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Interview with Carol Ritten Smith


Today's guest is Crimson Romance author, Carol Ritten Smith. Please tell us about your book.  

Carol: Stubborn Hearts is a historical romance set circa 1900, in a small fictitous town, called Whistle Creek. The heroine, Beth, along with her two younger brothers, have assumed up false identities in Whistle Creek to escape her felonious past. She gets a job as the town’s school teacher. Tom, the hero, is the blacksmith in the town. He becomes suspicious of the family. Beth is terrified he will discover what she has done, especially since her youngest brother spends a lot of time at the blacksmith shop. But while Tom tries to unravel the mystery of the young family, he finds himself falling in love with the young school teacher. Beth won’t allow herself to reciprocate his feelings. After all, could Tom love her enough to overlook her past?

Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?

Carol: Oh, yes, I remember well my first romance. It was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Like many women I fell in love with Captain Brandon Birmingham. Remember the rash of babies named Brandon soon after that book came out? The other reason it stuck with me was the way Ms. Woodiwiss could draw out the sexual tension so effectively. I thought Brandon would never get to bed his wife. Oops, probably too much information there.

Galen: Describe your workspace. 

Carol: I’d be embarrassed if someone were to see my workplace. Currently I’m sitting with my laptop at my dining room table that is covered with books and papers and a few empty glasses and other paraphernalia. Sadly, clutter doesn’t bother me. If I needed to use the table, it would take me quite a while to clear it off. But hey, I write every day and we seldom use the dining room table. We’re the eat-in-the-kitchen type of people. Hmm, maybe that’s because we can’t use the dining room table.  Oh well, too bad.

Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle? 

Carol: For certain I’d want a Bible. I have a feeling I’d become an avid reader of it all of a sudden. I’d also want “How to Survive on a Deserted Isle.” Surely there’s a book called that somewhere! And for my last book . . .hmm . . . oh, I know . . . “Things to Make and Do in the Sand.” Might as well enjoy myself there.

Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?

Carol: By “pantzer” I’m assuming by pantzer you mean by the seat of my pants. If so, I guess I’m one of those.  I have a good idea where I’m going with the story: a happily ever after ending. Basically, I find a situation that’s a bit unorthodox, create two people who would not likely fall in love with each other and toss them together in that situation. While I research I’m always looking for something that would throw a monkey wrench into their relationship. And then it’s my job to get them back on track. Great fun!

Galen:  What do you do when you are not writing? I

Carol: I’m one of the few who gets to play creatively all the time . . . well almost all the time. I own a picture framing shop and a gallery. I do pottery and sculpt with polymer clay that I sell out of my gallery.

Galen: Did you sell the first book you wrote?

Carol: Yup, it’s this one, Stubborn Hearts.  Years ago I also sold the first short story I ever wrote. Truthfully, that wasn’t good. I got me thinking that writing and getting published was a piece of cake. I soon learned otherwise!


Carol, thank you for stopping by today! Want to know more about Carol Ritten Smith? You can find her here:










3 replies on “Interview with Carol Ritten Smith”

Carol, I'm dying to read your book. I love American history as a setting, and I feel you are a kindred spirit. The Flame & The Flower and Forever Amber are the first romances I remember reading, too.

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