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Author Interview: Bobbi Smith
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
I love Westerns. I grew up watching them on TV, and they were so wonderful. The good guys always won. It doesn’t get any better than that, and that’s what I love the most about the romance genre: our books guarantee everyone lives happily ever after. My whole life, all I’ve wanted to do is make people happy, and I hope I’ve done that with my stories. I love heroes who face great challenges and overcome them, too. (After all, that’s what heroes do, right? ) That’s why I created Chase McBride. As the illegitimate, half-breed son of Tom McBride—a father who’s denied him—he’s had a rough life, but that doesn’t stop him from being a good man.
2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you the first-born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?
Re birth order, I’m the second of two girls. My sister and I are two years apart. I had a great childhood with the world’s most wonderful parents. I don’t think being the “baby” really affected me—other than watching my sister get into trouble and making sure I didn’t do what she’d done. About my writing, I am a research lover. I try to travel to all of the places I write about to make sure that I’ve got it right.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
In my office with the door shut! I need to block out reality and live in the world I’m creating. It was tough when my sons were young and at home, but I did it.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
I try to keep my writing fast and simple so the story moves quickly along. It’s all about the story for me, so I’ve never had to kill any “darlings.”
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
I love this question, because it’s already happened to me! The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss is the reason I am a published author. I read that book many years ago and thought “I could write one of these!” It took me two and a half years, writing longhand and then typing it on a manual typewriter, but I did finish my first book. I was very blessed in that I was able to sell it. Some years back, Kathleen Woodiwiss came to town, and I went to the autograph party to meet her. I told her how she’d inspired me, and she was so sweet and kind. The one big question I did ask her was—Were you thinking of any particular guy when you made up Brandon, your hero? Her answer was no. He was one great hunk of a hero. She had a great imagination!
6. Inquiring minds want to know….tell readers something about you that no one knows.
A few years back I was inspired to write two contemporary, faith-based books—Haven and Miracles. I wrote them under the pseudonym of Julie Marshall. It was definitely a different experience for me—no cowboys or horses. I originally titled the first book 6:30. I’m Catholic and often attend 6:30 a.m. weekday Mass. I loved that title, but my editor said Haven would be a better choice. Haven is about a man who sees a crime and runs into the church during morning Mass to hide out. Miracles tells the stories of a good man with only months to live, a deadly sniper terrorizing the town and a teenage drunk driver who gets into trouble. I truly enjoyed writing them.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival bag?
A radio to call for help, a book on how to survive in the wilderness, and a knife. Of course, matches would probably be good, too.
8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?
To make people happy.
9. Favorite snack?
Right now candy apples! The rest of the year—ice cream!
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
I love using my phone for directions! It’s so much easier than having to pull over to the side of the road and look at a map (what’s that?). And I try to stay just about five miles per hour over the speed limit to keep traffic going. I got my one and only speeding ticket on the day I finished my last college exam and was on my way home. I think I was doing 40 in a 25. Oops! But I was a little excited at the time.
The Half Breed
by Bobbi Smith
GENRE: Historical Romance
In the midst of the vast, windswept Texas plains stands a ranch wrested from the wilderness with blood, sweat and tears. It is the shining legacy of Thomas McBride to his five living heirs. But along with the fertile acres and herds of cattle, each will inherit a history of scandal, lies and hidden desire that threatens to burn out of control.
Chase knows he has no legitimate claim to the Circle M. After all, his father made it painfully clear he wants nothing to do with his bastard son or the Comanche girl he once took to his bed. But Chase has his own reasons for answering Tom McBride’s deathbed summons. He has a job to do as a Texas Ranger, and a woman to protect—a woman whose sweet innocence gives him new faith that love born in the darkest night can face the dawn of all his tomorrows.
Chase was ready for trouble and trouble was exactly what he got when he snared the would-be horse thief around the waist. The thief put up a fierce struggle, but only when Chase heard the scream did he realize he was dealing with a woman!
“Hold still!” he commanded.
Fighting with all her strength, it took Faith a moment to realize he’d spoken English. Only when she was slammed back against the solid, hard-muscled width of his chest and held pinned there, did she become aware that this was no ordinary renegade.
“Damn it woman! I said hold still!” Chase groundout, wondering how this golden-haired wildcat of a woman had ended up in his camp trying to steal his horse in the middle of the night.
He looked down at her as she finally stilled in his arms. Only now did he notice that her blouse was torn and her pale flesh was bared to his gaze. She was filthy and there were bruises evident upon her flesh. They were a silent testimony to abuse she’d suffered. He wondered who she was and what had happened to bring her to him.
After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi Smith gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.
Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller of the Year Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.
When she’s not working on her novels, she is frequently a guest speaker for writer’s groups. Bobbi is mother of two sons and resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and three dogs.
You can follow Bobbi on Facebook in the group Bobbi Smith Books (https://www.facebook.com/groups/45814589415/about/).
Bobbi has been awarded the prestigious “Storyteller of the Year” Award from Romantic Times Magazine (New York) and has attained positions on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List, the Walden’s Best Seller List, B. Dalton’s List, and the Wal-Mart and K-Mart Best Seller Lists.
The foreign rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Russia and Sweden. Smith’s current publisher is Amazon. Bobbi has written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven (https://bobbismithbooks.com/product/haven) and Miracles (https://bobbismithbooks.com/product/miracles) – using the pseudonym of Julie Marshall. (https://bobbismithbooks.com/author/who-is-julie-marshall)
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