EVE’S GIVEAWAY WINNER IS JAYE SMITH. CONGRATS, JAYE, EVE WILL BE IN TOUCH!
Eve Gaddy is the award winning, national bestselling author of more than forty novels. Her books have sold over a million copies and been published in many countries and several languages. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic mystery, and a bit of paranormal romance as well.
Eve’s books have won and been nominated for awards from Romantic Times, Golden Quill, Bookseller’s Best, Holt Medallion, Daphne Du Maurier and many more. She was awarded the 2008 Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Series Storyteller of the year, and was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Innovative Series romance. She loves her family, books, dogs, chocolate, electronics, the mountains, and East Texas in the spring and fall. She also loves a happy ending. That’s why she writes romance…
And why we’re all so glad she does! Eve’s doing a GIVEAWAY! Comment on the blog for a chance to win a signed copy of Truly Madly Texas if you are in the US or an e-book if you are not in the US. We’ll draw a winner on Saturday, July 3 at noon!
N: Welcome to the blog, Eve. I’m so delighted to have you with us today. So, what inspired you to start writing?
A: During the first ice age…just kidding! But it was a long time ago. My son and daughter were little and when my son went to preschool I could finally think. I wanted a job I could do from home. I’ve always been a reader and a friend of mine who started me reading romance again suggested I try writing one. I loved it immediately.
N: What comes first—the plot or the characters?
A: Characters. I’m very character driven.
N: We all love cowboys and you’ve written some great ones! Is it living in Texas that inspired you to write this Texas True series?
A: I’m a Texan born and raised and I do love to write stories set in Texas. This series is set in Whiskey River, which is a fictional town in the hill country that Katherine Garbera and I created several years ago. The hero has been in the previous two books in the series, so I was excited to get to write his story.
N: Texas Made releases today. I’m so pleased to have you here on your book birthday! Can you share with us something about this new story that isn’t in the blurb?
A: Marshall’s sister Damaris is a big part of his book. She’s not only the co-owner of Walker Paints, but she’s best friends with Jaclyn as well. And her book just happens to be next up in the series.:)
N: Are Marshall and Jaclyn pretty much all fiction or are they based on people you know?
A: I guess I’d say all fiction but I’m sure they have characteristics of people I know.
N: What would you like readers to take away from Marshall and Jaclyn’s story?
A: That if you’re both willing to compromise you can solve seemingly insurmountable problems.
N: What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as a writer? The best compliment?
A: I worry if they tell me it’s boring. Really don’t want to be boring! Also, it’s very frustrating if they take me to task over not researching something when I know for a fact I’m right, but I can’t respond. The thing is, I’ve published forty books, so I’ve had pretty much anything you can think of, good or bad, said about my books!
I’m always thrilled when people say nice things. Especially when they say they’ve been reading my books for a long time. One that sticks out was a reader who said that a book of mine was the first romance she ever read and she loved it. If you can turn someone on to reading romance it’s a super thrill!
N: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A: Right before I sold my first book, I was very discouraged. I was considering quitting and my husband talked me out of it, thank goodness. I sold very short after that. So I’d tell that writer to persevere, that it’s worth it.
N: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell your readers about?
A: I’ve started the next book in this series. It doesn’t have a title yet but I call it by the heroine’s name, Damaris. Both the hero, Nate, and the heroine, Damaris, have been in several other books and I’m having a lot of fun writing their story. Damaris is a cowgirl—she’s co-owner of the Walker Paints with her brothers. Nate is an airplane pilot at Devil’s Rock airport.
N: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
A: Read, knit, play with my grandkids and grand-dogs.:) Watch movies and shows with my husband. Play on the Internet and recently I’ve been having fun making video trailers for my books.
N: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to work with animals. Well, until I realized some of the unpleasant things vets have to do. Then I decided I’d just own about a hundred dogs.
N: Favorite book when you were a kid?
A: White Fang—(yes, dogs again.)
N: And here is my signature question that everyone loves: If you could choose three people, living or dead, to invite to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
A: Michelangelo. He was an amazing artist. I’d love to ask him some questions about his work. Of course, it would be hard since I don’t speak Italian. Nora Roberts. She’s the Queen of Romance. Need I say more? Tolkien or JK Rowling. The worlds they created are amazing. I’d like a little insight into their writing.
When pure country meets pure city…
Rancher Marshall Walker isn’t looking for a woman—not permanently, anyway. He’s plenty busy raising beautiful Walker paint horses that are in high demand across Texas. But when his sister’s gorgeous friend arrives for an extended visit, he’s not opposed to exploring what could happen. He knows his heart is safe—Jaclyn Carson is a city girl, and he’s country through and through.
Jaclyn isn’t looking for a man, either. Owner and CEO of her own makeup company, she doesn’t have any desire to relax or slow down. With her condo under extensive renovations, she takes up her friend’s offer to stay at her family’s Texas ranch. Jaclyn’s more than a little curious to catch a glimpse of her not-so-secret college crush, and Marshall is hotter than ever. And his proposition—a steamy but very temporary affair—sounds like a fantasy come true.
What happens when two opposites fall in love? Can they meet in the middle or will they go their separate ways, even if it means breaking their hearts?