Anniversary Interview & Contest: Elin Hilderbrand


ElinToday we welcome Elin Hilderbrand to Romancing the Book as part of Women’s Fiction week.  We are very excited to have her guesting with us as she was at the top of our list of authors to host.  Shortly after we did the following interview, I read online about Elin’s diagnosis with breast cancer (read about it here).  Before we get to the interview, the staff here at RtB want Elin to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers.

Elin Hilderbrand does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, as well as on the charming streets of Beacon Hill in Boston. She has three magical children who beg her not to sing along to the radio or dance in public. The Matchmaker is her 13th novel.

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Jen:  Please tell us a little about your newest release.
Elin:  The Matchmaker was released in June.  Here’s the blurb:

A touching new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand in which a woman sets out to find love for those closest to her – before it’s too late. 

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others – like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man – call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance. 

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive. 

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she’s made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it’s too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.


Jen:  You live on Nantucket and set your books there. Do you see yourself writing books with other settings in the future?
Elin: I will always set my novels on Nantucket, but I like to use alternate locations within the novels.  In my past novels, I’ve had scenes set in Australia, Vietnam, Morocco.

Jen:  Love your beachy covers. Do you have input into them?
Elin: The art director at Hachette, Mario Pulice, designs my covers.  He and I have had a wonderful run with the covers he’s imagined for me.

Jen:   Winter Street is a Christmas novel and I love reading books with Christmas as its theme. Do you see more Christmas themed books in your future?
Elin: I have set up WINTER STREET to be the first novel in a Christmas trilogy.  It’s about a family called the Quinns who run an inn on Nantucket and they have enough problems/issues for three books.

Jen:  Do you have a favorite character you’ve written?
Elin: My favorite character is Hobby Alistair in SUMMERLAND.  He’s a sixteen year old boy with a good heart and a generous spirit, and he saves everyone in that book.

Jen:  What’s next for you?
Elin:  I’m currently writing a novel called THE RUMOR  about a novelist who writes a novel about the rumor of her best friend’s affair…without her best friend knowing.
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22 thoughts on “Anniversary Interview & Contest: Elin Hilderbrand

  1. Kate Sparks says:

    It’s always hard to make the right choice at the right time. Do you keep what you have or go for what might be.

  2. anne says:

    Sometimes in life we follow our instincts which is destiny. We call it beshert and it always works out to be successful and wonderful. I wish Erin the best of health and a wonderful life. I am recovering from breast cancer which was an unexpected diagnosis.

  3. erinf1 says:

    I have always read such great reviews for Elin’s books. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. Thank you for spotlighting such a great author!

  4. Casie Boland says:

    Love hearing about new authors and reading their material. Cancer sucks! My thoughts are with her and her family. My dad and grandmother had cancer

  5. Rita Wray says:

    Elin I love your books, I have most of them in my bookcase. When I read your books it’s like I’m right there on Nantucket. I’m sending love and prayers your way.

  6. Kristy Petree says:

    First, I’d like to say get well, be strong, and good luck. I haven’t been personally affected by cancer, but it’s one of my biggest fears. Second, I’d like to say that I’d be happy to win any book written by you and thanks!

  7. Dawn says:

    First, I’d like to offer my sympathy on your diagnosis. My thoughts are with you and your family in this trying time. Second, I must admit that I’ve only read one of your books, but I truly enjoyed it. The new book seems like it will be great. The Christmas book also sounds interesting so I’d love to read that book. I can’t wait until it comes out.

  8. ANNETTE N says:

    I have said a prayer for Ms Hilderbrand. I have read The Matchmaker, and if you get a chance, get the book. I think you will like it.

  9. Marcy Shuler says:

    My thoughts are with you as you fight the cancer, Elin. My SIL just battled it and has come out the other side healthy.

    I’ve never read one of your books, but the two highlighted here sound great. I’ve never been to Nantucket and look forward to visiting it through your books.

  10. JoAnne_W says:

    Nice interview. I look forward to reading Winter Street and the Matchmaker. I also love Christmas themed books and like that it will be a Christmas trilogy which is different. Never been to Nantucket or anywhere on the Cape but it’s on my bucket list.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lynn Griffin says:

    Have not read your books yet but am looking forward to it! Also saying a prayer for your full recovery so that as you said you can write 13 more books!

  12. Leanna says:

    I love Nantucket that is a great setting for a book. I can’t wait for your new Christmas trilogy. I love holiday stories.

  13. Jane Squires says:

    The interview and front of book makes me wish I could be the one to read this and review it.

  14. Sharlene Martin Moore says:

    I agree Elin’s books have fabulous covers. I am always drawn to a book with a great cover.

  15. Krysten M says:

    Matchmaking is a very interesting career I think.. Not sure I would ever go to one, but I can’t wait to read this one. It’s been on my list for a while now 🙂

  16. Heather says:

    Wow. This sounds like a very interesting book. I couldn’t imagine being in her situation. Love is so confusing already, throw in a long lost love and it is devastating.

  17. Emma says:

    how long did it take to write The Matchmaker? I am looking forward to reading The Matchmaker.I enjoy reading your books.Have a wonderful week. prayer.

  18. Rachael Brown says:

    When I see your books in bookstores, it always reminds me of the beach. Your book covers are awesome! I’ve read a couple of your books and hope to read more soon. I will say a prayer for you and your family for your speedy recovery. Best wishes!

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