Today 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.
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.
a Rafflecopter giveaway