Interview About Nashville by Heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share this short interview my publisher did with me about NASHVILLE BY HEART. Enjoy! 🙂 

What was your inspiration for NASHVILLE BY HEART?
My sister moved to Nashville when she was twenty something. She worked in the music industry, met her true love, and fell in love with Tennessee. She let me sit in on music recordings and took me to the best music spots in Nashville. A few years ago, we brainstormed the idea of romance novels set in Nashville featuring a Southern girl as the lead.

What is the novel’s steam factor: sweet romance, sexy romance, or hot & steamy romance?
As a women’s fiction author, I’m afraid I’m never going to be considered hot & steamy except by my husband. NASHVILLE BY HEART is a love story that falls somewhere in the mild to medium heat categories.

How does setting play into this Southern romance?
Nashville is this mecca for country music where you can order grits & fried chicken and visit antebellum homes while also enjoying a fast-paced urban lifestyle. At night, the down-home feel and the liveliness of show business converge, and that’s what my heroine loves about Nashville. But it also overwhelms her, and she gets homesick for the small town where her roots run deep. She’s trying to make it as a female musician, a girl with a guitar, but doesn’t want to lose who she is.

Do you believe in happily ever after?
Of course! That’s why romance fiction is fun to read. We can focus on the romantic side of the relationship, and after the end we feel like the couple will be happy. It reminds us that we can find forever love and be happy too.

How is NASHVILLE BY HEART different from your other books?
I mainly write women’s fiction, and readers of THE REAL THING and WAKING UP JOY enjoy the drama and struggles of the characters I’ve created. NASHVILLE BY HEART is different—it’s a fairy tale romance that takes place in the bustling music scene of Nashville. I’m hoping that romance readers who like happily ever after stories will enjoy my sweet romance story!

What do you enjoy reading?
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of YA with my daughter. I also read a lot of book club fiction & women’s fiction.

About Tina Ann Forkner: Award-winning author Tina Ann Forkner wrangles words on the pages of her Women’s Fiction and Romance novels and kids in the classroom as a substitute teacher. Her novel Waking Up Joy is a Virginia Romance Writers 2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Recipient – Romantic Elements.

Tina grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma and currently lives in Wyoming with her husband, who knows when to wear a cowboy hat, and three teenagers who never do (even if she thinks they should). Learn more at

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