Howdy, Delighted Readers!
Today we have author Carolyn Brown over for a visit to talk about her latest release, The Sometimes Sisters. Are you as intrigued as I am by a title like that?
Hi, Carolyn! How’s the world treating you this fine day? There’s a cold drizzle and a blustery breeze going on out there, but I’ve got it toasty and dry inside with a cup of cocoa for you.
Oh, I really, really like hot cocoa. Thank you for making it and for inviting me to visit with all y’all today. It’s a pleasure to be here.
First of all, congratulations on your latest book release. So, sisters, eh?
Do you have sisters? If so, any funny stories about you and your sisters?
Thank you! I’ve been waiting anxiously for this book to hit the shelves. It’s been getting some really good reviews at Goodreads, and I’m hoping all my readers enjoy the store. Yes, ma’am-sisters! I had two sisters. One I never met, because like Dana in The Sometimes Sisters, my father had more than one family. My half-sister died before I ever met her. But my full-blooded sister and I were best friends and she took many secrets to her grave a few years back.
A funny story! My sister, Patti, and I neither one needed rocks in our pockets to hold us down in a fierce wind storm. We came from sturdy stock and were build pretty close to the ground. So Patti decided many years ago, in the days of Jack Lelane, that we would buy his tape and get skinny. Now my sister had an outfit for every ocassion-from births to funerals, to weddings or taking out the trash. So she bought leotards and tights because a woman had to have the right attire if she was going to get skinny. Her outfit was yellow and black stripes-horizontal stripes. I figured I could just wear gray sweats. So there we were, me looking like a worn out old football coach. And my sister looking like a life sized bumble bee. We were empowered! With those outfits and a tape we would be skinny in a week. She was already seeing visions of cute little suits in single digit sizes. So we turned on the tape and got with it. Five minutes into it we were panting, but we had gotten past the warm up stretches. Ten minutes into it we were groaning. Fifteen minutes, I was lying on the floor sweating, and I don’t do sweat. Twenty minutes, she was beside me. Twenty five, and we looked up the number of the undertaker. Thirty, we got out the ice cream and made sure our under britches had good elastic. Granny would have been mortified if we’d been taken to the hospital and had on old underwear. Thirty five, we took out the tape and put it in the trash can, ate the ice cream and swore off all forms of exercise.
What a hoot, thanks for that! I totally use my outdoor chores and walks as my exercise these days. The fervor for tapes and exercise programs just do not work for me.
What led you to writing about reuniting three half-sisters?
Well, these three sisters popped into my head one day and swore they wouldn’t leave until I told their story. Then they threatened me with Jack Lelane. What could I do? I’d rather write than sweat.
I may be going out on a limb, since I haven’t read The Sometimes Sisters yet, but there seems to be strong, bittersweet themes going on there and each sister might have her own private struggles. What exactly are these gals up against?
It’s been ten years since they’ve spent much time together and they’ve brought a lot of baggage with them. Dana is harboring a secret about her daughter and her marriage. Tawny’s been kicked out of college. And Harper, well the guilt she’s been experiencing for ten years is so heavy that it’s about to do her in.
Were any of the sisters harder to write about than the others?
Not really, but I have a confession. In the beginning Zed was going to be a very minor secondary character, but he soon became a very major player in the story.
I love the setting of a summer lake resort. I have fond memories of staying at an old family-run resort. Did you pattern Annie’s Place after a real location or a real summer resorting experience of your own?
I did some research down in that area so the location is real. As I sat there at the end of the bridge, I could see Annie’s Place in my mind’s eye, and the whole story began to take form. But other than that, the whole business is only real to me, and hopefully my readers as they read the book.
Is The Sometimes Sisters standalone or will there be more books connected to this story?
It’s stand alone. The story is told, and now the sisters can be forever sisters instead of sometimes sisters.
And now, I have a curiosity question that I’ve wondered about before. You’re a very prolific writer and release a few books each year. Lord knows I try to keep up. LOL How many stories do you work on at once? And how ever do you keep them straight while you’re working on them all?
I have tunnel vision so I usually work on one book at a time. Unless, I have edits and then they get my attention immediately. When I’m working on a book, it has my full, undivided attention for about ten hours a day. The characters are real, and they whisper in my ear. They wake me up at night to tell me if I’ve got something wrong. If I don’t fix it then they stop talking to me…now that’s even more scary than an exercise tape.
Speaking of your books, what’s next for release?
The Sometimes Sisters is my second release this year. Following it will be Cowboy Bold (May), the debut cowboy romance in the Longhorn Canyon Series; Small Town Rumors (July), a stand alone women’s fiction book; Cowboy Honor (Sept) the second book in the Longhorn Canyon Series. Then in early 2019, Cowboy Brave, the final Lonhorn Canyon book will be published, and also The Magnolia Inn, a women’s fiction book that I’m working on right now.
Thanks so much for dropping by for a chat, Carolyn! I love cracking open your books and I can’t wait to read Dani, Harper, and Tawny’s story.
Thank you again for the visit. It’s been fun!
About the Book
When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart.
Now she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Place to her granddaughters—twelve cabins, a small house, a café, a convenience store, and a lot of family memories. It’s where Dana, Harper, and Tawny once shared so many good times. They’ve returned, sharing only hidden regrets, a guarded mistrust, and haunting guilt. But now, in this healing summer place, the secrets that once drove them apart could bring them back together—especially when they discover that their grandmother may have been hiding something, too…
To overcome the past and find future happiness, these “sometimes sisters” have one more chance to realize they are always family.
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