Monday, November 10, 2014

Author Interview: Shanna Hatfield

Shanna Hatfield
author, The Christmas Bargain (Hardman Holiday Series)

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

Growing up on an Eastern Oregon farm, I never dreamed the shenanigans I got into as my dad’s sidekick would give me plenty of crazy adventures to incorporate into western romance stories. My parents had three teenagers in the house when they found out they were expecting me. Despite Dad’s fervent pleas Mom give him another son since my two brothers were about to leave the nest, he ended up with me - a girlie-girl who loves the color pink, the scent of roses, and John Deere tractors.

Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.

My favorite type of hero is strong, both physically and mentally. He’s flawed, but good-hearted and kind. My favorite type of heroine is one who is strong in spirit. I like to read about women who are tenacious and independent - which may or may not be a flaw in their character.  For me to get into a story, the main characters have to seem real.

What is one silly fact about you?

Since I’m something of a weirdo goofball, there are many  - but let’s go with this one: before I learned how to whistle as a child, I imitated the sound by standing outside and yelling “whirt, whirt” when I wanted the farm dogs to come.

Regardless of the entertainment it provided for my family (and the stories they continue to tell), the dogs did come when I called!

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?

So often, people confuse romance with sex and there is such a vast difference between the two.  Creating stories full of heart-stopping romance without diving into what happens behind closed doors is a something I greatly enjoy.  What woman doesn’t enjoy a little romance?

Do you write steamy romance as well? (No)

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

The most touching, meaningful comment I’ve received from a reader is that she read one of my books and found hope when she’d lost all her own. On those random days when I feel discouraged, I take out that message and it fills me with such gratitude and joy at being able to write stories that mean something to others.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Since most of my books are westerns or have a rural setting, I find my experiences growing up on farm working themselves into the stories in little snippets and tidbits. It would be safe to say there is a little piece of me in every book I write.

Please share about your book 

The Christmas Bargain is a classic Victorian holiday romance set in the 1880s in Eastern Oregon. Luke Granger is a banker attempting to collect on a past due loan. Unable to collect from the penniless man, Luke agrees to strike a bargain and take something else of value - the man’s daughter. Filly Booth is mortified to be used as a bargaining tool for her father to weasel out of paying a loan, but can’t quite bring herself to regret being rescued by the town’s most handsome and wealthiest man.  The Christmas Bargain is the first book in the Hardman Holidays series.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Luke Granger is handsome, educated, wealthy, confident, and in need of a wife, even if he hasn’t realized it yet. While he enjoys banking, he loves working with the cattle and horses he keeps on his place at the edge of town, much preferring the outdoors to balancing ledgers.

Filly Booth has been held captive on her father’s farm for more than a decade. The drunken lout beat her, stripped away her self-worth, and left her with little more than the clothes on her back. Despite the suffering she endured, a spark of liveliness still flickers in her heart, just waiting for the right person to set it ablaze.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

The Christmas season, to me, is about giving - from our hearts to others. The Christmas Bargain is all about giving from the heart, wrapped in the glorious trappings of love.

Hardman Holiday series:

The Christmas Bargain
The Christmas Token
The Christmas Calamity (coming Nov. 2014)

Author Bio:

A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

***From Nov 8-Dec 24th, Shanna'll donate 10% of net proceeds from all my book sales to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund ***

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