Two Cowboys and a Baby by B.A. Tortuga
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have B.A. Tortuga here today to talk about writing and her latest story in the Dreamspun Desires series from Dreamspinner Press, Two Cowboys and a Baby. Welcome, B.A.
~Our Interview with B.A. Tortuga~
- How much of yourself goes into a character?
I have to be honest – my culture is very much expressed through my characters – their lives, their voices, their environment, but me personally? Not so much. 😀
- Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character?
No, not at all. I write the places I know and love, the archetypes I grew up with. I don’t find them to be Gary Stus.
Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write? Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?
I tend to stick fairly close to home, I think, but I research the specific time period or bull rope or breed of cattle. I call my daddy a lot. 😉
- Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?
I was (and still am) a voracious reader. I read all the Harlequin and Silhouette romances, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. All of them. My favorite book as a little girl? Little Women. OMG. I wanted to be Jo and my wife assures me that I’ve come close.
I have to admit, I’m a trope whore, to the bone. points to Two Cowboys and a Baby Tropes, y’all. Tropes, joy and cowboys.
Wallow in it with me.
- Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?
I’m an HEA all the way type of girl. That’s what I read and that’s what I write.
- Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?
Oh, lord yes. I love the promise of a happy ending, the comfort of the story. It does it for me, 100%.
- Who do you think is your major influence as a writer? Now and growing up?
Stephen King, no question. He taught me about being faithful to your own voice, your own accent. He’s my hero.
- Do you have a favorite among your own stories? And why?
My favorite is always the one I’m writing. Always. Those are the boys I’m in love with, right now.
- What’s next for you as an author?
After Two Cowboys and a Baby? I have a novel coming out April 28th that’s my love story to Red Dirt Texas music called “Best New Artist”. I’m currently writing the next Roughstock novel and co-writing a m/m book with Jodi Payne.
Much love, y’all.
Two Cowboys and a Baby Blurb
A little bundle of joy means big changes.
Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.
Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.
Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.
In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.
About BA Tortuga
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com