Monday, March 23, 2015

Interview with Maisey Yates, PART TIME COWBOY

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series? 
Part Time Cowboy is about a former bad girl returning to her home town. The hero is a deputy sheriff and he…well, he arrested her once during her wild teen years. Now she has a B&B on his ranch and the two are forced to deal with each other, and their unwelcome attraction. While the book centers on Eli and Sadie, the entire Garrett family gets a bit of screen time. This is a series, and it follows each of the Garret siblings and the town of Copper Ridge.

Do you have a favorite character? 
I have a soft spot for Connor, who you’ll meet in this book, and also in his own book Brokedown Cowboy, coming May 25th.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel? 
I sent my first book straight to the Harlequin slush pile, no agent.  All in all waiting to be read (a long time since it was an unrequested submission) and three rounds of revisions it took 20 months to sell that first book.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher? 
I love the enthusiasm of my editor at HQN. I’m so happy to working on this series with her. She gets my voice and my characters. It’s been a fantastic experience.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing? 
I have a few people who read while I write. Other authors who help me figure out when I’m missing something, or if I haven’t hit a certain emotionally note hard enough. The ability to discuss my book at length with people who understand my process has been so helpful in my books being more fully formed in that initial draft than they would be otherwise.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence? 
 I have three kids, so I listen to music. It’s much less distracting than screaming! J

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you? I
 don’t do official outlines, but I definitely have an idea of the shape of the book. I land somewhere between a plotter and a panster. I’m always willing to let the book take an unexpected turn, but before starting I like an idea of the basic structure of the story, and of the characters.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?

Besides writing, do you have any other passions? 
I’ve dabbled in a lot of things, and writing is the only one that stuck. But I do a bit with music and I have done a lot of painting and drawing. Right now binge watching Supernatural on Netflix is my passion though.

What’s next for you? 
More cowboys and more billionaires. I’m continuing to write for Harlequin Presents and currently working on another novella in the Copper Ridge series.

Book & Author details:
Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
(Copper Ridge #1)
Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…
Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…
Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?


USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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