Smoky Blues Book 9
Gregory has a type – petite, feminine, pliable. His ex-wife was his
ideal, but she wasn’t his, obviously. Faced with the realities of
joint custody and a family “village” raising his son, Deke sets
out to find a woman who ticks all his boxes and thinks he walks on
water. Enter Doctor Taylor De Witt: tall, strong, willful,
opinionated, and too busy to be bothered with soothing his rough
edges. Imagine his surprise when he falls for her – hard.
OF HIS HEART
De Witt knew she would be a heart surgeon since college. Now a single
mother with a schedule that requires roller blades, she has little
time for her family, never mind a social life. When she meets Deke
Gregory she thinks he’s a Neanderthal – yummy, but from a
different era. Little does she know what their mutual attraction will
bring, including examining her life to include an everlasting love.
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How long have you been writing?
I sold my first book in 1982. I wrote eighteen for Candlelight Ecstasy in three years and couldn’t get on with another publisher when they closed. I took a loooong hiatus before selling my next book to Boroughs in 2012. I’ve since written eighteen? Nineteen? More stories for them.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of the time my characters are already planned. Once in a while a supporting character pops up out of nowhere.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depends. For the Texas Hill Country series, I did a lot of research on wartime injuries and PTSD. I sort-of lived the Smoky Blue series as a musician. And the folks of San Antonio’s Woodlawn Theatre have opened their doors and their hearts to me for the upcoming Durango St. Theatre books.
Do you see writing as a career?
That’s a hard one to answer. I treat it like a job but my main source of income is a generous teaching retirement.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
It has its good points and its bad points. The numerous publishers and the availability of self-publishing makes it easier to get a book published. The reader has many, many more books to choose from than she used to have. But the pie is being sliced so thin that only the superstars can make a living from their work these days.
Do you write with noise or in silence?
In silence so I can hear myself think.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I plot four or five at a time in a series and then go back and write them one at a time. I am a serious plotter and write out detailed synopses before I ever write a word of manuscript.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I wrote my first book on a dare. I had thrown a romance across the floor and declared I could do a better job. My husband picked up the book and thumbed through it, said I probably could and dared me to do so! Was it the right decision? Absolutely!
Advice they would give new authors?
Spend less time going about the business of being a writer and sit down and write.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Yes to both. I think readers want something original…not to say that some of the more popular tropes, well done, shouldn’t be revisited.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I wrote four last year and will do the same this year. My rough-draft record is thirty-six days. When I am in writing mode I write quickly, but I take off a lot of time to travel. I was gone fifty-three days in May, June and July and was gone for fifteen days in October…and still managed to write two full length novels and a novella since January. I am starting book number four for the year and should have it finished by Christmas.
of eighteen romance novels under the pseudonym 'Emily Elliott', Emily
Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education
until leaving the classroom to write full time. 'Solomon's Choice' is
her first romantic suspense and the first novel she has published
under her own name. The mother of two sons, she and her husband
Charles split their time between Central Texas and eastern Tennessee.
For relaxation she plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele. She
says, "I love to write romances because I believe in them.
Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she'll just
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