Welcome to Part 3 of my interview with Karen Witemeyer, fabulous author of To Win Her Heart! If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, check them out here and here. Looking for my book review? Check it out here, and don't forget to enter my giveaway of this lovely book! Join me after the jump for the conclusion of this delightful interview...
Alena: A little birdie told me that you have another novel in the works. Can you tell us about it?
Karen: As a matter of fact, I just turned in my latest manuscript earlier this month. They are still working on the cover art, but the official title is Short-Straw Bride. Here's the blurb:
No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.
Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can’t bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.
Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?
Alena: What was your inspiration for SHORT-STRAW BRIDE?
Karen: I love old Hollywood musicals, and one of my favorites is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Short-Straw Bride has four brothers instead of seven, and the men don't have red hair or sing and dance while they do their chores. However the inspirational spark came when I thought about this movie and then asked, what if? What if instead of having the heroine agree to a marriage of convenience at the beginning of the story, the brothers drew straws to see who would marry her when the good deed she performs for them goes awry? And what if instead of all the brothers being named in alphabetical order after Bible characters, my four brothers were named for heroes from the Alamo? The what if game continued until I ended up with a story vastly different from the musical. Yet if you look carefully, you will find lingering similarities left over from the catalyst that started the creative process.
Alena: When will your new novel be available?
Karen: I'm on a one-book-a-year schedule these days, so it won't be out until June 2012, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.
Alena: Anything else in the works? Your adoring fans want to know!
Karen: It's too early to say anything specific since my editors need to approve my ideas before I move forward. However, I can say that after Short-Straw, I am contracted for two more novels. I'd love to feature another Archer brother in a book, but we'll have to wait and see what my editors think.
Alena: Thank you so much for coming on Little Bit Of Wonderful to talk about your wonderful books! Is there anything else you would like to share with your devoted new fans?
Karen: All I can say is thank you. Thank you for having me on your blog, and thank you to all of you wonderful readers who make writing such a joy. God bless.
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