Audrey Wick, author of Island Charm – Available Today | Pelican Book Group Official Blog

Hello Audrey

Thank you for stopping by.

What is your writing schedule like?
Because I hold a day job as a college professor, most of my creative writing takes place outside of the typical workday. I make time for writing in the evenings, on weekends, and during times I am not teaching, namely during winter break, spring break, and summertime.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have a sweet tooth, so I enjoy indulging my cravings for candy, especially Haribo gummi bears, red licorice, and Turkish delight. I don’t overindulge, but I do enjoy rewarding myself with a few bites after an especially productive writing session.
How much of the book is based in real life?
The characters in the novel are complete figments of my imagination, but the island setting is very real. Many of the places where my characters experience their adventures are places that travelers can visit in real life. So whether readers want to take a trip to Key West in person or simply want to be armchair travelers, I hope they experience the full charm of the island through the pages of the book.
What makes this book special to you?
I enjoy traveling, so empowering my heroine, Anna, with a trip made it a very special story to write. The narrative angle of her stepping into the journey—and then embracing the surprises along the way—made the discovery process fun for me as a writer. I hope that translates on the page and that readers experience a special joy as they travel alongside Anna.

How can readers connect with you?
Readers can connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites. They can also visit my website at https://audreywick.com or follow me on Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads, or learn more about me through the Pelican Book Group.

What is your hero's main character flaw?
Gunnar’s flaw is that he does so much for others that he often fails to give himself permission to find happiness. He deserves it, and once he realizes that, he can finally open himself to a new romantic relationship.
What is your heroine's main character flaw?
Anna feels like an imposter, both in this vacation and in her professional life. She needs to build her confidence and expand her skills of jewelry design to make inroads professionally. Once she meets that goal, happiness through a new romantic relationship can follow.
What can readers learn from your villain?
While there is not a true villain in the novel, there is an unsavory secondary character in a fast-moving property shark who creates conflict for Gunnar as well as Jack. Through this unsavory character, readers can be cautioned on greed.
What makes your hero heroic?
Gunnar wants what is best for people, and he leads with his heart. That makes him a true romance novel hero.

what makes your heroine heroic?
Anna makes decisions from a place of love, and while her life’s journey hasn’t always been paved in gold, her good intentions make her truly heroic.

 

Let's visit with your character…

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself
My name is Gunnar Lockhart. I’m in my late twenties and run the Chamber of Commerce information booth on busy Duval Street in the heart of Florida's most famous key. Tropical living suits me as an east coast transplant just fine. But I’m missing a life partner with whom to share island adventures.
Where do you live, and why do you choose to live there?
The island of Key West is where I have settled as an adult. I like to tell people it’s full of surprises, and it is! Even for residents, surprises abound around every corner. There’s always something fun to do, and I never get tired of the sunsets.
What is a quirk of your personality that people don't know?
I work a lot—maybe too much. But I keep hearing that old adage in my mind: “find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That fits me perfectly. Still, though, I know that my personal life needs some attention, so I must prioritize that if I want to find true happiness.
Who chronicled your story, and why do you think he/she picked you?
Audrey Wick is the writer of my story, and she’s the perfect author to bring my journey to life because she understands that the best relationships are ones that happen organically. That’s exactly how my relationship with Anna unfolds in the book. Nothing is forced, and through Audrey’s careful, emotional writing, readers get to peel back the layers of a new relationship and see happiness bloom in a gorgeous island setting.
What obstacles did you overcome in order to reach your happily-ever-after?
There’s a colorful, local senior citizen named Jack who I’ve taken under my wing. He doesn’t have family on the island, and he’s battling dementia. He’s a bachelor, though, and seeing Jack’s challenges helps me understand that I don’t want to be a forever bachelor. Reconciling ways to help Jack while also giving myself permission to pursue my own happiness eventually leads to a happily-ever-after.
Tell us about your special romantic interest. What makes them so special?
Anna Worthington is a kindhearted, creative entrepreneur who designs jewelry, bringing to life one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate island elements that she discovers during her Key West trip. I was initially drawn to her breezy personality, but her dedication to her craft as well as her strong family bond, especially with her identical twin sister, speak to qualities that I admire.

The first time you saw your special person, what did you think? Was it love at first sight or did they have to grow on you?
The first time I met Anna, we literally collided over key lime pie. The first word I ever hear her say was “whoa” as she two-stepped her way to the side to avoid a full collision with me and the slices of pie I was carrying. Nothing like a surprise meeting to pique my interest! While it wasn’t love at first sight, I was certainly drawn to her—and I still am!

 

 

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