Tule Author Q&A: Charlee James discusses her writing process!

Charlee James stopped by the Tule blog to discuss the third book in the Cape Cod Shore series, Dangerous Water!

 

This is an exciting story with some romantic suspense elements, but you also write sweet romance. Which genre is your favorite to write? Why?

My favorite genre to read is romantic suspense. Still, I enjoy writing both sweet and suspenseful novels with strong family elements—biological and the family we create from the special people who make our lives whole. I love the holidays, so a sweet seasonal romance complete with snow flurries and hot cocoa is always fun and nostalgic to write. The characters I fall for the most are the broken heroes and heroines who overcome significant personal hurdles to grasp their happy-ever-after moments.

 

Three Sliced Eggplants and Gray Stainless Steel Non-stick PanIf you could spend the day with Elle or Gabe, who would you choose and what would you do?

Gabe learned to cook from his mother, who was a chef. Her recipes ground him, and help to keep her memory close.  Each ingredient is a reminder of her sound advice, a lecture she might’ve given him, or some secret joke. In one scene, Gabe makes eggplant rollatini for Elle—a personal favorite of mine. He tells her to relax, have some wine, and sample his tapenade and crostini creations while he cooks. Invite me for dinner, Gabe, and I’ll be your taste tester!

 

Are your characters set before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go? What did that development process look like for Dangerous Water?

I’m a very visual person, and it’s how I learn and work best. Characters always find a way to pop into my head, and then I think about what their story might be, how they got to where they are, and how other characters might influence the path they’re on. When I start a book, I like to get down my initial thoughts in a short one to five-page synopsis, and then I begin to write based on a loose framework. If the book starts to take a different turn, that’s fine. As I approach the last six chapters, I work out exactly how the book will end so I can tie up any loose threads.

 

What song would be in the soundtrack to Elle and Gabe’s love story?

Gabe faces personal anguish from decisions he’s made in the past, and he doesn’t always feel worthy of Elle, the woman who may or may not be his best friend’s long-ago abducted sister. “Not Strong Enough” by Apocalyptica and Brent Smith of Shinedown shows the conflict between what Gabe wants and what he thinks is honorable.

 

What are you currently reading?

My first love is reading. My perfect idea of downtime is opening a book and getting lost in someone else’s reality. I recently finished The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson, and I loved the beautifully drawn characters and fresh plot for a holiday romance. The first romance book I ever got my hands on was a rancher novel by Nora Roberts. I was in high school, working part-time at a salon, and another employee left their copy in the back room. I devoured it and was hooked. I’ve never missed a book by Nora Roberts since, so right now, I’m also reading her new release, Hideaway.

 

About the Author

Contemporary Romance Author Charlee James was introduced to a life-long love of reading listening to her parents recite nightly stories to her and her older sister. Inspired by the incredible imaginations of authors like Bill Peet, Charlee could often be found crafting her own tales. As a teenager, she got her hands on a romance novel and was instantly hooked by the genre.

After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, her early career as a wedding planner gave her first-hand experience with couples who had gone the distance for love. Always fascinated by family dynamics, Charlee began writing heartwarming novels with happily-ever-afters.

Charlee is a New England native who lives with her husband, daughters, two rambunctious dogs, a cat, and numerous reptiles. When she’s not spending time with her tight-knit family, she enjoys curling up with a book, practicing yoga, and collecting Boston Terrier knick-knacks.


Tule Author Q&A: Fiona McArthur loves the Outback Brides!

Fiona McArthur took some time to discuss the second book in the Outback Brides Return to Wirralong series, Maeve’s Baby!

 

How does Maeve differ from your other Outback Brides, Lacey and Holly?

Maeve is more laid back than either Holly or Lacey. She’s a great cook, and very capable but also softer than Lacey and less stressed than Holly despite her broken engagement. Maeve delights me, but the three of them have incredible strengths and I so loved seeing them all together in this book.  

 

 

 

Where did you get the inspiration for Maeve’s Baby?

A lot of the inspiration for Maeve’s Baby came from the beautiful cover – which I so badly wanted before I wrote the story. I just adored the big red boulders and the outback feel to the background. And of course, that purple sky is divine. I needed a reason why a young woman would buy an outback farm, one that’s quite out of town, apart from the fact that of course she fell in love with the scenery too, like I did. I found out that Maeve reveled in the isolation because she wanted to stand alone after her ex did the dirty on her and her home was her castle. Castles look good with big boulders.

 

Brown and Green Grass Field during SunsetIf you could spend the day with Maeve or Jace, who would you choose and what would you do?

I’d spend it with Maeve, because Jace belongs to Maeve and I don’t think she’d like me spending it with her man. We’d walk around her farm and boulders, maybe ride horses and eat fab hot scones with jam and cream for afternoon tea then a lovely sparkling wine to watch the sunset.

 

What was your favorite scene to write and why?

Definitely the boy-girl bath scenes. Because I cackled all the way through. Those scenes wrote themselves – Maeve and Jace were bouncing off each other and I just loved listening to them. I had to type pretty fast to keep up to them.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kelly Hunter’s Matilda Next Door. Such fun xx Fi

 

About the Author

Fiona McArthur has written more than forty books and shares her medical knowledge and her love of working with women, families and emergency services in her stories. In her compassionate, pacey fiction, her love of the Australian landscape meshes beautifully with warm, funny, multigenerational characters as she highlights challenges for rural and remote families, and the strength shared between women. She always champions the underdog, and the wonderful, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Then that bit of drama thrown in because who doesn’t love a few tears, a heartfelt sigh of relief and a big happy smile at the end? Make that gorgeous man earn the right to win his beautiful and strong-willed heroine’s heart because that’s something she believes in. And, absolutely, happy endings are a must.


Tule Author Q&A: Nicole Flockton gushes about wine and tropes!

Nicole Flockton stopped in to discuss the second book in her Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge series, Falling for the Texan!

 

Close-up Photo of Two People Toasting With Red WineIn Falling for the Texan, your hero Tyler is opening up a winery. Are you a big wine fan? Red or white?

I’m more of a bubbles fan than a straight wine fan. Got to have that fizz. But if I’m going to drink wine, I do prefer white over red. The wine Tyler makes, a Sauvignon Blanc, is one of my favorites.

 

 

 

This is a fun fish out of water romance. What drew you to this trope? What’s your favorite trope to write?

I don’t think I’ve ever written a fish out of water trope before so it was fun to try something a little different. One of my favorite tropes is marriage of convenience or fake relationship. I just think you can go in so many directions with those tropes.

 

How is Tyler different from his brothers, Tate and Trey? How is he the same?

The similarity between the brothers is their looks and the love they have for their father. Tyler is the middle child so he suffers a little from middle child syndrome. Trey excelled at his sports. Tate had a close relationship with his father and the mutual love of peaches (the family business). Tyler had a close relationship with his mom, but as she died when he was young, he kind of lost his way and, on occasion, doesn’t feel like he belongs in the family.

 

Gray Laptop Computer Beside Green Ceramic MugWhere and when do you get most of your writing done?

Recently I was working at a desk cabinet in the far corner of our family/tv room. It’s worked for years, but with the pandemic my husband has begun working from home. He came up with the suggestion that we get rid of the dining room table and convert the space into an office for the both of us. Seeing as we don’t use the dining room table I was on board with that. I got a new desk and I’m really loving working in this new space. I liked my little desk cabinet but this is a much better set up. 

I find I get more work done in the mornings. So I try and get all the words before I break for lunch – although lately, that hasn’t been happening and it’s been taking me a little longer to get the words down.

 

What are you currently reading?

Baby Lessons by Teri Wilson

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Now with over 20 books published she hasn’t looked back.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.



Tule Author Q&A: Joan Kilby discusses puppies and wilderness treks!

Joan Kilby stopped by to discuss the fourth book in her Starr Brothers of Montana series, The Runaway Montana Bride!

 

This is a fun opposites attract romance, with Lilou and Garrett being so different from each other. What drew you to this trope? What’s your favorite trope to write?

Opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes! Clashing personalities and vastly different backgrounds gives a writer a lot to play with. It’s a great basis for humor, too, especially in the beginning when they have preconceived notions of each other. But what I really love is showing them getting to know each other and seeing their prejudices fade away as they find common ground and understanding. 

In The Runaway Montana Bride, Garrett is totally at home in the wilderness and his dream is to find a soul mate who loves it as much as he does. New Yorker ‘princess’ Lilou is intimidated by untamed nature – and Garrett – and can’t wait to get back to the city. But things aren’t always as they seem on the surface. Lilou isn’t the princess Garrett assumes she is, and he’s not the brutish mountain man she thinks he is. As they get to know each other, they discover that they’re more alike than they are different because they have the same core values of family and loyalty. Once they allow themselves to be vulnerable, their attraction goes to a deeper level. 

Lilou’s also a ‘fish out of water’, another trope I love writing and reading. She has to face challenges she’s never encountered before and that forces her to grow and to figure out what it is she truly wants. In trying to prove to Garrett that she’s stronger than he thinks, she discovers inner strengths that even she never knew she had. And you’d think Garrett would be a fish out of water in New York city but he managed to rise to that challenge.

 

Adorable little Pomeranian dog lying in bedTell us about Lilou’s adorable pup, Simba!

Simba was so much fun to write! To Garrett, a Pomeranian is not a ‘real’ dog but a fluff ball typical of a New York princess like Lilou. But to Lilou, Simba is her best friend and her only comfort after she runs away from her broken engagement and she finds herself not only in the wilderness, but socially isolated within the hiking group. Simba is a character in himself and plays a pivotal role in the story. He’s both a source of humor and conflict between the hero and heroine, and the catalyst for their growing romance. 

But while Simba might be small and fluffy, he has the heart of a lion. I don’t want to give too much away but he’s not afraid of anything. As for the way he’s groomed to look like a lion, I didn’t even realize that was a thing until after I wrote the first draft and then found pictures on the internet of fluffy dogs with ‘lion’ cuts. I didn’t care for the shaved hind quarters on some dogs so I was careful to describe Simba as having plush fur on his body. But I love his mane and the tassel on his tail. 

 

Did anything about your characters surprise you?

That’s a great question. My characters are constantly surprising me. You think you know who they are and then they do something that’s way out of their comfort zone. It’s even better when they surprise themselves. 

Lilou is a luxury travel blogger and never goes anywhere without her hair dryer. Suddenly she’s sleeping on the ground and washing in a stream. She has a fear of heights and of being on the water so of course rock climbing and river rafting are on the itinerary. (Cue evil author laugh.) I made it harder and harder for her to keep up with the experienced hikers to see if she would break but she had the grit to tackle every challenge. You can’t ask much more from a heroine. She surprised me even more when she was able to use knowledge gained in her luxury travel to navigate in the wilderness. 

Another big surprise was how strongly Garrett bonded with Simba and how they developed a relationship of their own. I didn’t plan that, but when it happened, it felt just right. They are so sweet together. And Garrett in New York? It’s a small but important scene that reveals a whole ‘nother side to the man and made him even more swoonworthy.

 

Woman Standing on Green GrassDo you think you could handle Garrett Starr’s wilderness trek?

I’d like to think I could! I definitely could have in my younger days. I’ve done a lot of hiking and camping in my time, including a three week trek through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp. In my twenties I worked as a fisheries biologist in northern British Columbia and spent weeks at a time camping in the kind of wilderness Garrett and Lilou trekked through. I’ve seen my share of black and brown bears although I’ve never run into a grizzly, thank goodness. One of my coworkers was charged by a grizzly defending her cubs, and another biologist friend was mauled by a grizzly while studying spawning salmon. Drawing on their first hand accounts gave me a lot of insight into terrifying possibilities. 

As a marine biologist I used to navigate inflatable boats through pretty rough water, which was scary and exhilarating at the same time. I’ve never tried rock climbing with ropes, but I’ve been in tricky situations hiking up mountains where I’ve been scared to move forward and couldn’t go back. Of course you have to go forward. Just about everything I write about in my books, I can connect to personally in some way.

 

Where and when do you get most of your writing done?

I have a home office with all the usual things – desk, printer, bookshelves – as well as some extras like dog leashes, yoga mats, a stuffed elephant and my mom’s cookie jar. My desk is super messy but I find a clean desk somehow distracting. (My story and I’m sticking to it.

When I edit my work I prefer absolute quiet. But when writing new words I listen to binaural music. I find it really works to quickly put me in the ‘zone.’ I’m quite disciplined and work best with a routine, writing from 9 to 5 most days with a break at lunchtime to walk my dog, Sparky. Fresh air and exercise are great for working out plot problems or coming up with new ideas. 

Morning is my most productive time but when on deadline I can be up to all hours. Now that my husband is retired, he coaxes me out to lunch occasionally, which is a good thing as I tend to be so focused I sit at my desk for too long and that’s not healthy. These days lunch out is more likely to be a picnic with social distancing but it’s nice just to get out.

 

Books in Black Wooden Book ShelfWhat are you currently reading?

Lots of different things. I’m too busy writing during the day to read so at night I listen to audiobooks while drifting off to sleep. It’s very relaxing but can backfire if the book is so good that I stay up and lose sleep to listen. I borrow audio books from the library and because the selection is somewhat limited, I often listen to books I would never have picked up if I had a wider choice. 

Silver lining is that I’ve discovered new authors and new areas of interest such as historical non-fiction. It sounds dry but Thomas Keneally, the Australian author who wrote Schindler’s Ark, unearths some fascinating things. For example, in the 1860s, a convict sentenced to life in the Australian penal colony, escaped and somehow made his way to America where he became a famous orator, public figure and Governor of Montana. Not all the convicts were bad people. 

I enjoy mystery novels with quirky heros and a bit of humor. Lately I’ve been binging on Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series, and the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsay Davis, a detective series set in Ancient Rome. I also stumbled on The Dalai Lama’s Cat And The Power of Meow by David Michie, written from the point of view of HHC, His Holiness’s Cat. The novels are gentle parables of buddhism but not at all preachy. From a purely story standpoint, there’s an exotic setting, an appealing cast of characters, and the cat is laugh out loud funny at times. 

I read romance novels, too, of course, and Tule authors are some of my favorites, but I tend not to read romance when I’m actively writing in case I’m influenced in some way. It’s a bit of a superstition. The upside is that I have a giant TBR pile of romances for when I next have time off. I’m looking forward to that!

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Joan Kilby writes sweet, sexy contemporary romance with a touch of humor. When she’s not working on a new book Joan can often be found at her local gym doing yoga, or being dragged around the neighborhood by her Jack “Rascal” terrier. Her hobbies are growing vegetables, cooking, traveling and reading–not necessarily in that order. Happily married with three children, Joan lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to hear from readers so feel free to drop her a line. For contact details and more info on Joan’s books, go to joankilby.weebly.com.


Tule Author Q&A: Bronwyn Stuart discusses female characters with backbones!

Bronwyn Stuart stopped in to discuss the first book in her Daughters of Disgrace series, The Road to Ruin!

 

Welcome to Tule! What is one thing you can tell our readers that no one else knows about you?

Oh gosh! Asking the hard question straight up! It’s so silly but I have to eat little snacks in twos. Cheetos, m&ms and small things like peanuts. One for each side of my mouth to chew on. Completely ridiculous but since I’m not a private person, there’s not much people don’t already know about me.

 

Brown Sailing Boat on the Sea during SunsetDaniella is such a strong female character in a time where women are historically more subservient. Where did you draw inspiration for her?

My mother raised me to be outspoken and quite opinionated and anyone who follows my socials knows I’m not shy or quiet. I need my heroines to have a lot of backbone, even if it might be hidden at first. I guess I drew inspiration from the opposite of subservient and where that might lead a young woman who is used to running the decks of a pirate ship who suddenly finds herself bound by the constraints of society and her pressures. Almost all of my heroines are strong women who find themselves in positions of losing that feeling of power and having to try to find a way to get it back.

 

How do you relate to James and Daniella, and how do you hope readers will relate to them?

I think Daniella and James are both pre-judged by London society and while James thinks he needs to restore his family honour and toe the line, Daniella can’t imagine why anyone would want to be told what to do and when to do it. It comes back to subservient women I think and how I can’t stand that attitude. James starts out thinking he can control Daniella and that she’s just wild and irresponsible but as you get to know them both, you realise it’s so much more than that. 

What’s at stake and what they’ll both have to give up to find true love on an equal level, it’s what all relationship goals should look like.

 

What was your favorite scene to write and why?

At one point in the last half of the book James and Daniella find themselves prisoner aboard a pirate ship (not her father’s). This is where we get to meet Darius, who is amazing btw (book 2), and it also forces an even closer proximity for James and Daniella to explore their feelings. It was a delicious chapter to write!

 

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?

Eve Dangerfield’s Silver Daughters Ink series. I usually read one historical and then one contemporary that’s light and sexy and fun. I’ve loved the first two books and can’t wait for the third to be released!

 

About the Author

Bronwyn Stuart is a multi-published, award-winning author of both contemporary and historical romantic fiction. Her latest Regency series, Daughters of Disgrace, will be released July 2020 by Tule Publishing. She and her shoe collection share a house in the Adelaide Hills with her husband, kids, dogs and cat. She’s a sucker for a love story and a bad boy. You can find out more at www.bronwynstuart.com


Tule Author Q&A: Nancy Robards Thompson talks mother-daughter relationships!

Nancy Robards Thompson dropped by to talk about the second book in her Wedding Bell Mysteries series,  A Crime of Fashion!

 

Maddie and Jenna are such a fun mother-daughter pair. Where did you get the inspiration for their relationship?

I’m blessed to have a very close relationship with my daughter. Now that she’s an adult, she’s my best friend. Naturally, our relationship had a big influence on my choice of mother/daughter sleuths. Added to that, I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan. I devoured the show when it was on TV. I own the complete collection and watch episodes often. Stars Hollow, with its small-town charm and quirky cast of characters, is my happy place. I wanted to create a similar feeling of community in The Wedding Bell Mysteries. The Wedding Bell Mysteries are set in the fictional town of Hemlock, NC, which, it seems, is experiencing it’s a spike in crime. So, rather than straight Gilmore Girls, I’d say the series is more Gilmore Girls meets Murder She Wrote.

 

A Crime of Fashion is a cozy mystery, but you also write contemporary romance and women’s fiction. What is different about writing cozy mysteries vs contemporary romance and women’s fiction? Which one do you enjoy more?

The plot of a cozy mystery usually revolves around a murder or another crime. Usually, the murder happens “off stage,” so there’s not a lot of blood and gore. The violence is “implied,” if that makes sense. A cozy might have a sweet romantic thread (mine do), but the romance is not central to the plot. In other words, you could remove the romantic bits and still have a story.  Oh, and if there’s a romance in a cozy, it’s usually sweet and chaste.   

In a romance novel, the story revolves around the romance and features two people falling in love. It’s a couple’s journey toward happily ever after. 

Women’s fiction stories chronicle the journey or life experience of at least one woman (sometimes there’s two or three) as she moves toward a goal. Her objective might involve falling in love or it might simply be about learning to love herself and being content with her own company. She might make these changes willingly, but often change is thrust upon her. While women’s fiction novels can have a traditional happy ending, it’s not uncommon for the story to have a “satisfying” ending. The main character might not get what she wants, but she will grow and change as she faces challenges.

You can see, all three are distinctly different. Choosing my favorite is like choosing a favorite child (though, I only have one), or maybe selecting a favorite food is a better example. One day you’re in the mood for a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs, another day you might crave the homey comfort of a chicken dinner, and another you might want a spicy curry. It’s all about variety, and I feel so blessed to write all three genres. Though, I must admit, once I finish a book, I’m eager to write something different and I’m excited for the change of pace the other genres offer.

 

How do you relate to Maddie and Jenna, and how do you hope readers will relate to them?

Maddie and Jenna have a close mother and daughter relationship. Because of my daughter and I are so close, I relate to the pair in that regard. Maddie and I are kindred spirits since we both write cozy mysteries and live in a small town.

I think readers will relate to the Wedding Bell Mysteries heroines for many of the same reasons that I do, and because – solving murders aside – their experiences with love, family, and community are universal.   

 

 What was your favorite scene to write and why?

In the first Wedding Bell Mystery, SLAY BELLS RING, Maddie found herself attracted to Hemlock’s new Police chief, Jackson Bradley. Jackson is a widower and Maddie is in limbo because her Navy pilot husband – the only man she’s ever loved – has been missing in action for several years. She can’t bring herself to move on because if she does, it means she’s given up hope and he’s never coming back. However, she can’t deny the fact that she’s attracted to Hemlock’s new chief of police. In book two, A CRIME OF FASHION, Maddie and Jackson have their first date. That scene was not only fun to write, but emotional, too.

 

What are you currently reading?

Currently, I’m enjoying Kristan Higgins’s new book, ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW.

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Nancy Robards Thompson has worked as a newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and casting assistant for movies, and in fashion and public relations. She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award for unpublished writers and sold her first book the following year. Since then, Nancy has sold 30 books and found her calling doing what she loves most – writing romance and women’s fiction full-time.


Tule Author Q&A: Gerri Russell discusses historical romance vs contemporary!

Gerri Russell stopped by to talk about the fourth book in her All the King’s Men series, A Laird and a Gentleman!

 

What kind of research did you have to do for A Laird and a Gentleman?

The entire All the King’s Men series was very research-intensive. There wasn’t a lot of information readily available about the witch hunts in Scotland outside of academic papers. Fortunately for me, there was a lot of interest in academia about that very subject and the time period involving King James VI. In addition to the history of witches and King James, I also had to research the Isle of May, shipping routes in the 16th century, the Firth of Forth, Celtic mythology, volcanic eruptions in Iceland, sheep, auras, influenza outbreaks in history, Ravenscraig Castle, and Clan Sinclair.

 

Bricked Building Near Body of WaterCan you describe the land of Ravenscraig?

One of the best parts of writing historical fiction set in Scotland is that I don’t really need to make things up because Scottish history is so vibrant all on its own! Ravenscraig Castle plays a leading role in A Laird and A Gentleman but I didn’t have to alter its location or history to make it fit into my story. Ravenscraig Castle is located beside Ravenscraig Park on the eastern outskirts of Kilcaldy. Ravenscraig was originally built as a residence for James II in 1460. When James died, his widow, Queen Mary of Gueldres, resided in the west tower. But Ravenscraig’s time as a royal residence was short-lived. When Queen Mary died, the castle was granted to the Sinclair family.

The castle itself is a spectacular two-tower structure. It sits on a bluff overlooking the Firth of Forth. The area around the castle used to be miles of rolling green landscape broken up by fields of heather. The parklands below the bluff are still protected to this day and are part of the Fife Coastal Path (part of the North Sea trail.) Views from the castle to the south and east, over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and as far as Bass Rock, are breathtaking.

 

You write both historical and contemporary romances. Do you have a favorite? What is the biggest difference when writing?

I love writing romantic stories of any kind, and asking what I like to write best is like asking which of my children I love more. 😊 I will admit that I have a special place in my heart for historical romances set in Scotland. I am more in tune with the language and the way the characters think and act in history than with those of the modern age. You would think that contemporary romance would be easier to write, but for me they aren’t. I really have to work at them!

 

Woman in White Shirt Sitting on Green ChairIf you could spend the day with Cameron or Mariam, who would you choose and what would you do?

I would love to spend the day with Mariam! And if I could bring her into my world, I would want to be a good friend to her and take her to the dentist to get her teeth cleaned, and then to the doctor to get a few immunizations. That is the one regret I always have for my characters is that they really didn’t have access to dental hygiene like we do today, and while there were some very notable medical advances in the 16th century, people still died from many of the things we take for granted. Then, when Mariam and I were done with all of that, I would show her some very “magical” things like running water, lights, cars, the internet, and ice cream!

 

What are you currently reading?

The books I’m reading right now are Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Boyfriend Project, by Farrah Rochon.

 

About the Author

Gerri Russell is the award-winning author of historical and contemporary novels including the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars series and Flirting with Felicity. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by RT Book Reviews magazine, she is best known for her adventurous and emotionally intense novels set in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Scottish Highlands. Before Gerri followed her passion for writing romance novels, she worked as a broadcast journalist, a newspaper reporter, a magazine columnist, a technical writer and editor, and an instructional designer. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four mischievous black cats.


Tule Author Q&A: Nola Cross talks about psychic abilities!

New Tule author Nola Cross dropped in to talk about the first book in her Burlesons of Texas series, The Cowboy Comes Undone!

 

Welcome to Tule! What is one thing you can tell our readers that no one else knows about you?

Most people don’t know that I’m a late bloomer. Although I had wanted to be an author since childhood, I wasn’t published in book length until my fifties. Having a special needs child in mid-life (surprise!) meant putting my writing dreams on hold, but I’ve never regretted giving my son my full attention. Don’t give up on your dreams!

 

Assorted Tarot Cards On TableWhere did you get the inspiration for The Cowboy Comes Undone?

I’ve always had an interest in psychic phenomena, which I realize is kind of “out there”. I thought it would be interesting to watch a character struggle with learning how to deal with a sudden psychic gift, and to explore the ways that gift might impact relationships with other people.

 

How do you relate to Jade and Cash, and how do you hope readers will relate to them?

As I wrote their story, these characters really came alive for me. I began to think of them as real people. I developed a huge crush on Cash (don’t tell my hubby), and I came to really admire Jade for the way she handled her challenges. I would hope my readers would feel the same. (Come on people, Cash is SOOOO yummy.)

 

Beige Sand With Hear EngraveIn The Cowboy Comes Undone, your heroine Jade has psychic abilities. If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

I had to answer this question on another forum and my answer remains the same: I’d like to be able to heal people who suffer from disease or injury. Not in a showy way, but quietly, so they would never know it was me who helped them.

 

What are you currently reading?

 Right now I’m reading The New Normal by Tracy Brogan.

 

About the Author

Nola began writing before she even started school and won her first writing contest at the age of nine. It’s always been her dream to be an author, and in recent years she’s been blessed to be living that dream. Her stories focus on emotion, spirit, and true love, stories she hopes her readers will relate to and want to read more than once. Small town America is her favorite fictional setting.

Nola lives with her husband and youngest son in a comfortable old fixer-upper in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, in southwest Washington state. She loves to connect on social media with readers, authors and other friendly folks.