Kathy: What book do you recommend everyone should read? Do you have a comfort read?
Wow. Tall order for one book. In romance I think everyone should read The Prince Of Midnight. Laura Kinsale is my favorite write for a lot of different reasons, but the number one reason is she writes a legitimately flawed hero I would simply kill or die for. LOVE the Seigneur. Love, love. The hero has an interaction with a half-blind old horse that makes me sob to this day. It just doesn’t get better than Laura Kinsale.
For teen angst, The Metamorphosis by Kafka. I love The Charioteer by Mary Renault or the Brandstetter Series by Joseph Hansen. For awesome fiction. Run, River or anything by Joan Didion.
Kathy: What is your guilty pleasure?
I’d have to say my number one guilty pleasure is binge watching a whole season of a television show all at once. I don’t watch much commercial television and I have few shows that I tune in to when the television people think I should. But if I get stuck or stumped or drained while writing, I will watch an entire season of something like Breaking Bad or Endeavor or my latest obsession The Following, and I’ll let my mind be entertained for a while.
Kathy: Favorite meal?
I love the way my mother made macaroni and cheese. It’s super tasty, and frankly utterly horrible for humans, Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese, butter, pasta, S&P and evaporated milk, in all its junk food glory. I taught my son to make it and now he carries on the tradition. It’s probably my favorite emotionally, but for really excellent everyday eating, I prefer simple food, in season, grilled or roasted simply to bring out whatever its essence should taste like. Throw grilled fish, some shredded cabbage, and pico de gallo on a corn tortilla (like they do at Wahoo’s) and I’m in heaven.
Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I think of myself as a mother first anyway, that’s a no brainer. I was a computer programmer, at one time, a hairdresser, a cashier, and I’ve slung hash at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. It’s all the same what I do on the outside, inside, I’m still just making up stories.
Kathy: If you could time travel, what time period would you visit?
Wow this is really hard, because I like now. I love how easy it is to connect with people. How entertaining life is at the push of a button. Right now, having said that, I noticed Google has opened up a research sidebar all about Laura Kinsale and Joan Didion, everything I could want to know is right there. I love the information age.
If I could though, I’d want to live in the jazz age, more specifically, I want to live in the Australian television series The Miss Fisher Mysteries Series simply for all those gorgeous clothes and that amazing lifestyle she has.
Kathy: Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?
I have a few things on the burner. I’ve got a mystery coming from Riptide later this year, and I’m working on another romantic comedy. Plus I’m writing more J-Bar Cowboy stories. I really enjoy small town settings, I like nature, and getting people to open up to one another. There are a lot of reasons for me to write these stories.
The latest is, of course My Heartache Cowboy, about Jimmy Rafferty and Eddie Molina, a couple of middle aged cowboys who have to redefine their friendship when Eddie reveals he’s gay.
Jimmy drinks too much, and things are changing at the J-Bar. They might not have jobs when the dust settles. Eddie takes it upon himself to straighten Jimmy out and get him sober, with some pretty interesting consequences.
Thank you for having me over today!
Kathy: Anytime! Congrats on the release and oh, my goodness, am I ever looking forward to more J-Bar novels!!
By Z.A. Maxfield
Can love conquer all?
Jimmy Rafferty and Eddie Molina go way back at the J-Bar ranch. They’ve worked together, bunked together, camped out, and drank together. So how has Jimmy failed to notice that Eddie is gay? Eddie has not failed to notice that his friend has a serious drinking problem, and he’s determined to help Jimmy kick the booze cold turkey.
Taking him up to a snowbound cabin to detox, Eddie is confronted with Jimmy’s fierce denial. But the pains of withdrawal are nothing for Jimmy compared with the heartache of denying his true feelings and his deep longing…for the one man who cares for him more than anyone else on earth.
If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
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