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Now the questions:
She’s this weird chick I know. Since I’m in the business of writing, I’ll throw around some descriptors in a handy bullet list:
· Supremely stubborn
· Tenderhearted and temperamental
· Geeky, creative, and shamelessly weird
· Romantic and a chocoholic
· Obsessed with:
o The Vampire Diaries
o The Originals now too on account of I <3 Klaus the psycho killer with a tender wounded heart… OMG I’m such a cliché :D
How did you choose your genre?
This one is a little more round about to answer. My reading interests are all over the board, but when I decided I wanted to write, I knew it would be romance. I figured that since there was so much MORE to writing Paranormal, Historical or any other Not-Contemporary genre, that I would start with just leaning to write a good solid romance without world building and other flashy stuff I could get distracted by.
I’ve always loved category, so that was a no brainer. But like many readers, I had my Home Series, and when I wanted to read a category romance, I always went straight for my Home Line to see what struck my fancy. I didn’t look anywhere else, I knew that my Home Line would satisfy.
That change in 2010, As a relative newbie to the Harlequin online writing community, I saw a thread announcing a Fast-Track for medical romances. Fast turnaround. I’d know if my voice was too quirky for category(which was a very real fear for me back then), and if I was hopeless, I could come up with a new writing game plan. I’d never read a Medical, but no matter how good the opportunity, I wasn’t interested in it if I didn’t like the line.
So I went looking, bought one, devoured it. Then I bought another. And then several more. I saw grittier subjects than other lines, angst(which I do love), and the medical bits didn’t even really factor in that heavily—at least not as I’d thought they would. Medical romances were just good romances with naturally heroic protagonists I could rely on people allowing more room for mistakes and for me to really mess them up.
I still have interest in other genres. I don’t think that you can be a well-rounded storyteller without having some diversity in your interests, but I have a great deal of medical ideas in line which want to be written, so I’m happy to run with them until a story idea in another genre(like straight contemporary?) demands my attention.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
This is a harder question. I’m always looking for different ideas, hooks and settings, and if I don’t have them, then I make them up. I have tons of mind maps where I’ve been sifting through random sparks of interest to try and build a skeleton of a story that I’d like to tell.
This story idea didn’t come to me in a flash. The inspiration hit, but it was just a tiny bit of a large puzzle. And there’s a scene in this book where Imogen asks Wyatt why he has housed his medical practice on a bus, and the answer he gave is true the initial spark that ignited this story for me.
“… she told me about a doctor who used to make rounds through the hills in his own bus when she was a girl. How good it was for the old folks and kids, everyone was in better shape when they were on his route.”
I wondered what it would be like to take that snippet of info, a doctor who travelled the area on a bus during the Depression, and bring it into the 21st century.
Other than that, I wanted to use the area and culture I’d grown up with. I’d never read a Harlequin, or any romance, set in Appalachia(and I’d really never seen a Presents—which used to be my Home Line—set in an area like this), so it would definitely be different.
Plus, I have this serious crush on Joe Manganiello, and can’t you just picture him shirtless on a mountain, building a cabin in the woods while brooding and being all tortured-sexy?
Okay, all that other stuff I said? Ignore it. This was pretty much about letting me daydream about JOE shirtless… Mmmm shirtless Joe (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/407223991277132914/)… YOU’RE WELCOME.
How did you come up with the title?
I didn’t. I titled it Mountain Man: MD, which was what it was up in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write(2012) writing contest as. But when it sold, the publisher gave it a title that better fit the line and meshed with the other titles. I confess though, I do still think of and refer to Wyatt as MountainMan. J
Do you have a celebrity crush you like to mentally cast in your reads? Be honest! You know you do! (Who is it?)
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