Like most authors, I have a "day" job. I am a biologist, by education and profession, and lucky enough to work at the "Most Magical Place on Earth" -- Walt Disney World. I've lived in Florida almost all of my life, moving here from Indiana as a toddler. I live with my ever-patient husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer Spaniel and one noisy Nanday conure.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on
your "must read" list?
The experts say you read what you write, and it's true, so of course you will find mostly romance novels on my nightstand. You'll always be able to find a regency romance or two in my "to be" read stack. I'm a sucker for the dark, brooding English earls and dukes. Anything by Suzanne Brockmann or Janet Evanovich or Jennifer Cruzie is likely to be found there as well. The top of the stack will be Monica McCarty's latest Highland Guard novel.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an
upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Probably the ticket would be marked for Denver, Colorado or somewhere nearby. I've got plans to have my next Rescue Angel romance take place at a spectacular dude ranch near the Rocky Mountains, and it would be great to spend some time at one first.
What is your favorite genre to write?
The genre would be considered a "tweener" -- one that straddles genre lines and has elements of both contemporary and paranormal romance with some suspense thrown in for good measure. My stories that fall within that "tweener" category are what I call the Rescue Angel romances - a sensual contemporary romance with an angel hidden in the plot. The reader doesn't find out who the angel is until the finale.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
My background and upbringing pretty much made that decision for me. My grandfather, father, uncle, brother, and brother-in-law were and are Lutheran ministers. There's plenty of sexual tension in my stories, which I'm told I do rather well, but the stories are all PG-13, safe enough for young adults.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
Well, I'm doing a lot of marketing for my late-2012 release, Catch of the Day. This is a fun romance where fickle fate pairs a beautiful accountant with a Special Ops Coast Guard captain in a wacky fishing tournament in the Doc-Hollywood-esque town of Loon, Alabama. My readers will laugh out loud one minute and grab the edge of their seat for wild boat chases the next. Ever jump a beaver dam in a bass boat? You will in Catch of the Day, and you'll have to read the book to find out how.
Then in spring 2013, the first of my Rescue Angel romances -- No Going Back -- will be released by Desert Breeze Publishing. Past that, there's always a work in progress, or two. *grin*
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
The sense of accomplishment you feel while writing is incredible as you craft scene after scene and see the pages pile up, and then stage your chapters in the proper sequence to lure the reader to the finale. When the project is complete, you want to jump for joy, but you can actually see your tangible creation. There's nothing like it.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I wrote for a number of years before my first release in 2012, so I've written seven complete manuscripts and have two more as works in progress. Of those seven, I have four manuscripts under contract with Desert Breeze Publishing.
Please share about your book
My very first Rescue Angel romance -- No Going Back -- is scheduled for release on April 1, 2013, and I couldn't be happier.
In No Going Back, Kellen Brand's inheritance turns out to be a whopper -- one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel. Since no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, West Virginia, Kellen vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family's secrets.
While Kellen has one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once. Unfortunately, Kellen has a penchant for finding trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste- dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It's her only hope of staying alive.
Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel…
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
My Rescue Angel romances will all have an angel hidden in the plot, and if I've done my job right, my readers will always return to see if they can figure out who the angel is before the denouement. In No Going Back, Kellen Brand was bequeathed one guardian angel in her mother's will, so who will it be -- one of the two new residents in Riverside or the mysterious grandson of the recently-deceased rancher next door?
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
Hands down, my favorite would be Lila Tumson from my November release, Catch of the Day. Lila was the mayor's daughter and the town slut in Loon, Alabama. Writing her character with a combination of humor and promiscuity was an absolute blast and kept me entertained as I wrote. I was constantly thinking, What is Lila going to do next?
I want to thank Jennifer for the wonderful opportunity to spend time with her readers on Clean Romance Reviews. If you find time to read this spring, please give me a try, and visit my web site at http://www.petiemccarty.com.