AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Billionaire’s Secret by Meghann Whistler

About the Book

Book: The Billionaire’s Secret

Author: Meghann Whistler

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: October 11, 2021

He’s a billionaire hiding a devastating diagnosis. She’ll do whatever it takes to help her sick, matchmaking mom. A freak accident throws them together, but will his big secret tear them apart?

When Ryan Lawson’s business partners force him to go on a wilderness retreat to come to terms with a shocking diagnosis, the last thing on Ryan’s mind is romance. But when he’s stranded in the woods with a sweet young event planner, all thoughts of business take a back seat to her girl-next-door appeal.

Fresh off a bad breakup, Zara Georgopoulos comes to Vermont to help her terminally ill mom work through her bucket list—not fall in love with a man who’s the exact opposite of her usual type. But when Ryan starts working his way into her heart with his kindness and generosity, she needs to make a decision: Trust the biotech billionaire not to walk all over her, or go back to guarding her heart.

Stuck together in the wilds of Vermont, they forge a tenuous connection. When Ryan finally shares the truth about his illness, will it bring them closer together . . . or shatter Zara’s trust in him for good?

Inspired by 2 Corinthians 12:9, The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet inspirational romance with a swoony hero, LOTS of entertaining banter, and a strong Christian message.

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About the Author

Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

Her debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper, was a #1 bestseller in the Clean & Wholesome Romance category on Amazon.ca. It was also named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, and is currently a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best Award.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

She is grateful to be living her dream of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

More from Meghann

Billionaires have been in the news a lot lately. Bill Gates was just revealed to be a serial adulterer, and both Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson recently used a portion of their riches to rocket off into space.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t find any of these guys very relatable.

So, when the idea to write a Christian billionaire romance first occurred to me, I knew it would be a challenge. I love a good challenge, though, which is what made writing this book so much fun!

Real People, Real Problems

It’s been said that death is the great equalizer, but I think illness is a pretty big equalizer, too. Old, young, fat, thin, rich, poor—it doesn’t matter. Sickness can strike anyone at any time.

And when it strikes Ryan, the hero of The Billionaire’s Secret, he doesn’t react well. He resigns himself to living without love and the family he’s always wanted . . . until he meets the heroine, Zara.

But as Shakespeare said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Zara’s already dealing with illness in her family. Ryan is certain she won’t want to deal with his poor health, too.

Can’t Buy Me Love

Psalm 121 asks, “Where does my help come from?”

Money can’t buy love. It can’t buy happiness. It can’t buy good health. In The Billionaire’s Secret, Ryan has to find where his help truly comes from before he’s ready for the happily ever after God’s had in store for him all along.

I hope you’ll join him and Zara for the journey!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Describe to me how you flesh out your characters? Do you have the story idea first or do you create characters and then design the story around them?

I’m a very character-driven writer. For The Billionaire’s Secret, I started with the idea of the hero, Ryan. Here’s a guy who has all the money he could ever want, who’s powerful and successful, and yet he’s just been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that has no cure.

He can’t buy his way out of his illness. There’s no amount of money in the world that can fix it. How does he react? What does he do?

I liked the idea of taking a powerful person and making him powerless. I also liked the idea of making the billionaire hero a kind, patient, and protective person. So many billionaire books are about raging alpha males, and I wanted to turn that stereotype on its head.

Are you a “panster” or a “plotster” or a little of both? What does that mean to you and how do you use that when writing a book? 

I have a rough idea of where my stories are going when I start writing (I write romance, so hello Happily Ever After!), but I lean heavily on the “pantser” side of the equation. I enjoy the process of discovery as I write.

I really love Robert Frost’s quote, “No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” My characters are constantly surprising me and taking the story on interesting twists and turns!

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing? 

Read, of course! I also enjoy walking, Rollerblading, and playing badminton, as well as playing cards with my husband and board games with my kids. We live near the ocean, so we spend a lot of family time at the beach.

What are some new projects you’re working on?

Right now, I’m working on the next book in my Sweet Boston Billionaires series, which is about Ryan’s business partner, Alan. It will be available in 2022, so stay tuned!

Would you rather have an endless summer or an endless winter? 

I grew up in Canada but lived in California for thirteen years before moving to South Texas, and I can say without a doubt that I’d prefer an endless summer!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Meghann is giving away the grand prize package of a 1000-piece Vermont Jigsaw Puzzle, My Weekend Is All Booked Adult Coloring Book, My Weekend Is All Booked Mug, & signed copy of Falling for the Innkeeper!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1482d/the-billionaire-s-secret-celebration-tour-giveaway

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