First, I would invite Sam Elliott. I wouldn’t care at all what we discussed. I just want to listen to him talk.
Second, I’d invite Tom Selleck because in between times when Sam is speaking, I could listen to Tom.
And finally, since this IS Sable’s blog (and she would kill me if I didn’t invite her!), I’d invite Sable Hunter. Heaven knows I’d need some additional estrogen to tone down all the testosterone with the other two guests. Knowing Sable, she’d probably bring some SEALS and Cowboys along with her, so I’ll be quadrupling the food order.
2. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
When I came to this question, I hesitated. If you mean my ENTIRE life, then probably my parents. They never doubted that could do anything I wanted to.
Then, I got married and my husband (Fisherman) added to that confidence in me. In fact, it was HIS idea for me to write a book. He never once questioned my ability to do so!
If you mean who inspired me to want to write, it was be Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The first book of hers I read was First Lady. Loved it but the book that really stoked my fire was Lady Be Good. At the end of that book, I closed it. I’d laughed so much reading it. I was in the best mood and I thought…I’d love to make readers feel the way I feel right now. I didn’t mean laughter as much as I wanted to touch their emotions with my words. I hope I’ve done that.
3. How would your best friend describe you?
No clue, so I just sent a text message out. It’ll be interesting to see what I get, huh?
When I was in the seventh grade, all the various grade schools merged into two junior highs. I ended up in a group of about fourteen girls that ran together. We were together every weekend for sleepovers. Fast forward to today… There are eleven of us left (including me.) We are still best friends although we live in three different states! So I have polled them for this question. Here are the replies…
Fun, faithful, outgoing but at the same time very private, care, thoughtful, fair and boisterous!
4. How do you handle criticism?
I used to teach Obstetrics in a school of nursing. I had to toughen up because student evaluations can be rough at times! However, I learned to listen to criticism. Sure, some of it may be off base, but on the other hand, there might be something there that could help me improve.
I’ll be honest however… when I get edits back, I usually let them sit for 24 hours before I open them. Part of that is that I’m nervous my editor didn’t love my “baby” and part of it is that I have to pout that I got edits!
Still, you really won’t survive in this business if you have delicate feelings.
5. What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
The ability to tell a good story. You have to be able to suck the reader into the world you have built, get them to leave the real world for your world.
The ability to reach out and touch your readers. I think social skills (and social media) are more vital today than they ever have been.
Honest author friends. You need to have other authors in your life. No one will understand what you’re going through but another author. Need to kill someone? Need to have some kinky sex? I need to talk to another writer about things I my husband, parents and friends just might not get!
6. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
I always hated this question. Every job interview I ever had asked this! LOL
Strengths – I have no problem standing in front of a huge crowd of people and talking. However, one of my weaknesses is that I sometimes have trouble with one-on-one interactions.
7. What type of writing environment do you prefer?
At home, I want to be in my recliner with no noise, no husband in the house and my dog asleep. I used to write a lot at night, all night long writing sprints, but I’ve slowly changed my internal clock to day hours.
However, I can write in public places like Starbucks. Noise there doesn’t seem to bother me like noise at home.
8. What was the first romance you read that stuck with you and why?
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Why? If you have to ask, you’ve never read the book! Seriously, it was the first true romance I read, my gateway book to romance. I’ve always (and I mean always like from age three) been a reader. I read a lot of mysteries growing up (Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys) but it was the romance genre that really pulled me in.
9. Other than writing, what do you like doing in your spare time?
I’m still a HUGE reader. I usually have at least one book going all the time.
I also embroider. I went to a weekend class a couple of years ago and I was hooked. One of my favorite things is to do personalized gifts for my street team and as prizes! (See today’s prize listing)
I also watch a lot of television. However, I’ve become much more selective in shows that I watch. No gore. No zombies. I have a very active imagination. Scary or gory shows will invade my dreams at night.
10. What is the title of the last book you wrote? Tell us how you relate to one of the characters.
My next release is CADILLAC COWBOY, a novella for Sable’s Hell Yeah Kindle World! I am so excited. When Sable asked me to be part of the world’s launch, I couldn’t write Hell Yeah back to her fast enough! I was thrilled and honored to be asked. The purchase links aren’t yet up but as soon as they are, I’m sure Sable will be back here with them!
One of the “characters” is a vintage convertible Cadillac. I have a thing for classic antique cars. There is a style and personality to them that I find lacking in today’s boxy cars. Plus, I might have a little “vintage” to me!
Cadillac Cowboy stars a Chicago detective relocating to Texas and a runaway bride. Never been a Chicago cop nor a runaway bride! (But thinking back to my first marriage, I probably should have been. Hee hee) Here’s a little more about Cadillac Cowboy…
A Texas lawman finds more than fall foliage during a drive in an antique convertible Cadillac to his new home.
New Texas cop Shade Gruber agrees to drive his grandmother’s prize car from Chicago to his new home in Whispering Springs. He expects some car issues. He doesn’t expect to pick up a runaway bride.
On the run from her mobster fiancé, Victoria Vaught dashes from the church thirty minutes before the I Do’s. Stranded in her bridal attire by an unreliable car, she starts walking, needing as far from Chicago as possible.
Their road to love is filled with twists, turns and bumps. Hanging on to the one you love can be roller coaster ride with surprising results.
I love my cover. It seems to fit the story so well. I love how the hero is looking at her like…Could you be a bigger pain in my butt, lady?
Despite the moniker hung on him by his parents, Shade Gruber had never had trouble picking up women. Tall. Short. Blond. Brunette. Thin. Not so thin. Didn’t matter to him. He loved them all.
However, in all his thirty-four years, he’d never picked up a woman walking down the road in a wedding dress. And not just any wedding dress. The bell-shaped skirt took up about one-third of his lane, the once-white hem now black from dragging along the pavement. A long train of veil flowed down from the tiara on the bride’s head to the skirt’s hem.
His mind flashed to the late model Jaguar on the side of the road he’d passed a couple of miles back.
He pulled alongside the bride. His eyebrows lifted in surprise. Of all the runaway brides in the world…“Howdy. Need some help?”
She stopped walking and glanced toward him. “Why would you think a woman walking on a country highway in a horrific wedding dress while wearing Spanx and high heel shoes would need help?” She blew out a puff of air that lifted her wilted bangs off her forehead.
Spanx? He couldn’t imagine what that was.
“Well, okay then,” he said. “Have a nice evening.” He let his vintage Cadillac convertible roll forward about a hundred feet to give her time to change her mind.
She hiked up the front of the dress and jogged up to the passenger side, her heels clacking on the road’s pavement. Panting, she blew her hair off her forehead again. With the convertible top and windows down, Shade had been enjoying his drive in the cool, fall evening air. Now, all that openness allowed the renegade bride to pop the lock, open the door, and climb into the rear seat, scraping stiff lace over his head in the process. As his hitchhiker positioned herself in the middle of the seat, the volume of tulle and satin spread out around her.
“Oops.” She leaned forward until she could get a hand on the open door and closed it with a slam. Then she settled back with a sigh.
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