Thursday, July 19, 2018

Random acts of kindness: Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts

Random acts of kindness sets new book by Sheila Roberts into a world of its own.

The small town of Heart Lake is beginning to lose its friendly, small town feeling, so Sarah Goodwin, who owns the town bakery, Jamie Moore, owner of The Chocolate Bar, and Emma Swanson of Emma’s Quilt Corner decide it’s time to find a way to help people feel more connected. Their solution: random acts of kindness. And not just from them. The women sponsor a town meeting, encouraging the few people who turn out to start a movement. Soon people all over town are extending kindness to each other in heartwarming small ways. Most important, though, they learn that the only way to get a better life, a better town, a better world, is to give your heart.

This is the exciting premise of Sheila Roberts’ new novel Angel Lane just released by St. Martin’s Press. Who can resist a book that makes you feel good? Of course, you’ve got to have a little bit of intrigue – lost cats, mixed signals, business challenges and of course what’s a good romance without love from unexpected places?

I couldn’t wait to interview Ms. Roberts to find out more about her exciting new book!

Thank you for this interview, Sheila. Where did you get the idea to write Angel Lane?

I think it was inspired when I realized how busy and unconnected we are all becoming. So many people don’t know their neighbors these days, and that’s a shame, because you often find some of your best friends living right next door. I know I have.

The heroine, Jamie Moore, comes from an abusive relationship and starts over by opening up a chocolate shop in the quaint town square of Heart Lake. Why did she choose Heart Lake to do this?

Because Heart Lake is Mayberry – the perfect friendly small town in which to start over. And what better way to make a new start than with chocolate!

What does Jamie find out about the town that makes her think about changing it?

Jamie comes home and soon realizes that, while she was gone, some sneaky person turned Mayberry from a friendly little place where everyone knew everyone else, to a bustling town full of rude people. Who invited all of them, anyway? And where’s Mayberry when you want it?

The women in the town decide to start a movement to “keep the heart in Heart Lake.” Can you name some random acts to give us an idea?

In the book they’re doing everything from taking a coffee cake to a new neighbor to rescuing a stray cat.

Does everything go according to plan?

Ha! Does anything ever go according to plan?

I am a cat lover…what’s this about lost cats?

My character Emma (who I love because she sees the world as one big Frank Capra movie) decides to take in a poor stray kitty . . . who turns out to be the cat from hell. I’m a cat lover, myself. We have had some wonderful kitties. But I know from experience that not all cats are people lovers. I have a girlfriend who has an animal that, I swear, is demon possessed. I have completely given up on becoming friends with him.

There’s a love interest for Jamie. Can you tell us about him and what challenges exist between the two of them?

Jamie soon meets a burly, big-hearted policeman with a sweet tooth. And two adorable little girls. He’d be perfect for her . . . if he wasn’t a cop. She’s been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, took it back. Of course, Josh the cop really is perfect, but Jamie was married to a policeman who was abusive and has a hard time admitting that the men in blue are really good guys and that Josh is the best of the best. Understandable, really. We often judge the whole world by our own limited experience, don’t we?

Angel Lane can be classified as a romantic comedy. Can you tell us why you chose to write this genre?

I love reading about things that are important to women like friendship and love, makeovers and mishaps. I love to laugh. (I keep myself highly entertained every time I sit down at the computer. It keeps me out of trouble.) So I think women’s fiction is a perfect fit for me. I like to think that I basically write a chick flick in a book.

Can you give us a hint of what’s next for Sheila Roberts?

Look for my book Small Change, which will be out in spring. I’m very excited about that book because the subject is timely and I think the story will be encouraging to readers.

Thank you so much for this interview. Can you tell us where we can find out more about you on the web?

Thank you so much for having me! I hope readers will come find me on Facebook and Twitter, and of course, stop by my website and check out the recipes, blog and contest:

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1 comments on Random acts of kindness: Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts

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By Theresa H Hall on January 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

This sounds like the kind of story I could get into right now. Very good interview. This is the second one of yours that I have enjoyed. Well. done.

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