Author Interview: Carol Underhill

Congratulations on your new release!

Give us a quick one paragraph

With her husband’s ultimate betrayal, and the finalization of her divorce, Jessica Palmer’s dreams for her life go up in flames, leaving her devastated and lost. Now, she’s leaving Chicago and moving back into her parents’ house in an effort to rebuild her life. Longtime friend and neighbor, Liam, has loved Jessica since they were teens, but she never noticed him as more than a friend. Now that she’s single, he’s determined to show her how much he cares and that not all men are like her ex-husband.

Is this book part of a series, or a stand-alone?

I have ideas for turning this into a series, but I’m currently undecided if I will. I’ve been researching details for what might be book 2, but I haven’t started writing yet.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in rural Michigan and live in a small village just a few miles from where I grew up. I’m a country girl at heart. My parents gave me the foundation of faith by taking me to church from the time I was born. That faith has sustained me through all the ups and downs of life.  I married the man of my dreams in a fairy tale wedding, but lost him in a work accident after twenty years of marriage. I regret that he never saw me become a published author, but his unconditional love for me inspires my writing. I have three adult children who are the greatest blessings in my life.

Tell us why we’ll love your book.

The characters have real emotions. There is teasing and laughter in some scenes, and in other scenes they share their heartaches and pain. Liam has been in love with Jessica for a long time, and readers will enjoy watching Jessica fall in love with Liam.

What does your writing process look like?

A character or plot comes to mind. I’m never sure which happens first. I daydream about the story for a while, sometimes a year or two, before I get a concrete vision in my mind for where it’s going to go. I dream up dialogue and scenes when I am busy with other things. Some of my best ideas happen when I’m on my way home from work. Ideas just seem to slip into my mind as I relax and put the day behind me.

What book do you wish you could have written?

A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. The novel is so historically accurate because it was based on accounts from people who lived it.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?

Jessica’s sister Julie likes going on mission trips to Mexico. I also went on several trips to Mexico and even spent six months there immersed in the culture. Like Julie, I considered becoming a missionary.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

There are so many billionaire books on the market that I had a hard time coming up with something unique. Liam’s billionaire status has become a burden to him. His reluctance to accept his inheritance is what gave the book its title.

 Are you working on anything new? Tease us a little bit!

I have a Christmas sequel coming out, and I’m working on more in that series. I’m not sure if I will write a sequel to the Reluctant Billionaire, but the foundation that Liam started with his inheritance may make an appearance in future stories.

The Reluctant Billionaire is available now!

About the author

Carol Underhill lives in rural Michigan a few miles from the farm where she grew up. She is mom to three adult children and a spoiled Lab. Her household also includes several rescued cats. She likes finding new authors on Kindle and binge-reading all their books. Carol rewards herself for meeting deadlines with a cup of fudge-flavored coffee. She enjoys quiet mornings and spending time with her family.

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2 thoughts on “Author Interview: Carol Underhill

  1. Congratulations on your release, Carol! “A Lantern In Her Hand” was one of my favourite books in high school and I read it many times over. I love your twist on Billionaire books and wish you the greatest success with it.

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