Message From The Author

Author's Message

A Billion Reasons Why is my love letter to the 1940s era and the music and movies I grew up watching with my grandparents. I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong era, and I suppose this was my opportunity to make it right, vicariously through Katie McKenna. I miss the days when movie stars were larger than life, and the men were rugged men. Men like Gary Cooper and Humphrey Bogart. I wanted to write a modern-day hero with these Alpha male characteristics.

The billionaire idea, I must admit, came from my publisher, so I had to make it interesting to me. What could be more secure than a billionaire as a husband? For Katie McKenna, just about anyone because Luc DeForges is the one man she loved and the one man who broke her heart. Determined not to make that mistake again, she searches for contentment in the form of a stable, read: boring engineer. Ultimately, she has to decide if playing is safe is truly security.

Living in the Silicon Valley, I see so much wealth and I also see that it doesn’t really satisfy. I’m fascinated by the fact that we, as a country, worship the wealthy in shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Real Housewives, but fail to see contentment even in the lives of those so financially secure. This reminded me so much of my grandparents who were so happy and contented in their life – though they had none of the things we covet like granite countertops and the latest SUV. I wanted to explore that in story. What is the secret to being content in what we have? It certainly isn’t money. I’ve seen that much.

I set the story in New Orleans for many reasons. One, it’s the birthplace of jazz and ultimately, the jazz standards made famous during WWII. Two, it’s also a city where one feels like they’re traveling back in time and I wanted this contemporary romance to have that magical aura about it. Finally, New Orleans is truly a city of have and have-nots and that worked for the storyline.

Let’s face it, I just miss the Alpha male. I grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen and Cary Grant. A Billion Reasons Why was a story whose time had come for me.

- Kristin Billerbeck


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