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Tule Author Q&A: Joanne Rock gets one-on-one with Nate Ramsay of ‘Game On’

The following is a Q&A with Nate Ramsay, hero of Game On by Joanne Rock.

Hello, Tule Book Club! I thought it would be fun to do a Q & A with the hero of my new release, GAME ON, from my Texas Playmaker series set in Last Stand, TX. I’ve loved writing my baseball-playing Texans, and the dynamics of having a family full of athletes. In both hockey and baseball, I’ve seen family “dynasties,” where a son follows a father or sometimes multiple sons follow the path of a father and uncle. In the case of the Ramseys, all three sons were drafted by baseball teams after their father’s stint as a major league pitcher. Read on to hear what Nate has to say…

Joanne: Welcome, Nate! Thank you for joining us today and talking a little bit about your recent success in the majors.

Nate: Success? I’m cooling my heels back home in Last Stand while recovering from hand surgery. It’s not exactly a career season for me.

J: But after how long you bounced around double and triple A, it must feel good to be on a major league roster.

N: No doubt. I was getting to the age where some guys drop out of contention for a spot. It was cool to get the call-up, but it’s anyone’s guess where I’ll land after the hand injury heals.

J: You’ll be right back in Houston, getting the job done in right field and helping the team with key hits. But for now, can you tell us about Last Stand, Texas where you’ve chosen to recover?

N: I grew up here, so returning to Last Stand was a no-brainer for me. I’ve been meaning to check in with my grandad and see if I could give him a hand around Rough Hollow Farm & Orchards. The family business is dwindling since we—my brothers and me—all went into baseball.

J: Local rumors are flying that you’re in town for more than just reconnecting with the family patriarch, Everett Ramsey.

N: Local rumors are overrated.


N: My grandfather may have also asked me to look into a land dispute with a local wildflower farmer, but I’ll have that sewn up in no time.

J: Is this wildflower farmer the same woman you dated in your college days, Keely Harper?

N: That was a long time ago.

J: So there’s no chance of rekindling an old romance?

N: That’s a question for Keely, I think.

J: Of course. So in the meantime, you’re going to settle a land dispute while you heal. Any other plans while you’re in Last Stand?

N: I’m opening a baseball camp for kids. It will be my way of giving back to the town.

J: Sounds great! Especially with so much baseball talent in your own family to draw from. Will your father be a part of the endeavor?

N: The camp will be my legacy. Not my dad’s.

J: What about your brothers? Will they be involved?

N: Maybe in the off-season. Cal and Wes are always welcome, but they’re busy with careers of their own.

J: Sounds like you’re going to have your hands full in Last Stand between helping out your grandfather, settling the land dispute, and organizing a baseball camp.

N: It’s important for me to stay busy and minimize distractions.

J: Distractions like a certain wildflower grower?

N: No comment.

J: In that case, can you at least tell us a few of your favorite things about Last Stand?

N: The quiet you find when you drive out into the fields around Rough Hollow. Stargazing on clear nights. And don’t get me started on the peaches. Some of my happiest memories are from those years I got drafted…

Reader, if you could see the look in Nate Ramsey’s eyes at that moment, you would know that wildflower farmer was never far from his thoughts. But I let him off the hook in the interview. I hope you read more about Nate and Keely in GAME ON!

**Joanne’s Giveaway – To celebrate release day, Joanne is giving a prize pack to one US winner, and a digital download of THE PERFECT CATCH to a second winner (that one is open INTL). To win the prize, just share with us what you’d pack in your thermos for a night of stargazing in Texas Hill Country! Winners announced on 8/12.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Joanne Rock writes emotional, sexy romance from fast-paced contemporaries to small-town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. When she’s not writing, she enjoys long lunches with good friends and walking on the beach as often as possible. A quiet and organized Virgo, Joanne married a fiery and boisterous Aries man in true opposites-attract fashion.

Tule Author Q&A: Aimee O’Brian discusses dream homes & male-dominated jobs

New Tule author Aimee O’Brian took some time to talk about her new release, Steal My Heart.

Lexanne’s side job is house sitting mansions. What detail would you include in your own dream house?
As a teen I used to sketch out my dream houses. Inevitably they incorporated many of the same features found in the elaborate homes described in this novel: balconies, porches, conservatories, and stone-step walkways with towering shade trees. I’ll be honest. I absolutely love a big front porch complete with welcome mat, hanging plants and rocking chairs. A staircase that Scarlett O’Hara would envy wouldn’t hurt my feelings either, or a kitchen designed for a chef.  And honestly who can resist—since we’re dreaming—a foyer with a dazzling chandelier. But most of all, I covet a balcony off a master bedroom. I’d decorate it with flowering plants and hide there at the end of every day.  It’d be such a great way to relax—with or without my sexy cat burglar coming to visit.


How much research did you do on the police procedural aspects of this book?
I grew up watching police shows set in Los Angeles with my dad. He grew up in LA County and could tell me which streets filmed belonged to which Southern California cities. We watched everything from reruns of Dragnet and Adam-12, to Police Woman, Cannon, and Columbo. He would’ve loved Bosch, a series currently set in LA. So you’ll find elements in my novel common to television dramas depicting law enforcement: the gruff police captain, the veteran detective, the questionable co-worker. With the focus of the novel being on the sexy interaction between the protagonists, the police procedural details are no more realistic than what you might see on television.

As far as specific research goes, I spent some effort choosing the division where Detective Lexanne Harris would work. The LAPD has a complex system of departments including a Burglary Special Section, but it falls under the Commercial Crimes Division. Since the burglaries in the novel are of personal property, I created a fictional department—the “prestigious Larceny Division.” It sounds real but gives me freedom as an author to structure it how I want.  For Lexanne growing up in Watts and climbing the career ranks to detective, the Larceny Division is huge step up for her.


Lexanne’s friend Cassidy is a smart and funny secondary character. Did you base her off of anyone in particular?
Lexanne needed a friend with woodworking skills to help bail her out of the mess she’d created, a friend outside her work and one with a common history.  Hence Cassidy is in an occupation commonly dominated by men just as Lexanne is. Overall, she’s a completely fictional character. But I’ve known many women who worked in traditionally male roles, and it didn’t make them any less feminine. Like Cassidy, they enjoyed girly accessories and clothing. As to her being smart and funny, well, most of my own girlfriends are clever and possess fabulous senses of humor.  I wanted the same for Lexanne.


What was Lexanne’s favorite course at the police academy?
Lexanne was an excellent student. While she paid particular attention to Crimes in Progress and Unusual Occurrences, her overall favorite course was Self-Defense. She thrived in being strong and capable, reveling in being able to best her male opponents when her training was equal to theirs.


What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks.

I’ll freely admit that I read romance almost exclusively, but I was wandering my local bookstore and came across this book in the historical fiction section. After reading the back cover copy and the first page, it joined the stack of books already in my arms which included books by Maisey Yates, Robyn Carr and Ella Quinn.

I’m about halfway through it now, and it’s captivatingly dark. It features a woman doing traditionally unwomanly activities during the Elizabethan era. Who can resist a story set in 1581 about a woman with superlative lock-picking skills? I certainly can’t.

About the Author

Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.

Tule Author Q&A: Leigh Ann Edwards hits the mark with new Viking series

Tule author Leigh Ann Edwards took a beat to talk about her new release, The Norse Protector (Book 1 in the Vikings of Highgard series).

What kind of Viking research did you do?

To research the Vikings, I read three different books – one on day to day life of the Vikings, one on the history of the Vikings, and one on Norse Mythology. I read a variety of shorter research articles in books and on the internet. I often consulted the Internet when searching for Old Norse names for the characters in my series. I re-watched the Netflix series – The Last Kingdom and the History channel series – Vikings.

I went to a Viking exhibit in a nearby city and was able to see amazing Viking artifacts and an actual Viking longship that was pulled from the bogs in Denmark. The exhibit was invaluable to my research for it offered a visual and tactile experience. It was interesting to see how their clothing and jewelry would have looked and felt. I was able to hold a typical Viking sword and shield and was surprised how heavy they were. There was a simulation exercise in rowing a Viking ship. I commend the strength and endurance the Vikings would have needed to possess.

I hope to soon visit L’Anse aux Meadows, the Viking settlement in Newfoundland Canada which dates back over one thousand years. My dream is to one day visit Norway as my great-grandfather came to Canada from Norway. Our family roots are allegedly traced back to Erik the Red. My grandmother swore it was true, but unfortunately the Norwegian ancestry records I have researched don’t go back that far. When I make it to Norway, I hope to search further.


Which actress do you envision to play Torunn?
I envision Skyler Samuels playing Torunn. Her blue eyes and beautiful facial structure really reminds me of how I envision Torunn. Skyler isn’t as tall as Torunn for I imagine Torunn to be about 5 ft 11 in.


What is Brandr’s most cherished possession?

Brandr is a Viking warrior and has survived alone in the wilderness for some time, therefore he isn’t much into material possessions. However, I think his favorite possession would likely be his bow as he is a highly-skilled archer. He uses his bow for hunting and protection.


What is next for the Vikings of Highgard series?

I am presently working on finishing Book Three in the Vikings of Highgard Series – The Norse Explorer and soon to begin Book Four – The Norse Conqueror, both to be released in 2020. Book Two – The Norse Sorcerer will be released in October 2019.


What are you currently reading?
I am now reading Dr. Sleep, a Stephen King novel. It’s a sequel to one of my favorite Stephen King novels – The Shining. Dr. Sleep is about the adult life of Danny Torrance, the little boy from The Shining.


About the Author
Since she was a child, Leigh Ann Edwards has always had a vivid imagination and lots of stories to tell. An enthusiastic traveler and author for over twenty years, her adventures in Massachusetts, Ireland, and the UK inspired The Farrier’s Daughter and its sequel novels in the Irish Witch series. Edwards adores animals, history, genealogy, and magical places—and Ireland is filled with many magical places. She lives with her husband and two cats in the lovely city of Edmonton, Alberta.

Tule Author Q&A: Juanita Kees slows down to talk up ‘Fast Lane’

Tule author Juanita Kees turned into the pit lane to talk shop about her new release, Fast Lane.


What is Trinity’s all-time dream car?
She owns two of her much-loved dream cars – a 1975 Dodge Dart and a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner. Her dad and Chase have just finished restoring the Plymouth when she arrives back in town.

Now wasn’t the time to lose her nerve. Racing was like riding a horse. When a girl fell off, she got right back on again. “Whose car will I be driving?”

“Your own.”

“The old Road Runner? Is that thing still alive?” Her first race car. A 1970 Plymouth coupe in orange with a black racing stripe up the hood. Three hundred and thirty-five horses and a torque of four twenty-five. Dynamite on wheels.

“Alive, tuned, and ready to race.” Marty grinned. “Car’s loaded on the trailer. Be there at six. Your gear’s in the car. I won’t let you race without it.”


How did Reece find his calling as a paramedic/volunteer firefighter?
From the age of ten, he’d known he wanted to be a paramedic, a first responder, a lifesaver. He grew up in foster care with his friends, Tommy, Harper and Carmen. His foster father was a paramedic and a solid role model.



Does Fast Lane feature an appearance from Chase Calhoun from Overdrive?
Yes 😊. The Calhoun Customs Garage series is all about the importance of family and Trinity is Chase’s baby sister. He helped raise her when their mom died after giving birth to her. The siblings affectionately call him ‘Mother’. He doesn’t mind. He’s cool with that.


What’s next for the Calhouns?
Mason’s story is up next in Burnout. He’s been a crucial part to over-arching plot in this series, so make sure you read Overdrive and Fast Lane first for a sneak peek at his character. He’s moody, tough, and riddled with guilt over the accident that caused his youngest brother’s death. And now the girl who’s haunted his memories is back in town and on his mind.


What are you currently reading?

Tracy Solheim’s Smolder.








About the Author

Juanita graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta (recently re-released as Under Shadow of Doubt).  

Under the Hood followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin’s digital pioneer, Escape Publishing.  

In 2014 Juanita was nominated for the Lynn Wilding (Romance Writers of Australia) Volunteer Award, and was a finalist in the Romance Writers Australia Romantic Book of the Year and the Australian Romance Readers Awards in 2014 and 2016.  Her small-town romances have made the Amazon bestseller and top 100 lists. Juanita writes mostly contemporary and rural romantic suspense but also likes to dabble in the ponds of Paranormal with Greek gods brought to life in the 21st century. 

She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in.  When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three boys and a Daschund named Sam, and has a passion for fast cars and country living. 

Tule Author Q&A: Nan Reinhardt covers girl gabs & grapes

Tule author Nan Reinhardt took a moment to discuss her new release, Meant to Be (the second installment in her Four Irish Brothers Winery series).

How did Sean and Megan meet in grade school?
They met on the bus in fifth grade. He had his feet out in the aisle and she tripped over them as she got on the bus. From the book:

He could always depend on Megan to tell him the unvarnished truth—she’d been doing it since fifth grade when she told him his feet were too big for his body after she’d tripped over them on the school bus. Fortunately, he grew into his feet and into a friendship with Megan that had remained strong since that fateful day so many years ago.


Megan and her friend Samantha have “girl-talk breaks” occasionally. Does Megan have a lot of other female friends?
She does have good friends and they all show up when she gives a stag party for Samantha the night before Conor and Sam’s wedding. She is the mayor of the town she grew up in, so nearly everyone is her friend, but she’s grown especially close to Sam whom she was drawn to immediately when Sam fell in love with Conor.


If Sean wasn’t a lawyer, what would he be?
I think probably a winemaker—something he discovers about himself as he’s recuperating in River’s Edge. He loves learning about the winery and the vines and wine-making.


Which of his brothers is Sean closest to and why?
At this point, he closest to Conor because Conor reminds him so much of their father, and because Brendan and Aidan are far away and Conor is right there. Conor becomes his confident as he’s recuperating from the gunshot wound.


Was there a celebrity you pictured when you were writing Megan?
Funny you should ask that because I didn’t have a picture of Megan in my head when I wrote her in as a secondary character in A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS. I did for Sean—unquestionably Michael Fassbender—his sexy, easy confidence is/was Sean all over the place. Then as I began writing their book, I saw a picture of Irish model, Louise O’Reilly on Instagram and there was Megan! She’s curvy and blond and just gorgeous. But I have to tell you the truth, the models on the cover of MEANT TO BE are truly Sean and Megan! The cover designer did an amazing job of finding people who fit exactly! I love it!


About the Author

Nan Reinhardt has been a copy editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, and currently works mainly on fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, Tule Publishing, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.

Author Nan writes romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after they turn forty-five! Imagine! She is also a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. She’s been an antiques dealer, a bank teller, a stay-at-home mom, and a secretary.

She loves her career as a freelance editor, but writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! She’s still writing romance, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, post-menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.

Tule Author Q&A: Joanne Walsh dishes on fashion & finer things in life

Tule author Joanne Walsh took a moment to talk about her new release, The Russian’s Pleasure Proposal, the second installment in her Greek Island Millionaires series.

Sergei is a music mogul. What kind of music did he strike gold with? Is that his favorite musical genre?
Sergei studied classic music and is a trained pianist, both of which stand him in good stead in his role as a composer. He was in his early twenties when he struck gold writing and producing electronic dance music, scoring a string of Europe-wide hits. When it comes to his own personal taste, he likes a good power-ballad, and he’s composing just that for Greece’s entry into the annual Euro Songfest. The song is to be performed by singer Despina Alexiou and, as readers will see, devious Despina is keen to get her claws into Sergei to further her career, even if that means kicking poor Hannah to the curb. The question is, will Sergei fall for Despina’s tricks?


What is Hannah’s personal style? Does it differ between business and pleasure?
Hannah is going through a 1950s-inspired phase, fashion-wise. This style suits her petite, curvy figure. She has different sectors in her wardrobe for business, pleasure and partying. So, at various times in the story, we see her looking quite smart and prim and Doris Day when she’s working for Ionian Villas, Pink-Ladies-out-of-Grease when she’s doing casual, and a bit of a Lana Turner-style blonde bombshell when she attends Frankie and Nik’s wedding and then, later, when she tries to turn Sergei’s head.


Sergei’s got a good sense of humor. Can he laugh at himself?
Sergei’s humor is witty and dry. It makes him very attractive to women and has helped him out of many a sticky moment. He doesn’t take himself too seriously either.  His childhood in Moscow was tough and he experienced at first-hand how cruel people can be. Grateful that he got a second chance at a better future, he prefers to smile his way through life than frown.


There are a lot of wealthy men in the Greek islands. How does Sergei impress his ladies… or is he known by his reputation?
Sergei does have something of reputation for being a player—the tabloids have dubbed him the Russian Rake. He’s got an abundance of good looks, charisma, success and wealth, which have women falling at his feet. Those things plus his infamous cocktails—his speciality being an Arctic Kiss, which is a double shot of chilled vodka topped up with champagne.

But when the story opens, we find him seriously questioning his relationships with women, grasping he needs to change and be more sincere if he’s ever to find lasting love. However, a leopard doesn’t change his spots overnight, and when Sergei realizes Hannah could be the girl for him, he has to do some work on himself; dig deep and do whatever it takes to offer this lovely but vulnerable woman the patience, kindness and love she deserves.


Has Hannah traveled much in her life? If so, what is her favorite destination other than Greece?
Hannah hasn’t traveled at all before arriving in Greece. Her early life was difficult, being raised by a single mom who didn’t have much money and let herself become bitter about how Hannah’s father left them when she was pregnant. So, coming to Kathos is a huge turning point in Hannah’s life, her opportunity to get away from home and create an adult existence for herself, get a good job and a place to live, and maybe a nice boyfriend will follow. However, if she can make things work with Sergei, she’ll be on the cusp of an even bigger adventure, where the world will be at her feet and ready for her to explore.

About the author


Joanne Walsh became hooked on romance when her grandma gave her a copy of Gone with the Wind for her birthday. The teachers at her strict girls’ school didn’t approve of a ten-year-old reading such a ‘racy’ novel and confiscated it. But Joanne still became a voracious romance reader and, later, an editor for one of the world’s leading women’s fiction publishers, where she could do two of her favorite things: work with her beloved alpha-male heroes and spend time in the USA. These days, Joanne lives in the south of England and divides her time between freelance editing, writing and spending time with her very own real-life alpha…

Tule Author Q&A: Audrey Wick opens ‘Market’ with Texas BBQ Brothers

Tule author Audrey Wick took a moment to talk about On the Market, the first book in The Texas BBQ Brothers series, which takes place in Last Stand, Texas. 


What is the most OCD thing in city girl Valerie’s daily routine?

Valerie is methodical in her job and daily life, and she always needs a beverage in hand. Readers will find her sipping on something in several scenes of On the Market.





What is the one item on the Hut’s menu that is Hutch’s favorite?

Hutch, like most Last Stand locals, is a sucker for the brisket. I’ve even included a recipe for a make-at-home variety for readers who buy the book! It’s one of several original recipes featured at the end of the novel.





What would be Valerie and Hutch’s song?
Hutch might suggest BARBEQUE by Robert Earl Keen. Valerie would probably just laugh at that choice, but she’d go along with it. The couple have a playful relationship.



How is Hutch different from his brother Cole? 
Hutch, as the older brother, takes a more traditional approach to running The Hut. Cole, the younger brother and pitmaster, wants to modernize. He gets restless at the grill, so he experiments with renovation ideas and even tries grilling vegetables, which Hutch abhors. Still, the brothers do get a little statewide media attention that strokes both their egos, but readers will have to learn more by reading both brothers’ books, On the Market and Off the Market (which releases Aug. 13).


What are you currently reading?
Elmer Kelton’s The Time it Never Rained is a novel I should have read years ago, but I’m only now getting to it. Kelton is an underappreciated western writer who nails Texas setting and characterization.




About the Author
Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas. Her writing has appeared in college textbooks published by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton as well as in The Houston ChronicleThe Chicago TribuneThe Orlando Sentinel, and various literary journals. Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one.

Tule Author Q&A: Kelsey McKnight takes us inside ‘Ruins’

Tule Author Kelsey McKnight took some time to discuss the ruminations behind What Happens in the Ruins (Book #2 of her What Happens series).

It really depends on what I’m working on, but I know when I’m writing Scottish romance, looking through images of the fantastic places my characters could go really helps jog my creativity and set the scene. I also like to talk through ideas with my real life best friend and writing buddy Sarah Fischer or even my editor Sinclair Sawhney. Sometimes just vocalizing what you’re stuck on makes all the difference.

What is Sorcha’s most prized piece of vintage clothing?

Well, telling her top vintage find would definitely spoil some things for people who haven’t read the book. Her second favorite item is a green velvet number. Here’s how she describes it in the book:

“The emerald-green velvet was immaculate, a sweetheart neckline showing enough décolletage to be provocative, but not vulgar enough for my mum to tell me to put on a scarf and head for the nearest church for confession. There were long, tight sleeves and the fabric of the bodice bunched to one side, highlighting my waistline. The hem poofed out a bit to my knees and I twirled to give the skirt some movement and a voice in the back of my mind whispered that Danny would love it.”

What was Danny’s first tattoo and why?
His first was a “sgian dubh,” a traditional Scottish dagger, that spans the length of his forearm. He gets a new tattoo for every place he travels and for important times in his life. It just makes sense his first would be for his home country!

Does Sorcha have a sweet tooth? What is her favorite splurge?
Does champagne count? She always has a bottle ready to pop for any reason. For real desserts, she adores chocolate, especially if strawberries are involved.

If Sorcha and Danny had a playlist — what would be on it and why?
Sorcha would pick Danny Boy for obvious reasons, but it’s not a song they would typically listen to!

-The Only Exception by Paramore – This song is all about having your heart broken and still opening your heart up to love. Also, Danny and Sorcha are major fans.

-Misguided Ghosts by Paramore – This song is about trying to find yourself when everything is lost and it doesn’t seem like there’s any way out of the darkness. Since the tragedy that changes her life, Sorcha’s been running from the past.

-Under the Water by Dirty Heads – This song embodies Sorcha’s feelings about how Danny is always there for her. No matter how bad things are, he’s always there to keep her from losing herself completely.

-You’ll Never Walk Alone by Dropkick Murphys – Danny is Irish on his mother’s side, and grew up with a foot in each country. This song is telling the listener that even when it seems too hard, you just have to keep going and have the belief things will get better. It seems like a song Danny would pick just for Sorcha.


About the Author

From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in.

Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her own tales of dashing heroes, sultry bad boys, and lovable heroines who have their own stories to tell. They will take you through the ballrooms of Victorian London, to the hills of the Scottish Highlands, and into New York City penthouses, all at the flip of a page.

When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.

Tule Author Q&A: Michelle Pace unlocks the mystery of ‘True Gold’

New Tule author Michelle Pace took the time to talk about her new release, True Gold.


Why did you choose to set True Gold in Alaska?

My husband was watching several reality shows set in Alaska while we were wrapping up our last series, Carved Hearts. I’ve always been obsessed with Alaska (I even considered attending college there when I was in high school).  I love researching, which makes me a mega author nerd. I have a long time reader who lives in Alaska and was willing to beta read for me, so it was time to set something there.


What is Connor and Lilah’s song? Has it changed over the years?

Come on Get Higher by Matt Nathanson was released about the right time, and that song suits them.  The more things change with Connor and Delilah, the more they stay the same. The same applies to their song, it’s just more poignant now than it was when they were young and blissfully in love.


Check out Michelle’s True Gold playlist on Spotify.



Michelle names Jason Momoa and Angelica Celaya as her muses for Connor and Lilah.


Writing mothers often takes a pinch of sentimentality: How did you come up with the character LuAnn?
I love strong women, and come from a long line of them. I hope my daughters will say the same someday. I don’t do ingénues, so Lu was bound to be a tough as nails character from inception. My mother and Lu don’t have much in common on paper, (my Mom is an academic and an introvert – Lu…not so much). However, like LuAnn, my Mom set a powerful example for my sisters and I. She supported four kids with virtually no help at all, and frankly, she didn’t need any.


There are three main characters who can pilot floatplanes. How did you research the logistics?

I watched a lot of documentaries and read as much as I could actually process and understand. The rest I just tried to keep simple and vague, so I didn’t put my foot in my mouth.




There’s a whodunnit element in True Gold. Did you start writing it beginning to end or end to beginning?

I’ve always been a sucker for a cold case, and was inspired by the D.B. Cooper caper.I knew that I wanted to toy with unfolding some old mystery, but being a pantser and not a planner, I wrote beginning to end. I’m sure my notes looked like the idea board of a conspiracy theorist.



What are you currently reading?
I’m usually reading one book and listening to another book on audible. Right now, I’m listening to NOS4A2 by Joe Hill for the second time, and I’m reading a wonderful book by Charles Sheehan-Miles called Winter Flower.


About the Author

Raised in small town Iowa, Michelle Pace is an international best-selling, multi-genre author. After studying theater and vocal music and directing and performing in numerous productions, Michelle went on to earn degrees in both liberal arts and nursing. Determined to avoid shoveling snow, she relocated to the Lone Star State with her husband, author L.G. Pace III. Michelle is a mother of three, and she enjoys traveling, live music, and is an enthusiastic amateur beer connoisseur. Still most at home while entertaining an audience, her mission is to write gripping fiction, not fairy tales.