Caroline Clemmons – The Texan’s Irish Bride

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Texan’s Irish Bride from The Wild Rose Press. Dallas McClintock is a young man building his ranch and reputation as a horse trainer and breeder. When he hears a young woman’s screams for help, he rescues her from two kidnappers and is shot for his trouble. Cenora Rose O’Neill and her family are traveling with a group of Irish Travelers, but are outcasts even from the band of outcasts. When Dallas is forced to marry Cenora, her eccentric and wild family come with her to his ranch. His formerly tranquil life is turned upside down with turmoil filled days–but the nights with his beautiful wife make up for all the mischief her family causes.

Tell us something about yourself.

After six years in Southern California, my family moved back to Texas when I was seven and settled in West Texas. My husband and I live on a small acreage in rural North Central Texas with our dog and two cats. Our two daughters are grown but live nearby. After being a stay-at-home mom for many years, I worked as a newspaper columnist and reporter, as the assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, and as bookkeeper for the local county tax collector. I now write full time except when life interrupts.

What inspired you to write this book?

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the Old West. My father used to relate stories about his family coming to Texas and that sparked my love of Texas history. My favorite time period is from 1875-1895. THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE is set in 1885 in the Texas Hill Country near Bandera. That time period speaks to me. Not that I would have wanted to live then, you understand. I love air-conditioning, modern plumbing, and other comforts too much to consider roughing it on the range. Even so, the Old West is a romantic time period when honor and self-reliance were important.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

I had worked with The Wild Rose Press before and loved them. Allison Byers was the editor for this book and she is so easy to work with yet does an excellent job. Nicola Martinez designed the fabulous cover. The Wild Rose Press is like a family and I enjoy being one of their authors.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

As long as I can remember, I’ve made up adventures. A teacher encouraged me to write my stories down. My mother-in-law brought me a grocery bag of Harlequin and Silhouette romances and told me I could write a romance. My husband encouraged me, too. Although H/S is not the route I chose, I love writing and reading romance.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Planting my seat in my chair, fingers on keyboard, and NOT checking my email or friends’ blogs.

How do you do research for your books?

My husband and I both love books, and have acquired quite a reference library over the years. Like most people, I also research online. Occasionally, I travel to the site of a book to soak up the atmosphere first hand. For this book, my daughter and I drove through Bandera and Lost Maples State Natural Area on our way back from San Antonio. Of course, those places are not “on the way” to anyone but us. LOL We’re known in our family for our detours. Sometimes an event unexpectedly provides research. A trip to Ireland inspired the heroine and her family.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes, I learned a lot about the Irish Travelers, about horses, and ranches. Plus, I think authors learn more about writing with each book they complete.

What are you reading now?

I just finished the new Jodi Thomas. Now I’ve started Jo Davis’ LINE OF FIRE.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I’m an eclectic reader, but I like books that take me away and leave me happy and satisfied at the end. No sad tales with the hero or heroine who dies near the end! No thank you! My favorite authors include Jodi Thomas, Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Theresa Medieros, Lorraine Heath (especially her westerns) and now many of my fellow authors from The Wild Rose Press.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

My WIP is a time travel. It’s set in the Texas Hill Country. Don’t want to jinx it by talking about it until it’s finished.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Never let anyone steal your dream! Persevere! Don’t write to trends–write what you love and it will show in your work.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Blog tours, book signings, programs.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website is www.carolineclemmons.com and my blog is http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com. My books are available from The Wild Rose Press at www.thewildrosepress.com and from Amazon. I love to hear from readers at caroline@carolineclemmons.com or on Facebook. My Twitter address is @CarolinClemmons (no E in Caroline)

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Caroline,

    Another interesting interview. Sounds like you live in a great part of the world. Fancy your M-I-L giving you a bag full of romance novels. Wasn’t she frightened that you would stick your head in the novel and neglect her son? That’s the way my late M-I-L’s mind worked. The Texan’s Irish Bride is almost on the top of my to be read list now. I am so keen to read it, that I jumped it up a few places.

    Regards

    Margaret

  2. says

    I live in Texas, too, but am a city dweller (Houston). From the description, I think I would love to read your book. I’m a TWRP author, too. Great interview, Ladies.

  3. says

    Holy mackerel, Caroline, your background is soooo similar to mine. However, my travels at a young age were switched, from Texas TO California, but I still have a barnful of family in Central and South Texas: Dallas area, Gatesville, and Houston.

    You have the cover that I “drool” over all the time. LOL The Texan’s Irish Bride is absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to read it.

    I’m wondering if we are mysteriously connected in some way. Although I’m in the midst of writing a trilogy set in 1898 Southern California, I, too, have a time travel 1/3 written set in Central Texas. Play the music, woo, woo, woo, woo. LOL

  4. Keena Kincaid says

    Caroline,
    I love the premise of this book, and it sounds like you had a blast writing a hero and heroine who come from such different worlds. Good luck with sales.