Today, I have the lovely Sara Walter Ellwood, author of one of the seven stories in the Cowboy Up boxed set!
A few questions, and we'll get to the goods...
Plotter or Pantser?
I’m a hybrid, I guess. I don’t really plot, meaning I don’t do some of the crazy things I’ve heard others do—like index cards for every scene or elaborate outlines. But do have a real idea of where my stories are going, especially once I hit the half to two-thirds mark in a story. I will draft a synopsis sort of narrative so that I know exactly how much of story I have to tell. From this, I can gage how long a book will be. However, that first half or so is just writing by the seat of my pants. The beginnings are never plotted.
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
E-books… I love my Kindle.
Do you read books more than once? If so, name one. What's special about it?
Yes, though I haven’t re-read something in a long time. The series I’ve read about three times is John Jakes’ North and South trilogy (I’ve read the first two books; I didn’t like the third book.) I used to be a huge Civil War buff and I love John Jakes. I’ve read most of his books more than once.
What's the strangest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I really can’t think of anything. Although, after an editor questioned me on something that I had one of my ex-military characters do, I did ask one of the active duty Army Captains at my work about it—and was thrilled to find out I was right!
Music while you write? What kind?
Sometimes, if I’m in the mood. And it’s always country.
Do your characters have sex on the page? On which page do they have their first sexual encounter?
I write hot, so there are no closed doors in my books. And as for when the sex happens, that varies, but it usually happens just before the middle of the story.
What triggered the story behind your latest release?
Chasing a Cowboy, part of the boxed set COWBOY UP, got its inspiration from the recent Dierks Bentley single, “Drunk on a Plane.” My hero isn’t drunk on a plane, but he is a jilted groom who goes to Mexico to the resort where he was to have his honeymoon, just like the narrator in the song.
You can invite anyone, alive or dead, or a fictional character (your own included), to dinner. Who would you invite and why?
Don’t laugh, but I’m going with the very first person who popped in my mind as I read the question. I’d love to have dinner with Jesus. Not just to discuss religion, but to talk about life in general and to gain understanding of why things happen in the world that just don’t make sense.
What kitchen utensil would you be? Why?
LOL…. A Knife? Because no one messes with knives and they are respected, if for no other reason than out of fear…. Though, I don’t want to be scary. So, maybe just a little bitty paring knife.
Dogs or cats? Or gerbils or birds? Or fish?
Cats. Though, I love birds too—in my garden, especially cardinals.
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The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir—Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?
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