Today we have New York Times Bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire here today to talk to us about wrapping up her latest series, Barefoot Bay. Barefoot by the Sea, the fourth and final installment of the Barefoot Bay series was released on October 29th and wraps up the story of four amazing friends and their dream of opening a resort and spa in beautiful Florida. This was Roxanne’s first major contemporary romance series, while still writing her nail-biting romantic suspense books.
Roxanne, welcome to The Book Pushers!
The Book Pushers: Do you have any special traditions or celebrations when you type THE END on a series of books? What about on the final book’s release date?
Roxanne: I always have to have a “witness” when I type “the end” on a manuscript. That started years ago when I’d call one of my kids in to celebrate the typing of those six wonderful letters (which, of course, I delete before I send in the manuscript because they’re not technically supposed to be included!). I sing out “Can I get a witness?” and usually my daughter comes running and offers to type the end for me. On release date, I try to keep myself occupied and not worry about how the book will be received. I might check Amazon reviews a few times. I might.
The Book Pushers: Is it hard for you to let go of one series, of the characters and location, before moving onto your next project?
Roxanne: By the time I’ve finished multiple drafts, copyedit reviews, and galleys, I’m well and truly done with that book and deeply into another. I write multiple books a year, so it’s not unusual for the projects to cross over one another. It’s never hard to let go of a book because I am always involved in the next challenge.
The Book Pushers: Do you think you’ll ever revisit the ladies at Barefoot Bay in future books or novellas, or have you put them to bed once and for all?
Roxanne: They’re in bed, for sure, with very sexy heroes. But we have not seen the last of Lacey, Jocelyn, Zoe, or Tessa. I have more books set in Barefoot Bay planned for the future and all four of these heroines and their men will play small parts in those stories. Stay tuned!
The Book Pushers: What is the hardest part about saying goodbye to a series?
Roxanne: Saying goodbye to these four books was bittersweet, for sure. I arranged the “quartet” so it took place over two years, the span of time it took to write the books. I felt like I grew and changed with the characters and really experienced every minute with them!
The Book Pushers: Looking back at this series, is there a main lesson that you will take with you for your next writing adventure?
Roxanne: YES. I will not detail a backstory for a character who will later be a hero or heroine because once it is in print, I can’t change that story. I’m a serial reviser and that’s tough on me.
The Book Pushers: Can you give us an insight into what your next book/series is going to be?
Roxanne: We’re going back to Barefoot Bay with a trilogy of novellas coming this winter featuring “The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay” and then three more novels in the spring and summer. Lots more opportunities to kick off your shoes and fall in love!
Thanks so much Roxanne for being here today! The fabulous folks at Forever are offering to giveaway one set of Barefoot Bay books to one lucky commenter. This giveaway is open to US Only and ends November 8th. To enter, let us know if you, as a reader, have any traditions or celebrations when you read the last book in a series. Good Luck!