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Interview with Author Anne Carrole

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 1.05.30 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?

THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH is a contemporary romance. I love romance novels, reading them and writing them. In romance, because everyone knows that it is going to turn out okay, having great characters that grow is so very important and I love writing characters that have a lot of layers to them. And I also love writing (and reading) books that have a happily-ever-after. With so much turmoil about us, I want my reader to be assured that no matter what is happening in the world or in their personal life or what obstacles my characters are facing, my reader can count on a happily-ever-after. I know I need that when I read books.

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

After her grandfather’s death, Mandy Prescott is determined to take back control of her family’s rodeo company from the man who broke her heart years ago. Ty Martin is just as determined to do right by his former mentor, Mandy’s grandfather, even if that means selling the company before it loses its sterling reputation. Mandy is prepared to fight him but a crazy provision in her grandfather’s will has changed the stakes. Risking her company is one thing. Risking her heart is quite another.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

I like strong female characters who can match a strong hero and when I read an article about the challenges a daughter of a stock rodeo contractor was facing running the business given it is a pretty male-oriented industry, I was intrigued. The story came together quickly but I take my time producing a book because I go back in and layer my characters and plot line to assure I am giving the best reading experience to the reader and that revision process takes me many months. I envy those who can write fast but that’s not me.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

Before I started writing full-time, I was part of the corporate world and had climbed high enough that there were not many women at my level (at least during my tenure) so I definitely can empathize with Mandy’s situation.

If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?

Chris Hemsworth with dark hair would be perfect to play Ty Martin—and he is always inspiring!

LovingaCowboy3_300_OfficialWhen did you decide to become a writer?

I actually started writing stories while in middle school and continued my love of literature and writing as an English major in college but the need to earn a living outweighed the starving author track. Once I was home raising my daughter, it seemed the perfect opportunity to pursue something I loved.

How do you find the time to write?

That is the challenge, isn’t it? My daughter is college-aged so it is much easier now but when she was younger I usually wrote after she went to bed. I also have a very supportive husband so he would “spring” me on weekends. And then there was writing time while I was waiting for her after dance class or tennis lessons. I caught time whenever and wherever I could.

What are you working on right now?

The Maverick Meets His Match is Book 2 in the Hearts of Wyoming series so I am hard at work on Book 3, The Wrangler’s Heart. This is Cat McKenna’s story. She’s a rancher’s daughter who never liked ranch life (she pined for the city) and is now forced to run her family’s large and prosperous ranch. Only she doesn’t even know what questions to ask, much less the answers. The Taylors have been “feuding” with the McKennas over water rights for over a century and guess whose son Cat asks to help her? Cody Taylor has his own dire reasons for taking a paycheck from the McKenna’s despite the fact he feels he’s betraying a long line of Taylors. The attraction between these two has always been there but their family issues have served to dampen any flame. Now that they are working together, though, it’s like a wind has caught that flame and is making it burn. Think “Hatfields and McCoys find Romeo and Juliet” only with a happy ending.

How can readers find you online?

My website: http://www.annecarrole.com

Like and friend me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lovewesternromances and http://www.facebook.com/annecarrole

Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/annecarrole

Catch me on my blog: http://annecarrole.blogspot.com

Follow me on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/annecarrole 

 

Excerpt The Maverick Meets His Match by Anne Carrole

She circled the oval wood table, putting it between them, and looked at Ty through the narrow space framed by two chrome pendant lights dangling from the high ceiling. She’d been in the long, narrow conference room once before, ten years ago, but she remembered nothing about that day. She’d been crying too hard. “What do you want to know?”

Mandy pulled out one of the table’s black leather chairs and sank into it, taking refuge in its overstuffed comfort as she set the large purse she carried on the floor.

“Everything,” he said, still standing in the doorway like some gatekeeper controlling who entered and exited. “What stock you’re pulling, how many of the crew you’re using, your expense estimates, how much you expect to make on the event.”

This from a man who knew nothing about supplying stock. Those beaters inside her whirred faster.

“Everything,” he repeated.

“You can get that from Karen, our admin.”

Ty’s mouth drew in, and his eyes narrowed as he stepped into the room, covering the distance to the table in two long strides. He placed his hands on the table’s polished surface and leaned forward until he was mere inches from her face so that he blocked out everything around her. Even with that strong jaw of his clenched, he was still too attractive for her own good. She tightened her grip on the chair arms as her pulse quickened, determined to meet his steely gaze with a glare of her own.

If he was trying to intimidate her, it wouldn’t work.

“Here’s the thing, Mandy. I want the information from you. And I want you to go through it with me, number by number.” His tone was matter of fact, even if those tantalizing lips of his had flatlined.

“I need to understand the business if I’m going to lead it. And you’re the best one to show me.”

She could feel the blood pulsing at her temple, which meant she was on her way to an epic headache. Breathing deep, she cocked her head to get a better bead on his arrogance. “Here’s the thing, Ty. After today, I expect the family to own the required shares to vote you out of your role.” She prayed she was right. “And you won’t need to understand anything about the business.”

Leather creaked as Ty folded his long, lean, undoubtedly buff body into the padded chair while his dark eyes scrutinized her, as if her words puzzled him. She thought she’d been pretty darn straightforward.

Six tension-filled beats of her heart passed before he finally spoke.

“I guess we’ll just have to wait and see about that.”

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Interview with Author Betsy Anne

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 7.06.06 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?

Mine, Not Hers (Book 1-True Love Series) is romantic erotica. I think most authors tend to write what they would like to read themselves, and I definitely fall into that category. I’m a big fan of E.L. James, Christina Lauren and Sylvia Day.

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

It’s the story of a true, deep love between two people that is tested when a suspected betrayal hits their marriage. Plenty of heat and suspense that keeps the reader guessing.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

Every time I finished reading a book, I’d think to myself, ‘I really want to write!’  I allowed the story to develop on it’s own as I was writing. Once I began, it took a little over a year.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

Of course! I won’t dare say which parts, but they do sneak in. I think it’s unavoidable. I think some of their characteristics begin to rub off on me, as well.

If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?

I’ve used Pinterest a lot to help with this one. Of course, we always have a clear image when we write (or read) of who we think our characters should be. For the leads, I can see Jason played by model Justice Joslin (look him up, he’s gorgeous), Katie played by Gabriella Wilde and Cynthia played by Megan Fox.

Do you have a favorite book or art that inspires you?

I draw on so many different things to inspire me creatively. I generally take the unbeaten path and gravitate to things just a little outside the norm. I get inspiration from reading auto-biographies. I’m so drawn to individuals back stories, no matter who it is. The nuttier, the better. Fiction has nothing on real life for making you stop and think. I appreciate all forms of creative expression, as well. Music, paintings, sculpture, poetry. It’s all a small piece of the artist’s soul, and for that reason alone, is enough to inspire.

Do you have a message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?

It seems that I do, even a little unintentionally. True love exists, strong, loving men are really out there and we should never settle for anything less than finding the person who brings out the best in us.

When did you decide to become a writer?

When I was about five, and that’s the truth. I was a very early reader, and loved writing my own little stories on my mother’s typewriter. I hated writing required papers in school, if I couldn’t make it up from my imagination, I was miserable. Fast-forward to adult life, I waited until my oldest went off to college so that I could dedicate more time with my laptop. The desire was always there, but life and responsibilities have a way of distracting you from your dreams. I held strong and waited.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write. Every single day. Every famous writer who has ever been asked that question always gives that same response. I’ve heard it and read it dozens of times, but that’s because it’s true. Writing takes commitment and practice, like anything else you aspire to be better at. An hour a day, minimum, to really see the effort pay off. Even if you don’t know what to write about, just put words down on paper (or screen).

How do you find the time to write?

I force myself to make it a priority. I’ve learned that the hard way over the last few years. The first book took a year to complete, because the discipline of making time wasn’t quite there. I’ve gotten much better, and considerably more productive, when I put it on my calendar as priority #1.

What are you working on right now?

I’m making my notes for a new series. Brothers, careers and a ranch are involved. It’ll be hot!

How can readers find you online?

My website is the best place to begin.

www.betsyannebooks.com

I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Amazon Author Central and Google+ under Betsy Anne Books

Excerpt from Mine, Not Hers

Jason calls me promptly at two the next day. I’m sitting in the living room with my mom and dad, and I excuse myself to talk to him in private. I keep checking the shadow under the door, because I know my mother’s fondness for snooping. I should mention on the phone that I’m pregnant just to hear her cough up her lunch. That image puts a smile on my face, and Jason must hear it in my voice.

“Hi! I’m so glad you called. My mom’s been driving me crazy asking questions about you today. I realized I don’t know anything about you,” I say as quietly as possible without whispering.

“Well, I kept my promise and thought of you all night. I wouldn’t call it dreaming, because I couldn’t sleep. What have you done to me, Katie?”

That last line was barely audible, but I heard it. My stomach does a little flip knowing that he is still feeling as strongly as he proclaimed last night. We talk on the phone for two and a half hours. I tell him all about me, not that there’s that much to tell. Only child, private school I hated, and not many friends or boyfriends to speak of. My life story is over in about five minutes. I find out from questioning him that he loves sports, all sports. He plays football, basketball, and runs track. He wants to go into some type of sports medicine, so he keeps his grades first priority. He has an older sister, Megan, in her second year of college down in Arizona, and a younger brother, Johnny who is friends with Colleen’s brother, Luke. His parents, Walter and Mary, own a bakery together. Two, actually: the local one by the grocery store, and one they just opened downtown. They’ve been really busy, and Jason has to help out a lot with the house and his brother. That explains no time for girls.

He asks if he can meet Colleen and me in the morning so he can walk with us. He has noticed that I walk with her every morning. When we finally say our strung out goodbyes, I feel like I’m on the moon. Are my feet even touching the ground? Both of my parents notice when I float into the kitchen for dinner.

“Wow, look at her!” my dad, Bob, says with a chuckle.

“She’s on cloud nine, dear, I can tell. A mother knows.”

Of course, my mom knows everything. That’s what happens when you keep your ear to the ground, or against the door, or have eyeballs looking through a window. I love my parents very much, but it’s hard being an only child sometimes.

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