Galen Rose lives with her very patient, supportive husband, a teenage son determined to give her more gray hair and with 3.5 cats. When she is not touching up the gray, chasing out the wildlife the cats bring in, she can be found imagining and writing more adventures for her characters.
I’m happy to have Galen here with us today, and she has lots of good information for us about her. So, Galen you’re on!
If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why? A secondary character named Mason. A retired assassin with a heart, who has a lot to learn about having real emotions that she can no longer shut off.
A retired assassin? Hmm. I’m already interested. If you hadn’t decided to become a writer, what other occupation can you see yourself in? I have enjoyed being an office manager before, but I would love to own my own tea shop. I love high tea and I bake as a hobby so putting those two together would be so much fun.
That sounds so English: high tea. Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through? Oh, nasty through and through. That way when you do them in it has some satisfaction in it.
I agree. I always write very nasty villains. How do you pick the names of your characters? Phone books and the credits at the end of movies. I mix and match them till they sound right.
That’s a cool way to do it. Is finding the right title easy or hard? So far it has been easy but you never know when you’ll get an editor who doesn’t like what you’ve chosen. For my current book, I went back and forth between Laney’s Law and A Place to Rest My Heart.
I’ve only had to change one book title, and that was because my publisher and I received a letter threatening a lawsuit for trademark infringement. What did you do immediately after receiving your first ‘call?’ There I was in my sweats and sitting in a waiting area at the tire store when I checked my email and saw “The Email” from Jennifer. I wanted to do the Snoopy Happy Dance right then but I probably would have freaked out the mechanics so I settled for calling my husband and friends immediately!
Now for a few fun things:
Mountain home or beach house?
Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?
Sunshine, light breeze with temps in the low to mid-70’s
Coffee or tea?
Ice sweet tea or Earl Grey w/cream and sugar
Cat or dog?
Either or. Right now we have cats but my son keeps asking for a dog, so who knows.
Beach vacation or sightseeing?
Beach vacation all the way!
Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?
Jeans, t-shirt and barefeet
Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?
Neither really. I do have a couple of Carrie Underwood songs on my playlist but for the most part I like old rock, folk and movie soundtracks. But when I work, it has to be quiet.
When Laney Murphy walks into Muldoon’s Pub in San Francisco, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The Muldoon family’s offer of a job and a place to stay seems just too good to be true. And once she meets Sean Muldoon, the suspicious and distrustful son of the pub owners, she knows she was right – he clearly detests her.
Sean is on the fast track as a bodyguard with Woo Security and he isn’t going to allow some drifter to get in his way or to mess with his family. But he soon discovers that Laney is not all sharp tongue and sarcasm, and he finds himself wanting to kiss her more than deck her.
But Laney’s past comes back to haunt her and she soon must put her life on the line to save Sean and the family she has come to love.
Detective Sweeney finally arrived and I listened closely to his account of the events. “What we know is that at approximately noon today, Sean and Boris Petrovsky were just sitting down to lunch outside at The Bear, a restaurant that specializes in Russian food. Apparently it was Boris’s habit to eat there every Monday. A black van drove up and fired three rounds into Boris and several more around the area for good measure. The waiter said he saw Sean before the shooting started. But the waiter, as well as three other people, dove to the ground and under tables and didn’t see Sean when they came back up after the shooting had stopped. That’s all I have right now.” But the look that Detective Sweeney gave Chase told me there was more he just wasn’t saying yet.
So I waited. I didn’t pace, although I wanted to run. I didn’t talk, because I felt like screaming. Three hours later my phone vibrated and I calmly got up and went to the bathroom. I knew Mike was watching me like a hawk, so I locked the door behind me and turned on the fan and the water.
“Oh I like hearing that. Will you be saying that for me later on, Helena?”
“Look, you sick bastard. . . .”
“Be nice, sweetheart. Be nice or lover boy will suffer.”
“I want to talk to him.”
“Ask me nicely.”
I paced the small bathroom trying to gain control over my racing heart. I took a deep breath—for Sean, anything for Sean.
“Please what, Helena?”
I wanted to scream. “Please let me talk to him, James. Please.” I let my voice soften and tremble. Hell, it wasn’t hard to do.
“There now, that’s better.” I could make out a scuffling noise in the background and then Sean’s voice.
“Laney. Don’t do what he wants.” A cry of pain and James was back on the line.
“Oh, poor boy. He fell down. Too bad.”
I pounded my fist on the counter. “Tell me, James. Tell me what you want.” I would do anything, and James knew it.
He softly laughed. “Oh, Helena, you know what I want. You’ll do something for me and in return I’ll allow your boyfriend to live.
Here’s where you can buy A Place to Rest My Heart:
Well, that certainly adds to my TBR list. How about yours? Galen would love to hear some comments about her book.