Interview with Writing Duo Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 5.35.07 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category?

Loretta and I write in several genres, but our main love is mystery. The Vanished Lady is a mystery with a touch of romance.

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

When Dana buys The Vanished Lady Inn, she discovers the place holds secrets, not only about a woman who vanished in the past—but the more recent disappearance of Amy Walden.

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

We’ve always loved to travel to out of the way places to find inspiration for our novels. In Colorado we came upon many “painted lady” houses, which are Victorian homes trimmed in bright colors. From there, the plot developed, and the character of Dana, who dreams of restoring such a place, emerged. The book took us about a year to write, including the research.

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

Loretta and I both are fascinated with historic homes from Southern mansions to Victorian inns and can’t pass up a tour of them. I think this aspect of our personalities is reflected in Dana.

Do you have more books planned?

We are always working on a new novel or short story.. Our current project is a book for our Jeff McQuede High Country Mystery Series, set in Wyoming. We also have plans to write another Ardis Cole archaeological mystery, and maybe a single title suspense.

Do you have a favorite book or piece of art that inspires you? Change to What authors have influenced you?
Loretta and I are both big fans of Tony Hillerman. We also enjoy Aaron Elkins and just about any good mystery.

How do you work together as co-authors?

We work by having a strong plot outline and dividing the book into chapters. We alternate the actual writing of chapters, then exchange them for the other to edit. In this way, we both of us have input into the entire book. This takes a lot of time, meetings and phone calls, but it is fun to work together.

How do you find the time to write?

We both write full time and dedicate a part of each day to writing.

How can readers find you online?

BLOG
Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson’s Writing Tips and Fiction

http://vbritton.blogspot.com

Our Facebook page
Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson: Mystery Writers
https://www.facebook.com/VickieBrittonAndLorettaJackson

Twitter
https://twitter.com/vickiebrit

Goodreads
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/695981.Vickie_Britton

 

The Vanished Lady  Excerpt

“No telling what will be hiding behind those faded, blue flowers,” Dana exclaimed. “This house must be filled with many secrets.”
“I’m sure you’ll find the beauty that’s at present not revealed. Always look for beauty. That’s what I do.”
Logan’s dark eyes again drew her with their challenging depths, their sense of adventure. She wanted to share more of her ideas and plans with him, but he was already starting to the door.
“If you need anything, Dana, just let me know.”
“Thanks.” She followed Logan to the entrance, asking, conversationally, “Were you well-acquainted with the last owners, the Waldens?”
“Yes.” A shadow moved into his eyes. “I never thought they would actually let go of this inn.”
“They probably wanted to leave here because of their daughter.”
Obviously Logan didn’t want to talk about this. He quickly turned away, his voice becoming low and guarded. “Amy Walden has been gone for a little over two years. Vanished without a trace.”
“That’s the same thing that happened to Lelia Glenn so long ago,” Dana remarked. “What do you think happened to Amy?”
“No one knows.” He opened the front door. “I’d better be going.”
Dana stepped out on the porch, her foot catching on that loose floorboard. She would have fallen had not Logan reached out to steady her.
His strong hand remained for a while on her arm, and she felt the impact of his gaze.
“Good night, Dana.”
Logan started toward the jutting outline of the mountain, his shadowy form blending into an even greater darkness. She wondered if his path would take him across the bridge that spanned the wide creek.
The momentary enthusiasm that had flared while they were discussing the house had already begun to recede, replaced by a vague, but certain apprehension. A terrible happening had taken place here not too long ago. Dana felt forewarned, fearful, almost as if she were slated to be the inn’s third vanished lady.

 

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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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