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Thursday, March 29, 2012



1.     How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a writer?
I was in my forties when I started to write. I’ve only been writing a little over two years.
2.     What did you do for a living in your “previous” life? I’ve worked at banks mostly.
Do you have a family? Yes, I have wonderful family. I’ve been married almost 23 years to my wonderful husband, Bruce. I have one son, Steven, who is at marine boot camp. We recently added my daughter--in--law, Brittany and her three year old son Colt to our family. I’m one of five children and I have been blessed to have been supported from the beginning by my siblings, my Father and my numerous cousins
3.     What genre do you write?  I write Contemporary Western Romance
4.     Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’m more of a pantser. I have some idea where I’m going. It’s the getting there that is fun.
5.     Do your characters ever take over when you’re writing? My characters always take over. Especially the ones that were to be really really minor-- they fight for their fair share of the story.
6.     Do you get inspiration from real people or places? I’ve always read Western Romances. We were transferred to Texas six years ago. I have been soaking up s much Texas culture as I can. I actually go horseback riding.
7.     Would you like to be any of your heroines? I would like to be Callie from Callie’s Heart-- after the happily ever after.

8.     Would you marry any of your heroes?  They are all tall and handsome with chiseled body and brawny arms. I could live with that.
            9.Do you do a lot of editing before you submit a manuscript?  Yes I do. I learn more and more about writing and I’m constantly honing my novels. 

 Now, some personal questions:
1) Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
2   Do you listen to music when you write? What do you listen to? Not often . I like Classic rock.
3) Favorite color?green
4) Black, white or gray? Gray-- I have an accounting degree and real world accounting is gray.
5) Favorite ice cream flavor? Ben and Jerry’s-- the one with brownies and cheesecake
6) Favorite line of description from one of your books. His arm muscles bulged as he pulled. His back muscles tightened and she could remember the feel of him under her hands. He glistened with sweat and his abs made her insides coil.

    7) Favorite dialogue from one of your books. ''You are my heart, my soul, my best friend. I've been lost without you.'' He kissed her forehead and pulled her tight against him. ''I'm never letting you go again.''
2    8) Favorite minor character from your book. Noreen-- the older sassy waitress that knows the 411 on everyone. 
     9) Dog or cat? Cat I have two Tiger and Callie
    10)  Country or city? Country
    11)  Beach or mountains? mountains--I burn to easily at the beach
     12) Skirts or pants? Pants
     13) Early morning or late night? Early morning.
    14) Cruise in the Caribbean or camping in Yellowstone National Park? Cruise-- a balcony room please.
   A bit about the book

Callie Daniels' mother has one dying wish. She wants neighboring rancher, Garrett O'Neill, to marry her seventeen-year-old daughter. It's not supposed to be a conventional marriage. Garrett O'Neill would keep Callie's ranch safe and Callie would go away to college.                                                          
Four years later, Callie comes home with stars in her eyes and happily ever after in her heart. She plans to make their marriage real until finds the new housekeeper, Sylvie in Garrett's arms.
Heartbroken, Callie takes off to her own house, which they closed up four years ago. She stays there with Old Henry, a longtime friend and ranch hand, until her new horse injures her. Garrett forces Callie to move back in to his house.
Callie finally gets her heart's desire. Alone in a line shack, they make sweet love for the first time. Unfortunately, the love light is gone from Garret's eyes the next morning.



Kathleen Ball said...

Thank you so much Jean!!!

An Open Book said...

Classic rock all the way! Great to set the mood while writing.

I envy pantsers- I'm a plotter completely.

And as for westerns, just turned my writing towasrds that genre- LOVE cowboys!


Lori Z. said...

Wonderful interview Jean!

Kathleen, the book sounds wonderful. Love those cowboys. I'm looking forward to picking up my copy on the 1st. Congratulations!

Lori Z.

Kathleen Ball said...

Thank you so much!!!!

Amber Dane said...

Wonderful interview, Kathleen! So excited for you and looking forward to your release. Beautiful cover & novel!! Love Q & A interviews in learning more about the author. Thanks for sharing with us :)

L MCMAKEN said...

Great interview. Love my cowboys. Sounds like a great book - sigh - another on my TBR pile.

Patty said...

I like your response to whether or not you'd marry your heroes. :) I could live with that, too! LOL

Kathleen Ball said...

I appreciate the comments- thank you!!

StephB said...

Kathleen and Jean, I LOVED the interview. Kathleen, I got a nice feel for the book and it's piqued my interest. Well done, my friend. And the cover - well, if that doesn't suck you in. hehe

Good luck with your upcoming release.

ShanonGrey said...

Great interview. Thank you.

J.P. Grider said...

I loved getting to know Kathleen a little bit more. Can't wait for the release!!!

Angela Britnell said...

I'm always curious to read other people's stories and yours is an interesting one. Loved the picture - he brightened up my afternoon!

Tami said...

I'd like to eat one of your heros! thanks for sharing with us. I've been in love with you since Text Novel and I am so proud of all you are accomplishing!

Kathleen Ball said...

you guys are the best!!!!!

S.E said...

Great interview!!! I'll be buying your book when it comes out.

Lindsay said...

I'm glad to see there's another panster out there. Great interview and the blurb has me intrigued.

Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

So does the hottie come with the book or is he an extra? Congratulations on the book.


Kathleen Ball said...

Go to my facebook page Kathleen Tighe ball and look at the photos----tons of cowboy pics. Thank you Jean for having me on your blog!!!!!