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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Regina Andrews


Hi Regina, welcome. First, tell us a little about yourself.

Gail, thank you so much for having me here today! I’m a New England girl through and through who loves to travel the world and loves getting home. I love in Providence, RI, and love being near the ocean. I met my husband because my sister moved in next door to him and I visit her all the time. She had a Christmas party, and well…that was that! Now I love there, too. We have a cat rather feral we rescued from a shelter named. Her name is Tiana.
I love getting to know more about you. Tell us about your latest book.
My newest book is called “Angels of the Heart”. It is book two in the Sterling Lakes Series, a 9-book series from Desert Breeze Publishing. The series looks at the town of Sterling Lakes as they undergo a rebirth while they are renovating their church.

In three words describe your style of writing. That’s a great question, Gail! I’d say: Uplifting, user-friendly and colorful.
How do you get to know your characters? They come to me and it varies about how we all get to know each other. Some of them are really extroverted, so we get to know each other very quickly. Others are not so outgoing and we have to hang around together, mostly going for walks, to get closer. 
What themes do you write about? Well, love, most definitely, in its many, varied forms – spiritual, personal, familial, communal. And what happens when love of self takes over the greater good. But we always have a happy ending!
Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it? Yes, I have a job where I work 60+ hours a week, and I am married, I have a very nice family (no children) and I do lots of volunteer work. My writing time is compressed! But my imagination is always going and that’s the big part, for me.
Are you a plotter or a pantzer? I think I’m a hybrid. I do a plot/synopsis, and then I just let it rip and see where the gang takes me. Maybe I am a plotzer?
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Yes, I would say never, ever give up. Keep practicing and learning and reading. Believe in yourself and your talent and don’t ever stop.
Thank you for having me here today, Gail!
It was my pleasure, Regina!
Read about Regina's New Book
The life of a television journalist has been good to Maryanne Lynch and life in Sterling Lakes suits her well. That is, until she learns of developer Travis Collimore’s plans to destroy a local landmark, the Townsend Barn along with its rare angel weather vane, as part of the renovations of St. Luke’s Church. The reappearance of her former high school friend who moved away years earlier turns Maryanne’s life into a series of events which put her values, her character and her beliefs to the test. Will she be able to maintain her professional and ethical standards in the face of a ghost from the past…who looks to be clouding her future?

Regina Shares an Excerpt
Chapter One

"That's a wrap, everyone, thank you. Another great show."
Reviewing the studio audience, WMAS television host Maryanne Lynch started to remove her earpiece as usual and roll the wire into a neat coil. This time though, the stone on her diamond engagement ring snagged the strands of her sleek black bob, tangling up the wire and interrupting her thoughts. She freed herself only to have the ring hitch again, this time catching the jacket pocket of her cappuccino business suit as she tried to slip her earpiece safely inside it.
Kirk Blackstone, her producer, approached her. "Maryanne, there's a bunch of girl scouts here. Doing some badge about media careers. Can you meet with them?"
"Sure, in the conference room. Just give me one minute, okay?"
She moved through the studio, scanning the crowd while remaining intent on her purpose. "I had to wear a pencil skirt today," she mumbled. One of the guests today had looked familiar, but she couldn't put her finger on it. She hurried to catch up with him, while considering an even more pressing matter about the show’s topic.
When she turned the final corner before the studio exit doors, she spotted him. With his tall frame and blond hair, he stood out in the crowded lobby area.
"Excuse me!"
"Thank you for visiting the show today."
His brown eyes traveled up and down her frame. "No problem."
"Everyone is all worked up about the renovations to St. Luke's Church and the new face of Sterling Lakes. It's a hot topic."
"It's good the town folks are interested."
"They are more than interested, they are reborn. This is the new lease on life that Sterling Lakes has been praying for so very long. You can't imagine what it means to us."
"Heartwarming. Now, if you'll excuse me?"
Maryanne had done enough interviews to know his tone of voice probably meant he was not really interested. She took one step closer to him. "There's just another thing to clear up. If you develop St. Luke's the way you explained on my show, it means you'll have to raze the Townsend Barn."
"There is a structure--"
"Townsend Barn."
He nodded. "There is a structure, Townsend Barn, thank you, which currently stands right in the middle of the land that will house the rectory and youth center. To build the extension, the barn has to go."
"That can't happen."
"The architect has designed for it to happen that way."
"The people of Sterling Lakes love the barn. It has an angel weather vane. That's very rare, you know."
"I don't know what to tell you. The plans have been drawn up and approved."
Maryanne arched one eyebrow. "Really? We all know plans are made to be broken."
"Some of us do. Especially you."

Regina's Bio
A resident of Providence, RI, Regina grew up in nearby Barrington. After graduating from Providence College she attended the University of Delaware, eventually earning her Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Brown University. She is inspired by anything to do with nature, and she and her husband enjoy visiting nearby Cape Cod.
Regina’s hobbies include Travel, Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Choral Singing and Gardening. She is a radio host for In-Sight, an association dedicated to providing services to the visually impaired of all ages.
Learn More about Regina at her Web site at and visit her blog at
Buy Angels of the Heart from Desert Breeze Publishing at


Danielle Thorne said...

Beautiful cover and wonderful book. I love Regina's way of describing her writing, "user-friendly" and "uplifting"...It's wonderful to read about how Inspirational authors manage their lives and their work and how they touch lives.

Gina said...

Hi Gail and thank you so much for inviting me to visit today! It's a joy to be with you and thank you for sharing your lovely blog with all the folks in Sterling Lakes!

Gina said...

Hi Daniele! Thanks for you kind comments, you are so nice to stop in. I really appreciate it. Good luck with all your books too, they are fantastic.

Miss Mae said...

Hi Regina and Gail,

I agree with Danielle, lovely cover!

Wow, Regina, how do you work 60+ hours? I'd faint from exhaustion! Glad you're able to squeeze in some writing time. :)

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Regina,
It's my pleasure to have you.

JONATHAN said...

GAIL/REGINA-excellent cover and looks like a great book.I t must have taken a long time to arrange such an ornate looking cover.Have a nice day.

Reader2 said...

You must never quit writing even working long hours atr someting else. If you have it to say, write it down and let the world know it.. find the joy in what you do and share it !! Good luck with future books...

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Jonathan and Reader 2,

Thanks so much for stopping by to read about Regina's new book.

JONATHAN said...

Regina- is your book going to be part of a series in the future?For some reason I thought it was.When did you start writing on a professional basis?Best of luck!!!

JONATHAN said...

Regina-your dedication is very commendable.60 hours per week is certainly a long week for most people.You will need a vacation soon!!!

Gina said...

Dear Miss Mae, do you think maybe that's why I always have a headache lol

Thank you so much for stopping in! You are so nice and i really appreciate it!

Big hugs,

Gina said...

Dear Reader 2 and Jonathan,

Thank you for your kind words and for your motivating spirit! You are both so correct. And thank you so much for visiting to hear about my new book.


Anne Patrick said...

Sorry I'm just now commenting. Wish there were more hours in the day, don't you? Anyway, you know I wish you the very best, my friend. Hugs!