Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Roaxanne. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Rox: Thanks ladies! I’m thrilled to be here. I’m an INFP melancholic Scorpio, with a touch of hypochondriac OCD, who enjoys Bikram yoga, personality quizzes and pie. And poodles! We have two and they are the Best Dogs Ever. I may be slightly ADD also.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Rox: Because I tend to be easily distracted – surprise, surprise – I must have quiet! Which works now that I have the house mostly to myself. But not when my dogs are bored.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Rox: I started when my three daughters were small, writing mostly personal essays. I moved on to articles, corporate work, advertising copy, personal profiles, basically whatever someone would pay me to write. I made a fairly steady income this way for over a decade. It was great on-the-job training. I learned to write fast and meet deadlines.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Rox: First: the ability to say sorry. You can forgive a guy a lot if he’s willing to admit when he’s wrong. Which he usually is. Second: the ability to cry. Not loudly or often, and definitely not when admitting he’s wrong. (Man up, bucko, it’s not all about you!!) But a tear or two at momentous life events like the birth of a child or said child leaving home.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
Rox: Right now, my favorite is Desiree, who appeared briefly in Three River Ranch, and is the heroine of His Reluctant Rancher. She’s a sassy, sexy, smart-mouthed physical therapist, everything I always wanted to be. (I even considered training to be a physio, for awhile. But since it involves people, I decided better not.)
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Rox: Dialogue comes fast and furious to me. You know, the voices in my head, and all. I love writing suspense and have several dark and disturbing manuscripts gathering dust on my hard drive, which is probably where they should remain. Which leaves… sex. My daughters and I have a mutual understanding involving immaculate conception, so highly sensual scenes are problematic. However, I spent last summer writing some pretty smokin’ scenes for an interactive gaming company, which pretty much destroyed all my boundaries. Sorry, girls.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Rox: Oh, too many to count! However, I took Barbara Samuel’s (she also writes as Barbara O’Neal) class a few years ago and it was tremendously helpful. I love her books so much and she’s a great teacher. If I could become even half the writer she is, I’d be thrilled!
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Rox: Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, of course! (But not the Tom Cruise version. Please.) He’s big, tough, fearless and it’s great fun watching him beat up a crowd of bullies.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Rox: Ahem, see earlier comment. I am completely lily-white and innocent of any and all kink. In fact, I don’t even understand the question. (Meet me later. We’ll talk.)
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Rox: I like girls who get the job done, and aren’t afraid to be themselves, flaws and all. Like Scarlett O’Hara. Or Katniss Everdeen. Or Fat Amy from the movie Pitch Perfect! (“I still can’t believe they let my sexy fat ass in!”)
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Rox: Hm. Mine are all boring so I’ll give you a better one. This was related to me by a co-worker. (Think carefully before you tell embarrassing stories, children.) The boy brought the girl home to meet his parents on their first date. (Loser.) She, being nervous, spent some quality time in the bathroom. The toilet, naturally, rejected her offering. To convince it to reconsider, she lifted the tank lid to jiggle the floatie-thing. Unfortunately, she dropped the lid into the tank, breaking both and creating a tsunami. Now a flood is bad enough. A flood with … debris… is worse. Being a forward-thinking lass, she happened to have a baggie in her purse, so she “scooped” (as we dog people say) and hid the evidence into her purse. WHERE IT STAYED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DATE. I’m not kidding.
Tamara: Oh my, I think I need a moment. Uhum. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Rox: Dental floss, since I’ll probably have coconut in my teeth and that’ll drive me nuts. Snorkel equipment, since I might as well have fun while I’m stranded. And Tolstoy’s War and Peace, since that’s the only way I’ll ever read it.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Rox: I’m mostly past the “guilty” part of guilty pleasures these days. I think one should live mindfully, wholeheartedly. Do it and enjoy it, or don’t do it. Anything else is like trying to drive with one foot on the brake.
Although I confess that I still think “I shouldn’t…” before curling up with a bag of potato chips and Friends reruns.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Rox: I dream of seeing my name on a bestseller list. My husband (who has always predicted I’ll one day be wildly successful) rashly promised that he’d shave his head and get a tattoo when I hit a list. Perhaps he thinks he’ll be in a nursing home, drooling into his Ovaltine, before it happens. I’m hoping we’re both still young enough to enjoy it.
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught buck naked in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl)
Rox: It seems that the older I get, the less control I have over my spit-valve. There are many stories of me getting into coughing fits because I tried to breathe and swallow at the same time. Mascara running, nose dripping, red-faced, voice like a gravel-truck, that sort of thing. I have a speech to give at a luncheon tomorrow, so I’m expecting an episode.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Rox: I’d be red, ‘cause I’m on fire, baby. (Wait. It’s just another hot flash.)
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Rox: Probably my parents. Which is, I imagine, how most of us first learn about love.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Rox: SO MANY PEOPLE! But love, schmove. These days, it’s all about Likes! As in FACEBOOK! (www.facebook.com/RoxanneSnopekAuthor) Like me, please, LIKE ME!!
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Either, as long as they have Joe Boxer happy faces on them!
Coffee or Tea? Depends what time of day it is! Coffee in the am. Decaf chai lattes in the afternoon.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Put chaps on him and he can be a cross-eyed albino.
Hairy chest or smooth? Either one is fine, just no man-boobs, please. This is a moob-free zone.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Himalayan salted caramel!!
Kinky or Sweet? I don’t understand the question. (Ahem. Lily-white, remember?)
Fast or slow? Totally depends on… what’s on TV.
Public or private? Totally depends on… local by-laws.
Top or bottom? I do yoga. That’s all I have to say.
Roxanne Snopek is the author of ten books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America Greater Vancouver Chapter. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s at work on the next two books in the Three River Ranch series for Entangled Publishing.
Visit Roxanne at: www.roxannesnopek.ca
Blurb: His Reluctant Rancher: “The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch’s sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that’s exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory’s doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.
Zach’s been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn’t deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs…with him.”
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Great interview Roaxanne. Thanks for dropping by today. We look forward to reading His Reluctant Rancher