Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
We’re all well, and feeling grateful for everyday life, though we’re stressed about how others are faring, like those who are sick, dealing with loss, or going out to work every day.
Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from? What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
I’m a California girl, born at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. I’ve been a lifelong reader, especially of heartwarming and happily ever after books, so that’s what I write.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve written stories and journaled. When my sons were three and five, I got an idea for a Regency novel, and wrote it longhand in two composition notebooks. After that, I just kept writing fiction.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Currently, I’m working on two series: Montana Matchmakers, a sweet contemporary romance series; and Return to Pemberley, an Austenesque Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility mashup set in the Early Victorian era featuring the children of the characters in my Love at Pemberley series of Pride and Prejudice continuations.
At the end of March, Sweet Spring released, soon to be followed by Sweet Summer, both short stories in the Montana Matchmakers series.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
The most challenging part of writing romance is plotting.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
Research varies, depending on the book, but usually I look into the characters’ careers, hobbies, and backgrounds, as well as setting and world-building details, from places to clothes and food.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I read different genres, but I prefer gentle fiction, like Miss Read, Jan Karon, Valerie Comer, and Liwen Ho; cozy mysteries; classics; and children’s and young adult fiction. Some of my favorite recent reads are Ayesha At Last, Too Sweet to Be Good, and Piecing Me Together.
Which of your own books is your favorite?
It’s usually my latest release, but the one I’ve reread the most times for fun is Love at Pemberley, the compilation of the four novellas in the series.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
Some of my favorite comfort foods are fresh bread, potatoes, pasta, and chocolate. Basically, carbs and sweets!
What hobbies do you have?
Reading, cooking and baking, walking, crafting, and watching period dramas and mysteries.
City, suburb, or small-town?
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
In this time of COVID-19, books, movies, or shows?
Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime?
Acorn (free from my library!)
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thanks for hosting me on LoveRRs, Carissa! I hope everyone can be kind to themselves and find moments of joy.
New beginnings are in the air…
Ana Delgado loves love. And, even at twenty-four, she’s been in it a lot, yet she’s only living in Loving, Montana and not loving any man. Maybe she should’ve stayed in Arizona, but she moved with her older sister to the tiny town where the only things to do are go to church, take walks, garden, and help at her cousin’s new bakery. And make new friends, like crusty bachelor Brandon Manning, whose kindness seems at odds with his scowls.
Brandon Manning has iced over his heart to hide his past, his plans, and his growing feelings for Ana. No one would suspect him of being prone to love at first sight, but it’s struck again, as quick as a flash of lightning and as potentially damaging. When Brandon and Ana are forced together as best man and maid of honor at his brother’s wedding to Ana’s sister, Brandon can no longer avoid his secrets. A sweet spring may finally be possible, if Brandon and Ana can let go and trust each other.
Join the Montana Matchmakers in Loving as they prove that love sweetens every season!
Length: 55 pages
Heat Level: Sweet-Kisses Only
Find love in Loving with the Montana Matchmakers, inspired by Jane Austen's couples and classic Hollywood musicals like Hello, Dolly! and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!
Sweet Christmas (short story)
Sweet Valentine (short story)
Sweet Spring (short story)
Sweet Summer (short story)
More about Reina
Reina M. Williams writes sweet Austen-inspired and fairy tale romances. She loves period dramas, cooking, baking, and reading. She has a B.A. in History and did graduate study in English Literature. A California native, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two sons, who hope to someday take a research trip to England with their mom.