Almost An Outlaw | Carina Press | Historical Romance Novella | January 2011
Rancher Austin Cade rides into Liberty looking for his old comrades, the James-Younger gang. He needs their help tracking down the horse thief who's stolen his prized mare. In town, the former gunfighter is reunited with Darcy, the first girl he ever kissed-and never forgot.
Young widow Darcy Branson owns a shop full of fashionable ladies' attire, but continues to wear mourning black so she won't forget her role in her husband's death. Austin stirs a passion inside her that has long been dormant, but can Darcy learn to believe in Austin-and love-enough to let go of her tragic past?
Time is rapidly running out... As a cousin to Jesse James, Darcy has attracted unwanted attention, thanks to her rumored association with the gang. Soon Austin and Darcy are faced with confronting not only their growing desire, but danger in the form of a deadly bounty hunter...
Please describe your writing environment.
I converted a bedroom into an office/writing room. Sadly enough, I totally trash it when I'm working on a project. There are books, notebooks, sticky notes and plot boards everywhere.
Please tell us your latest news!
Currently, I am revising another historical romance set in New Orleans in 1814. The working title is Lady Silver. Also I plan to revisit the characters in Almost An Outlaw when I write about Emma's romance with a Pinkerton agent. I also participate in Six Sentence Sunday and my characters, Richie and Tommy Ray have become so popular, I am going to have to turn their story into a book.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would probably make it longer and flesh it out a bit more.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Currently, I really like Joanna Bourne's historicals. I like her style and her characters. I loved Lisa Cach's paranormal historicals as well. I also read suspense by Southern authors, Beverly Barton and Greg Iles.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My prose is lean and I like dialogue and action over description. I'm not a florid writer.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to see it as a career but for now, it is not paying the bills. So, it is a second job, which does not make life easy.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I wrote my first short story in the 6th grade and got an A.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The most important thing is to make writing a priority. Not many people in your life will understand that. Until you are making tons of money, it will be a battle.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My son designed my webpage for me. Guys don't say much, you know. He did tell me that if he had abs like the guy on my cover, he would go around with his shirt hanging open, too.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
My writing computer. It's old but out of the 4 computers I have, it is my favorite.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
Get tea and music playing and sit down.
What main genre do you write in?
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Getting to "the end" in a reasonable amount of time.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My best supporters are my writing friends. The writers that I dedicated Almost An Outlaw to have held me up through good times and bad. I never had that much support from my family or non-writer friends. It takes another writer to understand your sorrows, your feelings of defeat and victory, your frail ego. It is hard to be a writer because you pretty much need to be a loner.
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
Almost An Outlaw was the original title.
Do you have an interesting quirk?
Being a writer is a quirk. LOL! Well, I need music and a glass of sweet tea when I sit down to write.
Do you have any other author names?
Do you like to mix genres?
I haven't written any yet. But I like paranormal historical romances.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I just finished a short Harlequin romance, Cowgirl Makes Three by Myrna Mackenzie. It was a sweet, feel-good read and I enjoyed it.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
I was so surprised I don't remember much of what I said! But it was exciting. I have been published in other formats so it wasn't my first sale but every sale comes with that surge of joy that someone actual liked your story.
What inspires your writing?
Sometimes research. A plot party with other writers. A good-looking actor!!
How many books do you plan on writing each year?
Two would be good since I work full-time.
What are your hobbies?
Photography and movies.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
I'm hoping the royalty check will surprise the hell outta me.
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
Too much research. I love research and I find tons of cool tidbits that can never go in the books.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
No pets at this time.
If a bookstore was putting up "Is Like" plaques, who would be listed as being like you?
Writers who write fast-paced books containing a charming romance, a little adventure or danger, and a little humor is always good.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
I'd love to have dinner with Sam and Dean from Supernatural. We could talk "Hunting" and I'd really enjoy the eye candy!
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
There are so many good ones. Just Google what you are looking for. New writers have a wealth of info at their fingertips now.
What's your favorite drink?
Hon, I'm a Southerner. That means my favorite is sweet iced tea.
How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?
I found out via an email loop that Carina Press was interested in historical novellas. I sent mine in and a couple of months later, Angela James called me and told me they wanted to publish it.
Signing Off: Patricia Preston