When you’re in the mood for cozy romance, look no further than to the works of Stephanie Lavigne! Read on to learn more about this adventure-loving author!
1. According to your bio, you’ve led a very interesting life! Where does this sense of adventure come from?
I’m not a hundred percent sure. It seems I was born with a spritely, adventurous spirit. I was always interested in learning about everything and trying out things for myself, as opposed to just taking someone else’s word for it. I’m curious by nature, and I just get really excited to experience new things. I was always a reader as well, and that just added fuel to my already inquisitive mind because books introduce you to so many interesting new subjects.
Even from a young age, I had a strong desire to travel and experience as many things as I could. I remember the day that I realized I would never be able to visit every single place (country, town, neighborhood) on Earth. I had beenreading an atlas when it suddenly hit me that at the rate I was going, there was absolutely no way I’d be able to visit every town. It wasn’t dramatic, but I sat there and cried. Seeing new places and trying new things just always felt important to me. I also remember visiting my aunt and uncle on their houseboat in the Bahamas when I was six years old and I was completely enchanted. So I blame them for unwittingly starting my obsession with unique lodging.
When I am writing characters, I never think of them as reflections of me…however, lately I’ve realized that there is a lot more of me in my characters than I thought. This book probably hit closer to home than anything else I’ve ever written. I think the overstressed mom-vibe that Piper has certainly comes from my own current life experience. There is a lot of me in both Piper and her best friend Boots. Their deep friendship, and the way they talk to one another, reflects my relationship with my best friends. Piper’s mom, Kate, with her fastidious style and love of genealogy is definitely inspired by my mom, Marianne. Plus, Piper has a very sweet father-daughter relationship with her dad, just like I do- though my dad doesn’t enjoy any of her father’s range of hobbies. And of course, there are little glimmers of my kids in hers. So in retrospect, there’s a lot of me in this particular story!
3. How would you describe your writing style?
Upbeat, fun, true to a character’s personality, a little quick-witted and playfully sarcastic, and sometimes winding (which is a plus for keeping people guessing with mysteries.) It’s hard to describe your own writing style, so sometimes I have to look to my readers. I’ve been told I write engaging characters and dialogue, so perhaps that is my strong suit. I also usually add little hints of foreshadowing throughout my books via conversations, random information, or a character’s musings. Though I think they are often so subtle or seemingly random that you would have to go back through for a second read to catch all the times I do it.
4. Can we expect to see more Piper Harrington in the near future?
I originally planned for this book to be a series, but then decided against it because there are other books that I am working on. However, I’ve been asked by a few readers to keep going with it. So I’m playing with the idea of setting one of my new series in the town of Hibiscus Bay, which would mean there would be stories about new people in town, but we’d also be able to check in on Piper, Boots, JP and the gang.