Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
My recent release, No Going Back, and my upcoming December release, Angel to the Rescue, are the first of the Rescue Angel Romances — action/adventure love stories with an angel hidden in the plot. The angel’s identity is not revealed until the finale — unless you figure it out first.
In No Going Back, Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper — one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel! Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick.
Her handsome and reclusive neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.
Unfortunately, Kellen can’t seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.
Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel…
In Angel to the Rescue, child psychologist Rachel Kelly isn’t quite sure how to handle her newest client — a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.
Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make — stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in quickly and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.
Unless Rachel’s little angel-spying client is telling the truth…
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
There are some writers who talk about writing stories as a child or knowing from high school or college years they were destined to write.
Nope. Not me. Never once considered writing until ten years ago when I thought about searching for a new job. Instead of pondering prospects, my imagination kept trying to play out a story in my head, like a movie running, scene to scene. The tale refused to leave me alone. It wasn’t until I’d put the whole movie to paper — so I could get my imagination back — that I actually thought… Hmmm, maybe I could be a writer.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
The great Stephen King in his book, On Writing. He said the only difference between published and unpublished writers is the published writers never gave up.
So I didn’t. If you write…don’t.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
The perfect hero is damaged by life or love in some way that pulls at your heartstrings. He falls for the heroine, but feels unworthy or wrong for her, so with her best interests in mind, he pushes her away. Yet he has to stay close to guard her from harm because he can’t help himself.
The most perfect hero I ever read was Harry O’Dell in Suzanne Brockmann’s Bodyguard. Not classically handsome, Harry was your rough-and-tumble FBI agent. Tragedy in his past made him think he was too dangerous to love, so he pushed the heroine away and… well, I won’t spoil it for you. It’s on my keeper shelf to be reread more than once.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
Pastimes? Going to the movies. I adore all comedies, romances and action/adventure/thriller flicks. No horror. Maybe sci fi.
Hobbies? Golf. I stink at golf, but who cares? My sweetheart loves golf and believe me, you can get in some great quality time snuggled together in a small golf cart for three or four hours, especially in the winter when it’s cold. Did I say I loved golf?
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Riding across a lake at night with two friends in an airboat. The same lake where we had never seen a gator by day, but that night it seemed like hundreds of pairs of little red eyes stared back at us. And the friend standing in the bottom of the airboat suddenly said, “Um, my feet are getting wet…”
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Another great question, especially for a writer about to start her Cinderella Fairy Tale series, with her Cinderella Busted story.
My fairy godmother would whisk me somewhere in the Scottish Highlands where I could find some Scots in kilts who look like Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard… and those gorgeous Scots would think I was beautiful. You did say fairy godmother, right?
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
Oh Lord, no! I’m not an adventurous eater, much to my husband’s consternation. He’s always saying, “Try something new.” Why would I take that chance if I’m starving and there’s a juicy steak and a baked potato waving at me from the menu.
Plus I’m a crappy cook. My heart’s just not in it. There’s too many other fun things in the world to do rather than learn to be a better cook. I could make eleven things when I got married, and now I can make fourteen. So hey, I’ve improved.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Can’t do without? The microwave. See above.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening?”
The ideal romantic evening is a candlelight dinner at a lakeside restaurant — easy enough to do in Florida — and preferably under the stars or with viewable stars. There’s something sensual about eating on or near the water.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I suppose we’d all agree I talk too much, though my spectacular husband says, “Honey, you don’t talk too much, you just put in more words per minute than anyone I know.” There is just so much to share about life in general, and what are the best ways for communicating? Talking and writing. I’m not even quiet when I write. How weird is that? I’m usually saying the dialog aloud with my characters. Helps me get the expression and dialog tags just right. * Smile *
What is your favorite comfort food?
Any kind of ice cream novelty and I’m a goner. Drumsticks with caramel centers — hooyah!
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
In Florida, the favorite season has to be winter or those days when the outside temperature thankfully remains below eighty degrees. Actually, there’s only two seasons in Florida: flip flops and closed-toe shoes. And even then, the line is gray.
What project are you working on next?
Cinderella Busted is the first of my Cinderella Fairy Tale series — modern-day Cinderella stories guaranteed to make you believe there’s a Prince Charming for you.
In Cinderella Busted, the romantic fairy tale moves to present-day Jupiter Island when a beautiful gardener is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by a billionaire resort developer. Anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, the gardener cultivates her inadvertent masquerade. Love at first sight controls their mutual attraction, and feelings run deep before her deception is inevitably discovered.
Well-meaning friends on both sides are determined to intercede and resort to inept high jinks to reunite the estranged couple, while a vindictive ex-girlfriend plays dirty to keep the couple apart. Just when the concocted reunion schemes are about to succeed, an explosive finale disaster threatens to submarine the “happily ever after.”
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
On October 19, I will join one of my fellow Desert Breeze authors at the Foothills Festival in Albany, Kentucky. It should be a blast!
Thank you for allowing me to spend time today with the Romance Junkies readers! If you find time to read this fall, please give one of my books a try and stop by my web site — http://www.petiemccarty.com — to check out new excerpts from my stories. Or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty