Hello Readers. Today we are doing a Word Association Interview With Carolyn Brown! Her women's fiction book "The Strawberry Hearts Diner" releases today! Plus she has a contest for y'all.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your newest heroine, Jancy Wilson, from The Strawberry Hearts Diner?
Sweet natured but lacking in self confidence.
What’s Jancy’s one overriding emotion when she breaks down in Pick, Texas?
Anger, plain and simple with some complete despair thrown in. Maybe just a short snippet to describe her feelings—When she heard the sirens, she plopped down on her old green duffel bag. With her head in her hands, she wanted to cry, but the tears wouldn’t come. Never, not once, in all her wandering had she been so destitute. She had sixteen dollars in her purse, half a pack of gum, and a Texas driver’s license that was only good for eight more months. Good luck renewing it without a place to live. Of all the places in the state of Texas—for that matter, the whole world—Pick, Texas, was the last place she’d want to be stranded with nothing.
What is the best thing about living in a small Texas community?
Small towns in Texas have a heart beat of their own. Three things are that the folks in small communities take care of their own, they stand together when their way of life is threatened and they have the best pot lucks in the whole world.
Everyone knows everyone else’s business. They tell everything they know and they want to fix everyone’s life.
Can you describe Jancy’s crush in just three words?
Tall, handsome and sweet.
Jancy has lived her life on the road, not settling in one place. What is her definition of “home”?
Home is just the place where you live until you get tired of it. Then it’s time to resign your job and move on. But somehow Pick, Texas has gotten her thinking that home might be where you have friends and a guy who could be ‘the one’.
Do you have the same definition for home, or do you think this means different things to different people?
Home means different things to different people for sure. For my kids, it’s this house in southern Oklahoma where they grew up. To me, it’s anywhere my family is happy and healthy. Basically, like the old saying goes, home is where the heart is. And we’d better all listen to our heart when it speaks because we sure can’t live without it.
Your stories often take place in small Texas towns. What is your favorite (non-fiction) town in Texas?
It would be difficult to name just one but if I have to it would be Whitewright, Texas, my birthplace and where I have many happy memories of my grandfather, Herman Gray, and my grandmother, Edna Gray. They both passed away many years ago but going to their house was always such a treat for me.
When you were writing "The Strawberry Hearts Diner" were there any other titles you were considering? (Like The Rubarb Lips Cafe perhaps?)
No, ma’am. It was "The Strawberry Hearts Diner" from the beginning but I giggled at the idea of The Rubarb Lips Café! That’s pretty funny.
While writing the book, did you have a favorite song or TV show that helped you get into the mood for getting ready to visit the Strawberry Hearts Diner?
The song, “Love Can Build a Bridge” by the Judds was the song that ran through my mind while I wrote this book. It was the theme of the whole book. Jancy need to learn to trust and love not only Shane, but also her new friends.
Will we be getting to visit Texas again soon in one of your upcoming books?
Oh, yes, ma’am. You can expect to visit north central Texas again in February with The Sometimes Sisters and later in 2018 with Small Town Rumors and then there will be the last two cowboy books in the Happy, Texas series coming out in the next six months. So keep your reading glasses handy and happy reading!
About the Book: The Strawberry Hearts Diner
Author: Carolyn Brown, Release Date: July 18, 2017, Publisher: Montlake Romance
Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson’s plan. Yet here she is, watching her car literally go up in smoke—along with her last-ditch hope of staying with her cousin in Louisiana. When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she spent there as a teenager—and the lure of the diner’s beloved strawberry tarts—are enough to draw her in and plant her feet…but only temporarily.
Raised by parents who refused to settle anywhere for long, Jancy has never known what it is to have roots. Now that Jancy’s swept up by the warmth and character of this quirky little community—and by the pull of an old crush—it’s beginning to feel like home. She’s making friends and even discovering the sweetness of falling in love. But when the town is threatened, Jancy knows it will take more than its legendary tarts to save it. Can she fight for this little Texas town—knowing she might not stay forever?
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist. The Strawberry Hearts Diner is her eighty-fifth published book. Her books include romantic women’s fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, cowboy romance, and country music mass-market paperbacks. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing—and reads the local newspaper on Wednesdays to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. When she’s not writing, Carolyn likes to sit in her gorgeous backyard with her two cats, Chester Fat Boy and Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw, and watch them protect their territory from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, locusts, and spiders. Visit her online at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.