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Talking with the author:
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing LAURA STONE author of BITTER SPRINGS.
Hi Laura, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me! I'm a full time writer, although not necessarily for my own novels. I ghostwrite, run a media blog and write for an advertising company when not writing for myself. Bitter Springs is my love letter to my home state of Texas, and to the trailblazing Tejanos, the Native Americans and the black emigrants who shaped both Texas and the Wild West, the folks who often don't get credit for having done so, especially the LGBTQ and Two Spirits who made up a notable percentage of those communities.
Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?
I jut love Renaldo Valle Santos so much. I love that he's a twin, I love that he adores his twin sister Calandaría, and I love how much he admires his brothers. He's a guy who grew up believing his family was filled with amazing people, and he's not wrong. So often Westerns have a drifter type, the guy who moves from town to town, never putting down roots, and that's the opposite of Renaldo. He loves the open land, and loves that his family is there with him. When he's finally given the chance to consider more than just that narrow definition of family, it's pretty fortunate that he meets someone who shares those loves, as well.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?
How long the entire process is! It makes sense: my books go through a series of three or four edits, then you have a typesetter (which means you have to go back and maybe change a word or add more to make the page look right) and all the little choices that come with that. Special fonts? Use fleurons? And I love knowing that there's actually a word for the glyphs that sometimes break up sections or head chapters!
Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
I have, and they. Are. Awesome. The best convention hands down is the Romantic Times convention, because it's for everyone: publishers, authors, bloggers, and most especially the readers. Last year was in Dallas (my home town) so it was a blast meeting so many folks and spending a full week doing nothing but talking about the books we love. 2016 will be held in Vegas, baby, so that is a week that I am eagerly anticipating. Be sure to come find me if you go, and we can talk about our favorite books while heading over to the craps table. I mean, me? Gamble? Erm.
Would you like to be a full-time writer?
I actually write for my living currently, although not strictly my own works. Ghostwriting and copy editing pay the bills, and while it's not necessarily glamorous, I get a lot out of it. The dream, of course, is to write enough novels that readers enjoy to be able to devote all of my time to it. Or, you know, find a rich benefactor with a weak ticker. Anyone know how to hook up with one of those Billionaire Werewolf Businessmen the Scottish countryside is evidently lousy with?
Design the ultimate pizza.
For this beauty we're ditching the marinara and going with a white sauce. (Make a roux, whisk in some milk, parmesan, garlic, olive oil salt and pepper until it coats the back of a spoon. Do not stand over the stovetop and eat it with a spoon. Wait, you know what? You do you. I'm not here to judge.) So we have our dough stretched and waiting, schmear some of that white sauce on there. Layer some thin slices of salumi, fresh basil leaves, some onion, spinach leaves, and strips of roasted red pepper. Put your cheese on this to hold it all together (I like Parmesan and a little Wisconsin cheddar because it melts so nice). Toss some banana pepper slices on there, pop it in the oven until the dough starts to get really brown and the cheese is bubbly.
Alternate fave pizza: Olive oil, Prosciutto slices, spinach leaves, roasted figs and goat cheese. Okay, who's coming over to dinner? I think I know what we're having.
Now let's check out Laura Stone's Bitter Springs....
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Collen M. Good
Release Date: December 3, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26223113-bitter-springs
In 1870s Texas, Renaldo Valle Santos, the youngest son of a large and traditional family, has been sent to train with Henry “Hank” Burnett, a freed slave and talented mesteñero—or horse- catcher—so he may continue the family horse trade. Bitter Springs is a sweeping epic that takes themes from traditional Mexican literature and Old Westerns to tell the story of a man coming into his own and realizing his destiny lies in the wild open spaces with the man who loves him, far from expectations of society.
Pages or Words: 302 pages
Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Romance, Western/Cowboy
Buy the Book:
Interlude Press Web Store: store.interludepress.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.
barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter- springs-laura-stone/ 1122753096?ean=2940152391107
Apple iBooks Store: https://itunes.apple.
Tour Dates & Stops:
3-Dec: MM Good Book Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Velvet Panic, It’s Raining Men, Hearts on Fire
7-Dec: Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Unquietly Me, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Bayou Book Junkie
Meet the author:
Laura Stone is a born and bred Texan, but don't hold that against her. She's a former comedian, actress and Master Gardener, and currently keeps busy as a media blogger, ghostwriter and novelist when not busy raising her three children. They're not fully raised, but then, neither is she.
She lives in Texas as proof that it's not completely populated by hard-line right-wingers. And because that's where the good tamales are. Her first novel, The Bones of You, was published by Interlude Press in 2014 and was named a finalist for two Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award. Laura Stone at Laura-Stone.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/9LauraStone
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