I don’t usually do blog tours, but when romantic suspense and adventure author, L.A. Sartor invited me to participate, what could I say? Yes, of course. Take a moment and check out L.A.’s adventure release, Stone of Heaven, Book 1 of her Carswell Adventure Series. We’re talking exotic setting and seat-of-your-pants suspense – the stuff great reading is made of!
Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my writing, L.A.!!!
Now, on to my Writing Process...
Q: What are you working on?
Audra: I’m currently working on the third book of my Circle D series. Long Road Home features the oldest Davidson brother, Nick. He’s carrying a big load of guilt on his broad shoulders and thinks he can run from it all by following the rodeo circuit while sitting on the back of a bucking bull. He’s had all the feeling kicked out of him until Rachel Roskovitch roars into his life…driving his truck. Rachel vows she’ll never trust a cowboy; Nick knows he’ll never trust anyone. The snowstorm raging around the truck has nothing on the storm of emotions swirling around Nick and Rachel until God’s love shakes things up and opens their eyes to the truth they’ve both been running from.
The second book, Second Chance Ranch just came out in March and Long Road Home will be out late fall.
Q: How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Audra: I’d like to say no one else would want to be me, but that’s cheating. I guess, my work is a combination of gritty cowboy ranching and mushy sentimentality. Oh, I’m such a cream puff when it comes to sappy love stories! Yes, I said it, sappy love stories!! I want the rugged, rough cowboy who has attitude rivaling a herd of crotchety cattle to get knocked off kilter by an unassuming female who has just enough compassion and innocence to rock his world before he ever sees it coming. Deep, forever kind of love. Nothing better than that.
Q: Why do you write what you do?
Audra: Good question. I’m published in inspirational romance and love it. When I began my novel journey, I looked up to historical romance writers like Mary Jo Putney, Rosemary Rogers and especially, Kathleen E Woodiwiss. They created story worlds and characters I wanted to be a part of. As years passed, I realized they were writing their stories – they didn’t need me to add to their perfection : ) I never achieved the depth of character they commanded. I’d always had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and when I discovered inspirational romance favorites like Catherine Palmer and Susan May Warren, I knew I’d found a genre I could dedicate my life to.
Q: How does your writing process work?
Audra: Like many romance authors, I hold a day job that ties up a good chunk of time. But, I’m fortunate to love my work at our county Extension office where I’m surrounded by more opportunities for research and inspiration than I could ever hope for. Cowboys, ranching, Colorado…I can find answers to most of my setting questions right in the file drawers holding our fact sheets. This alone helps keep the creative juices flowing. As far as the actual writing goes, I covet the two hours a night where I shut the door to my office keeping family at bay and lose myself in the world of my imagination.