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WELCOME, CHRISTIE CRAIG!!
MBA&M: What do you feel the allure of “cowboys” are to readers?
CC: First, I’d like to thank you for having me at your blog. I so appreciate bloggers helping me get the word out about my books. Now, to answer your question . . .
Ahh, cowboys, good ol’ boy Texans. There is just something about men who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, to go after what they want, whether it’s a girl or a villain. These men are confident and sure of themselves. They have it in their heads about what they want and they aren’t afraid to go after it with everything they have. In fact, they approach everything in their lives with confidence and bravado. Ahh, but when they meet the heroine . . . well, that’s when those big, strong cowboys grow weak in the knees and unlike the horses they’re used to taming, this time it’s usually them who get broken in. What’s not to love about a good ol’ boy Texan with big heart?
MBA&M: What inspired you to write this genre?
CC: I wanted to write a trilogy similar to my Divorced and Desperate series. All my novels are set in Texas. Why? Well, because Texas is just unique. There isn’t very many places where you can get mad at someone and buy a gun that same day to take them out before you get over being pissed. LOL. Seriously, Texas is just a bit different. And Texans are too. They’re bold, risk takers, slightly flawed but good people, and that just makes them good characters. My books also include some suspense, so I decided when plotting to make my three heroes private investigators. And because I always like to give my characters internal issues because of some past heartache, I decided to have had them be former cops who were framed and sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. I love having a lot of baggage to work with. It just makes my characters’ happy endings so much sweeter.
MBA&M: What is next for you and your writing?
CC: Well, I also write a Young Adult Paranormal series called Shadow Falls for St. Martin’s Press/\ Griffin as C.C. Hunter, so I stay pretty busy keeping up with two series. Right now, I’m writing the fifth and last book in the Shadow Falls series, and I’m about to start the third and last book in the Hotter in Texas series. After that, I get to dive into something completely new. I always love starting something brand new. I get reenergized.
MBA&M: Who do you contribute your desire for writing to and why?
CC: A great question! Being southern, storytelling was part of my heritage. We would sit around the dinner table and try to one up each other with stories. And if a lie made the story better, that was just fine. Being dyslexic, I didn’t entertain the idea of becoming a writer until I was an adult and ballsy enough to take on that challenge. However, storytelling was ingrained in me at a young age. My grandmother, Evelyn Keith, was a school teacher and a closet writer herself, so she was a big inspiration to me. She never once let me believe that just because I had a disability, it meant I couldn’t accomplish things. “Just work harder and you’ll make it.” She was right. It was hard work, but since I just hit the NY Times and the USA Today best-seller lists, she also might be right that I’d make it. Thanks Grandma!
MBA&M: Do you have any regrets?
CC: Hmm…what is the definition of a regret? Do I look back and see mistakes. Oh, heck yes. But would I change them now? I’m not so sure about that. You see, the lessons I learned, the experiences I’ve lived through and the struggles I’ve endured have all shaped and molded me into the person I am today. I’m a better writer because I’ve known what it is to love and to have my heart broken and taken that long walk down divorce lane. Dropping out of high school isn’t something I’d recommend to anyone, but the lessons I learned from being tossed into adulthood before my time, and teaching myself to write by my own rules is part of what had shaped me into the writer I am today. So yes, I made a lot of mistakes, but most of them I wouldn’t change, because then I’m not sure I’d be who I am today.
Thanks again for inviting me here to your blog. If your readers want to know more about me and my books, they can find information at my website, www.Christie-Craig.com. For a little taste of my Hotter in Texas series, watch the video below. I hope you enjoy!
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BLAME IT ON TEXAS
Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State’s richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez. Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ private lives. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.
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