MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MAGGIE CARPENTER!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Maggie Carpenter. Suspense Romance covering all genres. Cowboys, SciFi, Historical. You name it. Love comes in many forms, but it’s always love.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
To Kiss A Cowboy is the first book in a new contemporary cowboy series called, Hunks and Horses. It is a western romance, but it is laced with a paranormal element.
Simple. I want to kiss a cowboy! But there’s more. I wrote a book called, COWBOY: His Ranch. His Rules. His Secrets. That was nine months ago and the book continues to shine. It still ranks around the number 30 spot in westerns on Amazon. I decided it was the perfect vehicle from which to launch a new series. Hence, Hunks and Horses was born. The first book, To Kiss A Cowboy.
Excerpt TO KISS A COWBOY:
Placing the tub of cookies on a bale of hay, she stepped up to the cross ties, and as Caleb leaned down and picked up Domino’s front foot, she bent over next to him.
“I think the shoe is pressin’ on his heel. See?”
“You’re right. I doubt I would have noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out.”
“I’d like the farrier to pull the shoe off, make sure there’s nothin’ brewin’ under there.”
“You mean like an abscess?” she asked, turning her head and looking at him.
Their faces were inches apart, and an urgent need to kiss him surged through her body.
“Yep,” he said softly. “Like an abscess. Are you okay?”
“What? Sorry, yes fine,” she said hastily, wishing her heart would stop pumping.
“Are you sure?” he pressed as they straightened up. “You look a little flushed.”
“That’s because I was bending over. Sometimes it makes me dizzy.”
“You might have low blood sugar. Let’s sit down and have one of those cookies.”
Though Jerry was waiting, she had no desire to run back to the house. Ambling across to the hay bale, purposely brushing against Caleb’s arm as they walked, she sat down and opened up the container. The delicious aroma wafted around her, and picking one out, she handed him the tub. To her delight he sat down next to her, and a warm comfort settled between them.
So did sparks.
“Damn. These beat the heck outta Famous Amos,” he exclaimed, gobbling one up and reaching for a second.
“What do you think Martha does to make them taste like this?”
“I’m thinkin’ a touch of cayenne pepper.”
“Cayenne pepper? Really?”
“Maybe. They’ve got a bite.”
Her phone suddenly whinnied. Sure it was Jerry, she pulled it out, barely glancing at his name before turning it off.
“I hate to eat and run, but I need to go. Jerry’s leaving for London and he’s here to say goodbye.”
“He is? Then whatta you doin’ here?”
“Checking on my horse and enjoying this,” she said with a grin, holding up the cookie. “Jerry doesn’t understand my passion for horses, but that’s okay. Nothing’s perfect.”
“Do I need to stick around for your farrier, or will you be here?”
“I’m not going anywhere. I use Barry Carter. Do you know him?”
“Barry? Sure. He’s good. I’ve already got his number in my phone.”
“Thanks, Caleb. You’re the best. Just text me if you reach him. I know you’re about to take off, so if you have to leave a message, he can call me.”
“You have a nice day,” he said, rising to his feet. “I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with my horse in tow.”
“I can’t wait to meet him, and please drive safely. I need you.”
“Hey, the feelin’s mutual,” he said, lowering his voice. “I love this place.”
They were suddenly in a moment.
If she stood up and moved close to him, it would happen.
But should she?
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love writing period. But I am a horse owner and lover, and I do adore cowboys.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
My life. My book are based around personal events, though I did do some research on totems. Can’t say more than that without giving away the story.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
ALL DAY. I WRITE ALL DAY. Except when I’m at the barn or walking my dog.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The second in the series. To Catch A Cowboy.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very important. I often change the name of a character as I write. Sometimes I know their names off the bat, like Sassy Cassy in The Cowboy’s Rules, or Avery Madison, in The Billionaire’s Beach.
Where do your ideas come from?
I dream them. Literally. Every single time. Occasionally something will come to me while I’m riding, but my dreams expand whatever I imagine in daylight hours.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I produce my own trailers. I wish I had the time to produce one for every book. I have about 20 to date.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Spy, Warlock, Motorcycle Master, Loved From The Grave, To Kiss A Cowboy, and Elizabeth’s Education are all books of which I’m very proud
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Living through my characters, finishing a book and smiling, then crashing for several hours. Such a great feeling.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Living in a lovely barn surrounded by four-legged friends and comfortably supporting them.
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read as much as you can. Write what you know. Feel what you write.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing and promotion.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress.
To kiss a cowboy.
Was it too much to ask?
Dropping her eyes to the huge glittering diamond resting on her finger, Connie let out a heavy sigh. Yes it was.
Lounging in a recliner on the terrace outside her bedroom, Connie missed Caleb already. He’d be leaving shortly to collect the rest of his belongings. Martha, her long-time friend and housekeeper, absolutely adored him, and in a few short days he’d transformed the barn. The many odd jobs were underway. The feed room had been re-organized, the tack room had never been cleaner, and when she ran into the workers they were polite and respectful.
Then there were the lessons.
Caleb made them fun and positive, and when she climbed off Domino she was excited, not frustrated. Her handsome new trainer often hugged her, exclaiming his pride in her progress, but he hadn’t engulfed her in his arms as he had that first day.
The all-consuming, time-stopping, melting-into-him hug.
The memory kept her up at night, and sent her fingers between her legs. Caleb King. Even his name sounded sexy, and when he tilted his head to the side, crossed his arms and captured her eyes, the butterflies in her stomach burst to life.
“To kiss him just one time,” she mumbled, gazing across at the paddocks. “I want to so badly.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I don’t think about the genre when I write. When an idea drops into my head, if it’s an alien or a Victorian bride, I just start writing.
Where did your love of books come from?
An angel. Fate. God. It lives inside me.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Absolutely impossible. 🙂
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Fatigue. I push past it, but after hours it usually wins.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what comes to me. My brain isn’t that analytical.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
How to work your butt off and make 2c an hour. (Grinning).
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for reaching out.