What got you interested writing Sweet Romance books?
I like a good story with no curse words, graphic sex or violence. My goal is to write stories that make my readers happy. I figure if someone wants depressing stories they can watch the news. My stories will always end happily-ever-after.
Tell readers a little about the Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick series.
I love these stories. It all started when Thomas J. Connors got the bright idea to write a letter for an agency asking for a bride for himself. He picked two because he wanted to surprise his brother. To add to the fun, the woman running the agency disappeared and his letter wound up in newspapers throughout the land. So, from time to time, women show up in Hickory Stick looking for Thomas J. Connors. You’ll have to read to find out which one he married. Caroline, Julia, and Sarah were the first three brides to show up all at the same time.
Also, tell us a little about the Montana Brides of Solomon's Valley series.
This one starts out with Judge Solomon Taggart. His wife and daughter had died years ago, and he’s lonely. He has a fortune to his name but no one to carry on. He sends off for a mail order bride. Rachel answers the ad. She’s desperate to find a husband to keep her family together. She accepts his offer and takes her family west to Montana. Well, she did forget to tell the judge about her children. She has ten.
There is also a feud in the valley between two families.
In addition, tell us a little about the Bounty Hunter Lawkeeper series.
The Lawkeeper Series is a series by several talented authors. The first one of mine is Lawfully Saved and introduces Rand Ketcham. He’s my ex-bounty hunter, reluctant matchmaker, and rose gardener. In Lawfully Engaged, due to release in October, a Texas Ranger finds an interesting birthday present when he gets back to headquarters. Someone has ordered him a mail order bride.
If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?
Oh, yes and no. LOL I love the idea of adventure and to take a wagon train west like in Oregon Dreams or Golden Dreams. But to tell the truth, I think I am too spoiled in this century to live in that one. But oh, the adventure.
I did enjoy Liberty in Liberty Belle. She has an independent spirit that gets her into trouble. I also love Greta in Greta’s Story. She is one of my most innovative characters. I couldn’t believe how she solved her problem.
What's your favorite character that you have created and why?
Right now, I am enjoying Rand Ketcham, my ex-bounty hunter. I tried to get him to change his name, but he wouldn’t have it. Characters can be quite obstinate at times. Then there is Bridgette. She has a mind of her own.
Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?
Not that I can think of offhand. One thing you will probably notice is I will put the phrase, how hard can that be, in my stories. That is one of my famous sayings that causes my husband to roll his eyes and shake his head.
If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?
I can’t think of one at all. I love writing.
What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?
LOL that is impossible to say. I love all of them. Guess they are like children. I like Liberty in Liberty Belle for her love of freedom. Bridgette for her brilliant ingenuity. Greta for her innovative thinking. I love them all.
What do you like to do with your time when you're not writing?
I like to be with my friends and family. And eat.
What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?
I owned and ran a pet store for 20 years.
What do you have in store for your readers next?
More adventures for Rand Ketcham with a Quest for Iris which will be out in August and after her will come Wrong Way Penelope. And Lord willing, many more stories of fun loving characters who find their forever love amidst the adventure and backdrop of the American West.
Thanks again for this interview. Here's to continued success.
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