Welcome R.T., tell us about your book.
RT: First of all, Galen, let me say thank you for having me on your beautiful blog today!
BLACK CREEK BURNING is the first in my romantic suspense Black Creek Trilogy. Set in upstate New York, it’s a story about taking chances with your heart… and about family, trust and passion. Witnessing the murder of her parents was a brutal day for Brie Chapman. Learning her parents died in her place was almost unbearable. It took her years to overcome and move on as no suspects were found. Unknowingly, she ignites the dormant killer into coming back to finish the job. Nathan Reed moves in behind her with his two adorable nephews he’s raising as his own. Patiently, he transforms Brie from an icy self-proclaimed independent into a woman willing to accept not only the help of a strong man, but the love of a family.
GALEN: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
RT: My first romance novel was actually Emma, by Jane Austen. Although I had to quite literally keep a flow chart to remember all of her characters, I loved her style and her bravery. Her characters are diverse and her plot realistic.
GALEN: What started you on the road to writing romance?
RT: People ask me that often and I must be honest and say I don’t know. I’m a bit of an insomniac. I’m not sure what made me write the first line in Black Creek Burning in the middle of one of those sleepless nights, but somehow the first line turned into the first page and then into the first hundred pages…It was absolutely addicting. The research, editing, revising…I truly love all of it. Nine months later I had completed Black Creek Burning with books two and three buzzing holes in my head. What a rush!
Galen: Describe your workspace.
RT: My workspace is mostly at a Barnes and Noble or a Panera. Sometimes I work at home, but it seems there are always perennials that need deadheading, grass that needs mowing and dishes that need to be done. You can also find me sitting in the bleachers of one of my sons’ many athletic events I travel to with my laptop on my lap. I do, actually, have a nicely decorated desk for my writing but am rarely there. lol
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
RT: Oh, decisions, decisions. I would say Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts, Private, by James Patterson, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I must hurry to the next question before I change my mind!
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
RT: Black Creek Burning: "It was just a white lie," Brie told him. Nathan lifted a corner of his mouth. "I'll have to remember you think that way."
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
RT: I’m not sure who loves working together more, my golden retriever or myself, but one of my favorite past times is training my dogs. I’m quite an animal lover and can be found attending a flyover of human-raised endangered Whooping cranes or tending to the monarch and swallowtail caterpillars I enjoy raising in the summer months.
I’ve flipped two and a half houses, meaning I buy them, fix them up and sell them. The half of a flipped house is the one I bought, fixed up but decided to stay in! My husband and I are not your ordinary man and woman. I do all the work outside, meaning the landscape design, planting and outdoor building and maintaining. He works inside on the trim, cabinets and furniture.
I also have my green belt in Tae Kwan Do and have taught Pilates and Kickboxing at our local Y for a very long time. In the daytime, I have the honor of working with wondrous children as a teacher in the public school system.
Galen: Did you sell the first book you wrote?
RT: Black Creek Burning is the first book I wrote, yes. I’ve been fortunate and am extremely thankful. I didn’t write with the intention of publishing. The readers of my manuscripts are the ones who have pushed, prodded and hounded me to publish. They humble me.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
RT: “Finish the damn book,” by Kate Bateman, my lovely English author friend.
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