One of my Soul Mate Sisters, Gerri Brousseau had her wonderful book, A Pirate’s Ransom released today from Soul Mate Publishing. Don’t you just absolutely LOVE the cover? Let’s hear what she has to say:
Thank you so much for having me here on Monday Magic. I’m so excited to meet your readers and tell them a bit about myself and my books.
If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why?
If I could be any character in one of my books, I think I would want to be Half-Breed, who is a character in “According to Legend” which will be released in November of this year. Half-Breed is a fun and quirky character, who has powerful secrets.
If you hadn’t decided to become a writer, what other occupation can you see yourself in?
Before I became a writer, I worked in the legal field (all condolences accepted). I suppose if I had a choice and could have any occupation I wanted, I would want to do something like Robin Leach did … travel with and interview the “rich and famous.”
Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?
I think everyone has at least one redeeming quality. In a novel not yet scheduled for publication, have written a villain who was so deliciously evil I couldn’t kill him off at the end. There was something about him that made me want to keep him around. He is so evil I had a hard time finding his save-the-cat moment.
My hero in A Pirate’s Ransom is a proud man. His need to “do the right thing” no matter his sacrifice might cost him the love of his life. He is stubborn as well, and also somewhat unforgiving. Could his unwillingness to forgive cost him his destiny?
What faults do you prefer your heroines to have?
I am a strong, independent woman, so I try to make my heroine have those qualities, which although good qualities, on the flip side can sometimes mean she is stubborn. I write historical romance and back in the day, marriages were arranged. My heroine in A Pirate’s Ransom dreams of marrying for love. In her innocence she still sees the world through rose colored glasses … that is until she is captured by pirates and held for ransom.
How do you pick the names of your characters?
The names of my characters seem to just come to me, as does the story. When I’m dreaming up the story and imagine what my characters look like, and who they are, I picture them in my mind and come up with names that fit them. One of the characters in A Pirate’s Ransom is Captain Drake’s quartermaster, whom I named Tobias Smith. I thought it was a fun name, and his character has quirks that make him an interesting character. I honestly never have trouble naming any of my characters.
Is finding the right title easy or hard?
The titles always just come to me as well, so I would have to say it’s easy. The story of A Pirate’s Ransom is about a young woman, Lady Catherine, who is on her way from the islands to London to an arranged marriage to someone she has never met. On the way, she is taken by pirates and held for ransom, a ransom which has nothing to do with money. So, the name was sort of easy.
Who would you like to see cast as the hero and heroine in a movie made about your latest release?
I haven’t really given this too much thought. I figure if Hollywood wants to make a movie, I probably wouldn’t have any say in the casting.
What did you do immediately after receiving your first ‘call?’
It was an email and I got it at 10:30 at night. Although I was jumping up and down with excitement, and the pugs and I did the happy dance, I couldn’t tell anyone until the next day. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.
Now for a few fun things:
Mountain home or beach house?
That’s an easy one, beach house. The sound of the ocean brings peace to my soul.
Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?
Sunshine. When it’s gloomy, I would much rather pull the covers up and sleep.
Coffee or tea?
Depends on the time of day. In the morning it’s always coffee and later on in the afternoon or early evening, tea.
Cat or dog?
I have both. I have two pugs, Mimi and Milo, and two cats, Louise and Harry, and I love them all.
Beach vacation or sightseeing?
How about beach vacation with a little sightseeing thrown in? I love the beach, but I think I would get bored spending an entire vacation there and would want to venture out. You never know when you will come upon something you can use in a novel. Once while vacationing at the Cape, I took a walk through a wooded area and discovered a grave yard in the middle of the woods, and some of the graves were really old. Sounds like it could fit into a mystery or horror story.
Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?
When I was in the corporate world I had to wear the pencil skirt, silk blouse and killer heels, and I’m happy to be done with that. Now I’m all about comfort, so I spend my time in jeans, t-shirt and sneakers or now that it is summer here in Connecticut, shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops.
Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?
I like all styles of music. I think Lady Gaga is the Madonna of this generation. It’s her time, and we needed her. Carrie Underwood is the all American girl next door, who can rock a style and has a great voice. I like both. I do have to say, I did watch American Idol, and loved Phillip Phillips from day one. I’m also a huge Aerosmith fan.
Here’s the blurb for A Pirate’s Ransom: Despair fills Lady Catherine as she boards the ship for England and heads toward marriage to a man she’s never met—the Duke of Devonshire. But the sea is no place for a lady. Captured by pirates, she becomes the pawn in a dangerous rivalry between two pirates—the handsome pirate Captain Edmund Drake and his notorious and fearsome opponent, Blackbeard. Which pirate will decide her fate? Buy link: Soul Mate Publishing
Gerri will offer a free copy of A Pirate’s Ransom to one lucky commenter.