Monday, July 13, 2015

Regina Andrews new book and her research into Alzheimer's disease

Welcome to my blog, Regina. What is your new book about?
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit, Sue. I am delighted to be here. This book is very exciting to me, as it is a re-issue that I am looking forward to having people enjoy.

THE PERFECT PROPOSAL centers on Lindsay Richardson, a quiet elementary school teacher, whose world is turned upside down when she becomes the assistant to Dean Singleton Copley, one of the nation’s most dynamic business leaders in the high-powered corporate world. Lindsay’s father recently died unexpectedly and the school where she was teaching could not allow her time off to take care of her mother, who has Alzheimer’s. Thanks to a chance encounter with one of her father’s friends, businessman Mr. Copley Sr., she is offered a position at his company. When she arrives at work, she discovers she will be working with Dean Jr., the dynamo – not the kindly elder Mr. Copley who knew her father.

This time in her life is a test of her faith, her courage, and her strength. Her questions extend to not knowing what the Lord expects from her regarding her new boss, a dashing bachelor so different from her on the surface. Lindsay begins to see that Dean is scarred from situations in his past. Only faith gives Lindsay the strength to deal with the many challenges of her new position, all her personal crises, and the turmoil in her family life.

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

Actually I read an article about a situation like this on the Wedding page of our Sunday paper many years ago. The two met at work and lived happily ever after!


I love “happily ever after” stories. What kind of research did you do for this book?

It was crucial to understand Alzheimer’s disease. There were many questions I had to research, and facts I had to verify. Such as, for example, the matter of a patient wandering away from the house, which is a scene in the book, or the phenomenon of “sundowning”, which also occurs. I tried very hard to treat the entire subject of Alzheimer’s disease and its ripple effect with the utmost respect and dignity. Additionally, I had to research a bit about the various social clubs at Brown University, which involved several enjoyable visits to the University’s facilities.

Did you put real experiences from your research in this story?

At one point I served as a member of the Senior Citizens Governing Board in Rhode Island, and much of my experience from this appointed position could be applied to the subject matter of this book.  The “research” in this case was my actual life experience.

Wow! To use your own experiences is fantastic. You love to write Inspirational Romances. What intrigues you most about writing these love stories

To me, the most exciting aspect of Inspirational romance, Linda, is that unlike a traditional romance with two main characters - the hero and the heroine, an Inspirational romance actually has three main characters – the hero, the heroine and God. That dynamic creates a fluid, vibrant paradigm that propels the story along without my having to construct it, because it is not just the hero and heroine’s thoughts or the way they relate to each other that propels the plot along. Rather, it is the hero and heroine’s relationship with God in addition to their relationship to each other directly impacts the storyline. And since it is a romance and we can be assured of a positive outcome, the path towards that evolves very naturally in my stories. It is guided by human foibles, triumphs and actions -- all held within the loving heart of God.



Now for a fun question: your top ten books of all time?

Oh, I love this question - but it's tough!
1) Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe -- a beautiful blend of philosophy, adventures and literature
2) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas  -- spirituality and injustice converge
3) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell -sweeping romantic drama on a Civil War backdrop
4) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - heartbreaking story of how friendship is universal
5) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - I saw human nature in the main 'characters'; loved the pacing  
The Wind in the Willows - one of my beloved books too!

6) Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes - independence and the healing touch of nature in a beautiful memoir
7) The Bible (of course)! - words to live by
8) Anything by Thomas Hardy - sweeping romance in great settings with keen insights into human nature
9) Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol - loyalty in the face of the limitless destruction of jealousy and provincialism
10) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller - absolutely amazing and inspiring


Thank you so much for having me visit, Sue! 


Award-winning author Regina Andrews, a resident of Providence, Rhode Island, grew up in the seaside village of Barrington, about 20 miles South of Providence. After graduating from Providence College she earned her degree in American Civilization from Brown University. The author of numerous works including romantic fiction, plays, essays and articles, Regina is currently working on The Sterling Lakes Series. Regina is involved in numerous community organizations, and is a radio host for In-Sight, an association for the visually impaired. Her hobbies include travel, museums, theater, reading, chorale singing and gardening. She and her husband share their home with a semi-feral cat named Queen Tiana, whom they rescued from a shelter.

To learn more about this author, visit her website at http://www.reginaandrews.com. You’ll find all her books at this site. Here is the link to THE PERFECT PROPOSAL:


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12 comments:

  1. That's great you could call upon your own experience.
    And I really like that God and faith play such an important role in the story.
    Congratulations, Regina!

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    1. Yes, Alex, I liked that fact too. Thanks for replying!

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    2. Yes, Alex, I liked that fact too. Thanks for replying!

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    3. Thank you, Alex, for your kind and encouraging comment. I appreciate your interest!

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  2. Sounds like a good book, especially since I know you write well. Also, I have never read a couple of your favorite books - I'm getting out my book list.

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    1. Thanks Ann Tracy :-)

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    2. Ann Tracy, thank you so much. That means a lot coming from a fine writer like you. Best to you!

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  3. Hello Susan and many, many thanks for hosting me on your lovely blog this week. I look forward to chatting with your friends and hearing more about what they enjoy in books. That is always so interesting to me and also very helpful as a writer.

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  4. PS -- it's hard to select only ten books! What are yours and how about hearing from your readers?? :D

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