Friday, December 28, 2007

Interview with Carolyn Browm

I’d like to welcome our guest today, Carolyn Brown. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.




I understand you have a new release out called Evening Star. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?

Evening Star is the final installment of the Drifters and Dreamer’s Trilogy. Morning Glory (Aug. 2007) was first and Sweet Tilly (Oct. 2007) preceded it. All three are about the Anderson cousins in Healdton, Oklahoma, 1917. Times were changing with the War and discovery of oil in the cotton town of Healdton as well as the more pronounced movement toward women’s rights.

Addison Carter was hired by Magnolia Oil to work as their company doctor in Healdton, Oklahoma. In 1917 oil companies didn’t hire women to work for them so that alone was quite a miracle. At least it was until she arrived from eastern Arkansas with an ego the size of Texas and dreams twice as large, only to have them all shredded to pieces in ten minutes when the directors of the oil company informed her they thought she was a male with a name like Addison.

She was sitting on the bench outside the drug store waiting for her ride to take her back to Ardmore to catch the train back to Arkansas when Tilly Anderson sat down beside her. In less than an hour Addison found herself at the Evening Star ranch setting Tilly’s cantankerous cousin’s broken leg and suturing the gash in his hand. Just as suddenly she was offered the job of caring for him until he healed. Anything beat going back to Arkansas with her deflated ego and shattered dreams so she took on the job.

Tucker Anderson had his ideas about women. They should live to serve and obey the male species and rather than endure a lifetime with one like either of his girl cousins, Tilly and Clara, he’d be a bachelor until he reached the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Then he broke his leg and the two cousins hired a female doctor to take care of him. He figured he’d died and gone straight to hell.

Evening Star is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

Evening Star is the name of the ranch Tucker Anderson owns. It was passed down to him by his parents when they died and is named for his grandmother, Katy Evening Star, an Indian woman who ran moonshine.

Did you have to do a lot of research for the book?

Yes, that time period is just opening up for historical romance. Up until a couple of years ago historical stopped before 1900. The research was really interesting and fun.

What character did you like writing about the most, and why?

I loved Addison and her sass and brass, but then it was fun to write about Tucker coming around to another way of thinking, too.

If your book was made into a movie, what actor would you like to fill your hero’s shoes?

Keanu Reeves

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

Oh, my yes. I’ve read everything LaVryle Spencer has written and went into depression when she retired. If I began to list all those who have inspired me we’d be here for hours.

What do we have to look forward next?

Right now, I’m working on a five book series called The Broken Roads Series. It’s contemporary and set in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Titles are TO TRUST, TO COMMIT, TO BELIEVE, TO DREAM and TO HOPE. The first one will be released in April, the second in June. After that there will be a historical called THE DOVE in August.

Thanks, Carolyn!

The author loves to hear from her readers at ccbrown@academicplanet.com.

Buy: Evening Star and the rest of her books are available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Target, Wal-Mart, and all of your bookstores can order them for you.

1 comment:

Loretta said...

I enjoy reading Carolyn's books. Great interview.