Today on Monday Musings, I’m interviewing multi-published author, Mickie Sherwood. Please join us as Mickie talks about her writing and her latest release, a mainstream contemporary romance, Templet’s Tasty Tails.
Welcome, Mickie. Before we delve into your writing, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
Hi Joyce. Thanks for sharing my story with your visitors. I’m a cruise-loving, people-watching, picture-snapping baby boomer with time on my hands. So, I create sweet, and spicy relationship-based, mainstream, contemporary, romantic love stories.
Wow, we have a lot in common. Seriously, that could be my bio! You’ve written several books—what does your family think of your writing?
My family is tolerant of the time I spend writing. I can’t blame them. I lose myself in another world when I write.
I can understand that. We do tend to immerse ourselves, don’t we? Have they read your work?
Yes. And, their opinions are wide-ranging. I believe that’s because they prefer other genres.
At least they read it, have to them credit for that. What were you like as a youngster?
I was an introvert who loved words. I admit I have to do a little “carving” during edits. I’m working on that. (See what I mean? Why didn’t I just stop at “loved words”?)
Another area we have in common. Why use five succinct words when a dozen ‘flowing’ ones are so much more interesting? <lol> And how can we edit if there’s so few words to edit? What’s your favorite genre to read?
The genre I most enjoy is romance. You know…the Hallmark-kind of love stories.
Is this the genre you write?
Yes. The love stories I create are relationship-based mainstream romance. The heat rating ranges from sweet to sensual.
Do you have a favorite writing place or writing rituals?
I do have favorite writing places. Notice I said places. Wintertime finds me in my nook near the fireplace. But, when the weather turns nice, you might find me on the deck or in the swing in the backyard. As far as a ritual, my music fills the airwaves. Gotta have it.
Interesting. Sometimes I write with music in the background, sometimes I need silence, especially if the scene is difficult or intense. Are you a plotter or pantser?
I’m definitely a pantser.
How long does it take you to write a book?
The time it takes to finish a book depends on the flow of my creative juices. Sometimes, writer’s block gets in the way.
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
Life is filled with plots that provide my inspiration.
You say you’re a people-watcher; does this give you inspiration for your characters?
Yes. However, I’m careful not to create characters that exactly resemble people I know.
Yeah, best to walk that fine-line, isn’t it? Although, sometimes… 🙂 How much like yourself is your character in Templet’s Tasty Tails?
Although I vary my characters’ appearances and personalities, Erika Washington could be my height.
Is this a standalone story or part of a series?
Templet’s Tasty Tails is a standalone novel.
What can we expect from you next?
I’m deciding whether I should create a series romance. Actually, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you, the reader, your feelings about series. Do you like/read series romances? Why? Why not?
*Puts hand up eagerly* Let me be the first to offer my opinion. I love reading connected books. Whether it’s the same characters in each story or if previous characters only make a small appearance (that’s my favorite!), I prefer each story to standalone. I’m not a fan of cliffhanger endings, and although I’ll buy the next book if the story captivated me enough, I do so a bit grudgingly. Anyone else want to chime in? Meanwhile, tell us, are you working on anything new?
I’m always working on a new romance. My WIP list includes a story about a contemporary cowboy, and one about a woman newly discharged from the military. What thrills could happen in either romance, you ask? Just wait and see.
Good for you! Please tell us more about Templet’s Tasty Tails.
Templet’s Tasty Tails is the title of my latest mainstream, contemporary romance. This love story is set deep in Bayou Country where my characters thrive as they experience the unexpected. Will the bayou cowboy corral the heart of the skeptical surrogate?
Loss…life…love. What a difference a year makes!
Web Designer Erika Washington’s contract with her childhood best friend covers all possibilities about her pregnancy. But, one unpredictable event redirects her future. As a donor-surrogate, what does one do when fate changes the plan and claims the lives of the intended parents? If you’re selfless, strong-willed Erika Washington, you mount a defense to keep your baby.
Entrepreneur Booker Templet, owner of Templet’s Tasty Tails, secretly agrees to help his first cousin. However, unfortunate circumstances change the course of his life. After he learns the identity of the other donor, Booker plans to be a part of his child’s life. No matter what.
Will Erika and Booker battle over custody of the baby? Will their horrible loss help them find consolation in each other’s arms? Or will fate intervene yet again?
Whew, sounds like my kind of emotional read. We’d love to read an excerpt.
Scene: After Booker becomes her client, Erika accepts his invitation to have a firsthand look at his business operations.
Erika allowed him to escort her up the stairs and across the porch. He held the screen for her to enter his house. Ceiling fans circulated the crosscurrent breeze coming through the open windows. The room’s atmosphere lured her in further. Since he remained at her back, she swiveled to look at him.
“Is that surprise you’re trying to hide?”
“Yes. I’ll admit it. I’m surprised.” She smiled at him. “I thought I was coming to your packing facility.” Erika pivoted to look around.
“Down that hallway. You can’t miss it.”
“Thanks.” Her steps were brisk but quiet because of her sneakers. “I won’t be long.”
“Take your time.”
She made haste in taking care of her needs. When she emerged, he was nowhere in sight. Nosy, she peeked into each doorway on her trek to the front porch. Through the last one, she spotted a tall cabinet filled with horse and rider trophies. A cowboy. Opening the screen door, Erika said, “I’m ready.”
Booker, sitting in a rocker, had his leg leisurely draped over the arm. He got up. “Did you handle your business okay?”
“Do you always come across as having no tact?” Erika left him on the porch. Turning, she continued, “Or is that reserved for my benefit?”
“Sorry. I know I can be blunt at times.”
“You can say that again.”
“I know I can be—”
“Oh. Now you’ve got jokes.” Giving him an admonishing eye, she headed around the house.
“I don’t know why”—his long steps had him beside her—”but you strike me as someone who’s intuitive, artistic, creative, clever, and all with a sense of humor.”
Erika stopped suddenly. “You’ve got to be kidding.” She looked at the black rims with the silver, riveted studs.
“No. I mean every word.”
“No,” she contested. “Not that.” Erika looked up at Booker, then at his truck. “That.”
Laughing, Booker placed a hand on her shoulder. “See what I mean? A sense of humor on display.”
“I can’t climb up there.” Although she adjusted the leg of her jeans, her protruding tummy hindered her knee lift.
“You don’t have to.” He uttered those words as he reached and cradled her in his arms.
“Put me down, Booker Templet.”
“Erika.” He looked her dead in her unbelieving eyes. “It’s the only way to get you into the truck. Will you open the door for me, please?”
She did. “Now, put me down.” Her tush met the leather seat.
Now that everyone wants to read more, where can we find you and your books on the internet? Please share your links with us.
Print version coming in February 2016.
Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Mickie. We loved learning more about you and your writing. Best of luck with Templet’s Tasty Tails, and wishing you lots of success in all your writing endeavors.