In Our Author Spotlight: Julia Talbot on Catching Heir (Dreamspinner Press guest blog and author interview)

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Catching Heir  by Julia Talbot
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art by Bree Archer

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Julia Talbot here today to answer some of our author questions and talk about her release Catching Heir, one of Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desire titles, a favorite here at STRW.  Welcome, Julia!

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Hey y’all! My name is Julia Talbot, and I’m here today because of my first Dreamspun Desire, Catching Heir! It’s a missing heir tale of a professional snowboarder who inherits an old hotel in Colorado, and falls for the geeky hotel manager.

  • Where do you normally draw your inspiration for a book from?  A memory, a myth, a place or journey, or something far more personal?

I usually start with a what if! What if there was this guy, or girl, and what if they wanted to find a jewel or a lover or a big cat? Then I go for the characters and the plot. Or I start with a title. What if a missing heir trope story was called Catching Heir because catching air is a snowboard term and the snowboarder inherits an old hotel?

  • Are you a planner or a pantzer when writing a story? And why?

Oh, I used to be a pantzer. Then my wife found me kind of fiction equivalent of the five paragraph essay that worked so well for me in non-fiction academic writing. I can do discipline if you make it a game. Like Weight Watchers, right? So now I plot using, not a formula, but I sort of gant chart. It helps me make sure there’s at least some conflict, which I suck at.

  • If you had a character you’ve written you would write differently now at this time in your writing career, who would it be and why?

One of my very favorite books I’ve ever written, one of the characters has a terrible break up mid series. So many people loved the SO he broke up with, that if I had to do it again, I would start his story when he broke up, rather than letting people get to know the other guy.

  • If you were to be stranded on a small demi-planet, island, or god forbid LaGuardia in a snow storm, what books would you take to read or authors on your comfort list?

My Kindle is stocked for this now. Funny story, a snowstorm did strand me in Newark once, and I had to buy a Stephen King novel at the hotel. Now I carry a Kindle in my carry on with Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Andrew Grey, Samantha Kane, and Joey W Hill stocked on it. Oh, and Stephen King.

  • How early in your life did you begin writing?

When I was seven I wrote a story for my grandma about powering the whole world with popcorn.

  • Were you an early reader or were you read to and what childhood books had an impact on you as a child that you remember to this day and why?

I was an early reader, but I moved the summer between first grade and second, and went from a progressive school to a very conservative, religious area in North Carolina. They were still reading Dick and Jane, and I checked out for almost a year, stubbornly refusing to read. A book called Meg of Williamsburg, a mystery story much like Nancy Drew, but with a younger, hipper protagonist, drew me back in. I have a copy of it in my office. I love mysteries to this day because of it, and it got me reading for fun again.

Thanks so much for having me, and I hope y’all love Catching Heir!

XXOO

Julia

About Catching Heir

Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?

Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.

Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.

Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time?

About the Author

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Samhain Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at http://www.juliatalbot.com

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