Saturday, February 18, 2023

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY - A Sunberry Christmas by Becke Turner

A Sunberry Christmas

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The setting, Sunberry, NC and the Murphy family connect the Clocktower Romance Series. In A Sunberry Christmas I returned my readers for a holiday reunion of the leading Clocktower characters and added the newly widowed Pam and her grandson Ollie.

After a tragedy claims the lives of her husband and son-in-law, Pam Dunbar faces a grandmother’s worst fear: raising her precious grandson alone. Hoping to build a new life for her wounded grandson. When she tries to purchase the pony promised to her grandson, she butts heads with a single horse trainer, estranged from his daughter. Can a miniature horse and the Sunberry community show two mature adults how to create a new and loving home in time for Christmas?


What is the sub-genre and trope?

A Sweet, Southern, Small-Town, Silver Fox, Unexpected mother contemporary romance

Did your characters lead you to this genre or was that decided before the story began?

My readers asked for a mature couple.

Are you more character or plot driven?

I typically come up with a key question and then develop characters who would benefit most with the most difficult choices.

With many main and secondary characters, how do you keep them separated in your mind?  Do you have a story/vision board above your workspace?

I use an XLS spreadsheet with multiple worksheet for key buildings, character names/ages/relationships and which book they appear in. 

For my readers, I developed a Character Map, which can be found on my website. This helps readers follow favorite characters through the series.

I know from previous interviews that characters take on a life of their own.  Were any of the characters in this series determined to take their own direction instead of where you initially wanted them to go?

That occasionally happens. However my mature characters in this story behaved.

Are any of the male POVs based on anyone you know?

Just my imagination.

Are any of the female POVs based on anyone you know?

Some of my friends are afraid of horses. I used their fears and comments to develop Pam.

Was there any one character/scene that was harder to write about than the other?

In the final scene I needed to give a feeling of hope for Pam’s family. That’s all I can say without spoiling the end.

What is your favorite book in the series?

My favorite is always the last one I wrote because I’m best at my craft and the story specifics are clear in my mind.

I know that we aren’t supposed to have “favorites” as far as our children, but seriously, who’s your favorite character and why?

I loved writing Hal because he’s this really decent guy who is totally confused by the women in his life.

Series question - Who is your favorite couple and why did you decide on their dynamics?

I loved the dynamic between Chaz Gaetti and Nate Murphy (Murphy’s Choice, Book 6) because I’m drawn to the Beta hero and the determined take-no-prisoners heroine.

How do you get inside these characters’ heads to find their perfect HEA?

I create a character profile and continually ask why and what would I do if?

What scene in this book/series sticks out the most for you?  Why?

The fence-stringing party with the Sunberry women working together was a favorite. 

I loved bringing the mothers together to help Pam because it twists the social norm of the mature woman mentoring the younger generation. Instead of the mature woman mentoring the young mothers, the younger generation helped Pam with playmates and dates to ease Ollie from his grief.

Series - Were any of the books harder to write than others?

There’s always the dark just before dawn where I don’t believe the story will bend around the character arcs, but it always has—so far. 😊

This question is if you write in MULTIPLE POVs not just the hero and heroine - I love the multiple POVs in a book.  It’s not just the hero and heroine, but we get inside the heads of multiple characters throughout this series.  I feel that it gives the story further depth.  Do you think you will write another book or series following this multiple POV outline?

My stories have dual viewpoints: Hero/Heroine

How long did it take you to write this book/series?

My typical time to write a draft is 30 days. I’ve produced 7 books in two years.

How did you come up with the title for your book and series?

The series name and the place were modeled after the Newberry, SC clocktower over the town’s historic opera house.

If you met these characters in real life would you get along?

My characters are like people. I’d like some of them. Apply the sentence a little bit goes a long way for the rest.

Did you know in advance that you were going to write this as a series or did one of the characters in book one demand their own story?

Because I wrote Book 3 and Book 5, Kyle and Whit Murphy’s story, first; when I wrote the series opener, I knew I would have at least four books for each of Ava’s offspring.

If your book/series were made into a movie, which actors do you see as playing your characters?

I believe Julianne Moore would make a fabulous Pam.

Can you give us a hint as to what we can expect next?  Whether a new book and series or a sequel to an existing series?  Can you share a small tease?

I’m currently writing a short story that will appear in an anthology to support an animal rescue farm. 

It’s about three high school friends who reconnect at the funeral of a fourth friend. The story asks the following question: Is your life following your plan or do you need to make an adjustment? Change is hard, but it’s never to late to alter course. 

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BeckeTurner retired her healthcare data analyst hat to write contemporary romance full time. Her stories reflect her varied interests of anything medicine, animals, adventure, and family. To lend authenticity to her military characters/settings, Becke quizzes her son, a U.S. Navy pilot, and her son-in-law, a retired Marine Major. 

Although she spent a lifetime training, showing, and breeding horses, her four-year sabbatical to operate the family cattle ranch in Southern Missouri evolved into her cowboy stories. And yes, every state has its share of guys in boots and hats.

She writes contemporary romance revolving around her love of medicine, animals, adventure, and family. Her stories have finaled and won multiple contests including the national Golden Heart, and regional Maggie. She is a member of Forever Golden and Georgia Romance Writers.

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Clock Tower Romance - Book Seven

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A heartwarming Christmas story about how a community and a miniature horse inspire a dueling mature couple to create a new home filled with love and hope.

Pam Dunbar had it all. A loving husband, a successful daughter, and the joy of her life—a grandson. Then a horrible accident nearly destroys her family. Within a year she and her grandson are facing their first Christmas in Sunberry, North Carolina—all alone.

Horse trader Hal Larson loves planning the annual Sunberry Christmas Parade, almost as much as he loves his estranged daughter and granddaughter. With the holiday season approaching, he’s scrambling to lure his daughter back home, while also rescuing the wounded widow next door and her sweet grandson. Pam deserves a better life, and Hal is determined to build it for her, until he's forced to make a choice no man should face -- between his new love and his beloved daughter.

Return to Sunberry and visit your favorite characters as they gather for a fence-stringing party and the Sunberry Christmas Parade. 

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