Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Interview with Carolyn Brown and a Giveaway!!

Thank-you Carolyn for stopping and answering a few questions.

This is the first time that I have had an author post at my blog and this is my very first giveaway!!

I hope everyone enjoys the interview!

Good morning, Randi! It’s a delight to be here on your site and thank you for the great review on One Lucky Cowboy.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’d rather talk about my beautiful daughters, my handsome son, my smart grandchildren or my very patient husband. But since you asked about me … I’ve been married more than forty years to Charles Brown. (I was young enough that I had to have parental permission to get married so don’t be putting me on the back side of eighty!) We have three lovely children and enough grandchildren to keep us young past the back side of eighty. I’ve been writing since I figured out how to use one of those fat pencils and a Big Chief tablet. Stories have always fascinated me, even those in the magazines my Momma hid under the pillowcases in the third drawer of the chest-of-drawers when I was little girl. Twelve years ago I sold two books the same day to Kensington for their Precious Gems line. By the time that line died, I was selling to Avalon. I felt like I was truly the lucky one when Sourcebooks bought my Lucky Series last year. Lucky in Love came out in September and One Lucky Cowboy hit the racks last Monday. The final book in the trilogy, Getting Lucky will be available Jan. 1.

How you always wanted to write romance novels?
The first book I wrote which did not sell was not a romance. It garnered so many rejection slips that the stock in copy paper went sky high and I had to buy a second file cabinet. After that I wrote romance and it’s so much fun that I will probably always write it.

Do you also read romance?
I will read anything from all those brochures you pick up at the travel centers to Hemingway but I’ve always loved romance. Romance books are life stories. Everything doesn’t come easy or isn’t totally predictable but in the end love will prevail. That gives us hope for our own stories.

What are some of your favorite authors?
LaVryle Spencer ― we came close to having a full fledged wake at our house when she retired. Add that to Sue Grafton, O’Henry (my children were told they’d never get well when they were ill if they didn’t read “The Ransom of Red Chief”), Randy Wayne White, Nora Roberts (of course), Pamela Morsi, Margaret Mitchell, John D. McDonald and … how much room do we have for this interview?

Do you have a process that you follow when you are getting
ready to start writing a new book?
No, but I do like to make a trip to the place I’ve decided to write about and get a feel for the country there. It’s a lesson I learned from my first historical series for Avalon. I was writing about an area and had a scene where the heroine went swimming in a creek. When I went up to Guthrie to check out the area, the creek was barely a running stream and so muddy no self respecting southern lady would have put her toes in it, much less her brand new white cotton swim dress.

What made you decide to write Western Romance?
I’m not so sure I made that decision. My characters made it for me. They were ranchers and farmers and they invaded my mind and threatened to pester me plumb to death if I didn’t tell the story just like it happened.

Can you tell us a little about the Luckadeau Family?
The Luckadeaus are a big family originally from southern Louisiana. They are heavy on sons so there are lots of those sexy men just waiting to meet their matches in feisty southern women. Beau, Slade and Griffin are cousins who live in close proximity and visit often. They are family oriented and might argue amongst themselves but they’ll put up a strong front if an outsider steps into their circle looking for a fight.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a four book series called The Honky Tonk Series. Each of the books is set in Mingus, Texas in an old beer joint called the Honky Tonk and features a hunky cowboy and a sassy barmaid. I Love This Bar will be out in June, 2010, followed by Hell Yeah, My Give A Damn’s Busted and Honky Tonk Christmas. So mark your calendar for more cowboy reading in 2010!

If you would like to win a copy of both Lucky in Love and One Lucky Cowboy leave a comment and I will announce the winner on Monday, November 9th.

Only U.S. and Canada residents.


Heather D said...

Good Morning Randi and Carolyn!

I love romances set in the West. There is just something about all those cowboys and the rough living. Every now and again I get in a mood where all I want to read are Western Romances.

I love the names of your up coming releases. The first three happen to be favorite songs of mine. I love Jo Dee Messina's My Give a Damn is Busted.

Great Interview.

Book Junkie said...

Hi Randi & Carolyn.

Great First Interview and I so love cowboys Carolyn! I am so lovin the new titles too! My Give a Damn is Busted! Fab!

Anonymous said...

Hi Randi & Carolyn,

great first interview.These books sound really good.

Mandi said...

Great interview - I haven't read many western romances but I am very interested to start one!

chey said...

Great interview! I enjoy Western romances. Nice to read about non-metropolitan areas!

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Carolyn Brown said...

Thank you Randi for inviting me to be your first ever guest! I'm honored.
And thanks to everyone who has commented today. Happy Reading!
Carolyn Brown

Anonymous said...

Hi, Randi and Carolyn!! Wonderful interview and giveaway! I have not read any of your tales before, but I'd love to be entered :)

RachieG said...

Good evening Randi and Carolyn! :) Dont' you just love Pamela Morsi and LaVyrle Spencer? They are both just superb writers. Carolyn, your definetly of their caliber! Love your stories as well :)

Congratulations on your new release!

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

The_Book_Queen said...

Wonderful review, Randi!

Carolyn, I really enjoyed reading your answers. :D I can't wait to read your novels, they all look and sound great! Come on, hunky cowboy on the cover? Who wouldn't want to read that!

Please enter me, Randi. I'm also heading back to my blog to post a link in my sidebar for you. :)


Randi said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.
I love Western Romances and was so excited to have Carolyn stop by.

Thanks again!

JennJ said...

Hi Randi and Carolyn wonderful interview ladies!!! I really enjoyed it and I love westerns and will definitely be trying these they sound right up my alley! :)

Armenia said...

Randi and Carolyn, that was a very nice first interview. I just love stories set in the West, and yummy cowboys. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

GFDesignz said...

That was a fun interview! Thank you for hosting it! I am a sucker for cowboys and I bet I would so enjoy this trilogy!

kalynnick said...

Please enter me in. Thanks

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

I Heart Book Gossip said...

What a great interview. Please count me in.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Martha Lawson said...

Westerns (historical or contemporary) are my first love!! I sure would be happyif I could win one of these. They look just awesome..

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com