CJ Welcome to HarlequinJunkie!
CJ: My hero, Colt Hart, made a mistake in his past. That mistake has haunted him ever since and I loved writing about how he finally comes to terms with what he did and sets himself on the path of redemption.
Sara: What was the hardest part of writing 'Colton: Rodeo Cowboy'?
CJ: It’s always a challenge when you have to mesh your story with those of 5 other authors. But I considered myself lucky to work with Cathy McDavid, Roz Denny Fox, Shelley Galloway, Marin Thomas and Linda Warren. They all have the three qualities that I love to see in people I work with: talent, a good work ethic, and a terrific sense of humor!
Sara: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
CJ: I absolutely loved the scene where Colt meets his—Oh, no, sorry, I can’t tell you the rest because that would be a spoiler! If you read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I cried when I wrote it, and so did my editor.
Sara: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
CJ: Well, I’m addicted to home improvements. I just redecorated my office and it was a huge project. The end result is pretty though. Lots of storage and great lighting and a lovely chair to curl up in. You can see the results on my Facebook Page! http://on.fb.me/M6vfEE
Sara: How did you chooce the Genre/sub Genre (American Romance) you write in?
CJ: I wrote for Harlequin Superromance for many years, but I found myself lacking inspiration for that next book. My editor said, if I wanted to try writing about cowboys, I should submit a proposal to American Romance. It was just the boost I needed to come up with some more story ideas.
Sara: How do you conceive your plot ideas? How do you get inspired for it?
CJ: I like stories with lots of family dramas and interesting secrets… For the Harts of the Rodeo, the broad story outlines were conceived by Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling. She did a great job and I loved Leah and Colt (the hero and heroine of my book) right from the start.
Sara: What next? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
CJ: I’m already living and writing in my world of Coffee Creek, Montana. The first book comes out in January 2013. Just imagine you had a whirlwind courtship with a fellow, were sure you had fallen in love, and then he had a head injury and forgot he’d ever met you. What happens next? That’s the premise of: Remember Me, Cowboy.
Thanks for the invite Sara! I love hanging out with people who love books!
Interview with Colt & Leah
Sara: What is your greatest accomplishment?
Colt: Hell, there’ve been quite a few. Maybe qualifying for the world championships four years running. Then there was the year I took five all-arounds in just two months. No, wait, my greatest accomplishment has to be winning my Dodge Truck this spring at the National Circuit Finals. Have you seen my truck? It’s a real beauty.
Leah: My greatest accomplishment is helping Colt stuff his head inside his cowboy hat every morning.
Sara: What do you most enjoy about rodeo?
Colt: Is there anything not to enjoy about rodeo?
Leah: What about rain, Colt?
Colt: You’re right, honey. Rain really sucks. You’re not too fond of it either, are you?
Leah: Especially not flash floods. (She shudders)
Sara: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Leah: I’d regret my first marriage, but if I hadn’t married Jackson then I wouldn’t have my incredible kids Jill and Davey.
Colt: I regret not stepping up to my responsibilities right from the get-go. There are lost years that I will never get back.
Sara: What is your most treasured possession?
Colt: If we’re talking things and not people, I’d have to say my truck.
Leah: I’m pretty fond of Colt’s truck, too. Just kidding! Jill and Davey’s baby pictures beat out that hunk of metal any day.
Sara: What do you dream of?
Colt: Building Leah a house where we can raise our children and grow old together.
Leah: Growing old with Colt. Being with him every day, if possible.
Sara: If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
Colt: It would sure be nice if my older brother Ace could become my younger brother. I’d like to try ordering him around for a decade or two.
Leah: I wish my Mom and I had talked more, about the things in life that really matter. On the other hand, I probably wasn’t ready to listen to her until I’d grown up and had children of my own.
Sara: What was the most serendipitous moment of your life?
Colt: When I walked into the Open Range Saloon this spring and saw the love of my life sitting right there on the bar stool.
Leah: Yes. That was a good moment, all right.