I have a special guest today--Elaine Cantrell, author of Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. Dont' you love the title? She's agreed to answer a few of my questions.
Tell us, what is your life like away from the computer? Tell us something about your household.
I can describe my household in one word: chaotic. My husband and I as well as one grown son and his wife and child live in a 1964 blue split level. It’s blue because the painter made a mistake when he bought the paint. I had picked out a nice gray color and couldn’t wait to see the finished product. I came home from work, and even from the corner when I turned onto my street, I noticed the blue house. My husband and I sat on a little hill in our yard and stared at the house for a long time that afternoon. We finally decided we liked it so we didn’t make the painter repaint it. Interestingly enough, after we kept the blue, another family a little way down the street painted their house blue. Their last name was also Cantrell.
Besides the people in our house, we have two dogs and two cats so something is always going on. When I’m working, I teach high school social studies.
What authors and genres do you like to read?
Naturally I like romance, but after that my choices may surprise you. I enjoy cozy mysteries, women’s fiction, and action/adventure novels. The Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler is one of my action/adventure favorites. I especially like the one where Dirk raised the Titanic. Besides that, I love to read comedies and some Young Adult literature. The one thing I’m not interested in is biographies. I loved them as a child, but as I got older they lost their appeal for me.
The title of my book is Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. Andy, my hero, was partnered in a charity game with a mysterious woman named Liesel Wolf. Andy is a US marshal, and he found out something bad about Liesel. This hurt him dreadfully because in spite of her prickly behavior, he was falling for her. He vowed that he’d never trust a Wolf again, not even a pretty one like Liesel.
Do you ever dream of writing in a different genre?
Actually, I’ve made that dream a reality. I have one inspirational romance The Sentence with Astraea Press, and I also have a sci/fi fantasy ready to go. I almost found a home for it, but the publisher didn’t take it because of one little detail that I can’t reveal. It would ruin the story for you if I told you. Keep watch for it. I’m sending it out again in January of 2013. The title is Out of Place.
How do you see your career in five years?
In five years, my teaching career will be over. I’ll have a lot more time to devote to my writing. I expect to do a lot more real world appearances and attend more conventions. I may even develop some workshops to share with others. I’m hoping that my readership continues to grow each year as more people find out about my work.
Tell us about your current release…or soon to be release.
My current release is Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. This book was born out of a game played by my son and his family. The game is called geocaching. This is the way it works. You hide a cache somewhere and post the coordinates online where other geocachers can find them. They’ll take a GPS and go looking for the cache.
When he explained the rules of the game to me, I started to think about the type of things that people might hide. I let my imagination run wild and imagined finding something terrible while you were looking for the cache. Never Trust a Pretty Wolf is the result.
Liesel Wolf has a secret, a dangerous secret she’ll go to any lengths to conceal. When she’s paired in a charity game with sexy marshal Andy Bryce, a man with secrets of his own, her carefully constructed world comes crashing down, and Liesel’s on a collision course with her past.
He took it from her with ease. “I don’t know why you have this,” he whispered, “but if we get out of here alive you have some explaining to do. Now, keep moving but stay in control. Remember, no headlong plunges into the woods.”
Forty‑five minutes later, they exited the woods near the bridge that crossed the little creek. Liesel fearfully scanned the inviting, family‑centered area. “I don’t see anyone.”
“Two o’clock. Men in khaki.” Andy came to a halt and jerked her against him. “Kiss me like you mean it.”
Liesel didn’t mind if she did. Hopefully the khaki men would never imagine that two lovers out for a stroll had only moments before been running for their very lives. She prayed the men didn’t get too good a look at them. Throwing her arms around him, she pressed her body against his.
She wouldn’t have admitted to it for anything, but in spite of the danger, she felt a thrill from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. Nobody could kiss like Andy Bryce!
Andy took her hand, and they strolled casually across the bridge as if they’d been on a leisurely little walk. He kissed her again before they got into the Mustang. The minute they got in, he put the car in gear and slowly made his way out of the park. “Now, Liesel,” he said. “Why don’t you tell me why those men are trying to kill you?”
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writer’s of America and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. At present she teaches high school social studies.
Buy links: http://www.http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662245&mode=product&product=11343720
Vonnie, thanks so much for hosting me.
Readers, it’s your turn. What would you hide in a cache if you were playing the geocaching game? Leave a comment and that enters you in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
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