is the author of a little series called Divine Creek Ranch
and I have recently become a huge fan. They are smokin' hot and contain all the right ingredients for a fantastic romance: great characters, engaging storylines and orgasmic sex. On behalf of Fallen Angel Reviews, thank you so much for spending time with us!
Thank you, Tara. It's a pleasure to visit with you and Fallen Angel Reviews. Let me also say thank you again for your reviews of the books. That was quite a time commitment you made, those four books are almost 500,000 words total. Prodigious!
To begin, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I've been married to the love of my life for sixteen years and we have two school age children. I write fulltime and feel as though I'm living a dream. It's pretty cool to wake up looking forward to work every day.
How did you create the excellent little town of Divine? BTW, I'm planning to move there!
LOL, I've been hearing that a lot. Most of the locations readers remember from the series are based on actual places. Stigall's department store, The Dancing Pony, Cheaver's Western Store, and Harper's are all based on actual businesses that were frequent haunts of mine over the years. I met my husband in the nightclub The Dancing Pony is based on and I worked for a time at the store Stigall's was patterned after. The Divine Creek Ranch and all the other locations were all constructed in my imagination.
Tell us a little about your latest release.
Spurs and Heels is Juliana and Ash's story. Many will remember the Stigall's Department Store manager and Divine Creek Ranch foreman from their unfortunate introduction in Heavenly Angel. Juliana is the workaholic, recovering from a recent break-up and Ash's attempts at charming her keep backfiring. While helping a friend on moving day, Ash accidentally knocks her from a ladder and she suffers fairly serious injuries. Ash feels responsible and volunteers to help her until she's able to fend for herself. This throws them into close quarters and passion flares between them. When a misunderstanding threatens to rip their fledgling relationship apart they must decide who they believe and whether they really trust each other.
Maya's Triple Dare
is a highly anticipated addition to the Divine Creek Ranch
series. What would you like readers to know about this book?
In Maya's Triple Dare, readers will be reacquainted with Kendall, Boone and Richard Warner and meet Maya Daire. Maya is a young widow who has received a posthumous letter from her loving husband, a year after his accidental death. He's challenged her to follow her heart, which he knew belonged not only to him but also to Kendall Warner. Kendall convinces Maya to come to Divine. She agrees to a week but he wants forever. Richard and Boone enter the picture and Maya is determined to not repeat the mistake of the past. She wants them all, even if it costs her the censure of the Divine community.
Is there any one character or couple in your series that is especially close to your heart?
Grace and Ethan are very dear to me. I love to write, but I especially enjoyed writing their love scenes and dialogue. I say that, but truth be told, I fall in love with all my characters. If I'm not twittery-in-love with all those men, and crying with all those heroines when they have their moment of self-realization, then I'm not doing it right. I don't expect a reader to invest themselves emotionally in a story if I'm not there myself.
How about a favorite book in the series?
As I'm writing them they are all my favorites.
Divine Grace was my first sale to Siren, my first experience in revising and editing a book and for that reason it is my favorite.
Her Gentle Giant, hands down, has my favorite cover. Les Byerley, the cover artist captured both characters perfectly. Eli and Rachel were larger than life, for me, and their love scenes were magical.
Heavenly Angel was the easiest to write and the most satisfying story to tell, perhaps because Angel was the first character I envisioned in the series.
Rosemary's Double Delight almost didn't get written because I was moving on with the series and had already started writing Spurs and Heels. I hated to leave Rosemary, Wes and Evan behind without telling the story of how they got "over it" and got together. I'm glad I put the closure they needed to pen because I'm sure I would've regretted it if I hadn't.
Spurs and Heels is my favorite because it represented a bend in the road, and moving on as a writer. All five books were written before Divine Grace was published and those months in which I revised and worked on my edits were a period of incredible growth for me. If it hadn't been for a publisher who believed in and encouraged me, and editors who told me what I needed to hear even when it hurt, the books wouldn't have turned out as well as they did. I owe Siren Publishing a debt of gratitude.
Which authors provide the most inspiration for your books?
I have always been a voracious reader and I have many favorite authors, but only a few actually inspire my writing. Leah Brooke, Sophie Oak, Tymber Dalton and Maya Banks. Anyone aspiring to be a writer in any genre should read Tymber Dalton / Lesli Richardson's blog and her writing tips.
If we were to view your bookshelf, what would we find?
On my Kindle? Mostly erotic romance and paranormal romance. On my bookshelves at home, you will find lots of dust, art projects from my kids, scrapbooks, and various non-fiction. Oh, and my husband's cookbooks!
What is your opinion on what happened to Judy Mays, the teacher/erotic romance writer who was exposed in the papers?
Her mistreatment reinforced my own decision to use a pseudonym and zealously protect my real identity. In my humble opinion, there is no way any amount of success can truly make up for the hurt that was done to Ms. Mays by those hypocritical parents and the media that latched on to that event. They had no right to force her into the limelight in the manner in which they did. With all that said, the amount of support shown to Ms. Mays through the writing community and readers was phenomenal. I hope sales of her backlist have gone wild and wish her all the success in the world, because great success is the best revenge.
If there is any place in the world you could visit, where would it be?
Ireland, Italy, the Grand Canyon and the state of Washington. If Leah Brooke and Sophie Oak could e-mail me the maps to their wonderful imaginary towns of Desire, OK and Bliss, CO I'd be grateful for that, too.
Have you ever jumped out of a perfectly good airplane?
Not only "NO," but "Hell NO!"
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the one thing you could not live without?
My husband. If by "thing" you mean inanimate object, I'd have to say something to write on and something to write with. Sorry, that's two things. Cut me some slack, Tara. It's a deserted island. I probably should've asked for a sat phone so someone could get me the heck out of there.
Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
I do have a website. I am very active on Facebook and readers can e-mail me. Visit my author page at Siren Publishing.
You are an incredibly fun lady and I'm so grateful for your time. I wish you all the luck in the world with your writing career and I anxiously await your next addition to the series. Thanks again!
Thank you, Tara. I appreciate you taking the time with me.
Interviewed by: Tara