Today, I have author Chelsea Falin in the interview chair. We discuss her latest release A Fresh Restart, a sweet contemporary romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Well, I recently become obsessed with romance novels. I’d written one prior to A Fresh Restart, back in 2013 or 2014 I think, called I Found My Heart in West Virginia. But I mean, I really got on a romance kick and felt inspired to write another one (and I know I can’t stop). I was also feeling homesick at the time, so the story naturally took place in my hometown. Dade City, Florida is a very real place in Pasco County, Florida – about an hour’s drive from Tampa. My next two romance books (one is being edited and one is being written) also take place there.
2. What can we expect from you in the future?
A lot more books in the next year or two. After an extended stint of writer’s block that I filled with writing nonfiction books (like my Think You Know Your States? Series) the stories started flowing again. I work best when I have multiple projects going (which might seem redundant). I have a steamy romance (versus this one, which is more sweet) that is in editing, and I’m writing another romance now that falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. I also have a science-fiction thriller sitting on a back burner, and the fourth volume of The Growing Roots Series (my most popular YA series) is in editing, too.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Fresh Restart?
Well, Josette is a fiery little thing with a heart of gold who has suffered a lot of heartache – that honestly could have been avoided if she hadn’t of friend-zones Walker when they were kids. She’s struggling to remain self-sufficient and catches a few lucky breaks that definitely help her out. She also has her family to lean on – mostly, her brother, Gunner, who she is really close to.
Walker is your typical small-town man. He can fix everything, he’s always moving, and he’s been pining for the same woman his whole life. Of course, he never says anything about his real feelings, so it’s kind of his own fault – and he’s honest enough with himself to admit it. He also has a heart of gold, and a wonderful family. He’s especially close to his mother and his younger brother, Dusty.
4. Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Well, honestly, I did a Google search to start with. I had a thousand names running through my head. I knew I wanted a “southern” or “country” name, since that would be true to the story. I also knew I wanted the female character to have a feminine name that had a hint of masculinity to it. I contemplated Josephine (a favorite name of mine since I read Little Women as a child) but decided on Josette instead. I just love the names Walker, Gunner, Dusty – they sound like modern day cowboys. Haha.
5. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Honestly, I loved the trip down memory lane. The house that Josette inherits is based on my Mamaw’s house, and the town described in the book is where I was born/raised during early childhood. I’ve been gone from home for about a decade now and get quite
6. Who designed your book covers?
I actually design all my own book covers. I do some graphic design with my content marketing, as a way to offer clients additional services, and so I started creating my own covers at the start of my journey. They’ve gotten much better overtime!
Title: A Fresh Restart
Author: Chelsea Falin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: Josette Miller and Walker Anderson grew up together in small-town, Dade City, Florida. Inseparable during their youth, Josette dreamed of growing up and moving away. When she left ten years ago, Josette didn’t know how Walker really felt about her.
But Dade City just wasn’t the same with Josette, and Walker left shortly after, regretting he’d never told Josette how he felt. In a twist of fate, Josette and Walker find themselves moving home within months of each other. They aren’t kids, anymore, and the attraction this time around is mutual. Maybe a “Fresh Restart” is just what they needed to get their happily ever after.
Note: A sweet contemporary friends-to-lovers romance novella with a strong dose of second chance at love and a sweet HEA. No cliffhangers. (Heat Level: 2 flames.)
Walker stretched his back. As his arms reached high up over his head and slightly back, he let out a great sigh. It’d been a long day already, and the sun was only reaching it’s noon zenith. He sighed.
“Son? Where are you at?” Walker could hear his father’s voice from near the front of the old home. He walked towards the sound slowly, ready to sit a minute. He only needed a minute.
“Here, Daddy. What’s up?” His father shook his head and his gray hair reflected sunlight.
“Do you ever stop working?” Walker smirked as he father chuckled. “I know there’s a lot to do, but it doesn’t all have to be done in a week.”
“Yeah, I know it doesn’t. I just want to get it done. It’ll be hanging over my head if I don’t.” Walker sighed as he looked at the property and house. He shook his head in a way he knew was an exact imitation of his father. “Still so much to do…” The house hadn’t even been touched yet. After half a week of ten-hour days, the yard only looked slightly better.
“Yeah, I know.” Walker watched his Daddy’s face grimace. “It’s a damn shame, really. This place used to be so nice. You remember?”
Walker smiled. “Yeah, Daddy, I do.”
Walker thought about the many weekends he’d spent here growing up. His grandparents had always kept the property maintained and the home sparkling, no matter that it had always been no more than a small two-room shack they’d built on over the years. Walker snorted as he thought about how he and his little brother Dusty had snuck over that dilapidated fence in the back to go play with the Miller kids. Suddenly, he laughed out loud so hard tears ran down his face.
His father was looking at him with an eyebrow raised. “What’s so funny, son? You getting loopy from heat exhaustion or something?”
Walker shook his head. “Daddy, do you remember when Rose was brand new and she came home? Dusty and I tried to sneak her over the fence to show the Miller kids?” Walker choked on his laughter. “The look on Momma’s face! My God! I’ll never forget that!”
Daddy started laughing, too. “I don’t know what the hell y’all were thinking, but I should of known then your sister would have more sense than any of y’all.”
“Hey, whose making all that racket?” A stern voice called out from behind them.
Walker turned, his body tensing through his shoulders as it did when he was frightened or angry. He wasn’t sure which he felt right now. Walker listened to the sound of clumping boots for a long minute before a Chestnut brown head moved towards them, stray hairs flying everywhere. Bright green eyes glinted mischievously in a darkly tanned face sitting above a tall, lanky body.
Gunner laughed as he reached Walker and gave him a tight one-armed hug, slapping him on the back. “I heard you were back in town, you old rascal. Couldn’t quite believe it until I heard all of that hee-hawing. I’d know that laugh anywhere.”
Walker shook his head. “Yeah, I’m back in town. I’m fixing this old place up, actually.”
Gunner raised an eyebrow, “Oh yeah?”
Gunner glanced at his daddy. “Hi, Mr. Anderson. How are you?” Gunner reached out and shook the older man’s hand.
“I’m just fine, Gunner. Thanks for asking.” Daddy sighed. “I’m actually going to head home. It was nice seeing you… and, Walker, be sure to make it home for supper. You know your Momma will pitch a fit if you don’t.” Gunner smiled and nodded in response.
Gunner grinned, eyes twinkling even more mischievously than usual. “Know who else is back in town?” Walker shook his head. “Josette.”
Walker grinned stupidly, despite his best efforts not to. “Oh yeah? How long is she stayin’ this time?”
“Permanently.” Gunner continued, “Momma left her and Charlene the house, and Josette only just decided to stick around. Take care of things. Said she needed another fresh start, even if it was in an old place.”
Chelsea Falin is the 25 year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family.
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