Today I would like to welcome Sheila Roberts back to Reading Reality! In October I interviewed Sheila to celebrate the first book about Life in Icicle Falls, the totally yummy Better Than Chocolate. Although she’s here today on tour for What She Wants, which is a terrific book about men’s friendships, the third book in the series, Merry Ex-Mas, was all about women’s friendships. So, I asked her to write a bit about the theme of friendship that runs through her stories.
Love and Friendship
I enjoy writing about women’s friendships because I think they’re hugely important. Our girlfriends are always there for us. A true friend is always there with tissue when we need a good cry and chocolate to make us feel better. A true friend is always there to celebrate when we find Mr. Right and to hug us when Mr. Right turned out to be Mr. Wrong. Maybe that’s why my stories usually feature a cast of friends as well as a romance.
I enjoyed writing about girlfriends helping each other sort out their man troubles in my previous novel, Merry Ex-mas. This time around though, I wound up putting together a different cast of characters. What She Wants is all about the men and how they deal with love and friendship. Guys may not be as touchy-feely as we are. And they’re not going to bare their souls to one another. But, in a pinch, a man can count on his friends.
My shy, geeky hero, Jonathan Templar, and his poker pals are a good example of this. These men are all different – in age, in lifestyle, in their levels of success. But one thing they share in common: they can’t figure women out. Solving the mystery of what women want needs to be a team effort. I’m hoping readers will enjoy watching as this group of men go from clueless to clued in.
So please join me in Icicle Falls for some laughter and good times, and let’s see if these guys can find true love.
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
Sheila will be awarding a print copy of What She Wants (US/Canada only) to 10 randomly drawn commenters during the tour. A Grand Prize of a $25 eHarlequin coupon plus a finished copy of What She Wants (US/Canada only) will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
For more chances to win, check out the other stops on Sheila’s book tour!