Thank you for joining me on the blog today! Please help me welcome author Kristin Wallace. She’s sharing an interesting post about the setting for her latest release ACTING UP! Afterward check out her blurb and then enter to win her wonderful giveaway!
Take it away Kristin…
Welcome to Covington Falls
A setting of a book can have as much personality as the hero and heroine and the side characters. The fictional Southern town of Covington Falls (the setting in ACTING UP) certainly falls under that category. I love fictional towns because you can make them whatever you want. No one is going to question you about a street being wrong or what have you. I wanted to make it a small town setting because there’s an inherent intimacy with them. Neighbors know each other and they’re always in each other’s business. In a big city, that’s not the case. I also liked the idea of placing Covington Falls in the South because things are just different there. Quirky should be the South’s middle name.
The town is also full of little family legacies. Covington is a family name. It was grandmother’s maiden name on my mom’s side. The town was founded by two families – the Covingtons and the Rices. Rice is my grandmother’s maiden name on my dad’s side.
My heroine (Addison Covington) is a Hollywood diva who loses her marriage and career when her husband has an affair with her on-screen daughter. To get away the scandal and press, she escapes to Covington Falls where she lived with her great aunt after the death of her father. If you notice the similarity between Addison’s last name and the town there is a reason. Addison Covington isn’t her given name. She chose it when she went to Hollywood. Addison is made up, but she “stole” the last name from the town.
There are plenty of instances where the glamorous TV star faces the reality of living in a small town, such a having to get her hair done at a local salon next to a hardware store. She also gets to experience the annual Spring Carnival and it is a setting straight out of The Notebook. Even the high school is adorably small town. In fact, Addison comments a few times that the entire town looks like a movie set.
So for the readers out there…do you like small town settings or do you prefer big cities…or even foreign locations?
Addison Covington is the reigning Ice Queen of television. Until her producer husband falls in love with her on-screen daughter and a well-placed punch on national television casts her as the wicked ex-wife. Fired and disgraced, she escapes to Covington Falls, the idyllic Southern town where she found comfort in a time of turmoil as a teenager.
Life is constantly on the brink of chaos for widower Ethan Thomas. Being a single father is one challenge. As a high school principle he also has to deal with hundreds of students and their interfering parents. Now, he’s short one drama teacher and if he doesn’t find a replacement to direct the spring musical he’s going to have a riot on his hands. His childhood neighbor, Addison Covington, could be an answer to prayer. Or one more complication he can’t afford.
Before Addison can say “Casting Call” she’s drafted to direct the high school musical. Soon she’d dealing with some off-key caterwauling, a bitter stepson showing up on her doorstep, and the boy-next-door turned sexiest high school principal she’s ever met. One thing Addison and Ethan agree on is that there’s no room in their lives for romance. He’s got too much at stake, and she needs to reclaim her former glory in Hollywood. In the end, these two lost souls will choreograph a happy ending with the help of Grace, Love and a Curtain Call.
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Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Everything from Nancy Drew & Encyclopedia Brown to C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later she discovered romance novels. It’s no surprise then that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. In May 2013, Kristin sold her first novel, MARRY ME, to Astraea Press. Publication date to come!
When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and playing flute in a community orchestra.
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