Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Interview with Chautona Havig part 2

Today is part of my interview with Contemporary Romance author Chautona Havig! (Part one is here.)

Chautona’s bio:

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

Camy here: Chautona is one of the twelve authors participating with me in the Christian Contemporary Romance anthology, Save the Date, which releases September 15.

Chautona will be on my blog three times! Twice for a two-part interview, and an excerpt of her book, Blessing Bentley.

Tomorrow I’ll also post a special knitting pattern for the Newsboy Cap that Chautona’s heroine April uses in her novella, Adoring April, in the Save the Date anthology!

And here, he’s me and Chautona!

Camy: What was the funnest part of writing Adoring April?

Chautona: In Adoring April, a minister finds himself needing to get married to be able to land his “dream job.” A childhood “grandmother” has it all figured out. He’ll marry one of the young women in the church and it solves two problems—her desire to be a mother, his desire to serve that church. So, to make it remotely believable that a girl would do this thing, I had that same grandmotherly person talk him up to her so much that she’s half-in-love with him before she ever meets him. I had so much fun writing the awkwardness of discovering that he really is all the grandma said he’d be… and that she really did love him, not just the idea of him.

Camy: That’s SO cute!!! So, related to that, what's your favorite scene from Adoring April?

Chautona: Without a doubt the scene where she tries on all the wedding dresses. With only seven weeks to go from strangers to married, April doesn’t have time to find the perfect dress, so the ladies of the church converge on her with THEIR dresses. Let the hilarity commence. I’ll just say there’s one dress that is unbelievable, but I know it exists because I saw it on a gal!

Camy: OH MY GOSH that sounds absolutely hysterical! That’s so cute! (I wish I’d thought of a scene like that!!!)

If your heroine were in an ice cream shop, what flavor would she get and why?

Chautona: I’ve answered this three times and still don’t know if I’m right! However, I think my final answer is cherry almond. It tastes like summer, isn’t too heavy, but is full of flavor. It’s also not everyone else’s favorite, so more for her!

Camy: I totally love cherry almond! I think I’d like your heroine a lot!

What's your next novel to be released?

Chautona: Um… I think Adoring April! I just released Flipping Hearts, my third book in the Independence Islands Series, and coming up is my book in the Christmas Lights Collection and The Nutcracker’s Suite in the Ever After Mysteries series. But I think April is next! Adoring April will be available as a paperback, but it will be MANY years before it’s available to purchase on Kindle. Folks will want to grab it in the Save the Date collection if they want the eBook version. :D

Camy: Wow you’re a busy writer!

Okay, personal question: If each of your family was a dessert (including you), what would they be and why?

Chautona: Considering I have nine kids, three sons-in-law, and five grandkids, not to mention my mom lives with us, I’m going with one, Havig family desert. Mud Pie. Because it’s rich, nutty, caffeinated, and you can only manage it in small pieces before it becomes too much!

Camy: LOLOL that’s fantastic! I didn’t know you have such a large family!


I’ll be back tomorrow with the Newsboy Hat knitting pattern worn by Chautona’s heroine April in her book, Adoring April, which is one of the books in our Christian Wedding Romance anthology, Save the Date.

Preorder Save the Date for only 99 cents! Releases September 15th!

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