A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH Q&A….by Michelle Major

A Kiss on Crimson Ranch cover copy

 

* Tell us about the hero of A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH? Why will we fall in love with him? Josh Travers is a former professional bull rider who retired after an injury and is now raising his almost-teen daughter in Crimson, Colorado. He’s working hard to make Crimson Ranch into a vacation destination to give his daughter a solid home. I think readers will fall in love with Josh because he’s a classic cowboy hero (and it was a ton of fun to visit rodeos and research bull riding to create Josh). He’s strong, upstanding and trying really hard to make his life work.

* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero? When readers meet Sara Wellens at the beginning of the story she’s a bit of a hot mess. Raised in Hollywood, she’s out of her element when she comes to Crimson after inheriting her grandmother’s ranch. She’s perfect for Josh because she makes him see the world beyond the his little slice of life and she helps him have a better relationship with his daughter.

*What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after? Both Josh and Sara have been kicked around by life and betrayed by people they love. There are some trust issues they have to overcome – both trusting other people and being true to yourself.

* Is there any particular significance in the setting? This is the first book in my new series for Special Edition set in the fictional town of Crimson. My family travels a lot throughout Colorado so Crimson is a mix of elements from some of my favorite mountain towns (Ouray, Steamboat Springs, and Crested Butte are a few).

* What was your favorite scene to write? There is a scene in a local clothing store where Sara has a run-in with some of the grown-up mean girls in town. It’s the first time Josh sees that Sara isn’t as tough as she appears on the surface and he tries to come to her rescue – I loved writing it because of how it showed her vulnerability and allowed him to be protective of her.

* What was the most difficult scene for you to write? Sara has a rocky relationship with her mother so several of the scenes between the two of them were hard to write. My mom is wonderful and supportive so it was tough writing a mom character who was such an awful person.

* Can you share if there were any real-life inspirations for a particular scene or character in the book? One of Sara’s habits is that she relates real-life situations to movies and can spout off random movie facts. It’s a defense mechanism for her – something she does when she’s nervous or feeling out of her element. I have an embarrassingly good memory for Hollywood trivia and names of actors – I mean, really, why can’t it be history or great literature or something that makes me sound super smart? But it’s the first time my useless well of movie knowledge has been put to good use. ☺

* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one? Since this is the first in a series, I hope readers will enjoy meeting some of the secondary characters who they’ll get to know better in future books.

My husband and I get up early and are lights out by 10pm, which makes us feel a little lame. I wonder sometimes if more people hit their stride in the evening or run out of gas like we do. So tell me if you’re a morning person or a night owl – what works best for you? I’ll draw 2 names to win copies of A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH
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33 Responses to A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH Q&A….by Michelle Major

  1. Anne Eliot says:

    I can’t wait for this series. I love inheritance love stories so much because it’s something we all dream about–and it sounds like the small town of Crimson is going to be full of life, laughter and love (and mean girls) looking forward to that scene, because who doesn’t swoon over a protective hero?!!

  2. Oh! A new series from Michelle Major! Awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed your series set in Brevia, NC. It will be fun to read this new one set in my home state of Colorado! Sounds like a wonderful story. Our family keeps hours similar to yours, so you are not alone! LOL.

  3. Laney4 says:

    Am looking forward to reading your series, Michelle! Thanks so much for the generous offer of picking up the first in the series!
    My husband gets up between 4:30 and 6:30 am, depending on whether he’s working or not, so he hits the sack between 8 and 10 pm most nights, totally exhausted. I, on the other hand, hit the sack between 11:30 and 12:30 am, getting up between 6:30 and 7:30 am, but I have been able to work through the night on numerous occasions through the years. Unfortunately, as I age, it takes longer for me to get over those spells…. Yup. I’m a night hawk. My husband’s a morning person. Worked out well when the children were small!

  4. Jodi Anderson says:

    Oh my goodness, thought I was the queen of useless trivia. Including movie trivia. I even have random info on movies I haven’t seen, that usually really makes folks look at me oddly. Geesh, people, I can’t help it. So glad someone else has that issue. As to the time of day issue, it fluctuates these days. I used to do my best work after the kids were in bed, but find I need more sleep these days. Anyone have a cure for that? ;) Can’t wait to dive into this new series because it sounds delicious!

    • Hi Jodi – I wish I had a cure for needing enough sleep. Ha. I need a good 7-8 hours or I’m pretty useless and I’m quickly getting to the point where my kids want to stay up later than me.

  5. Loved the Q&A for A Kiss on Crimson Ranch, Michelle. Great title, BTW. I especially enjoyed reading about the scene that you enjoyed writing the most. I love seeing the vulnerable side of spunky characters.

    • Hi Lynne – Thanks so much for your comment about the title. It’s near and dear to me in particular because a good friend helped me brainstorm titles when we were visiting and I have such fun memories of that night.

  6. Michelle! Congrats on the new series. And A Kiss at Crimson Ranch sounds wonderful. Gorgeous cover, too! I am definitely a morning person. 4th of July fireworks–all night-time revels–just wake me up when I’m trying to sleep.

  7. Kate S says:

    Sounds like Michelle has written a great book and I love that there’s an entire series to anticipate!

  8. bn100 says:

    Nice interview
    night owl

  9. Jane Squires says:

    I’ve always been a night person. When young, I would read to 2 A.M. When got my own apartment came in at 2 A.M. And I wasn’t at any bars either – usually church. When I married still a night person but my husband isn’t. With my oldest she had bronchitis so much I was up all night. My second asleep by 9 P.M. but up from 2 -4 A.M. thinking it was play time. Now I am on computer usually to 2 A.m.

    • Hi Jane – I’ll admit the one time I stay up late is when I’m reading – I can’t stop when it’s a book I love. It’s a blessing that your natural leaning to be a night owl worked out when your kids needed you.

  10. Lori says:

    Sounds like a good book.

    I am more of a night owl than morning person.

  11. Marcie R says:

    Morning person. I too have my eyes closed at 10pm.
    I try to stay up and watch Longmire on Mondays at 10, but fall asleep halfway through.

    • Hi Marcie – I have to record any show I want to watch – can’t ever stay up until the end. That’s one nice thing about being on mountain time – the news starts at 10 so prime time is over by then. I’ve heard good things about Longmire – I need to check that one out.

  12. Sandi in OH says:

    I like to stay up late and get up early. Since I’m retired, I can do this. Actually I even did this when I worked.

  13. Debbie Haupt says:

    Michelle, I loved both Josh and Sara and I think the scenes between mother and daughter were very intense. I also loved the nicknames ;)
    deb

  14. Andrea Kieffer says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I, as well as, my mom are looking forward to your newest book.
    I am curious if you had an actual person in mind when you wrote about the mean girl? ;-)

    I have been and will probably always be a sleeper (doesn’t matter when). I prefer the night to the morning. I guess that means I’m a night owl.

    • Hi Andrea – I envy that you’re a good sleeper! The older I get the more I have trouble getting a restful night sleep. Makes me want to take more naps! :-)

  15. Penney Wilfort says:

    I can’t wait for this one it sounds great!
    I’m always a morning person 5 AM but I try and go to bed around 11PM but some times I can’t sleep like now it’s 2:11AM and I’m still awake. I’m glad tomorrow I don’t have to get up early, I’ll be back up around 8AM.
    Penney

  16. Marcy Shuler says:

    As I’ve gotten older I find ,myself staying up later and later, but I also don’t like to sleep in too much. It feels like I’m missing out on things if I sleep too late.

    I’m looking forward to this book/series, Michelle!

  17. Amy Woods says:

    Beautiful cover, Michelle, and this sounds like such a great read. :-)
    Sadly, I’m not a morning person OR a night owl, which means that I don’t stay up too late, and also sometimes have a tough time getting up early. And I really do sleep well! Lol.