Wednesday, February 10, 2016

@Tastybooktours Interview with Lizbeth Selvig


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Interview with Lizbeth Selvig



 


Thank you very much for inviting me to be part of your blog today! I’m so happy to be here and I really enjoyed the questions you asked. Hi to all your readers—I hope you enjoy hearing about “The Bride Wore Starlight.” [br]  [br]

Let's get to know you a little bit! If you could have dinner with any three book characters, who would you choose and why?


Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” – I’d ask him exactly what he thought of the new/old version of his story that’s come out.


Sherlock Holmes—because I’d love to find out whether he’s closest in personality to Basil Rathbone, Benedict Cumberbatch,  Robert Downey Jr., or Jonny Lee Miller.


Thor—even though he’s really more a comic book and movie character, because I’m making the assumption he looks exactly like Chris Hemsworth, and I’d just like to stare at him while he eats.


If your house were on a fire and you only have time to save 3 objects, what would you save?


My computer—it’s basically my brain; my file of old picture negatives so I could reprint all the special memories and not have them lost; my old, childhood bible—can’t go wrong with that! (And this is all assuming that my husband is not “an object” and he’s with me already and has chosen his own three things to save J. Otherwise he’d be the only thing I cared about.)


Time for a Mini-Blitz
a. Favorite Color? Sky blue.


Song? Beautiful Noise – by Neil Diamond


Movie? The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and Love Actually-(I could watch Colin Firth’s proposal in Portuguese scene over and over!)
b. Summer or winter? Definitely summer – the hotter the better!
c. Morning or night? Night—I’m a total night owl.
d. Rain or shine? – It depends so much on my mood. Sunshine is happiest and I love summer outdoor sports, but I love a big thunderstorm, too, especially in bed at night!


I know this is your 3rd book in this series. I loved the first two! The wounded veteran aspect of this really hits home as both myself and now my recently retired husband are both veterans.
What made you write about wounded vets?


Thanks so much—I’m really honored you enjoyed the first two books. I wanted to bring a really current and relevant issue into the books, and the issue of wounded veterans is so important today. But I didn’t want to write something cliché or characters that were overdone/cookie cutter figures, because not everyone who is hurt by wartime experiences is rendered incapacitated. So I chose to feature characters with more deep-seated kind of quirky responses to their injuries. They still need help, but they aren’t pathetic or depressed—just lost since coming home. And, by the way, thank you and your husband so much for your service—it’s a difficult career and much appreciated.


Can you tell us a bit more about Joely and Alec?


Of all the couples I’ve written over the years, Joely and Alec are two of my favorite people. I think because they really are perfect for each other and have exactly what the other needs in such a particular way.


Joely is such a sweet person—good and kind-hearted, but she truly is self-centered when the book starts. She has always traded on her looks for her successes, and they’ve been many throughout her life. She’s been rodeo princesses and homecoming queen and even Miss Wyoming. Her own father would say things to her like, “Don’t you worry your pretty head over that…”  So, when she is left scarred and imperfect, Joely truly doesn’t know how to move forward. She thinks she has no worth left because nobody has ever proved he loved her just for herself—until Alec.


Alec also had his share of fame and glory as an extremely successful rodeo saddle bronc rider. But he had to give that up when he lost his leg in Iraq—not as a soldier but as a contractor who went back to find his captured cousin. Alec’s issue is that he’s handled his injury like the brave soldier he was, but he also has buried the past so deeply that he can function in the present but not deal with love or connections that might cause him pain in the future. He’s so good at hiding his wounds that Joely never realizes he wears a prosthetic leg until he tells her days after they meet. This gives him lots of insight into how to help her. But he stops short of giving his love unconditionally—and that’s where Joely has all the skill in the world.


I just love how they finally come together—first physically when they face real fears by baring their bodies and souls to each other, and then emotionally when they each have to let go of who they’ve always believed they are. When they fall in love, it’s because they find their true selves in each other—and you honestly know they’ll be together forever!


Any fun behind the scene facts about your book you'd like to share?


It was very interesting doing research on amputated limbs. I wanted to see pictures of a residual stump and Googled it.  It was amazing what graphic photos I was led to. Oddly enough they didn’t disgust me or gross me out—but after reading and looking at pictures of an amputation procedure I really felt I could understand the absolute trauma such an outcome to an injury might cause. It made me want to make my characters much braver and stronger—because in real life they would have to be!


Your favorite quote or scene in the book? Did something make you laugh or smirk?


There’s a scene when former rodeo star Alec finally gives up his stubborn insistence that he won’t ride a saddle bronc again and goes to his friend Vince for help. Their banter made me laugh when I wrote it and still does: Here’s a little sample:




“I need to ride that horse. According to my aunt Buzz is (in heaven) raising some kind of holy hell because I’m disrespecting his memory.”


“If Buzz is up there getting himself kicked the wrong way through the pearly gates, I’d best get you riding, son.”


Alec stared at him and then patted his cheek firmly with the flat of his hand. “Wipe that smirk off your face or I’m outta here, even if my cousin’s eternal fate might suffer.”


“Fine. The smirks are free but not required. When do you want to start?”


“You’ve got a mechanical bucker. Take me out there.”


Vince truly looked as if he’d just matched his lottery ticket to the winning numbers. “Let’s go. First you’re going to show me every little inch of that peg leg of yours and we’re gonna figure out what it can do. Then, by God, we’re gonna turn you back into ‘Morr-i-SEE!’”


Alec hadn’t thought about that in a very long time. The chant the crowd had always bestowed on him before and after a ride.


“I’m not him anymore,” he said as he followed Vince back toward the door. “I’m not looking for or expecting crowd approval. Just get me three seconds on GP and I’ll name my first born after you.”


“Heck, what’ll you give me if I get you eight?” Vince led him out into the yard.


“I’ll kiss you in public.”


Vince sputtered. “Three it is. By the way, where’s your girl?”


“That’s the other thing.” Alec stopped and grasped him by the arm. “She doesn’t know a thing about this. And you’re not going to say a word. Not to her and not to anybody. Nobody knows until the announcer tells the crowd in two weeks. That’s non-negotiable.”


“You sure?”


“More than. What’s not sure is that I’ll actually go through with this insanity. Hell, I might not survive today.”


“Tell you what. You die, I’ll kiss you in public before they close the casket.”


“Freak.”


“C’mon, cowboy. Let’s go buck you off a fake horsie.”



Who is next in the series?


The next book will be Grace’s, one of the Crockett triplets. I’m excited about this story, too, because it will show the “sweetest” sister getting tested in all sorts of ways—in love, in patience, in faith. Plus it will go much more deeply into the setting of all the Bride books:  Paradise Ranch. How did it come to be in the Crockett family? What was the secret of the original settlers on the property? It should be really fun.


What was your favorite book last and why? Any upcoming novels you're eagerly anticipating? What are you reading now?


I’m sort of embarrassed to say that I kind of quit reading Nora Roberts after she switched from writing category romances (Harlequin and Silhouette) many many years ago, and I’ve only recently started catching up! The most recent of hers I finished was “High Noon”—several years old but fascinating.


The book I’m currently reading is not a romance but a book from the late 90’s titled “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell. It’s an amazing contemporary (sort of) science fiction (sort of) story about what happens when two alien cultures meet—even with the best of intentions. It’s feeding my love of issues very well!


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Thanks So much for visiting the blog today, Lizbeth! I'm looking forward to learning more about Paradise Ranch in Grace's story!


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Synopsis [br] 


The Bride Wore Starlight
Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys #3


TheBrideWoreStarlightOnce comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.

Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn from his mistakes.

As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together

 

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