During the summer in Bethany Beach, DE, it’s not uncommon to see long lines at the boardwalk, usually for an ice cream cone that will melt too fast or a bucket of salty French fries.

A local waiter couldn’t believe the 400 people who waited in line for Bethany Beach Books one night in June. Authors, however Elin Hilderbrand, that is just a typical stop for her on one of her book tours. She was exhausted after signing her new novel The Hotel Nantucket for four hours. Now she wanted to do one more thing: Find a lobster roll.

Dubbed the queen of the beach read, it felt fitting that I ended up talking with a perfectly tanned Hilderbrand over the summer staple, complete with a side of fries—with mayo, of course. In fact, it felt like a scene pulled right from one of her books, two women sharing stories and wisdom over greasy food at an oceanfront restaurant.

Disclosure: The interview originally was about one day in the daily life of the New York TimesWhile she is in one of her stackable book tours, she was a top-selling author. It felt almost like fate that she made her 10th consecutive visit to Bethany Beach where we own a home.