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Lindsay HarrelLindsay Harrel<div class="ExternalClass866BEDD5E3014BE69494B5EA229B904E"><h2><em><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/6244186" target="_blank">The Inn at Walker Beach</a></em> by Lindsay Harrel<br></h2><p><br></p><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink"><a href="http://www.lindsayharrel.com/" target="_blank">www.LindsayHarrel.com​</a></span></span>.​<br></p><p><br></p><h3>Q + A<br></h3><p><br></p><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What inspired you to write this book? </span> </h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I wanted to write a story about a group of women working toward a common goal, supporting each other, lifting one another up. There’s so much negativity in the world right now, and I loved the idea of a story that brings hope and joy. I also wanted to explore how women of different ages and life circumstances might struggle with the same things—identity, purpose, significance—and how they might handle them similarly and differently. I started writing in a fictional California town in my <em>Walker Beach</em> series and decided a spinoff with more of a women’s fiction bent was in order. Thus, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Inn at Walker Beach</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> was born!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre? </span> <br><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’ve always loved books about women figuring out who they are, their place in the world, etc.—and of course, finding love! In my opinion, the best books have a romantic arc, even if that arc isn’t the main point of the book.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span> </h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’m reading Gabrielle Meyer’s </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>When the Day Comes</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, a super unique time travel type book about a heroine who has two lives in two very different time periods—and she has to choose which one to stay in forever before her next birthday. I’m loving it!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out? </span>  </h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I am working on the next book in the <em>Barefoot Sisterhood</em> series, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>A Refuge by the Sea</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. I’d intended for it to release this August, but some life circumstances have meant it will likely be pushed back. I hate that, but sometimes real life has to come first. I’m grateful to my fans who are ever faithful in waiting for my next release!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do? </span> </h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Is it cheating to say I’m an editor also? So I’d do that full time if I didn’t also write. There’s something so thrilling about helping people improve their stories. I also have edited everything from college curriculum to medical journal-type material, in addition to novels.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">YES! I go to the <a href="/locations/agave" target="_blank">Agave</a> branch all the time with my kiddos (ages 5 and 7). They love browsing the kids section. We also put books on hold all the time and pick them up from the holds shelf. In the past, when my kiddos were younger and not in school, we have participated in a lot of the storytimes and other kids activities. Also, we love the summer reading program!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div><p><br></p></div>

 

 

 

 

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