Ladies and Gentlemen it gives me great honour to declare the “Romancing September Across the World Tour” open! Let me introduce you to our first Guest Author Marin Thomas, you’ll be able to read our second discussion over at Stephanie Hurt’s blog in just a few hours when the sunrises over beautiful Georgia USA, where you can read about Marin’s views on writing romance in today’s society. But first let’s give a huge welcome to Marin!
1) Where is your hometown?
Janesville, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is known as the Dairy State, which makes me an official cheese head!
2) You are a Harlequin /Mills and Boon Author, have you always written romance?
Yes. I’m happiest writing about cowboys and family drama, so I don’t see myself branching out into other genres anytime soon.
3) How did you become a Harlequin /Mills and Boon author?
I began writing for fun when I became a stay-at-home mom. Not until I joined RWA and became a member of a critique group did I seriously pursue publication. I had been writing for eight years before I sold my first story to The American Romance line.
4) You are currently writing a 6 book series! I am So impressed! What inspired this series?
The idea for The Cash Brothers series came to me when I was writing “A Cowboy’s Duty” (August 2012) their sister’s book in my Rodeo Rebels series. In “A Cowboy’s Duty” I decided to give the heroine six over-protective brothers. As I wrote the book, I fell in love with the guys and decided they deserved their own happy-ever-afters. Luckily my editors felt the same way!
5) “Twins Under the Christmas Tree” is the second book in the series, can you give your fans a timescale for the other books in the series?
The third book, “Her Secret Cowboy”, is due out February 2014. The Fourth book (TBA) is due out May 2014. The fifth book (TBA) is due out August 2014 and the sixth book (TBA) is due out early 2015.
6) Your series is about “The Cash Brothers”, how did you come up with this name?
The name Cash is their mother’s maiden name.
7) This series boasts 6 brothers all named after famous Country and Western Legends, can you name them all for us?
Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty Cash, Willie Nelson Cash, Buck Owens Cash, Merle Haggard Cash and Porter Wagoner Cash.
8) “Twins Under the Christmas Tree” tells the story of Conway Twitty. I’m from the UK can you tell us more about Conway Twitty?
Born September 1, 1933 in north-western Mississippi. Conway Twitty’s real name was Harold Jenkins. Allegedly, in 1957, he decided that his real name wasn’t marketable and sought a better show business name. As the story goes he was looking at a road map when he spotted Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas so he chose the name Conway Twitty. He was one of the United States’ most successful country music artists of the 20th century. Most commonly thought of as a country music singer, he also enjoyed success in early rock and roll, R&B, and
pop music. Until 2006, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 40 #1 Billboard country hits. (George Strait broke the record in 2006 with the single “Give It Away”).
9) Shannon (the heroine of your first book) is a female is bull rider, it’s a very male dominated sport, in reality are there many women riders on the Rodeo scene?
Historically, women have long participated in rodeo. “Prairie Rose” Henderson debuted at the Cheyenne rodeo in 1901, and, by 1920, women were competing in rough stock events, relay races and trick riding. But after Bonnie McCarrol died in the Pendleton Round-Up in 1929 and Marie Gibson died in a horse wreck in 1933, women’s competitive participation was curbed.
Here’s a great article covering the history of women in rough stock events…they were right in there with the men for a few decades then it went downhill from there. http://www.americancowboy.com/culture/ride-girl The article written in 2012 basically states women rough stock riders today can compete in amateur rodeos, but if they want to do it professionally, the only option is to enter the men’s field at Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos. And only two women are currently taking on that challenge: 34-year-old saddle-bronc rider Kaila Mussell, who’s been competing for 10 years, and 19-year-old bull rider Maggie Parker, who burst onto the scene earlier this year.
10) Tell us a little about the heroine of “Twins Under the Christmas Tree” to tempt our readers.
Isi Lopez is a single mother, raising twin four-year-olds while working part-time as a waitress in a bar and going to college. She immigrated to America from Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 18. She was born and raised in La Boca, the poorest barrio in Buenos Ares. While still a child her father went missing from his job at a local factory and it forced her mother to work two jobs—as a domestic maid and cleaning office buildings at night—to support the family. Even with two jobs Isi’s mother was unable to pay their rent and keep food on the table. Isi’s older twin brothers quit school and joined a gang to help support the family but they were eventually gunned down in a police raid. Isi and her mother were all that was left of their family, and her mother insisted Isi remain in school and learn English so that one day they could go to America and have a better life. Right after Isi had turned eighteen her mother was hit by a bus on her way home from work, leaving Isi all alone. Determined to carry out her mother’s dream, Isi heads to America and takes a waitressing job where she meets a rodeo cowboy who doesn’t tell her that he’s married when he sleeps with her. Isi ends up pregnant but the cowboy abandons Isi refusing to claim the boys as his. Isi’s a tough girl and she’s determined to raise her sons on her own. She hopes that by furthering her education she’ll be able to provide a better life for her and the boys. The last thing she wants to do is get involved with a another cowboy romeo….but she’s always had a soft spot for Conway Twitty Cash.
11) How steamy are scenes going to get in this new book?
I don’t close the bedroom door on the hero and heroine when they make love but the particulars of the scene are unique to the characters in the story—some are steamier than others.
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Thank you Marin for being my guest today and Good Luck with the rest of the series. Don’t forget to catch up with her over with Stephanie