Meet the Authors Chain Interview

I have been chosen to participate in a chain interview by Jessica Jayne, author of In Flames.
Thanks, Jess. 

Here goes:
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the sequel to Sugarwater Ranch. The working title is A Heart Like Mine, and it’s Sissy’s story. She’s a pistol with a well hidden heart of gold.
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
Sissy hasn’t been a nice character in the two preceding books, and she’s not sure she needs to be redeemed.
What experiences have influenced you?
I was born and raised in the city but always wanted to have a horse. After constant begging for fifteen years, my parents finally gave in and bought me a buckskin gelding. I spend a few months trying without much success to teach him to jump. When Igave in and did what we both wanted to do, barrel race and pole bend, we were both happier. I’ve been hooked on rodeo and ranching ever since.
Why do you write what you do?
I grew up with My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty and Gunsmoke. Even as a kid I wanted to be a cowboy. I love rodeo and barrel racing, and I wanted to write romance that accurately depicts ranching and rodeo. I also like a bit of humor and a touch of magic.
How does your writing process work?
I sit at my laptop and write. I’ve tried to learn to plot and plan, but my best writing happens when the characters take over the story.
What is the hardest part about writing?
Sitting down and writing. Having confidence in my ability and characters.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?
A time travel. I love the ones that are done well. Maybe something set during the war of 1812.
Who are the authors you most admire?
Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson and Sarah Addison Allen.
Who are new authors to watch out for?
Jane Issacs, Sophie Moss, Sandy Owens and, of course, Jessica Jayne.
What scares you?
Just the thought of standing in front of a crowd, giving a speech has me sweating bullets. 

And now I'm going to introduce you to the next link in this Author's Chain. Meet my friend, Marsha R. West. Her book, Vermont Escape is due to be published soon. I can't wait.


  1. Thanks, Stephanie. Interesting post. I'm having some issues with my blog right now, but will get this up soon. Good luck with your sales. Nice site, Jessica.

  2. Great post, Stephanie - I can't wait!