Today, I am very pleased to welcome author Kristin Billerbeck to Interviews & Reviews.
Kristin is the author of more than thirty novels, including What a Girl Wants and the Ashley Stockingdale and Spa Girls series. She is a fourth-generation Californian who loves her state and the writing fodder it provides. You can learn more at www.KristinBillerbeck.com.
Kristin, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
When did you first begin writing?
I began writing fiction in 1996. I’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the meds kept me up at night. I needed something to do that was quiet and didn’t wake the rest of the house. If it had happened nowadays, I probably would have just surfed the web. Timing is everything!
Isn't it amazing how God can take an illness and turn it into good? But why did you decide to write romance novels?
I grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen. I fell in love with Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice at an early age and loved the drama mixed with social commentary. I never missed a Masterpiece Theatre on Sunday nights in high school, so story was an early love language for me. Writing romance seemed like the natural route for someone like me. I don’t like to dwell on anything negative, and I believe life should always have a happily ever after.
Do you have a favorite character in your book?
I’m fond of Maggie because she’s so brilliant yet so unable to help herself. I see that issue all the time living in Silicon Valley—people who have all the intellect in the world but are sometimes lacking in common sense. I wanted to write a heroine who deserved love but had no idea where to start to find it for herself.
What do you hope readers gain from reading The Theory of Happily Ever After?
First and foremost, I hope they simply have fun with it. I would say that one of the underlying themes in all of my books is to look beneath the surface. No one has the perfect life, and people generally have reasons for the inane things they do. I hope that rather than judging, readers will have mercy and empathy for people in the midst of their struggles.
What’s next on your writing to-do list?
I’m working on two things. One is a story of five sisters who inherit a fortune and must put their family back together. The other is a bit darker—a story of growing up with a very self-centered mother and learning to trust others.
Thank you for sharing with us, Kristin! How can readers connect with you?
Readers can connect with me at my webpage: www.KristinBillerbeck.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/KristinBillerbeckBooks/
On Twitter @ KristinBeck
According to Dr. Maggie Maguire, happiness is serious science, as serious as Maggie takes herself. But science can't always account for life's anomalies--for instance, why her fiancé dumped her for a silk-scarf acrobat and how the breakup sent Maggie spiraling into an extended ice cream-fueled chick flick binge.
Concerned that she might never pull herself out of this nosedive, Maggie's friends book her as a speaker on a "New Year, New You" cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Maggie wonders if she's qualified to teach others about happiness when she can't muster up any for herself. But when a handsome stranger on board insists that smart women can't ever be happy, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. Along the way she may discover that happiness has far less to do with the head than with the heart.
Filled with memorable characters, snappy dialogue, and touching romance, Kristin Billerbeck's The Theory of Happily Ever After shows that the search for happiness may be futile--because sometimes happiness is already out there searching for you.