* 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