Tuesday, September 24, 2019

GOOD MAN, DALTON, by author, Karen McQuestion

A chance encounter leads to an unpredictable Manhattan romance in an irresistible and heartwarming novel from the author of Hello Love.

Greta Hansen has arrived in Manhattan to intern with the Vanderhaven Corporation, a company owned by distant and very wealthy relatives. But she soon realizes she’s actually been hired to keep watch on their capricious daughter, social media celebrity Cece. No last name required. Why bother? The entire Twitterverse already watches every fabulous move she makes. Including an unfortunate shoplifting mishap when Cece decides to go off script. It’s then that a handsome—and homeless—stranger comes to the rescue.
Dalton Bishop has a secret. A man of privilege, he’s been living on the streets as a social experiment. Now, in gracious payback for his chivalry, Cece invites him to an elegant fund-raiser called the Forgotten Man Ball. It’s Greta he’s taken with, however—and to Greta’s surprise, she’s taken right back. But Dalton has one more secret up his tattered sleeve. For right now, though, he’s just happy embracing the woman of his dreams. It’s only the beginning of a romantic and revealing adventure that will take them to a place where money, class, and fame matter far less than true love.


"I was riveted to the page and on occasion brought to tears. A book you don't want to miss." -- Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury on Half a Heart

"Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances." --Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

"An emotional and engaging novel about family..." Delia Ephron on A Scattered Life

McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on...:"You should read this. It's good."--Carolyn Parkhurst on A Scattered Life

"The plot is fast paced and easy to dive into, making this a quick and exciting read." --School Library Journal on From a Distant Star

Some Q & A with Karen ~ 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started writing. I caught the writing bug in third grade when my teacher gave the class an assignment to write a short story. Mine was good enough to be read aloud to the class and to my surprise everyone seemed to like it. At the time I was a shy, awkward kid with no discernable talents so this was a big moment for me. After that, I wanted to be an author.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing? Reading, traveling, visiting with family and friends, walking, and trying to keep up with new technology.

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well? I’m happy to be able to say that I can make a living writing fiction, something I never imagined I’d be able to do.

Where do you get your ideas? I don’t have a definitive answer for this. Oftentimes it’s a combination of things—a personal experience, something I read, an overheard conversation—little seeds that combine to make a story or at least the jumping-off point of a story.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? I wrote novels for ten years and even after I got an agent, publishers took a pass. I have a box in my basement filled with rejection letters. It was discouraging but I just kept going with the hope that the next manuscript would be the one that would get me in the door.

In 2009 I read that Amazon was allowing self-published authors to upload their work to Kindle. Expecting nothing, I put six books up on the digital platform and was stunned and delighted when my books began to sell (and even more thrilled when they got great reviews). In a short time, my sales got the attention of the media and I was featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly and became the subject of a segment on Good Morning America. Now my books are published by  Lake Union Publishing. They are available in paperback, audio, and Kindle and have been translated into Polish, Czech, Turkish, German, Spanish, and Korean. It’s been a wild, wonderful ride.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you’d change? Not a thing. The struggle made the success all the more sweet.

What are you working on now? A book called The Moonlight Child. I don’t want to say any more than that because I don’t want to jinx it.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences? Not intentionally! I’m sure some things sneak in though.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Write the book you’d like to read and never give up.

What are the downfalls of your writing career? Too much sitting.

The best parts? Everything else.
Place you’d like to travel? Iceland.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans? I say this constantly, but it bears repeating: thank you, thank you, thank you! Because of you, I get to do what I love for a living. I never take that for granted.

To connect with Karen ~ 

My Book Tribe on Facebook (a reader group in which I am a founding member):