Hi, Chula. Thanks for being with us. Our readers love to get to know their authors. So what can you tell us about your new release?
Skittle-Pip: A Rancher’s Bride Book 1 is a lighthearted romance about two girls, as close as sisters and how they find loving men to guide and protect them.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved the peacocks. I had a lot of fun researching them. Animals can bring out both the best and the worst in their human counterparts as well as providing for some humorous situations. I try to use them as symbols and reflections of our own human foibles, but the fact is, they’re also just plain-old hilarious.
Are you working on a new book right now? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am working on another Western, not so lighthearted but I’m almost finished with that.
I’m really looking forward to starting on a follow up book to Skittle-Pip. The next generation of peacock fanciers will probably inherit all their parents’ tendencies toward love and laughter, so the ideas are already swirling. Now, if I can just pursuade them to settle down and get themselves on paper (or screen).
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I have been told that there wasn’t enough love in my stories. I did wonder if by that the critic meant to say she had noticed a lack of explicit physical descriptions. I have been trying to make sure that my characters show and express their love more, but graphic scenes are not what I like in a novel, so I don’t plan on going there. If love is lacking, that’s something I can work on. In my writing, I want to celebrate love in all its forms: romance as well as friendship and family.
And, what has been the best compliment?
I love it when people mention that my stories make them laugh. We all face challenges in our lives. I want my books to help readers escape to a different world and leave troubles behind so that when they return to their real lives, they can be refreshed and ready to take on their issues with a smile.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing the descriptive parts of the story are hard for me. I like the dialog. That’s what I can really get rolling with. Describing scenery and clothing is hard work. And food? Just not my thing, but I do try.
Do you spend a lot of time doing research?
I spend as much time as I can. I love reading about historical topics. There again, getting food and clothing right for a particular era is always a puzzle, but I love learning about different customs and ways of life.
So, what book are you reading now?
I’m re-reading the Amelia Peabody Emerson series by Elizabeth Peters. I’ve got to love the strong-willed heroine, and I write in her well-deserved spankings myself.
For Fun- tell us your 5 favorite movies. Why?
The Quiet Man: Big strong John Wayne hero!
Serenity: great dialog
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: inspiring
Raiders of the Lost Ark: action-packed fun
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: sweet escape
What did Vince expect when he went chasing after a red-head? A calm, quiet life? If he did, he was sadly disappointed. What started out as a simple favor for an old friend wound up landing him and his brother up to their eyebrows in madcap mayhem. What’s a cowboy to do with such a beautiful trouble-maker when he catches her but turn her over his knee for a good old- fashioned spanking?
Madcap mayhem ensue wherever Pinkie goes, but at the end of the day, Vince knows that he can’t live without his skittle-pip. Now, if he can just convince her.