How closely is Hurricanes in Paradise based on your real life experiences?
All of my stories have an element of real life. But most of this really was fiction. What I was really able to capture was the pain. I understood that pain of loss on a whole new level and it was still so fresh at the time I was writing this story.
How did you choose the location for the setting?
It seriously chose me…
How long did Hurricanes in Paradise take you to complete?
I like a good year for my books. And I really had that with this novel. And I took advantage of all of it.
What is the symbolism for the title Hurricanes in Paradise?
That even Paradise has hurricanes. But hurricanes can be had in paradise as well. It all depends on our perspective. I always choose to see the paradise of my life first. Because there is always a storm brewing somewhere. So, I try to be grateful that in the middle of the storms of my life God always gives me this beautiful place to enjoy as well. It is never all bad. There is always a pearl to be found if we are willing to look.
Do you have a favorite character in Hurricanes in Paradise? Why?
Yeah, Winnie. I love humor. I love writing crazy characters. I never knew what she was going to do, and I just loved writing her too. I really enjoyed Laine too. She could be so cruel. So brutal. I was shocked myself at some of the things that would come out of her mouth. But she really was so much fun to write.
How much research did Hurricanes in Paradise take?
A lot. But my it was fun research! I’m looking for an excuse to have to research some more!
What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing Hurricanes in Paradise?
Will you be going to the Atlantis resort anytime soon?
Told you I was trying to get back! So, we have worked with the Atlantis on a great weekend getaway. It is going to be an amazing weekend in September where we’ll have time together talking about the book, eating together and enjoying the amazing beach. Three of my favorite things, eating, talking and the beach! You can find more details out on my homepage at www.denisehildreth.com