Q: When did you first begin writing stories?
I wrote my first book in my twenties, when I learned I might lose my job. I thought I’d make some quick cash and be done with it, but instead, I fell into a wonderful longtime career.
Q: What was the name of your first book?
Mountain Home, under the pseudonym Erika Favor. I was in graduate school in literature, and I didn’t want my professors to learn I’d written a romance novel (they found out anyway).
Q: How did you get into the contemporary romance fiction genre?
I’ve always loved romance, so it was a natural choice when I decided to try writing a book.
Q: Who was your favorite author when you were younger?
Q: How would you describe your writing style in three words?
Heartwarming, emotional, G-rated
Q: How many books have you published so far?
At least 25? I can’t keep track.
Q: What inspired you to write your latest release, The Forever Farmhouse?
I’m fascinated with isolated communities where people have to rely on each other. And I love, love, love
the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake. I also love books based on brothers, whether biological or found
family ones. The Hometown Brothers series, of which The Forever Farmhouse is the first book, is based
on three foster brothers, “bad kids” who got a second chance on remote Teaberry Island.
Q: What future projects are you currently working on that you can share with us, readers?
Fun question! The next book in the Hometown Brothers series, The Bluebird Bakery, comes out in
January 2023, and I just finished final edits on that book. Book three, The Beach Reads Bookshop, comes out in April 2023, and I’m currently working on that story.
Q: Do you outline your stories, or do you just dive into writing them?
I outline, and then the characters take on a life of their own. I end up doing a little of both.
Q: What is your go to beverage when working on a new book?
Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! Black.
Q: What is the writing and publishing process like for you?
It’s very busy, as I am often working on several projects at once: drafting a book, revising a manuscript, and promoting a new release.
Q: For aspiring writers in your genre, what advice would you give to them?
Read! Read in your genre, read outside of your genre, reread old favorites. That’s the way to internalize
what makes a good story.
Q: Tell us about your main characters in The Forever Farmhouse.
Ryan, the hero, is a marine biologist from a very troubled background. He’s brilliant, but a little awkward
Mellie, the heroine, is the girl next door. She loves flowers, works at the local market, and mother-hens
everyone, including her ten-year-old son.
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online? www.leetobinmcclain.com