Author Interview - Haley Whitehall (Valentine's Day Edition)

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 Haley is back for another round of grilling.  If you don’t remember, she was here a little over a month ago to chat about her book, Midnight Heat. Being a prolific writer, she has another new release to talk about today. This one is part of the anthology, Love, Valentine Style, and it’s titled Civil War Valentine.

1. Before we chat about your book, let’s start with some personal stuff. What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

Oh boy… I can’t think of any favorite memories… still waiting to get a box of chocolate and a bouquet of roses from Mr. Right. The first Valentine’s Day memory that comes to mind was baking a heart shape cake when I was a child. It was a chocolate cake with white frosting and chocolate chips on top. I was so proud to show off my cake, but before I could my dog found it and decided he needed the cake for himself!

2.  How did you come to be involved in this anthology? Did you know the other contributing authors beforehand?

I found out about the call for this anthology through a romance authors Yahoo group. I did not know any of these authors beforehand, but through the process of publishing Love, Valentine Style they have all become good friends.

3.  Onward to your story. I probably wouldn’t survive a day in the Civil War era, come to think of it. Does your heroine have a background that would make her more knowledgeable about life back then?

My heroine Charlie Bristol is well-educated. She works as a museum curator and has a Ph.D. in history. I’m sure she learned about the Civil War in the course of her studies and knows more of what to expect when she is thrown back in time.

4.  Aside from being the author of these Civil War valentines, what does Elliot do? When Charlie has her time-traveling dream, does she appear at his house or someplace else?

Charlie appears at her house so to speak. Elliot visits her while he is on leave thinking she is his beloved fiancée.

5. Let’s end on a more technical note. Are there any particular challenges unique to writing time travel romance as opposed to historical fiction?

Yes, I had to explain the time travel element. And I had to know how time travel affected both my hero and heroine. For instance, she travels back in time wearing modern clothes. Obviously that will pose a problem.

I’d like to thank Haley again for dropping by. For more information on this anthology, keep scrolling down. Comments are most welcome.


Love, Valentine Style (Civil War Valentine by Haley Whitehall)

Recently divorced museum curator Charlie Bristol comes to Seattle to set up a display at the Fine Art museum chronicling the history of Valentine’s Day. The director of the museum surprises her with a package of Civil War valentines from an anonymous donor. She reads the heartfelt messages and is touched by his words. Does such powerful love still exist?

During a nap she dreams she’s alive during the Civil War and meets Elliot Lowery, the author of the valentines who mistakes her for his fiancée Charlotte. She and Elliot negotiate the murky waters of wartime romance. When she wakes she’s still under the dream's spell and Valentine’s Day love is in the air, but Charlotte has no reason to celebrate. The man she loves died 150 years ago. Unless love works some miracle even time and death cannot overcome.

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About Haley Whitehall

Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historicals set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. 

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