After a failed marriage and with her song writing career tanking, Kate Crockett leaves
Chicago Bullets pitcher Colton Gray is traveling incognito, hoping to escape media attention as he recovers from an injury. The last thing he needs is a distraction, yet when a beautiful woman mistakes him for a carpenter, he decides a little renovating will keep his mind off his problems.
There is more than mischief between
Paperback and E-Book Release February 24, 2012
Digital ISBN 978-1-61217-261-3
Print ISBN 978-1-61217-017-6 by the Wild Rose Press
Print ISBN 978-1-61217-017-6 by the Wild Rose Press
First of all, I would like to thank Laurie for interviewing me today as her guest blogger. I hope you will find our conversation interesting as we explore what makes me tick as a writer.
I'm also here to introduce my latest release "Cutter Mountain Rendezvous". Although there aren't any paranormal aspects to the story, there is some mystery. This is a spicy contemporary romance with humor about a single-mom with a tanked song writing career and a professional ball player with an injury. Both are searching for answers and find them in an unexpected place...each other.
LAURIE: How are your story ideas born?
BARB: Too little sleep, too much caffeine and too much sugar! Seriously, this is a mystery to me. Ideas come to me and I expand upon them, turning them into stories. I’ve no formula whatsoever other than the love of storytelling.
LAURIE: How many works in progress do you have?
Rendezvous" is my sixth completed book, and my second sale to The Wild Rose Press. I've another book half finished, but got delayed to complete a Christmas novella, "Wings of an Angel", which is now in the contract process. This is a sweet story about a young couple affected by today's war in two very different ways. She's a war widow and he's a former Marine facing life without part of his arm. An angel is also a character in the book. It will be a Wild Rose Press e-book release, coming out this Fall. I'm also trying to find a publisher for a finished trilogy, women's fiction, about a small town in Cutter Mountain that features a fictional historic house and the residents of that house. There is a hint of paranormal in these books. There are also at least ten story ideas in my WIP folder (Work in Progress). Ah, so many stories and so little time! Ohio
LAURIE: What is your writing process?
BARB: First and foremost, I order myself to the computer chair and vow to meet a predetermined page count before surfing the web, email, Facebook or reading blogs. Oops! Love you, Laurie xoxo. These can be terrible distractions and good avoidance tools. As is the kitchen, which is much too close to my work area. However, once a character walks onto the page (and I like him or her), we’re off to the races. It's here that I become the fiendish mad scientist who plots out their fates with a keyboard instead of test tubes and chemicals. Although, one must admit, the right chemistry must exist. Kate and
in "Cutter Mountain Rendezvous" definitely have this ingredient. Opposites, they evolve into a delightful duo I loved hanging out with. This became a somewhat zany story, but has plenty of serious moments. Colton
LAURIE: What writing mechanic challenges you?
BARB: Ah, my nemesis, Achilles heel, Dementors of Story. Well, that would be (1) Keeping the main focus of the story on the relationship between the hero and heroine. The storyteller in my mind sees all the people around them and sometimes gets too involved in telling their story. I do use them to color the pages with interesting characters so they will never go away completely. “
Rendezvous” has several such characters. (2) Accepting the fact I'm a pantster (someone who writes by the seat of her pants). Detailed plots prior to sitting down to write the story leaves me with a great plot sheet but a blinking cursor and blank page. So I’ve accepted my writing style, but I do recognize the need to plot once the story evolves and I’ve a vision. As time goes on, I'm learning how to blend the two writing methods. Cutter Mountain
LAURIE: What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
BARB: Hands down, the first draft. This is where I let it rip.
LAURIE: What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?
BARB: Hands down, research. How nice it would be to have a research assistant in my back pocket to find out all those time-consuming details that must be verified. For now, that place is the WWW and the life-time of experience.
LAURIE: How long did it take to write your latest release?
BARB: Six months. This is average for me. The first draft comes quick. Within a few weeks. There might be holes in the draft but the story evolves very fast. THEN comes the hard work—editing. This is a necessary evil and one I’ve learned to enjoy. My waistline suffers at this stage of writing. The desire to nibble at the computer is really strong.
LAURIE: Do you have a favorite line or scene from your story?
BARB: Just one? LOL.
Favorite Scene: First, I want to say what a good time I had writing this book. This couple popped onto the page and brought a lot of fun with them. However, you've asked, so I would have to say when I put
on the pitcher's mound. For the first time, he's in his element and not Kate's. Up to that point in the story, we saw the take-charge Colton full of ego yet tender hearted and kind with her young daughter. On the pitcher's mound, we find out how his personality fits his career. I could feel the excitement of the ballpark as I wrote these scenes and the pressure a real-life pitcher must feel when he steps up to deliver a pitch in the face of a surly batter and a stadium of expectant fans. Colton
is a professional athlete, I also felt it was unrealistic to make him a guy who didn't swear. Since Kate has a young daughter, one challenge I gave her was to teach Colton how to tame his mouth. She succeeds, but not on the pitching mound. Colton
One last comment before we move on to an excerpt from "Cutter Mountain Rendezvous". I've discovered what I like to do best as a writer is introduce serious subject matter and infuse it with some humor so it doesn't get all heavy. I want to give you a story with substance, give you things you can relate to, tug at your heart strings, but not depress you. It would please me beyond measure if my books can bring a smile to your face and lift you from the cares of the day for a short spell. With a hot hero, of course! Happy reading...Barb xo
Barbara Weitz writes contemporary romantic comedy with heart and sizzle. She lives in a quiet suburb of