Whitney Dineen talks about her new novel, Kindred Spirits, and making people laugh.
1. Tell us more about your novel, Kindred Spirits.
Kindred Spirits is a fun book about how the afterlife continues to aid the living by way of becoming matchmakers. There are quite a few twists and turns that weave the storyline together, carrying the reader along to a very satisfactory conclusion. I’m all about happy endings . . . don’t read that too pervy.
2. Is the book in any way based on your own experiences or is it all fiction?
I don’t know if it’s all fiction or not. I’m hoping not. My husband and I met in New York City while I was there for a week of modeling work. We ran into each other in a restaurant and somehow managed to set up a date for the night before I went home to Chicago. I like to think our guardian angels were whispering in our ears, tripping us in the right direction, and pushing us toward each other until we committed to see each other again. At any rate, we’ve been together for a million years, so it’s worked out very nicely.
3. Do you have a favourite part or scene from Kindred Spirits? Could you tell us why you love it?
My very favorite part is right at the end. When I write, it’s kind of like an automatic writing experience. I never know what’s going to happen next in book I’m working on. I was so totally shocked by the second to the last chapter, and I love it SO much. But everything that came before is what made is so surprising.
4. Was there a particular part of the novel that was really difficult to write for you?
Well, like I said, I write automatically. I think my angels are doing the real work and I’m just taking dictation. As I never know what’s coming, it’s all pretty easy to get out.
5. If you have to pick one favourite character from the book, who would it be and why?
I love, love, love Bertram! He’s so surprising and endearing and funny. He was the icing on the cake in this one.
6. What does your average writing day look like?
I only write when the muse is speaking. Hence, the average writing day is totally manic and I just type away until I have to use the bathroom or refill my coffee. I will write night and day until I get the first draft out, which in the case of Kindred Spirits was two weeks; an all-time record.
7. Who are some of your favourite authors at the moment?
I don’t know how I missed Mhairi McFarlane books when they first started coming out five years ago, but I adore her! My only excuse is that I was knee deep in diapers, postpartum depression, and a husband with stage four tonsil cancer at the time (he’s currently cancer-free!). I’ve recently been reading like a bandit to make up for lost time and I’m one hundred percent addicted to Mhairi’s humor.
8. What message do you want readers to take away from your novels?
I want people to laugh and realize there’s so much more to life than we ever imagine. Kindred Spirits, while humorous, is less lol than my other rom coms. It has a bit of a deeper plot line wrapped in the very relatable quest of searching for your other half. In this book I want my readers to realize they’re never alone and there are spirits who are campaigning for us all the way.
9. When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
As I mentioned I used to model. This career path allowed me time to read voraciously, whether on location or days off at home. I regularly devoured four-five novels a week. I never realized writing was in my future until the paragraph of my first rom com started running through my head over and over. I finally sat down to type it out just to get it to go away, which of course led to She Sins at Midnight.
10. What’s next for you?
I hope about a million more stories. I love books and writing has turned into one of the best adventures of my life!
Dashing and successful, Richard Bingham has been voted one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. After unwittingly offending a reporter from Manhattan Life magazine, he finds himself on the receiving end of an article that makes his quest of finding the perfect mate nearly impossible.
After one dating disaster too many, Richard decides it’s time to seek professional help, so he signs up for the matchmaking services of the East Side Yenta.
Philippa Fielding is single and searching for love in London, but her accidental profession of “Message Deliverer from the Great Beyond” puts most men right off. Will Pip’s new “Spirit Helper,” Bertram, be able to set her on the course for true love with a message for Richard? Matchmaking, misunderstandings, and mayhem abound in this fast-paced romantic comedy about love, life, and the afterlife!
Whitney Dineen is a multi-award winning author of romantic comedies, middle reader fiction, and humor memoirs. When she’s not spinning stories, she’s busy raising her two little girls, wrangling free-range chickens,and eating french fries. She tries to get to the gym monthly, as penance.