Tell us about your new release.
Repeating the Past is set in Nevada in 1889 when the boom days of the silver rush are slowing down. Win and Beth are time travelers sent there for different purposes, who did not know each other before their arrival. He realizes very quickly that she is his no-show student from when he was a history professor and, more importantly, his boss’ daughter. So he knows that he needs to keep a close eye on her and take her in hand when her early behavior is shocking to the locals.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really like the aftercare scenes when barriers have been lowered and the hero and heroine can talk without worrying about how what they say will be received. There is a chance to show the true trust and tenderness that they feel for each other.
Are you working on a new book right now? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am working on the next book in my Myths and Magic series – which are stories about the next generation in Santa’s family. Five male cousins, one of whom will be Santa’s successor, are each in the process of finding their true life partner – their elf. This year is Nicholas’ story, although Niccolo, Dominic, Nicholai will all make appearances. And maybe, the rockstar cousin, Nico, who hasn’t been seen yet, will finally show up.
The problem is that the sequel to Wheatleigh’s Golden Goose is loudly demanding to be written and it is bogging me down a bit. I have to laugh because Wheatleigh’s Golden Goose did the same thing when I was working on Mind Me, Mae. I guess Rich and Marcus are just very determined Doms!
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
It can be frustrating when I read the reviews and see, through the comments, that the reader has missed something. The finale punishment in Mind Me, Mae is sometimes mentioned as being too harsh, and I would agree to a certain extent. But the hero insisted that it had to be that way. It was the crucial deciding point for their future together and at some later date, might possibly mean the difference between life or death for the sheriff hero, who cannot afford to be distracted by speculation about his mate’s obedience and safety. Plus, while he had her prepare 5 switches, he is only shown using 2, an unknown number are left at the end of the session.
And, what has been the best compliment?
I was very pleasantly surprised when I read a review that Mind Me, Mae had brought the reader to tears a couple of times. I am delighted that my writing was able to evoke such a response. Although, see above – Mine Me, Mae seems to have two very different camps!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Of the two types of writers, plotters and pantsers, I am very much a member of the latter category. This means that I have no idea as I am working, what is going to happen during the course of the story. All I know is that somehow everything will work out and there will be a happily ever after ending. The one time I tried to plot out a storyline ahead of time, I got very excited that it seemed to work so easily – only to discover later that the story I had outlined provided no physical interaction between the hero and heroine and hence, no spankings or love scenes. So I had to let some time pass to lose the hold the plot had on me and let my characters come back to life in my head. I need to be immersed in my story with the people telling me what happens, and often surprising me!
Do you spend a lot of time doing research?
Mostly my stories are contemporary and don’t require a lot of in-depth research. But I had a wonderful time doing the research for Repeating the Past, set in 1889 Nevada. Beth, the heroine has made a fundamental mistake and written about her experience in 1989 Las Vegas for her 19th century history class. While I have western roots in my family tree, it had been a while since I had been out west (I’m an east coast girl) and I had only seen Vegas and Tahoe in Nevada. So after a family vacation in Vegas, I rented a car and headed out for a three day research drive through the state. I stopped to read every historical marker along the highway and visited several towns that had their beginnings in the days of the silver rush. I spent hours in a couple of very informative local museums and drove along part of the pony express and stage coach routes. The town in my story needed to be near foothills where silver could be found, and have a free flowing creek that would allow for agriculture and livestock. Vast parts of Nevada are very barren and I was really starting to get worried, but on the very last day, when I was only a couple of hours away from returning to Vegas, I went around a broad bend in the road and there was the smallish oasis of my little town. When I read the historical marker saying that gold and silver had been mined in the local hills, I actually squealed with excitement. (Good thing no one was around!) And then, half a mile further down the road I read an ornate metal gate identifying the Johnson ranch and I pulled off and cried a little. The hero uses the last name Johnson when he time travels and in my very fertile mind I know that after all their travels, Win and Beth came back to where they met to raise their family. No, the actual town’s name is not Sweet Creek, and in a rather unbelievable twist, I don’t what it is. In the moment of my discovery I thought I would remember it forever, but the emotions I experienced seem to have wiped that detail from my memory. I’m headed to Vegas next spring for the next Passionate Pen conference, I’m daydreaming about renting a car and trying to find it again…
In my other research experiences, I went South, like Mabel while writing Mind Me, Mae, and discovered that the distinctive architectural feature of her house was extremely rare in the south, so I had to make a point of that in my story. And in Wheatleigh’s Golden Goose, I needed to find a local New England chocolate company and discovered Lake Champlain Chocolates. Now that was very delicious research and I intend to offer their product in some future give aways. (Once I figure out how to manage that!)
So, what book are you reading now?
I am a voracious reader and always, always have at least one book going. In these miraculous days of e-readers (which I always carry with me), it is usually more than one! I, of course, read a huge amount of Blushing’s books. But I also love to read all kinds of other genres. I strongly favor fiction, and avoid horror. I don’t like being scared! Westerns, romance, sci-fi, historicals, mystery and suspense, paranormal, fantasy, rom com, I read them all. One of my all time best reading exeriences was when I read the first book in the Neighbor from Hell series, Playing for Keeps, by RL Mathewson. I was completely alone and able to indulge my need to literally laugh out loud – repeatedly. Several times I had to put my kindle down to focus on laughing, only to pick it up again, read a couple of paragraphs and put it down again because I was laughing too hard to hold it!
For Fun- tell us your 5 favorite movies. Why?
This is an answer that changes all the time depending on my mood and what I’ve been reading lately. Today the answer is: Hello Dolly, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Father Goose, McClintock, and the documentary about the rehearsals for Michael Jackson’s tour that he was about to start when he died (lent my dvd to my mother and don’t remember the title). Next week the answer might well be: Indiana Jones (all of them), Star Wars (the first that came out – Episode IV), Star Trek (all of them, but especially the one with the whales), Local Hero, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Next month? Maybe: Miracle on 34th Street, African Queen, The Thin Man series, The Moon-Spinners, Cocoanuts.
What does the minister of historical studies do when his daughter is failing her history class and doesn’t think a mere hundred years can make all that much difference? He sends her back to repeat the lessons she isn’t learning in the classroom by living in nineteenth century Nevada – a far cry from the experience she had in modern day Las Vegas!
Beth has been coasting in school. She has traveled throughout time all her life, accompanying her father on his trips as he monitors the course of events to make certain that history isn’t being tampered with. Only recently have technological advances made time travel economical enough to allow the department to send field agents out on missions on a regular basis, and now that Beth has grown up, she expects to join their ranks. However, her father has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to give her one of the prized positions, so she parties instead of studying. After all, what is the point of attending classes if she knows more than her professors about history and she can’t have what she wants?
Win can’t believe his luck when the Minister of Historical Studies offers him the new field assignment to run a general store and buy raw ore from the miners in 1889 Nevada. While he had been going on missions with his mentor for many years when school wasn’t in session, he had ultimately chosen to make education his career – that is until he was driven to reconsider that choice by the complete disregard his mentor’s daughter had shown to his efforts. Now, just as he is about to reach his post and take up his duties, that same disrespectful girl suddenly appears and he is forced to keep an eye on her as she immediately lands herself in trouble for inappropriate behavior.
Beth never came to class and has no idea who Win is. He plans to stay in character in case this is some sort of test that the Minister of Historical Studies has devised. What else could he be thinking to send his lovely young daughter into such a dangerous town where men outnumber women by ten to one?
About the Author:
Georgia is a southerner at heart who has lived in New England for thirty years, traveling back to her roots as often as she can. An avid reader all her life, she has always thought of herself as a writer, and did a few fan fiction stories while in middle and high school. She started a Regency in college when she ran out of books to read. But she didn’t turn to writing seriously until her children were grown. She discovered through her RWA meetings that she is a ‘pantser’ writer, meaning that she doesn’t plot out her stories ahead and just lets them flow (writing by the seat of her pants). The result is often that she is as surprised as her readers at some of the turns her stories take. She is especially enjoying watching as her Myths and Magic series unfolds. She never knew how interesting Santa’s family would be, or what a world would be like where magic exists and mythical beings walked amongst us unsuspecting humans.
When not creating her romances, Georgia escapes her computer to travel, in search of her own Love. Rufus, her feline companion, is her trusty sidekick on many of their adventures.
Don’t miss these exciting titles by Georgia St. Claire and Blushing Books!
Mind Me, Mae
Wheatleigh’s Golden Goose
Coming soon: Repeating the Past
Myths and Magic Series:
Nick’s Naughty Elf
Coming soon: The Girl from Christmas