Interview: Marina Adair

Author Marina Chappie seen outside her Santa Cruz, Calif. home, Friday February 17, 2012. (Photo by Tosh Tanaka)
Photo by Tosh Tanaka

Jen: Today we welcome Marina Adair to Romancing the Book. Marina, will you share a short bio with us?
Marina: Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, the Heroes of St Helena series, and her upcoming Sequoia Lake series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at Keep up with Marina by signing up for her newsletter at

Jen: Tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Marina: LAST KISS OF SUMMER is a tender and witty romance between two unlikely lovers, who are both trying to overcome grief and personal loss, and find a place to call home. Luckily they arrive in Destiny Bay, where second chances and love blooms year round.

I love enemies to lovers stories almost as I love pie. So when my publisher and I talked about setting this new series in the Pacific Northwest on an orchard, all I could think of was hard cider and hot apple pie. So I came up with a hard cider brewer and a pie shop owner, who can’t stand each other, but also can’t keep their hands of each other.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Marina: I am a plotter to the extreme. I even go on plotting weekends with other writers to nail down the story before I write even the first word. If I know where I am going it allows me to focus on developing the characters and their emotional journey.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Marina: Witty, tender, emotional.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Marina: This book required A LOT of research. Meaning, a lot of apple pie and hard cider tastings. I know, brutal, right? My grandmother was an excellent baker, so I know what goes into a good pie, but the hard cider was exciting to tray. I had no idea how many craft hard ciders there were out there, and that, just like wine, there are reserve labels.

Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Marina: I began my career as a screenwriter, so I have had a lot mentors along the way and many writes who have inspired me. Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) and James L Brooks (Spanglish, As Good as it Gets) would probably be my two favorite screen writers. Aaron for his ability to write dialogue that leaves the audience speechless, and James for the way he writes everyday people going through epic changes in love and life.

Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Marina: My book AUTUMN IN THE VINEYARD is being made into a movie starring Rachel Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and will air this October on Hallmark channel. As a screenwriter, I always dreamed of the day my characters would come to life on the screen, and it is amazing to see that dream realized.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Marina: I just typed The End on book #2 in the DESTINY BAY series, which is a friends to lovers story about a former NHL God and the town’s bad girl.