Trade in your wine today for a little bubbly and welcome Christi Barth to talk about her wedding planner love story. Welcome Christi!
Christi: Hi – I’m so happy to be here. Your blog followers are so much fun….not to mention how much I adore both reading and wine!
Lexi: So you did work as a wedding planner? Did any of the inspiration for Planning For Love come from your previous job?
Christi: 9 out of 10 people who learned I was a wedding planner would say you should write a book! Then they’d launch into elaborate eye winks about bridezillas, and mother of the bride horror stories.
Except, in my experience, 90% of weddings are wonderful. They are a celebration of friends and family and enduring love. Most people do pull it together and behave like grown-ups. So I didn’t want to write a scathing tell-all. But a series that focuses on the wedding industry, showcasing people who spend every day creating the perfect happily ever after? That felt like a good place to start. And maybe a few crazy hijinks did slip into my manuscript. It is a comedy, after all! You’ll have to guess which ones are real and which ones are just figments of my imagination…..
Lexi: As a fellow sucker for romance I love weddings. Maybe that means I look at the world with rose colored glasses, or maybe it just makes me a romantic. Do you find yourself seeing the good side of things (much like your character Ivy)?
Christi: I absolutely wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to love. I truly, 100% believe that there is a happily ever after match for everyone out there. But I’m a rampant worrier in all other aspects of life.
Lexi: Ben and Ivy are the main characters in your new release. They are so much fun to read, the strong emotions they feel pull you in. Were they easy to write?
Christi: Ben was just as much fun to write as he is to read. I’m naturally a smart aleck, so he was easy. Ivy was more of a challenge, figuring out how to balance her Type A professionalism and general sappiness, while still keeping her both believable and likeable.
Lexi: I find your books are perfect to read in the summer. Do you write them in the summer, or do they just happen to have good summer vibe feel to them?
Christi: Such a difficult question, because I do like to describe my books as beach reads. However, (and I can’t stress this enough) they are a fun, light read that will lift your mood all 365 days of the year! Book 2 comes out in March, and book 3 comes out in July—and it is set in the deep, icy darkness of a Chicago winter. I hope people are willing to read about cocoa and snuggling in July! But I do write all 12 months of the year. (I did just finish writing a book about the beach…at the beach – that was fun!)
(by July I will so be ready for a winter read, bring it on Christi!)
Lexi: And last do you have any embarrassing wedding stories that involve you that you would be willing to share?
Christi: Ah, see the catch here is that I really don’t want any former clients to sue me! I did help a friend with her destination wedding in Miami. The one thing she’d specified about the tropical flowers was that they not be pink. Sure enough, when the florist dropped them off (an hour late), her bouquet was entirely pink. So my husband RAN down the hot, humid street to a random florist and purchased a bunch of orange and red blooms. We held the ceremony for ten minutes until he arrived and stuffed them in her hands. They were the only flower she liked in any of her pictures!
Lexi: Thanks for stopping by Christi! Planning For Love was so much fun to read, I can't wait for your next one!
Christi: Aww, that makes me so happy! Look for Book #2, A Fine Romance, in March. It is the story of Sam the baker/aspiring chocolatier and Mira, the manager of Ivy’s new romance store who doesn’t like chocolate. Spoiler alert: there is a VERY hot sex scene that just might involve melted chocolate…… Book #3, Friends to Lovers, follows Daphne the florist and Gib the British lothario as they journey from—well, friends to lovers! Just finished writing their aphrodisiac dinner that works far better than either of them expected. Also, please keep an eye out in December for my novella Ask Her At Christmas, in the anthology Romancing the Holiday, also featuring stories by Jaci Burton and Helen Kay Dimon. It, too, is set in Chicago, with a cameo appearance from the hotel where Ivy & Ben have their one torrid night.
Since Christi can't share any embarassing wedding stories, how about you? Have a funny, embarassing, or sweet wedding story of your own or a friend's? Share in the comments below to enter in the drawing for an ebook of Planning For Love, courtesy of Christi. Then enter the Rafflecopter. Good luck!
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