R. T.: Thank you for having me, Callie. You have a beautiful blog!
Callie: It’s so nice to have you here. Tell us, if you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why?
R. T. Oh, I would definitely want to be the main character, Brie Chapman. She’s smart, strong and resilient. She watched her parents die in a fire that had been actually set for her. Instead of spending her life in a cocoon of guilt, she pours herself into teaching her first grade students, acting as keynote speaker at conferences and planting new life at her landscaping job.
Callie: Yes, I agree, Brie is smart and strong. What faults do you prefer your heroes to have?
R. T.: Real ones, believable ones. Nathan Reed inherits his two young nephews after the death of his only brother. His woodworking artistry is taking off to a nationally renowned level and he’s rolling in the money. Four years and a divorce later, he realizes he is failing at parenting. Determined to keep the promise he’d made to his brother and to his nephews, he sells his woodworking studio and moves back to his hometown to be closer to the only other relatives the boys have, their grandparents. When he arrives in Northridge, New York, he finds a rundown historic farm house he feels is a perfect project for him and his nephews. As they rebuild the house, they rebuild their relationship and create memories to last a lifetime
Callie: Nathan Reed is one of my favorite heroes. On the other hand, what faults do you prefer your heroines to have?
R. T.: Black Creek Burning is the first in a trilogy. In thinking of the books in the Black Creek Trilogy, the heroines are (in this order-lol) aloof, unrefined and tainted. As a method of emotional survival, Brie Chapman’s fault is her nasty habit of keeping everyone in her life an arm’s length away. Although she has close friends and family, no one dares to enter the bubble she keeps around her…no one, that is, until Nathan Reed and his adorable nephews move in behind her and over Black Creek.
Callie: Nathan does manage to get to Brie, that’s for sure. He’s very determined, lol. What did you do immediately after receiving your first ‘call?’
R. T.: Honestly? I contacted the other publishers who had showed pending interest in my work. It was the craziest week I can remember. Seven publishers all speed reading my manuscript…I ended up with more than just the first call! In the end, I decided on Crimson Romance because of their ties with Adam’s Media and F & W Publishing but mostly because the acquisitions editor, Jennifer Lawler, seemed honestly warm and interested in my work and keeping it my work.
Callie: Yes, Jennifer does come across that way. One of the reasons I was happy to sign with Crimson myself. Now for a few fun things:
Mountain home or beach house?
Can I live in the mountain home and visit the beach house? I am an outdoors woman. I am crazy about animals. Brie Chapman and Nathan Reeds’ dogs are actually the catalyst in their first encounter. I love to work with my hands, and I enjoy hiking through the woods. However, I can spend a solid week on the beach reading my favorite authors, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich and James Patterson. Yup, I could certainly live in the mountains…and visit the beach house!
Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?
I am jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers! Hmm…these go with the mountain theme, don’t they? If you see me at a book signing, however, I do know how to put on the killer heels. J
Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us today, R. T. Now take a look at the blurb for Black Creek Burning:
Brianna Chapman learns to handle just about anything. Witnessing the murder of her parents had that effect. Knowing the unsolved arson had been meant for her is the one thing she can’t handle. Instead of dwelling, she stuffs her guilt soundly into her subconscious through diving into the teaching job she loves by day and the dirt of the landscaping business she owns by night. Her habit of remaining aloof to personal relationships is, well, working.
Will her guilt be as easy to keep buried if the killer comes back to finish the job?
In the midst of juggling a scorched yard, dead animals on her doorstep and her vandalized car, the one thing she didn’t count on was the staggering Nathan Reed. A nationally renowned woodworking artist, Nathan and his two priceless nephews move into the run-down historical house behind her and over Black Creek. They have a canny way of maneuvering around her aloof demeanor and into her heart. Will they still want to be part of her life when they discover she is haunted by past memories and hunted by present dangers?
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