man is exactly what she gets.

As much as she'd love to just say no, she can't turn down the prize money that will allow her to help her parents save the restaurant they've run all her life. Sparks fly between Kari and her bogus groom, and as she and Damien share close quarters, intimate meals and - gulp - his bed, Kari doesn’t stand a chance of resisting his considerable charms. Even worse? She might not want to. But building a real future out of their sham marriage will be tougher than baking a wedding cake from scratch … with no flour … in a broken oven.

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Welcome to The Book Bag today, Arlene. I have a question for you. I love to hear what authors have to say about this idea. 
I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me. 

When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

I can safely say those other writers are not alone. I, too, have characters talking to me to tell their stories...the way they want them to be told. In fact, if I try to force them into doing something they don’t want to do — like hop into bed too soon, or get out of bed once they’re there — they tend to rebel. They either stop talking to me until I “come to my senses” or stubbornly refuse to do what I ask and do what they think is right for the story. The thing is, they’re usually right.

Living in Arizona, I have a lot of drive time to get where I’m going. That makes it easy for me to talk out scenes while I’m in the car. Channeling my hero and heroine and letting them loose really makes the miles fly by. The couples yoga scene in BLIND DATE BRIDE was one of them. It came to me on a late-night drive to my boyfriend’s place, and when I got there, I sneaked into the bathroom and wrote it all down. (He was asleep, so I couldn’t turn on the light in his room.) 

About the author

Arlene Hittle
Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she's about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf. 

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