Every Tuesday, get to know a bit about the stories behind the books you love, and discover your next favourite novel.
Sabitha: Today we’ll talk to Regina Brownell about her newest holiday romance, One Lucky Christmas. Regina, can you introduce us to your book?
Regina: One Lucky Christmas is about Kasey Johnson, a twenty-four year old woman who wishes her mother would accept who she is and not run her life. She agrees to go on blind dates set up by her mom. After several failed dates she meets date #31, a pastor’s son, Tobias Scott. She expects it to all go wrong but he takes her by surprise. He and his family accept her with open arms unlike her own, but with her meddling mother, his ex-girlfriend, and an accidental discovery, things might not turn out the way she hoped.
Sabitha: What inspired you to write this book?
Regina: I was inspired by a Wattpad short story contest. The prompt was that your MC went on 121 dates and found the one. What started out as a short story soon turned into a whole book. I could not let go of these characters.
Sabitha: We have a lot of writers in our community. What’s your writing process?
Regina: I’m a pantser, so things tend to get a little chaotic at times. I mostly jot down a few ideas, make a mood board and just start writing when it feels right—when the characters won’t stop talking. I write notes like characters’ names, their appearance, their likes, random chatter that goes on in my head, into a notebook. After my first draft, I let it sit and then do a reverse outline of sorts, writing everything down chapter by chapter in my notebook too. Then when that’s all done and it’s kind of edited I send it to my betas, then the pulling it all apart begins and the developmental edits happen and line edits after.
Sabitha: Do you have a “fan-cast” – do you have actors you’d cast as your main characters?
Regina: Yes! I have always pictured Tobias the love interest as Nathan Parsons. He did a movie on Hallmark channel and the female lead Jonna Walsh also looked exactly how I pictured my MC Kasey.
Sabitha: What book do you tell all your friends to read? Besides yours of course!
Regina: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren are my comfort reads. Will always recommend those.
Sabitha: Thanks for sharing your story and your process. We’re looking forward to reading! Where can the Night Beats community find you and your book?
Regina: You can buy my book on Amazon. You can find me at my Amazon author page, my Twitter, my Instagram, or my website.