Today’s interview is with Abigail Sharpe. She wrote a cute, sassy Contemporary Romance about a matchmaking show, set on a ranch. ‘Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?’ has got humor and it’s got heat – and it’s got a HEA.
When did you start writing? What was the first thing that you ever wrote?
I started writing in 2006. I had read a book that was so awful, I thought, I can do better! So I did… or rather, I tried. It’s not as easy at it looks.
The first thing I wrote to completion was a novel for National Novel Writing Month. It took the story of Pride and Prejudice and followed Mary after the weddings of her sisters. Strangely, I had never heard of fan fiction at the time…
Is writing your full-time job? If not,would you like it to be, and why? If so, what are the most rewarding and challenging parts of full-time independent writing?
Well, writing is my full time job, but not writing romance novels. I write and edit technical manuals. I would like to write romance full time, though tech writing is fun, too! (Stop looking at me with that glazed-over look in your eyes! It’s true!)
I usually have two hours a night when I can write. Kids, husband, and other activities keep me away from the keyboard. At least I can type fairly fast.
How many books and/or series have you written to date? Which one of your books is your favorite, and why?
I have two novels and one novella released (the novella is under the name Gail Katz). I have one paranormal completed that will most likely stay under my bed. I find that I like writing contemporary romance better. I’m thisclose to finishing Gone With the Wendy, the first in my Moonshine and Magnolias trilogy, but I put it on hold for NaNo2015 (and the second book in the series, Cupcake of the Month).
I must say, I really really really love Quinn, my hero of Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? But Rob, the hero of GWTW, it growing on me.
Holy, I just imagined a scenario with all heroes hanging out together. Yowzers.
I also released a non-fiction book called What’s Next? Dealing With Breast Cancer One Blog Post at a Time.
I was diagnosed in 2006 and used a blog to keep my family and friends updated. Earlier this year I took that blog and turned it into a book. And Tess, Ainsley’s co-worker in Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, starts the story having just finished her breast cancer treatment.
What are your future projects?
Finishing up the Moonshine and Magnolia trilogy (the third one is Blame it on Brandi). It’s about two cousins and a friend who inherit/run a plantation-turned bed and breakfast. Gone With the Wendy has a lot of Gone With the Wind Easter eggs in it, so I hope it will be a fun read for fans of Margaret Mitchell.
I’ve seen quite a few comments which have compared your book, ‘Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?’ to the TV show ‘The Bachelor’. Do you think that’s fair? Why or why not?
Considering the show was the inspiration for the book, I’d say it’s completely fair. 🙂 I didn’t want to have TV cameras following everyone around on a ranch, so it’s a contained competition. The TV cameras come in for book 2, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor.
Why would Ainsley and Riley agree to be part of this kind of matchmaking competition? She’s got her own business, he’s very strong-willed, and they just don’t seem like ideal candidates for such an arrangement. Why did you choose to write their characters as you did, yet have them also agree to do something that they weren’t really thrilled about?
I enjoy taking my characters out of their nice and tidy worlds and throwing them into fun situations that completely mess up their lives. Riley participates because he loves his family and feels it’s something that will help them take their minds off a trying time in their lives. Plus the women are already on their way for the competition. Ainsley wants a break from her mother, and this ranch retreat is a perfect getaway. She thinks it will be a nice vacation. Falling in love wasn’t part of the deal.
At what point in the book do you think that Ainsley and Riley really ‘saw’ each other for who they really were? When do you think that Riley began to really trust her?
You know, it’s been a while since the book was released and the details have gotten sketchy. Riley knew Ainsley was it when he bought her The Gift halfway through the book. But of course, he didn’t give it to her, because Happy Ever After can’t happen on page 150.
Why did you choose to have a secondary love story running at the same time?
Well, I didn’t really choose to. It just sort of happened. Poor Edward was always so annoying when he was around Ainsley, but he wasn’t much of a jerk or clueless with Cecelia. He had his own problems to work out, and Cecelia helped with that.
Your book is funny, though it’s not a comedy. Do you like to inject humor in to your writing?
Yay, I’m glad you thought it was funny! Yes, humor is very important to me. What’s love without laughter? I tell ya, I giggle every time I read the scene when Riley is purposefully trying to get all the contestants to hate him.
How easy do you find it to write love scenes? Do you enjoy them?
I write love scenes with my eyes closed. Makes it fun to edit.
Honestly, the more I write, the more I’m getting comfortable with explicit words. And sexy situations. A lot of my readers told me they thought a scene that took place in a car was super hot in Who Wants to Marry a Doctor. I personally thought the magazine scene was hotter. 😉 As you progress through my books, you’ll hopefully see growing maturity and risk taking, both in and out of the bedroom (and car).
If a reader wanted to find out more about you, where could they do that? Have you got a website, blog, social media presence?
I have it all!
I’m on Twitter and Goodreads, too.