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I’m Carol Moncado, your hostess for the rest of the week. FYI, I tend to use lots of exclamation marks! You’ve been warned!
Here at InspyRomance, we have over two dozen authors: traditionally published with large publishers, small publishers, and everywhere in between; self-published; hybrid (those who do a bit of both); and yet-to-be-published (I fall into that last category, in case you were wondering ;)). You can find out who we are by visiting the Author tab on our website – or clicking here. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and we’d love a “follow” or a “like” on those, because…
We’re here to connect with you, our readers! We want to get to know you and talk about what it is we all love about contemporary inspirational romance. We have a lovely lakeside mountain resort (pictures to come) with all the amenities you could ever hope for or dream up (literally!), so make plans to join us as we explore the area.
I don’t know about you, but I’m cold! So, come on in, pull up a chair by the fire, grab a cup of hot cocoa (or coffee, we have a fully stocked café), and sit a spell! The snow is falling gently outside, but we’re snug inside, and having an old fashioned “get to know you” session!
For the next three days, we’ll be answering questions about ourselves, as people, as authors, and as readers. And the next for days you can be entered to win… wait for it. You guessed it! BOOKS! Check out the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for how to enter – you can get up to 19 total entries!
Winners will be announced in the Sunday post, same as we’ll do each week.
So without further ado…
We asked all of our authors a dozen questions and picked a sampling of the answers. Some of the others will appear in those Sunday posts in coming weeks so be sure to check back!
Who is your favorite fictional hero – regardless of genre?
Though Beth Vogt may have said it best (How do you pick a favorite fictional hero?), we gave it our best shot! Here’s some of the answers our ladies came up with:
JoAnn Durgin: Hands down, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Strong, great father, decisive, articulate, intelligent, handsome (and love those glasses!)
Krista Phillips: Michael Hosea from Redeeming Love. Love that guy. Not only did he have to do something completely crazy by marrying a prostitute… He also had to deny himself his own marital rights in order to show her that she was worthy to be loved for more than just physical pleasure. He showed her how real love can be.
Elizabeth Maddrey: Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings
Cathy Bryant: I have lots, but Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables stories and Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre come to mind. (And who doesn’t love the Hardy Boys and Kermit the Frog?) :)
Are you a city girl or a country girl? Does this reflect in your stories?
Kristen Ethridge: I was raised in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. I’m more of a suburban girl. My husband is from a dot on the map where there are more cows than people, though. Yes, I think this does reflect more in my stories—although I definitely would write a country story if the right one came to me.
Lynette Sowell: I’m a town girl, mostly. I do love the city and its energy and the diversity of people; I also love the back roads, the ones less traveled, and the quiet of the country. I’ve written stories in a wide range of settings, from New York City to rural Tennessee.
Valerie Comer: Country girl, through and through. I write farm settings.
Narelle Atkins: I’m a city girl, born and raised in Sydney, Australia. I explore the differences between city and country living in a couple of my stories including my debut book, Falling for the Farmer. Kate is a city girl and runaway bride who ends up living and working on an apple farm with Jack, the hero in the story. I draw on my real life experiences from visiting apple orchards owned by my husband’s family.
We’re all here because we love contemporary inspirational romance, but if you could live anywhere, anytime, where would it be?
Jennifer Slattery: Now, for sure! I love reading historicals but I love my microwave, my automobile, and modern medicine! And my kindle, of course.
Lorraine Beatty: I think I’d like to live in the early 1900s. My grandmother grew up during that time and she told me often about the rapid changes the culture went through. I also love the slow elegant look of the period. Think, Pollyanna. So peaceful and pretty.
Melissa Tagg: Have to say, I love life right here and now. But if I could spend time in a different time period, I think it’d be sweet to go back to the 1920s. Being a woman at that time in history would be so interesting–finally getting to vote, new career or life opportunities opening up, flapper dresses. :)
Carol Moncado: Part of me would like to go back to live in one of Mary Connealy’s books. The rest of me reminds that part I can read them. That part also likes air conditioning and central heating. And cars. And electricity. And internet. And cell phones. And spell-check. And… Well, you get the .jpg. [And when jpegs are a thing.]
What’s the worst predicament you’ve ever put a hero or heroine in (published or unpublished)?
Cathy Bryant: Grace Soldano in The Way of Grace gets arrested for breaking and entering.
Lisa Jordan: In my second novel, Lakeside Family, my heroine’s daughter was dying from leukemia and needed a stem cell transplant in order to live. Josie (my heroine) had to face the one man she never wanted to see again–her daughter’s father who broke her heart, but didn’t realize he had a child.
Pepper Basham: A sinking ocean liner and a baby dying. Both equally heartwrenching
Lynette Sowell: Tied up in a burning house! That one kind of surprised me. But she did survive, of course. :)
Kristen Ethridge: I made my heroine in Gorilla Dating (releasing later this year) go on my worst date ever. It’s a literal retelling of this date. Everything that happens to Kate happened to me. I honestly thought about jumping out of the car on Mopac (a freeway in Austin, Texas) because I thought the guy was insane and I just wanted to get out of there.
What about you?! How would you answer those questions? Remember, up to four comments a day gets you entered in the drawing for BOOKS!!! Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter to enter!
Come back tomorrow to see what questions go with the following answers – and who said them!
- I am completely sidestepping this one – I love them all.
- You’re about two seconds shy of getting your backside loaded with buckshot
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