I’m always delighted to have guest authors, particularly my fellow Tule Publishing authors. Today fellow Tuligan, Paris Wynters stopped by for a chat about her new novel from Tule, Love on the Winter Steppes. Paris writes steamy and sweet love stories that celebrate our diverse world. She is the author of Hearts Unleashed, The Navy SEALs of Little Creek series, Love On The Winter Steppes, and Called into Action (releasing in May 2021). She is represented by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary. When she’s not dreaming up stories, she can be found assisting with disasters and helping to find missing people as a Search and Rescue K-9 handler. Paris resides on Long Island in New York along with her family. For fun, Paris enjoys video games, hockey, and diving into new experiences like flying planes and taking trapeze lessons. Paris is also a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.
Paris, so glad you could stop by. Let’s dive right in!
N: What inspired you to start writing?
P: Reading. Every book sparked ideas on directions I would’ve taken if I were the author and I decided, why not? Also, I wanted to see myself represented more in literature. As a multi-racial reader I found it hard to find characters I could relate to.
N: What comes first, the plot or characters?
P: This is hard. Each book has been different for me. Some of them the characters have come first while others it was different plot elements that came first. No two books have ever been the same.
N: What made you choose Mongolia as the setting for Love on the Winter Steppes?
P: My mother is half Mongolian and it gave me the opportunity to showcase a part of my heritage that I haven’t seen represented in romance before.
N: What is the key theme and/or message in Love on the Winter Steppes?
P: Family is definitely a key theme. Especially the relationships you have with different generations of your family. Also, learning about your heritage. Like me, my character Qara is mixed race and in her family her Mongolian heritage isn’t at the forefront so she knows very little about it. I think it’s something we can all relate too.
N: If you had to describe Benjamin and Qara each, in just three words, what would those three words be? Also, Qara is such an interesting name—tell us about the origins.
P: Ben- carefree, intuitive, adventurous; Qara- organized, determined, successful
Qara is a Mongolian name, though it can be found in other countries. I loved the name too because in researching what name to use, people with the name have been described as strong willed, which my character definitely is. So it fit her in many ways.
N: What were the key challenges you faced when writing Love on the Winter Steppes?
P: This was my first sweet romance. So it was a departure from the normal tone and themes I am familiar with writing. It was a challenge but I loved it. I like pushing myself and trying new things. Of course it’s also a learning experience and there are definitely ways to further improve.
N: What are you reading now?
P: Currently, I am reading Ready Player Two
N: Favorite book when you were a kid?
P: I actually used to read Robin Cook novels in middle school. I loved them. I have a science background and that is what my masters degree is in, so yeah.
N: What was your dream job when you were younger?
P: I wanted to be either a veterinarian or a neuro-surgeon.
N: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
P: Introverted, organized, adventurous
N: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell your readers about?
P: Currently I am working on two books. One comes out in May, Called into Action, which is a romance that brings K-9 search and rescue to the forefront the way it actually works. As a k-9 handler myself that was important to me. I am also working on Book 3 of my Navy SEALs of Little Creek Series.
Love on the Winter Steppes
Can a magical day at the Ice Festival melt this career-focused woman’s heart?
Marketing consultant Qara Whitaker loves her job, happily putting in endless hours and working through holidays. But when her grandmother asks that she accompany her on a birthday trip to Mongolia to visit their family, Qara can’t say no. Packing up her laptop, Qara boards the plane—never imagining that a shared cab ride with a stranger will change her life forever.
Hoping to push through writer’s block, author Benjamin Lacoy hops on a plane to Mongolia looking for inspiration. A chance meeting with a beautiful and intelligent woman whose smile ignites his heart leads to them playing tourists. Sparks fly and Ben is feeling far more than inspiration, yet each time he and Qara get close, she’s distracted by work.
Ben is torn; he likes Qara, but he always promised himself he’d never let work come before family and friends like his parents did. Opposites clearly attract, but can they learn to balance work with love in order to build a future together?