Seven Questions . . .With Cheris Hodges

New Year, new series!

Things kick off  on Jan. 28th with the release of #OwnerOfABrokenHeart, first in the Richardson Sisters series

9781496723840The four very different Richardson sisters have one thing in common, their fierce loyalty to their family and pride in the historic bed and breakfast they own. But unexpected desire will challenge them in ways they never imagined . . .
Sportswriter Nina Richardson had the perfect life away from her family’s famous shadow. But a social media blowup and rejection by her boyfriend brought her back to their peaceful Charleston, South Carolina B&B to figure out what went wrong. So there’s no way she’s going to trust the crazy-hot sparks flying between her and handsome new employee Clinton Jefferson. It’s just reckless, rip-his-clothes-off, one-night-and-forget-it lust—right?

Fresh from working for the Richardsons’ biggest rival, Clinton wants to show his modernization ideas aren’t sabotage or a gimmick. Getting involved with the rebellious Nina means trouble for sure—but he can’t resist showing this stubborn, fiery woman how she should be loved. But false accusations and Nina’s returned ex shake their passion—and fragile trust—to the core.  Now between cascading obstacles and conflicting loyalties, can Clinton and Nina untangle what they really want in time?

Here are seven questions I’ve gotten about the series:

  • What inspired the Richardson Sisters series?

If you read I Heard A Rumor, you got an off handed look at the Richardson family in Charleston. Chante’s grandmother booked her a room at a Richardson property. I felt like this family was iconic in Charleston. And I wanted to write about them.

  • Why sisters? Why not brothers?

I wanted to write about sisters because the relationship between sisters is something amazing. You will love your sister. You will fight with your sister. You will cry with your sister and dare anyone to hurt her or make her cry. And these sisters will take you through all of these emotions.

  • You started with the youngest sister first, what made you do that?

Simple, I’m the baby of my family. LOL. But Nina felt like the best introduction to the family. She’s a bit of a mess. But she has a heart of gold as all youngest children do! 🙂 Also, Nina’s story grabbed me from the first chapter that I wrote –which I ended up rewriting three times.

  • Which Richardson Sister is your favorite?

This is the hardest question. I love them all. Wait until you meet Alexandria, Robin, Yolanda and Nina. As different as they are, there is one thing they have in common: love. Their love for each other and their father, Sheldon Richardson. Sheldon is my favorite. Yeah, that’s it.

  • How did you come up with the title, Owner of A Broken Heart?

Clearly I’m a product of the 80s. And one of my favorite songs has always been Yes’s Owner of a Lonely Heart.

But Nina was dealing with some serious heart break. As I wrote the story, I couldn’t think of a title and then I was listening to the throwback station and this song came on.

  • Since Nina is the first sister that we meet, what should we know about her?

Nina is a firecracker. She’s a bit spoiled because she is the youngest. She didn’t get a chance to get to know her mother and though her sisters won’t admit, they are all very protective of Nina. It drives her crazy, which is one of the reasons why she moved to North Carolina.

  • What’s your favorite scene from Owner of A Broken Heart?

I will do you one better. Log on to my author Facebook page and I’ll do a reading of my favorite scene! See you there!


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