Q&A with Shanna Hatfield
Can forbidden love blossom amid the constraints of war?
The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.
After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.
A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.
1. You write in a variety of genres including romance, mystery, and inspirational. Who or what inspires you?
Inspiration comes from a variety of places and people. My overactive imagination gives me the ability to stand in line at the grocery store and have something strike me as funny or crazy or even unusually mundane and that sparks a little idea for a story. My husband (Captain Cavedweller) is great to bounce idea off, especially when we are in the car together. I almost always come home from a trip with him with several story ideas. Sometimes the inspiration is for a contemporary story, other times it's for a historic romance. A trip to a Japanese garden generated the inspiration for my new release, Garden of Her Heart.
2. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience! (LOL) I say that because I have next to none. Seriously, though, if you count beauty as a virtue, I would say it is the most overrated. Oh, I'm all for beautiful things around us (like gorgeous flowers and blue sky and emerald green grass), but I think too much emphasis is placed on women striving to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. I'd much rather see girls (young and old) letting their inner beauty shine.
3. What was the last book you read that you absolutely loved?
The past few months, I've read some books that aren't new releases. One of my favorites was Fair Play by Deeanne Gist.
4. Why is it important to you to write clean romantic fiction?
I enjoy writing clean romantic fiction because it is my favorite thing to read. My tastes vary from medieval to western to contemporary romance, but the one thing the books share in common is that my favorites are sweet and wholesome. The more I write sweet romances, the more people I connect with you enjoy the same thing.
5. Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
Do I have to pick just one? I absolutely love the holidays! From listening to Christmas music, to baking holiday treats, to sending out cards and decking the halls, I love it all. There is a certain magic in the season that makes me so happy when the holidays roll around each year.
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