Today’s interview and giveaway is of Yvonne Harris who has written “The Vigilante’s Bride.”
Thanks for answering my questions Yvonne.
How long did you write before you were published?
I sold the first piece I ever wrote to Woman's Day, the only place I sent it. It was an article on "Children and Clay." When we moved to another state, and teaching jobs were scarce, I took a job as Personnel Director for a hotel chain. I started writing articles on taxes and payroll and employee hiring, things I dealt with every day. About that time, I wrote my first novel, Hindu Kush, an international thriller set in Afghanistan. I sent it out to three publishers, and one of them bought it.
Tell us about “The Vigilante's Bride” the featured book.
This is my first historical romance. It has a western setting--Montana 1884-and I love this genre. I started my synopsis with a short statement about vigilantees and frontier justice to counter the negative impressions that usually go along with vigilantism. I had good guys doing bad things, and I wanted to justify it. Once that was out of the way, the story was easy to write.
What message do you want to be clear to your readers?
That it is never too late to change, and sometimes change is hard. In the case of my vigilante hero, he wants to hang up his guns and live a different life.
What are some of your likes and dislikes? Your hobbies, interests? Where do you like to vacation?
I love clay, used to be a potter, and had my own studio. Now I'm a news junkie, interested in politics, a good combination for plots. Until I wrote Vigilante's Bride, I wrote political thrillers. Hindu Kush was the first thriller, followed by one set in Spain, then one set in Russia, all good guys doing bad things for country and honor.
For vacationing, Chincoteague, Virginia, with the wild ponies across the channel, is a great spot if you love the ocean. We used to rent an apartment on the bay, take the turkey and all the fixings and spend Thanksgiving there, eating and looking at the lighthouse.
Tell us a little-known fact about yourself that readers may not know.
An ex-cheerleader, I was into figure roller skating and dancing. But, I had a secret yearning to join the Roller Derby. Helmets and knee-pads, little and loud--Oh, I'd have had a great time! Fortunately, I outgrew it.
How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
No, to all of the above. I write every day, but not to a schedule. How long to finish a novel? I don't know. The books I sold before were finished before I sent them out. For the first time in my life, I have a deadline. I'll let you know how that works.
What are you currently reading?
Nothing for pleasure, unfortunately. I have a stack of Texas Ranger books I'm reading as research for the next book. Everything from Lone StarJustice to The American West to My Six Years As a Texas Ranger.
Do you grow flowers or vegetables? What are your favorite flowers?
No. I have no luck growing things. Even my cactuses (cacti?) die. I suspect I have two black thumbs. I love sunflowers.
What are you writing now?
A River to Cross, a Texas Ranger story set by the Rio Grande in 1874.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you so much for this wonderful interview Yvonne. We really appreciate it and wish you much happiness and joy.
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