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A book character that sticks in my mind is…Well, this isn’t probably where you’re going, but I am a huge Jack Reacher fan. And Lee Child’s next release is coming soon so I’m crazy for the next Reacher. He’s an incredibly compelling, complex character.
The last book that made me cry was… Sarah’s Song, part of the Red Gloves Series by Karen Kingsbury. Why did it make me cry? Because Karen is a genius and a dying, sweet old lady was teaching a sad young nurse how to love at Christmastime.
The last book that made me laugh out loud was… Karen Witemeyer Full Steam Ahead. I love Karen’s work.
I’m completely immersed in their storytelling, whenever I read a book by… Ruth Logan Herne. Ruthy, who is a friend, manages to write light hearted, fun romances, with backdrops of intensely serious issues. No one handles this balance better.
The first person who encouraged me to pursue my writing was… a good friend, Janell Carson. She more or less challenged me to do it and I found out I loved it, loved writing. I’ve been at it ever since.
If I wasn’t a writer, I would be… a writer. I’m sorry, that’s not the question, but I think I’d be writing no matter what. If no one paid me, I’d just keep doing it anyway. A better answer might be that I am a GED Instructor for a day job. So I guess I’d be that. I write stories because I can’t stop. Call it ambition, call it work ethic, call it obsessive compulsive disorder, but I love telling stories and I think, when I die, even if it’s at age 105, I will be half done with a book.
Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?
My latest novel can be described by these 5 adjectives…funny, romantic, heroic, action-packed, western.
My main character…Kylie Wilde, a beautiful woman forced to disguise herself as a man who wants womanly things desperately and can’t figure out why that’s such a bad thing. She wants to go back East, to civilization. Her father dragged her to the west to homestead and she wants tea parties and bonnets and to tend a house while some big strong man takes care of the manly chores. And then she meets an incredibly attractive big strong man…and he wants to live even farther into the wilderness, the big dope. His fondest dream is her worst nightmare.
My main characters resemble… my daughter and her husband Aaron. I named the hero Aaron but I couldn’t name the heroine after my daughter, it was just too close to my heart. Plus, I have four daughters and didn’t want to start something I couldn’t finish.
My story’s spiritual theme is… to be born again. To start your life on this day and live it was faith and integrity and trust in God. Kylie is done with pretending to be someone she isn’t and she’s ready to throw off her disguise, for which she has a very good reason, and face the world as a woman.
The most recent movie or tv show I loved was…Longmire. I am so in love with that show. Walt Longmire is the best cowboy I’ve seen in a long time. And the show is complex and so well written, which is something that I really want in a show, the writing needs to sing.
Mary – you do realise the lead character in Longmire is an Australian? I find that quite amusing. Wouldn’t have thought they needed to look across the Pacific to find an “American” cowboy 😉
The story I’m currently working on is… book #2 in the Wild at Heart Series. Now and Forever, another Wilde sister has to give up her disguise for love.
You may not know this about me, but…I am third of eight children. I grew up in a three bedroom farmhouse and now I have a career that requires me to be alone for long hours every day. I love my brothers and sisters dearly but I’m almost afraid to admit how much I cherish being alone.
I might go all fan girl, if I met… Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. I’d also love to meet the musicians I listen to on KLOVE radio, Jeremy Camp, Mark Schultz, Nicole C Mullins, Mac Powell, Chris Tomlin…oh there are so many and I just love their work.
If I could travel back in time, I’d go to…I don’t have an answer to this. I really like my life right now. And I’d really miss air conditioning. But just for a quick trip, I’d love to listen to Jesus speak, just hear his voice. I’d love to know what those Stone Henge guys were thinking. I’d love to meet George Washington. I’d like to go the 1893 World’s Fair and watch the electric lights go on.
I get lost in the music when I listen to… Mark Schultz singing anything. My favourite is He Will Carry Me. I buy his CD and send the album with that song mentioned, to anyone I know who’s going through something hard.
A long held dream of mine is…this is tricky. Um….to find a beautiful view in the mountains and just sit there and soak it in, and to write in that location. I’d love to see Lake Tahoe. I’d love to see mouldering old castles in England and Scotland and Ireland. I love ancient things that have survived. I guess I hope my books will survive and that makes me enjoy other things that have.