Christy Hayes writes romance and romantic women’s fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction chapter. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
I love contemporary romance and really anything that someone suggests or whose cover and blurb attracts my attention. I’m not afraid to try a new author and have discovered many new to me authors that I enjoy.
Any must read authors or series?
I’m a shameless Nora Roberts fan and I’ll read anything she writes, although I’m not a fan of the J.D. Robb series.
When did you first start reading romance?
Late in life compared to others. I’d say I started in my mid-twenties, after marriage and kids.
What do you find the toughest part about writing romance?
I’m a pantser so sometimes the most difficult thing is when the plot comes to a screeching halt.
What about the easiest?
The easiest thing about writing a romance is getting lost in the story and getting involved with the characters. What a fantastic way to spend my day—falling in love, creating obstacles, and helping my wayward lovers find everlasting happiness!
What’s your favorite scene or moment from The Accidental Encore, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt) for us without giving too much away?
I don’t know that I have one favorite scene, but I really enjoyed writing the scenes between Allie and Craig when they were scrapping with each other. Neither one was trying to impress the other and they let their true personalities come through.
What’s unique about the romance between Craig Archer and Allie Graves? What makes them perfect for one another?
Their romance is unique because they fight it tooth and nail for different reasons almost the entire book. They are attracted to one another and yet they just can’t get past their own fears and quirks to realize it. They are perfect for one another because what Allie lacks, Craig has in droves and what Craig lacks, Allie has in droves. They are opposites that attract and fit together like a missing puzzle piece.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m just beginning a three book series based in Southern Colorado. The first book features the son from an earlier book, Shoe Strings. Whenever my kids go back to school, I hope to make some serious progress on the series.
What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?
A great love story is when an author is able to make the characters come to life for the reader, when the characters touch a chord within the reader, and the reader is able to feel like she is along for the ride. I define romance as a story where the hero and heroine defy the odds, overcome obstacles, and find true love along the way. My favorite romances are where the characters are realistic and their motivations are relatable. These are the types of stories I aim to write.
Optimistic Allie continues her search for love despite a disastrous relationship and a string of bad dates. She never expects to be tempted by a guy like Craig; he’s rude, crude, and his rough edges are sharp enough to draw blood.