Today’s interview features the incredibly talented, USA Today Bestselling author Roxanne Snopek. She’s a fellow Canadian, and although she lives on the west coast, she’s a prairie girl at heart. Between us, we’ve got this country represented.
Roxanne and I write for the same publishers. We’ve also had a few romantic getaways together. Las Vegas, New York… She keeps insisting they’re called “Romance Writer Conferences,” but whatever. I got to hang with her and tell complete strangers we’re buddies and that’s all that matters.
Did I mention she’s beautiful as well as talented?
Roxanne’s latest release is THE CHOCOLATE CURE from Tule Publishing. I’m lazy as well as Canadian, so I’m offering two links to purchase (and I highly recommend you do!): Amazon and Kobo. But it’s available at other online retailers, too:
As a head’s up, the next book in the series, THE CHOCOLATE COMEBACK, releases in April. I scored an advance copy and trust me, you won’t want to miss it either:
So now we’re going to turn things over to Roxanne. She’s answering 10 nosy questions:
- What is your least favourite author question? And what is your response?
When are you going to write a “real” book? (Holding up my latest book) What is this? A bagel?
- What is your least favourite author task? Tell us why you hate it.
Updating my website. Because the entire time I’m doing it, I’m aware that anyone half my age could do it in a quarter of the time it takes me, with 100% less muttering and fist-shaking.
- Who’s your favourite—of your own books—female and/or male character?
I love my tortured hero Zach Gamble in HIS RELUCTANT RANCHER. He’s got the weight of the world on his handsome shoulders and, when Des, the female lead, finally FINALLY gets through to him… this tough, stoic cowboy cries. I love Zach.
My favorite female character, I think, is Carrie Logan, from FOREVER YOURS, SWEETHEART. She overcomes her fear of dogs to help the hero get his Belgian shepherd to the vet after a bear attack. You know me… I’m a sucker for people who help animals in need.
- Which book could you have worked on forever?
Holy smokes. I could work on them all forever. They could all be better, to my eye. But at some point, I tell myself, “Roxanne. This is the best book you can write at this moment. Stop it now or you’ll go blind.”
- You’re a USA Today bestselling author. Tell us about THE MOMENT you found out, and I’m feeling magnanimous (actually I just wanted to use that word) so tell us about the book too.
Okay, the moment I found out… I WAS ALONE IN THE HOUSE!!! There was no one but the pets to hear me scream! And then the phone rang and it was my hairdresser, congratulating me! She happened to be online and was one of the first to see my announcement. I’ll add that I’ve been going to her for years, and when she learned I was an author, felt duty-bound to read one of my books. Courtesy, you know. She told me later how shocked she was to discover that she loved it! Reading had never been a particularly enjoyable pastime for her and she says that I am the author that got her hooked on it again. <heart-clutch!> She reads all my books now. Oh, and the book: THREE RIVER RANCH, my very first romance novel. Wild mustangs, a pregnant heroine, forced proximity, marriage of convenience and a Labradoodle! Also (buffing nails and looking casual) this past year THE MILLIONAIRE DADDY PROJECT also hit the USA Today list. Just sayin’.
- Which book would you love to re-write? Why?
My first mystery novel. I love the story but it’s got some enormous problems that I’m not sure are fixable. For one thing, the worst thing that happens to the protagonist is that her dog gets sick. I mean, no one wants their dog to get sick. But great conflict this is not.
- What’s your favourite childhood memory and does it ever come back to haunt you? (In a good way—leave the rest for the therapists.)
Getting the Scholastic catalog at school! My parents always let me order new books, and it was so exciting. The possibilities! The choices! My parents read to me a lot as a child, and always encouraged my reading addiction. Now, whenever I get my BookBub newsletter, I feel a bit of that same thrill.
- We complain a lot to each other about writing-related stuff—storylines that aren’t working, characters who aren’t cooperating, when there’s no wine in the house… So why write? Why not do something easier?
I can’t tell you how often I’ve asked myself that very question. But it comes down to the same reason I’ve done anything hard, like homeschooling our kids, or Bikram yoga or resisting Cheezies: it feels so good when it’s done! J There’s nothing like seeing a brand new book with my name on it!
But seriously, despite recurring episodes of head-banging panic and self-doubt, I believe in it. I believe this is what I was meant to do, that I have something to say and that my life path is to keep trying to say it, fail, try again, fail more, succeed a little, try something new, connect with one reader at a time and keep working to uncover the essential story that lives within me.
Also, having been a human resources manager, I know a bad employee when I see one. All those ideas, you know. I’d never last.
- What’s your favourite pastime? And keep it clean. My kids read this.
Eating and drinking rank pretty highly, especially with friends. And I love to bake! My husband loves my cinnamon buns… oops. Too racy? Sadly, baking is not a friend to middle-aged metabolisms so I don’t do much now. Although I baked butter tarts this past weekend, during Snowmageddon 2017 and they were amazing. Between the shoveling and shivering, I figure we worked them off.
- And for the last invasion of privacy: What’s your favourite thing about each of your children?
Wow. Let’s see. Each of them is so passionate, in different ways. My oldest daughter is working on her first novel and is a yoga instructor. My middle daughter is a maternity nurse who likes to garden. My youngest is an artist who’s studying Psychology. I love watching their lives unfold!
Bonus question: (OK, so maybe #10 wasn’t the last.) What’s a little-known fact about you? What’s your dirty secret? (And my usual disclaimer—I’m pretty sure CSIS stalks me on-line so keep that in mind.)
I’m a certified amateur dream interpreter. Make of that what you will, CSIS.
Thank you, Roxanne!
Born under a Scorpio moon, raised in a little house on the prairie, USA Today Bestselling Author Roxanne Snopek said “as you wish” to her Alpha Farm Boy and followed him to the mountain air and ocean breezes of British Columbia. There, while healing creatures great and small and raising three warrior-princesses, they found their real-life happily-ever-after. After also establishing a successful freelance and non-fiction career, Roxanne began writing what she most loved to read: romance. Her small-town stories quickly became fan favorites; print editions of her latest series were recently launched in France.
Check out her work at her website!
Today I’m interviewing Kim from Read Your Writes Book Reviews! Kim recently celebrated her 4-year blogging anniversary.
Kim’s a bit shy and a whole lot private.
We’re going to get to know her better today. I’ve got to say, as much fun as it is to talk about myself, this interview was even better.
So let’s get started.
Welcome, Kim! Let’s start with the most obvious. What got you into blogging and reviewing? What keeps you going?
Hmm. Okay, so here’s the long story. On a Thanksgiving trip to Texas, my nephew wanted to go to the movies. He insisted we see Twilight. I complained the whole way there. Then I fell in love with the movie and wanted to know more about the series. But the book was freaking long. I mean seriously, who reads a book that’s 500+ pages? On the same trip, my mother gave me my first Nora Roberts book saying, “Your head is always in the clouds, you can read this.” I started reading the book there and on the airplane ride back. I thought, “Hey, reading isn’t so bad.” I then decided to give Twilight a try.
I got into blogging because being a stay-at-home mom sucks. It’s boring and you’re by yourself all the time. Let’s face it, there’s just so much communication you can have with a two year old. And I’m sure my husband got tired of me calling him at work for absolutely nothing at all. He’s actually the one who came up with the idea of me blogging. That way I could be behind the computer (because I’m shy) and still interact with people. Plus I wasn’t going to Target every day, buying things I didn’t need, just to talk to the cashiers.
What keeps me going? I love reading books and getting to interact with people. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really nice authors and some not so nice ones. I don’t get paid for this, but reviewing and blogging is a job. It’s a pretty cool one too.
Tell us the first scene from a book you’ve reviewed that immediately pops into your head. No cheating! (And yes, you will be judged.)
Okay. The first scene that pops in my head is from Victoria James’ The Best Man’s Baby. The heroine finds out she’s pregnant by her best friend’s husband’s brother and said brother (Jake) has been MIA since the night they were together. There’s a barbeque and Jake shows up with one of his flings. The heroine is upset and walks up to him and says, “Welcome home daddy,”as she sticks the pregnancy test stick in his burger.
Obviously, you’re well-read and read across a lot of genres. What’s your biggest turn-off? (It can be anything—cover, blurb, writing, combination of all of the above….) What’s the fingernails-on-the-chalkboard for you?
I’m a visual person. Covers grab my attention. If I don’t like the cover, then I’m not wasting my time reading the blurb. I know that sounds bad, but it happens. Now, if it’s an author I like I just ignore the cover (okay I still think to myself this is bad), but still read the book.
I hate getting cold emails from tour companies I’ve never heard of. I only use a select few, because there are A LOT of bad ones out there.
I also hate group emails where the person is so rude that they don’t bother to BCC people. Oh and authors signing me up for their newsletters without asking me. I know you signed me up because the email is going to the wrong account.
You have children and they’re never going to see this—so which one would you give away? And under what circumstances?
I went through hell for my kids. They’re stuck with me FOREVER! Even when I’m dead, I want them to hear my voice in their heads.
When authors ask you for favours –*ahem*—what’s your initial reaction? Again, no cheating!
What kind of favor are you talking about? If you ask about helping to hide a dead body. NOT going to happen. I can’t go to jail. I wouldn’t last there.
Now, if you’re talking appearing on the blog, I’m cool with that. Usually, I spend about 5 minutes being excited someone asked to appear. But it’s also the way I’m approached. I have a name, so use it. If someone wants me to read their book and I can’t I tend to feel really bad.
If you could get away with murder, which fictional character would you kill? How would you do it?
Oh. I just got this wicked smile on my face. I’m sure there are several. But the first character to pop into my head is the mother from Wendy S. Marcus’ Loving You Is Easy. The mother is/was all about status. She didn’t care that her daughter was date raped by her boyfriend and his friend. The boyfriend had prominent, elicit parents. The mother thought her daughter should be happy that he was dating her.
Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Melissa Marr walk into a bar. All three are hitting on Lee Child. Who do you root for?
I found my love of reading through Nora Roberts, so I have to root for her.
Boxers, briefs, or boxer-briefs? Loincloth? (Sorry—just watched Tarzan last week….) White or black socks? What’s your opinion on ball caps?
Boxers and I don’t care. Ball caps worn backwards.
Of the critters currently roaming your back yard—which would you eat first if that zombie apocalypse ever strikes?
You’re funny. Well, there is Thomas the snake in the backyard. Since I gave him a name, I can’t possibly kill and eat him. Plus, there’s the issue of me being afraid of snakes. The lizards creep me out too. There’s the frogs, but I’m sure they’re slimy. I guess I’m going to have to go with one of the squirrels. I’m sure I can figure out how to cook it. I’m just not sure how to catch it and kill it. Okay, I’m royally screwed here. I’m going to starve to death and the zombies who I don’t like are going to kill me.
And let’s end with another obvious question… Who’s your second favourite author? (Because we’re just going to go ahead and assume that your first is me.)
Wow. You aren’t nice at all. Second favorite author…..I have a slew of favorite authors. There’s absolutely NO way I can give them numbers.
Okay Ms. Paula, this was fun. Thanks for putting me on the spot. I now understand what you authors go through, when I ask you questions. But seriously, thank you for asking me to appear on your blog. If anyone cares (please care), they can find me online at these places.
Kim, thanks for being here! You are truly a good sport—despite being a sissy when it comes to zombies ’n squirrel-killin’… I bet you’ll get over that pretty quick. Especially if they’re zombie squirrels.
Don’t eat those ones.
And because interviews are so much fun, next week I’ll introduce readers to three of the male characters from my Spy Games series. (Trust me, Kim. You got off easy.)
Readers, if you have any questions for Kim, be sure to leave them in the comments below. She’s a little cagey about her criminal past, though. Be sensitive.
Have a happy week! And don’t forget to follow her!