The Jaunty Quills are thrilled to welcome Susan Crosby to the sisterhood today. She and I are chatting about her new book, FORTUNE’S HERO, the fourth book in the latest Harlequin Special Edition series, Fortunes of Texas – Whirlwind Romance.
Nancy Robards Thompson: Welcome, Susan! Please tell us about your latest book.
Susan Crosby: FORTUNE’S HERO has an older hero and younger heroine who are such complete opposites you’d never think they could end up with a happily ever after. Garrett Stone rescues Victoria Fortune after she’s crushed in the aftermath of a tornado, then he disappears into thin air. Victoria never gets to thank him, so a few months later she goes in search of her unsung hero. Garrett thinks he’s perfectly content with his life. He and the many stray animals who come or are brought to him on his ranch are content together. They don’t need a woman around. But even his dogs start to favor the lively Victoria, and Garrett can’t fight his feelings forever.
NRT: What life lessons do the hero and heroine of FORTUNE’S HERO learn before they earn their happily ever after?
SC: Victoria learns about true passion, not just for the man she comes to love but for a particular, satisfying kind of work in a world vastly different from what she’s known all her life. Garrett learns he can count on another person. This is huge for him.
NRT: Why will readers enjoy this story?
SC: Garrett is an old-fashioned cowboy, a modern day knight in shining armor—and he wants no gratitude from the woman whose life he saved. How Victoria wriggles her way into his life leaves him baffled, amused and ultimately deeply in love.
NRT: That sounds fabulous, Susan! I can see why readers will love it, but what will they enjoy the Fortunes of Texas series as a whole?
SC: I personally love the Fortunes, the whole continuity of family and all it entails—support, criticism and a love you can count on, no matter what–unconditional but also honest.
NRT: They sound like quite a bunch! On another note, what’s a typical writing day like for you?
SC: I start early in the day because I’m a morning person. I’m generally done by 2:00, which gives me time for other things. I begin by reading what I wrote the day before and making changes, if necessary, then move into new material. When I stop, I almost always write a few sentences about what happens next so that I have a place to start the next day. It’s rare for me to work on Saturday, and never on Sunday.
NRT: What was your path to becoming a romance writer?
SC: I read THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss in my late 20s. That fueled the fire for me. I wrote a few historical romances just for fun, then abandoned that to return to college in my 30s. After an 8-year pursuit of a bachelors degree in English, as well as raising a family, I got serious about writing for publication. By then I was more interested in writing contemporary romance. I went to book signings and talked to authors. I read like crazy. Then I sold the 2nd book I wrote—because I’d done so much preparation in advance, I felt.
NRT: What advice do you have for aspiring romance writers?
SC: Writing is a learned skill. Yes, you have to be a good storyteller, first and foremost, but the mechanics of writing is a skill you develop. I had no idea was conflict was when I started. I thought it meant fighting, and I didn’t like fighting. Then I learned that conflict drives the whole story. What is keeping this couple apart now? More important, what could keep them apart forever? How those conflicts get resolved in a believable way is the biggest challenge.
FORTUNE’S HERO is my 36th book, and my fourth Fortune continuity. I love revisiting the Fortune family as much as I love creating my own fictional families.
Thanks for joining us, Susan!
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Award-winning, nationally ranked #1 bestselling author Susan Crosby began writing in 1992 and made her first sale a year and a half later to Silhouette Books, a division of Harlequin Books. She was selected as their Premiere Author, which is their “rising star,” for Silhouette Desire for her first novel, The Mating Game, released in 1994.
She has since published 35 more novels, including the current FORTUNE’S HERO for Harlequin Special Edition.
Susan has made the USA Today and Borders best-seller lists, and has been nominated for or won every major romance award, including having one of her books, His Seductive Revenge, named by Romantic Times magazine to their Top 400 Romance Novels of the past 2 decades, a list culled from 25,000 books.