Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in Michigan, met my husband there, and worked for 38 years for the State of Michigan before retiring. We moved from Michigan to Montana in 2015, and then last year, we moved from Montana to Alabama for medical reasons. I have no children of my own, but I do have a step-son. I am owned by 3 kitty cats and the doggie that lives next door. I published my first book, Delayed Justice, in 2014. Elkhorn in the Moonlight is book #9, and Midnight Escape will be #10 and published later this year. When I’m not writing, I like to spend time with my husband and our fur babies, love to read romance novels, love to basket weave, fiddle on the piano, and sit on the swing on my back porch.
How do you make time to write?
Since I’m retired, and a homebody, I have plenty of time to devote to writing. The hardest point for me is to just sit and write. When I finally do sit to write, I have all my resources at my fingers, and my husband is gone to do his thing……
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I have a loose outline to guide me through the story. Just something that tells me what I want to put in.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Yes, a couple of times I went through writer’s block because of my medication. While in Montana, I was sick quite a bit, and couldn’t sit down to write, and when I could, I couldn’t due to the medications. Other times like right now, I have so many manuscripts in various stages of edits, that I just can’t sit and write, so I work on edits.
How did you deal with Rejection Letters if you received any?
I put them away. Then look at them later, when the sting goes away.
What are your current projects?
I am working with my publisher on the final edits for Midnight Escape to be released this summer. I have a military romance I’m working on, Operation Code Name: Desert Love, I am almost ready to submit another manuscript to my publisher called Love, A Second Time Around, I’m also working with a group of ladies called Common Elements Romance Project, we have taken 5 items, and have agreed to put them in our books, and we are publishing our books later this year. It is the first time I’ve ever self-published. My book is called The Haunted Love Affair. I’m working on three books, Roadside Love, Roadside Desire and Roadside Passion. It centers around two brothers and a sister who find love in a small town in Wyoming. All are related but standalone.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
No actress for Nicole, in Elkhorn in the Moonlight, but someone I know in Basin, Montana, where we lived. For the hero, Marcus, I have Martin Sensmeier, a Native American actor.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing, keep mastering the craft of writing and don’t give up.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
“You pass it every time you go into Mason. The other two are on the other side of the overpass. Sandpiper Mine you can see from the highway, but you have to go on Gulch Mine to get to the Elkhorn Mountains. The mountain ranges there are the highest, and there are a lot of vertical drops, so you’d have to travel where you can walk it. It’s not something where you can climb it and be there. You have to go in a roundabout way.”
“Do you have a very clear vision of where this cave is, and how to get to it?” he asked.
“Yes. I remember it clear as day now.”
“How soon can you get yourself ready for the hike?”
“What? I’m not going there. You are. I can’t just take off and leave, I have work to do. Plus, it’s way too cold to go there right now. The mountains in that area still have snow on them.”
“You think I would know where to go by the information that you provided?”
“I gave you very good information,” she said.
“Do you have the coordinates for GPS?”
“No. I don’t.”
“So, you think that I, who have never traveled these mountains before, would have no problem finding that cave?” Marcus’s eyes narrowed as he regarded her.
“I don’t have any idea how you intend to get there. Personally, I think you should wait until summer to do it. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable.”
Marcus sat thinking about the situation for a second, and then he said, “Name your price.”
“I said, name your price,” he repeated.
“I need you to lead me to that cave, and I have to do it this week.”
“You’re not listening to me. I can’t take you there. I have work to do here. I can’t leave to go on a weeklong camping trip.”
“You can for a price,” he said grimly.
“You can’t buy me off to get what you want,” Nicole said defensively.
“Everyone is willing to do certain things for a certain price. Will thirty thousand get you interested and willing to go?”
“I…I…thirty thousand? No, I won’t be bought,” she stammered.
“Look, Nicole. Let’s quit with the games. I’m going to go there to get those Sacred Arrows, and you are the one who is going to take me there and bring me back. I’m offering you thirty thousand for a week…week and a half of work. I think your brother and his wife can handle the motel for that length of time.”
“I’m sorry.” She stopped for a few seconds.
“I won’t be bullied. My answer is no.” She stood up to leave.
“Just think about this. Like I said, thirty thousand for a week and a half of work. Think what you could do with that money. Think of all the possibilities and opportunities you’d have. As for the weather, I know you have lived through worse weather right here in Mason. You know what to expect. I would not let you go up there without your GPS, your cellphone and satellite phone, your two-way radio, and letting your brother know exactly where you’re at should there ever be an emergency. I’ll give you until tomorrow at noon to tell me your decision, and if I were you, I’d think about this very seriously. I intend to have my way in this,” he said sternly. Grabbing his maps and the pictures she gave him, he walked back to the causeway and to his room.
Thank you for hosting me today, Tina.
Thank you for stopping by, Connie.