I want to welcome author Christi Williams to the blog today! Her book, Perilous Promises (which I reviewed here) is not only a romance set in Wyoming but the heroine, Perris is a breast cancer survivor, a first for me. Christi has been gracious enough to answer a few questions AND she's giving away two awesome prizes, so you'll want to check those out too.
Christi writes HEA fiction with settings and characters of modern Wyoming. Her heroes and heroines struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in her writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days of the Code of the West.
Hi Christi! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, I hope you'll find my questions fun! Don't be afraid to cut loose and have some fun either!
Can you tell me a little about yourself and what your new book, Perilous Promises is about?
I write romances set in Wyoming. Perilous Promises is the story of a breast cancer survivor who has run away from the man she loves rather than face the fact that he looks at her differently than he did before she got sick. It’s the story of an outwardly strong woman who runs instead of standing and fighting, and when she does fight she chooses the wrong battles. A lot of Perris’s problems evolve from Western attitudes about men and women, about the kind of people who have made their living for generations from fossil fuels, and the Old West versus the New West and how old stereotypes still hang on. This was a difficult book to write. I love the West but find it hard to live here sometimes. And mom and one of my grandmothers died of breast cancer. The fun part of the book comes from playing with the stereotype of the strong, silent lawman, the kind of men who insist on trying to save Perris when she insists she doesn’t want to be saved.
Where did the idea for Perilous Promises come from?
I started with the job of environmental services officer. When I was in college we took a tour of an open pit coal mine and saw how the company was trying to reclaim the land and protect wildlife from its operations. Perris’s character grew from this job, which fascinated me. Coal mines and coal-fired power plants are in the same situation teamsters were in the Old West with the coming of the railroad: still needed but definitely on their way out. So Perris has that looming over her as well, the threat that she might not be able to keep the job she loves.
What has been the most challenging aspect of writing a book? What about the most rewarding?
The most challenging aspect is promoting, just trying to get readers to look at the work of a new author and give it a chance. The most rewarding part is when readers just get it, get exactly what I was trying to say—and then write a glowing review about how they loved the book. Nothing beats that feeling of having connected on a deeper level with someone I’ve never even met.
Where there any authors that inspired you as a child or even now as an adult?
Lots! Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Janet Evanovich, Greg Iles, Nora Roberts, James Lee Burke, Diana Gabaldon, Joseph Marshall III, Charlaine Harris, LaVyrle Spencer...shall I go on? Do you see a pattern here? Neither do I! *grins* I love books, always have, all kinds, all genres, fiction and nonfiction, and continue to be inspired by many different writers.
* I LOVE Nora Roberts. She's amazing!
Is there another genre that you might want to try in the future?
I already write Wyoming historicals under another pen name, Alethea Williams. I have one book out about an immigrant arriving in Wyoming after WWI that won a Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award in 2012, and another coming out in April about orphan trains and the building of the transcontinental railroad. I have been asked if I would consider writing paranormals, but at this point I don’t have enough room at my desk for a third writer!
What are you working on now?
I’m working on plotting a fourth sensual romance and at the same time rewriting another Western historical.
Let's play a quick round of Either/Or shall we? *rubs hands together*
Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee, although I do like hot chocolate once in a while.
Red wine or White? White. Usually.
Ice Cream or Cake? Are you kidding?
Dogs or cats? Dogs.
Last one, Facebook or Twitter? Hmm. Goodreads. *grins*
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just please contact me if you have a comment or a question. My e-mail address is on my blog, and you can comment on my Facebook page and author page. Here are all my links:
Blog: Some Like It Hotter l Pinterest l LibraryThing l The Romance Reviews l Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid Books l Amazon author
Thank you again Christi for your time and patience!
Thank you for having me on your blog, Adria! I had fun. How about you all?
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