Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge by Roxanne Snopek: Interview


Welcome Roxanne. Thanks for stopping in today.  I'm thrilled with this chance to chat.  Where do you dream of traveling to and why?


The Galapagos Islands. Big tortoises.

What does your significant other think of your writing career?


My husband cannot wait until he’s introduced as Mr. Roxanne Snopek. In his words, “it’s my turn to be the arm candy!” Also, he’s waiting for buckets of cash to fall from the heavens. Such faith!


Does your significant other read your stuff?

We came to an agreement years ago that it’s a no-win situation. If he reads my stuff and says “I love it, you’re a genius” - which of course he should - well, he’s my husband. He has to say stuff like that.


If he reads it and says “meh” or any variation of “meh” well, what does he know, he’s not a writer. He doesn’t understand the genre, my process, how I’ve just torn open my pulsating flesh and now he’s poking it with barbeque tongs without anesthesia and it hurts, oh how it hurts! How can he be so cruel? He’s my husband! He’s supposed to be supportive!


So no, he doesn’t read my stuff. And yes, I take my medication.


I’m infatuated with Timothy Olyphant of Justified. It’s the hat. And the whole hillbilly vibe. But I also love Sons of Anarchy. Who doesn’t secretly want to be the Old Lady ruler of a biker gang? It’s the tattoos, I think. But, lest you attempt to pigeon-hole me, I also love Downton Abbey. Ah, Matthew Crawley, how I miss thy dulcet tones. And that accent!

Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?

Yes. 50. I’m approaching it as I do all numbers: warily, like there may be a test later. I started calling myself 50 over a year ago, I think. 50 is a nice round number, relatively easy to remember. Which is important at my age.

What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?




If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?


Chirpy bird. I dare you to prove otherwise.


Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?  If so, can you share it?


Fake Fiance, Real Revenge is about reconciliation and healing. Here’s one of Mitch’s most vulnerable moments:

He gripped the doorframe, unable to meet her eyes. “If I don’t say this now, I’ll lose my courage. Maybe you don’t want me. Maybe you can’t wait for me to leave. Maybe I’m the worst thing that ever happened to you. But maybe not. It seems to me like we’ve moved past all the old stuff, but maybe it’s my imagination. Tell me if it is and I’ll go. I’ll never mention it again. But.” Now he met her eyes, those sparkling pools of endless blue. “If it isn’t…”

It’s also about family. Here’s Mitch getting relationship advice from his brother Carson:

“Luck is just the beginning.” He poked a finger in Mitch’s chest, but not maliciously. “It takes work. And a hell of a lot of courage. Hardest thing a man can do is look at himself honestly."



Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.

Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancĂ©e—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.

But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge:  Amazon   B&N   iBookstore 


Roxanne Snopek is the author of ten books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America Greater Vancouver Chapter. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s at work on more love stories for Entangled Publishing.

 Roxanne Snopek has been writing professionally for more than two decades and is the author of eight books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. Her non-fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications, from The Vancouver Sun and Reader’s Digest to newsletters for Duke, Cornell and Tufts Universities. She's done corporate copywriting on topics ranging from pet food for Iams/Eukanuba, to employee profiles for VersaCold to air-conditioner maintenance for Home Depot.

In 2006, her first novel Targets of Affection was published by Cormorant Books, under the name RGWillems. When her editor asked for more, she happily wrote the second and third in the series, certain she was on her way to fame and fortune. Then the economy fell apart, her editor stopped taking her calls and Roxanne realized it wasn't going to be that easy.

After some wallowing and navel-gazing, she found Romance Writers of America, one of the largest professional writers' organizations in the world, and began to seriously study the craft of fiction writing. Roxanne is currently Vice-President of the Greater Vancouver Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. They voted her in, so they can’t complain.

In her spare time, Roxanne is also the human resource manager for a veterinary hospital. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s always at work on the next book.

On a personal note:

Take a look my blog*, in which I open up a tiny window into the uncharted landscape that is My Brain, while dancing between the boundaries of Too Much Information and Oops, Now I Need a Pen Name. Mostly it's just Real Life, family, art, writing, yoga and why some mornings, you just shouldn't talk.

*or don't. Really, it's up to you.


Buy Links

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge:  Amazon   B&N   iBookstore
His Reluctant Rancher: Amazon 

Three River Ranch: Amazon



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