Dan Faraday is too busy for love. With the long hours running the family orchard, he doesn't have time to date. If he did, he would be looking for someone that fits into his ten year plan. Someone traditional, reliable and dependable - someone like him.
Someone the opposite of beautiful drifter Lucy Mariano. A free spirit who chases the moment rather than a paycheque, she's only in town for the cherry picking season. While she's tempted to see how cute Dan could be if only he smiled, she's not going to stick around to wait and see.
But the cherry trees aren't the only things blossoming, and Lucy and Dan are increasingly drawn to one another. In spite of their differences, each begins to wonder if maybe they have a future after all.
With the weight of Dan's family's legacy on his shoulders and Lucy afraid to lose the freedom and adventure of the open road, can Dan give Lucy a reason to put down roots before the seasons change?
USA Today Bestselling Author, Trish Morey's 30 titles for Mills & Boon have sold more than five million copies in more than 25 languages in 40 countries worldwide. Trish is a two-times winner of the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award and a 2012 Romance Writers of America RITA nominee. Trish lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and four teenage daughters.
Author: Trish Morey
Question: Who did you have in mind when you were writing Cherry Season?
Trish Morey: Nobody in particular. I guess the thing with writing is, if you want to make your story interesting, you need to find characters who are going to spark off each other. In this case, I chose polar opposites - the hero, a 37 year old outwardly grumpy and conservative third generation orchardist with responsibilities galore and who never acts without thinking through the consequences - the heroine, more than a decade younger and wandering the world, never staying in one place long enough to put down roots, and someone who jumps into situations with both feet. I loved that they were bound to grate upon each other!
Question: How did you come up with the idea of Cherry Season?
Trish Morey: Living where I do in the Adelaide Hills, surrounded by orchards and bushland, it was easy to come up with the initial idea. Unfortunately it was another thing entirely to execute it successfully - something like sixteen years from idea to release date. I'm thrilled that Pan Macmillan Australia saw the heart in the story and that it will finally be released (and, as a much better story!).
Question: Are the characters based on anyone you know?
Trish Morey: No, although I kind of wish I knew a sexy unmarried 37yo cherry orchardist myself :) The characters are more a mishmash of several people from all walks of life - authors are such character trait thieves! - and constructed to rub each other up the wrong way.
Question: How much of your inspiration comes from real life and real people?
Trish Morey: Loads! Everyone and everything can inspire, from an overheard snatch of conversation at a cafe to a news headline. I'm always asking couples how they met. Real life is often so much more interesting than fiction. And then you can twist an idea or a story you've heard and ask, what if...?
Question: What is the best thing about creating a character like Dan?
Trish Morey: Giving Dan his happy ever after. Creating this grumpy (with good reason, mind!) orchardist and seeing him in his world, and then challenging his beliefs by tossing him in the ring with someone you just knew was going to push all the wrong buttons and doing it anyway, because you knew it was going to do him good. And it did:) There's something fabulous about being a writer that you can construct this mad world for your characters and then set it to rights. It's a lovely feeling when it comes off.
Interview by Brooke Hunter