Interview with Nan Reinhardt

I have a confession. I’ve never met Nan Reinhardt, but we became friends by chatting on Lani Diane Rich’s blog: Then we met again on Jenny Crusie’s blog:  And at Anne Stuart’s blog: We continue to chat on ReFab where Anne Stuart, Jenny Crusie, Barbara Samuels, and Toni McGee Causey post…it’s a fun place. Plus, we chat on FaceBook. Think of us as the modern day version of pen pals. Is anyone old enough to remember those? : ) 

I’m very pleased to interview Nan today, as her two books were released at on September 26, 2013: here are the direct links:

Once More From the Top





Sex and the Widow Miles




Nan:Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Roben (am I the only one who calls you that? I’m a nicknamer, sorry! I do it to all my friends.) I’m very happy to be here today.

Roben: People who know me well call me Roben. Family will often call me Rob, now back to you, Nan. Can you tell us if there was any special impetus in writing these two stories? Are they linked books?

Nan: Well, ONCE MORE FROM THE TOPhas been in my head forever—since I saw a conductor working with an orchestra in a movie way back in 1978. Oddly, it took me 30 years to bring the story to life. But Liam and Carrie kept knocking around in my head until I finally had to let them out. Julie in SEX AND THE WIDOW MILES is Carrie’s best friend and you meet her in Carrie’s book, so yes, they’re linked in that way as well as both women being from Willow Bay. Julie just kept bugging me for her own story…but she was married. Then one day, I thought, well, she could have her own story if I killed off her husband. So I did, and then she really started talking to me!

Roben: Ha ha, bump off the hubs. That’s so cute! Was it a difficult decision to have the books release on the same day? I know this isn’t your first published novel, so, do you have any advice for beginners? Anything from staying motivated to critique groups, promotion, or indie publishing.

Nan: Um… that’s a lot of questions. Where to start? Actually, my editor, the fabulous Lani Diane Rich of StoryWonk, suggested releasing both books at the same time. At first I was a little skeptical, but the old publishing model doesn’t work so well with e-books because we’ve given readers a taste of the immediate gratification of simply downloading a book and voila, it’s in your hand. We wanted both books to be available so that if you buy one and want to read the next one, you won’t have to wait several months for it to release.

My best advice is no matter who publishes your book, first use the services of a good copyeditor. As for staying motivated, the people in my head do that for me—they want out. They want their stories told, so I tell them. I find that I’m not a good BICHOK (butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard) kind of writer. I just have to write when I want to write, which has worked pretty well. I’m not super prolific like some romance authors, but I want to believe that my stories are just as captivating, even though it takes me longer to write them.

I highly recommend critique partners—you learn a lot from other writers, so also writer’s groups either online or in person are a great idea. Never stop learning. This is my first foray into indie publishing so I’ll have to let you know later how that works for me. Promotion is tough—I’m not great at it, but I’m determined to do everything I can to promote these books because there’s a lot of me on the line. I want them to be a success. Right at the moment, I’m glad Lani talked me into putting these books out on my own. I’m in control, I get to say what happens, and that feels good.

Roben: I know you’re an editor in your day job. Would you like to talk about that? Is it difficult to remove the editing hat so you can go into writer mode?

Nan: Ah ha, that’s one of my biggest writing issues. I can’t just sit down and write, even though I am a pantser and not a plotter. I edit constantly as I write and that slows the process considerably. But I don’t know how to stop doing that. I’ve been editing nonfiction for over 25 years—it’s a hard habit to break. The main thing that Lani taught me was that at some point, you have to let the book go, allow it to speak for itself, and STOP editing… I’m working on that!

Roben: Are there any other genres you would like to try? And what is next for you?

Nan: Yes, I’d love to do a romantic suspense and actually, the next Willow Bay book has elements of RS in it. I cut my romance reading teeth on Barbara Michaels, Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Daphne du Maurier. And honestly, I’d love to try a time travel book—the concept fascinates me. Have you ever read David Williams’ book SECOND SIGHT? Fabulous book! And of course there are Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books…wow!

Roben: Those are great reading suggestions, Nan. Congratulations, again. I’m raising a glass to many more years of chatting about everything and nothing.

Nan: Hey, as long as there’s wine in that glass, I’m in, baby! Thanks, Roben—it’s been fun! I always enjoy talking to you!

nan02From Fine Wine Romances, a few words from Nan:

Love never ages—that’s our mantra at FWR. We believe that love can happen to anyone, at any age. In our youth-crazed society, it’s easy to forget that romance isn’t the exclusive property of twenty-or even thirty-somethings. Our new and exciting series, The Women of Willow Bay, follows several women in their prime from the village of Willow Bay, Michigan, as they deal with life and love. At Fine Wine Romances, we write love stories for grown-ups because we believe you’re never too old for a little sexy romance.





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31 Responses to Interview with Nan Reinhardt

  1. I really enjoyed this interview with Nan. I also look forward to hosting her at my blog in a couple of weeks. The book covers are gorgeous and I hope this Willow Bay series becomes a big hit.

    Nan – are you Fine Wine Romance Publishing? Great name, BTW.

  2. Nan says:

    Hi, Lynne! Thanks for stopping by! So glad you like the covers–Lani’s handiwork and I adore them! I am Fine Wine Romances…that was actually sort of the original name of Sex and the Widow Miles (was LIKE FINE WINE), but we changed it so we could use the Fine Wine theme for our brand. I like it too–it really speaks to what I’m trying to do. I love your older heroines, too, Lynne, so I can’t wait to talk to you at length after you read the books! Looking forward to spending time with you on your blog in a couple of weeks!

  3. Charlene sands says:

    Hi Robena and Nan.
    Lovely interview. I think the covers are striking and I always love books set in the same area. I guess it would be hard to shut off your internal editor when you do that for a day job! Best of luck with your books!!!

  4. Liz Flaherty says:

    Hi, ladies:

    The covers are, in my granddaughter’s language, “da bomb” and so are the books!

    Great interview. I’m enjoying following you around, being a hanger-on. 🙂

  5. Nan says:

    Hi, Charlene! Thanks for coming by! It is hard to put away editor Nan and bring out writer Nan exclusively, so I’m trying to teach them to get along or at least stay out of each other’s way! Aren’t the covers great? They’re getting a lot of attention, which makes me happy for both me and StoryWonk!

  6. Robena Grant says:

    Hi Nan, Lynne, Charlene, and Liz. Glad you all stopped in! I’m so looking forward to reading these books. I loaded them to my Kindle but had to lend (well, I didn’t have to, but I wanted to) my Kindle to a friend for a week. Can’t wait to get my hands on it this week. Ha ha.
    Every time I look at the covers I itch to start reading. Excellent work Storywonk!

    • Nan says:

      Roben, thanks so much for having me today! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the books when you do get your Kindle back. You are a true friend, I wouldn’t let anyone have my Kindle! What a gracious person you are!

      • Robena Grant says:

        Ha ha. Well, Nan, she’s an older lady, and a slow reader. She has never used a Kindle, was intrigued and thought she might like to buy one. There was an eBook she desperately wanted so I told her she could borrow mine and take it for a spin. I hadn’t realized how much I used it when I told her the PW, the letters had faded from the keyboard.
        But, I should say to our readers: I have read Nan’s work in first draft and loved it. Her voice is fabulous. Can only imagine how great the finished products will be.

  7. Carol says:

    Great interview, Nan & Roben. Bought both books. Love the covers, Storywonk, Refab, Jenny, Cherries, and all the writer’s blogs interconnecting us. Yes, a whole new publishing world. I like the idea of two books released at once.

  8. Susanne says:

    Hi Nan and Robena,

    I just bought Sex and Widow Miles. It sounds great and although I can’t read it right away (darn day job), I peeked and saw that it was written in 1st person. Yay!!!

    Love the cover.


    • Nan says:

      Susanne–you’re a first person kind of person? I am too! Julie just spoke to me in first person and although I tried to put her into the third, it simply didn’t work. Thanks for coming by and for your support!

      • Susanne says:

        I think 1st person is the most powerful form of writing. What’s more intimate than being privy to one’s thoughts?

        • Nan says:

          I agree, Susanne! First is very powerful, but also hard to write because you have to be so careful to stay in your heroines POV–she can’t assume anything and everything is filtered through her eyes and thoughts. Third allows you to bring in other character’s ideas and thoughts, so I think that’s easier.

  9. Both books sound great! Very interesting concept of releasing both books at the same time. I totally agree that readers want the next book now! The trick is writing fast enough while maintaining quality to keep up with the reader’s appetite.

    Great interview, Roben!

    • Nan says:

      Hi, Kathy–my sister’s name is Kathi too and and our maiden name is Bennett. Small world! Releasing both books was a risk, but so far the reaction has been positive. Book 3 is in the works! Thanks for coming by!

  10. Nan says:

    Hey, Liz–I love that you want to follow me around! I’ve been following you for several years! Thanks for coming by, babe!!

  11. Skye Hughes says:

    Yesterday I downloaded both books and spent the entire day and evening reading them both. They were awesome! Nan, I was just amazed at how fresh and clear and smooth both books were: they read like you’ve been publishing novels for 20 years!

    I love your “if I killed off her husband” comment! It was so interesting to see the Julie in Carrie’s story, and the changed Julie a few years later in her own story. Are you going to work your way through any other women in Willow Bay? Killing off anymore husbands? 🙂

    • Nan says:

      Hey, Skye–good to see you here, baby! Yup, there are other women in Willow Bay who have stories, but I think I’m probably done killing off husbands. 😉 There will be lots of other interesting things happening though–stay tuned!

  12. Hi Roben and Nan! Congratulations, Nan! I love the covers and the titles. And it was great meeting you here – thanks for the introduction, Roben. For an impatient reader like me who hates waiting between books, I love the idea of releasing both at the same time. Best wishes!

  13. Nan says:

    Robin, hello–how nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by! It’s a new concept, but one I hope will pay off for me. So far, so good! Hope you enjoy the books and let me know what you think, okay?

  14. Sam Beck says:

    Thanks for a great interview, ladies!

    Isn’t it wonderful how you can wake up one day and kill a man with your bare hands? (As a writer, that is). Dead husbands aside, the stories sound lovely. I hope releasing them together keeps them linked tight in peoples’ minds, and their e-readers. Good luck with them!

  15. Janie Emaus says:

    Thanks for sharing these books and introducing me to a new author. I’m looking forward to reading these books.

  16. Robena Grant says:

    Janie, I really think you’ll love these books. Got my Kindle back. Yay!
    Guess what I’m doing tonight? After The Voice!

    Thanks for coming by Carol, Susanne, Kathy, Skye, Robin, Sam, and Janie. We had a nice party today. : ) I hope we get some night crawlers…er…ladies of the night…er…ladies who do social media at night. Ah, I give up, just keep the party going.

  17. Got them. Now if I can find the time to read them…

  18. Robena says:

    Thanks for coming by Judy, Judy. : )