Friday, June 13, 2014

Talking with Emily Mims

Introducing author Emily Mims....

Is there a genre you’d like to write?  Is there one you’ll stay away from?  Why?  
My favorite genres are contemporary romance and romantic suspense.  The genre that I’ll stay away from, even though I love reading them, is paranormal-I don’t think I could do it justice and so many others can.

Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.  
‘Solomon’s Choice’ is the story of two very unlikely people coming together for the sake of their child.  Even though physician Caroline Stern and rancher and teacher Jack Briscoe have never laid eyes on each other, they share a son and are forced to come together for his sake.  When conceiving of this story, I asked myself what would be the most powerful motivation for two people to put aside their differences and decided that it would be for the love of a child.

If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?  Complete unknowns-an established star brings preconceived character biases into the story stemming from other roles he or she has played.

How do you come up with characters names?  
 I use names I like.

What do you do in your free time?   
I volunteer at the local food pantry and play the ukulele with a folk music group and a contemporary ukulele group.

How much of your own personality bleeds into your characters? 
Not that much of my own (thank goodness!) but most of my heroes closely resemble my sweet, good-natured husband.  (Or as one of my former editors said, “I fall in love with them right along with the heroine.”)

Do you have a list of movies like me that you are itching to see or have seen?  What about ones coming up?  Any that draw your eye to it?  
I’m not much of a movie person these days, but my favorite movie of all time is ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’.  (I used to teach astronomy and the thought of visitors from ‘out there’-wow!)

You are hosting a dinner party.  If given the chance to invite characters from other series, who would you invite?   
The lead characters from J.D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ series.

If you had only twenty dollars in your pocket, what would you buy? 
I would use every penny on downloads for my Kindle.

Of all the heroes that you’ve written, is there one you love above all?   
Since so many of them are based on my husband, I love them all!

What’s the most interesting way you got around a plot problem? 
In the book I’m currently working on, the deputy hero needs to see the tattoo of a colleague he suspects of rape.  On the suggestion of a friend in law enforcement, the deputy gets the entire force to volunteer their tattoos for a supposed lineup and the deputy volunteers, not realizing his tattoo isn’t one of the bogus ones!

If you owned a bookstore, what book would you make sure was in stock?   
The latest romance and mystery releases and some really good travel guides.

What is next for you?  Anything you want to mention? 
I recently sold ‘Daughter of Valor’, featuring Jimmy Adamcik and Holly Riley.  I have written a third book set in Heaven’s Point and am planning a Lunchbox Romance set in between the two long books.

‘Solomon’s Choice by Emily Mims
Romantic suspense
Boroughs Publishing

Sixteen months after the murder of her husband and the abduction of her baby, grieving widow Caroline Stern finally locates her son Ryan-in the custody of his biological father Jackson Briscoe, who is not about to give the boy up.  Forced into a shared custody arrangement with the attractive cattle rancher, Caroline builds a whole new life for herself in the Texas Hill Country community of Heaven’s Point on the shores of Lake Templeton and finds herself falling in love with her child’s all-too-appealing father.  But when Ryan falls ill and an old enemy from the past returns to haunt them both, will the love Caroline and Jack share be strong enough to carry them through?
Teaser Excerpt:

            Without breaking the bond between them he rolled Caroline so that they lay on their sides face to face.  “Tell me we have a chance to make this work,” Jack said softly.
            Caroline stiffened beside him.  “What do you mean?”
            Jack pulled away from her and sat up.  “You know what I mean.  Tell me we have a chance to make this relationship work.”
            Caroline rolled away and sat up.  “I thought you understood.  I told you a month ago I’m not ready for a serious relationship with you yet.”
            Jack leaned forward and glared into her eyes.  “Then what the hell was tonight all about?  You, me, the lovemaking.  I thought it meant something.”
            Caroline swallowed and reached for her night shirt.  “I was offering you tonight, Jack.  Just tonight.  Tonight was about the moon and the stars and the dancing.  Tonight was about giving in to the attraction.  Tonight was about doing what you’ve been trying to get me to do for the last six weeks.  Yes, the sex was great, but’-  Her eyes misted and she looked away.
            “But?” Jack prompted.
            “But it was just a fling, Jack.  A romantic interlude between two consenting adults who are attracted to each other.  Not a relationship.”

About the Author

Writing her first novel on a dare, Emily Wright Mims is the author of eighteen romance novels that have been published in six languages and sold around the world.  She combines her writing career with a long career in public education.  “Some of my biggest fans over the years have been my students,” she says.  “They have been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration.”  Married with two grown children, she and her husband Charles split their time between their home in San Antonio and their lake house on the shores of Lake Buchanan in the Texas Hill Country. 

Author website

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