Where are you from? Cheyenne originally, but I have recently moved to Toleman, Wyoming as their new school teacher.
What did you think the first time you saw Doctor Seth Taylor? Oh my, he was tall, dark and so very handsome. His broad shoulders and trim, sinewy physique did things for a frock coat that had me assessing him from head to toe, quite thoroughly in fact, to my shame. I couldn’t imagine how he’d walked across the dusty street and yet his knee-high black boots still glistened like they’d just been spit-shined.
Very nice. Very nice indeed. And your second thought? Since his eyes, almost black, regarded me as critically as the town’s angered men had just done, I felt mortified he’d witnessed the ruckus I’d caused—yet once again.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? My good heavens, not hardly. I had hoped when I met the good doctor, I would gain a comrade at arms to help me stop the abuse and neglect in this damnable town. But let me tell you, by his hesitation to shake my hand and the condemning stare he drilled my way, I wondered if we would even be friends.
This town sounds like it has become a character of its own, but more about Seth. What do you like most about him? Besides being so easy on the eyes? I’m just joking, because I am not one who judges a person by their looks, wealth or prestige. Therefore, I respect his dedication to his profession and admire his remarkable medical skill, aura of authority, preciseness, and honesty.
How would you describe him? Puzzling, very, very puzzling. As I already said, his dedication as well as his skill speaks highly for him. And when he treats his patients his genuine caring and confidence has them relaxing like trusting puppies without their mama and he instills hope within them. I am truly awed by his sincerity and knack with people. Yet he obviously, blatantly in fact, avoids any participation in community matters, other than fastidiously treating his patients. And I’m just itching to know why. Why he avoids any heavy discussions as if those voicing their opinions have the plague.
Again, very intriguing in terms of the plot structure. How would he describe you? Oh, he most likely has plenty of words to describe me that match that of the other men in town—‘feisty, Miss Neb-nose, impulsive, and trouble maker’, bitch. Is that enough? I do believe…and hope I’m correct…he finally understands and sees that I’m trying to help those in need even though I lack tact when I see abuse.
What made you choose teaching as a career? I love children and enjoy helping them learn about life in general, to develop skills they’ll need to make wise future decisions and a good life for themselves. A life they’ll be proud of whatever path they choose to follow.
What is your biggest fear, Lorelei? That I will again fail to either prevent another from needless harm or get them the help that’s needed.
How do you relax? I find it soothing to cook and bake. And of course reading a well written book is always on my list for a lazy day. Many might say walking is not relaxing, but I find it quite calming.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hmm. I have so many for I love to read whenever I get the chance. It’s difficult to pin point, but I would have to say out of all the fiction I read, I prefer romance. And maybe that’s because I know I’ll never have such within my life. So I must say Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, or one of the four sisters in Little Women that was brilliantly written by Louisa May Alcott. They were all strong characters, honest and stood by their convictions, yet were truly lovely, kind and loving women.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Believe in yourself and stand true.
This has been terrific. You've made us want to read this story and find out why the people of a town would behave so badly, what sets them off against Lorelei and why Seth would avoid in-depth connections. Now it's Bev's turn . . .
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? When I was twelve, I went to the movie, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. I sat spellbound through the entire movie by the emotional involvement I felt down deep as well as being captivated by Anne’s strength, convictions and determination. I had no idea I’d been weeping—most likely through a good share of the movie--until the end. At first I thought I felt the overwhelming connection was due to my godparents being Jewish and my dance instructor (since I was five) bore the scars across her back from being in a concentration camp.
But it was the emotional investment I experienced that enthralled me—totally and throughout my entire lifetime. I ended up reading the book numerous times and saw that movie about 5 or 6 more times. I was not into writing and didn’t really enjoy reading much during my teens and early adult life (other than what was required in school), but when I decided to try a hand at writing, I wanted to write something that would touch someone’s heart, have meaning and a powerful punch that had them sitting upright in their front row seat. Braveheart is another such story that captured me heart and soul. Of course it helped that Mel Gibson made me drool through the whole thing. And I must include my all time favorite—and yes, I still have my big picture-book edition-- Cinderella.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Working for years as a Public Health Nurse, I saw and was obligated to report abuse and neglect. And unfortunately I’ve had first-hand knowledge and/or witnessed many abusive situations among my own family members and friends. I also have dealt with teenage suicide and have helped counsel many teens along with their families. I feel having had such experiences and being deeply touched and affected by both circumstances, I could—I hope I did—show the emotions that not only my heroine experiences, but also my hero as well as with Jamie, the young troubled boy.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m now with Prairie Rose Publications after reading several different lines published by them and liking what I read. The two owners are also authors who write in all of their lines. They publish westerns, western romance (all levels except erotica) whether it is contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, historical as well as other lines including YA, middle grade, new adult that range from futuristic to fantasy, paranormal of varying lengths. They also have several lines in inspirational. Lengths vary as well—anthologies, novellas, full length. I just read one about WWII.
At Prairie Rose Publications, I can write long historical romance, short anthologies or novellas for different times of the year and vary the style and level of romance. I’d never written an anthology and felt honored to be included in the Valentine’s Day anthology Cowboy Kisses. Oh my gosh, I loved writing that short story where the cute-as-a-button five year old girl stole the show from my hero and heroine, that’s for sure. Here’s the log line—a woman on the run, a marshal sworn to uphold the law, and a little girl’s pleas to Mr. Cupid for a new daddy.
What project[s] are you working on now? Right at the moment I’m racing toward my May 1 deadline for a Fourth of July anthology where the kiss will ignite the fireworks. A Cowboy Celebration will contain numerous exciting and varied stories by some very talented authors and at the end a gamut of recipes will be included that are mentioned throughout each story. With rugged cowboys, daring heroines and a Fourth of July holiday, it should be a sure-fired way to get ready for a hot, hot summer.
What's up next for you? As soon as I’m done with the Fourth of July story, I’ll regroup and finish The Deaconess Hires a Gunman—I’m half way done with it. Did you know back in the 1800’s in Montana the law stated if a man sentenced to hang for a crime was claimed in matrimony by a God-loving, God-fearing woman he would be vindicated of his crime? Well, yep, that’s right. And oh boy, how that concept jumped out and bit me. So much so, I just had to throw a deaconess into the scene for good measure and see which way the wind blew. Oh yeah!
Anything else you'd like our visitors to know about you? If I may, I would like to just mention that when I write a story I more than not like to include a lesson learned, or raise awareness of an important issue, sooo you’ll always find a wagon load of humor to keep the topic from weighing heavier than a double-oven cast iron stove. After all, all of us read for entertainment and enjoyment and a good laugh or giggle never hurts. (Okay we also read to shiver with goosies while reading about that tall, sinewy hunk who doesn’t want to be caught). Well heck, I put humor in the shorter stories that aren’t as deep as the longer ones—just to make you show those pearly whites. My mama always said, ‘A smile a day keeps the soul happy and the doctor away’.
Gosh, I love hearing from readers and/or aspiring writers. I have so much to give back to so many for helping and encouraging me along the long road that I welcome any comments or questions sent my way or simply to chat. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Thanks so much, Bev! This has been a real treat.
Our best to you always, Kat and Veronica