Thank you so much for inviting me to your site today! I’ve got coffee and cookies in hand and I see you’ve got questions so let’s dive right into them.
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
Lucky Seven, While You Were Sleeping, Steel Magnolias, Quigley Down Under and Gone With the Wind
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
While You Were Sleeping:
Quigley Down Under:
Gone With the Wind:
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
Maybe just a touch of the attitude of crazy Cora and Tom Selleck in Quigley Down Under. Not the actual scenes or characters but the dynamics.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Gone With the Wind because I love Scarlett’s sass. The Bible because there are so many wonderful love stories in it. Exodus by Leon Uris because it’s full of new hope and determination. The Godfather by Mario Puzo because of the intricities of family. And Montana Sky by Nora Roberts because I love the first line in the book.
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
My book boyfriends change constantly but my favorite one would be Rhett Butler. I do love a good scoundrel with dashing eyes and his determination reminds me of the Dawson brothers, Blake and Toby, and their cousin Jud. He also reminds me of Deke in Wicked Cowboy Charm because when he decided that he loved Scarlett he didn’t let anything get in his way.
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Oh, that would be Raylen Givens and his wife, Winona, of the television series, Justified. They loved passionately and yet there were obstacles they had to overcome at every corner.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
What do you remember about it?
That I wasn’t supposed to be reading it so I hid in the storm cellar so Mama wouldn’t know. I had no idea at that time what a concubine was and when I looked it up, I was doubly glad I’d hid in the cellar to read it.
What did you like most about it?
That was more than fifty years ago so I don’t remember much except that I really did get angry with the old king.
What did you like least about it?
The ending. I decided right then if I ever wrote a book that I would always give my characters a happy ending even if they did have to jump through hoops of fire to get there.
Have you ever reread it?
If you did, how do you feel about it now? I’ve never reread it. I discovered “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” next and then went on to “Christy” and every other romance book I could get my hands on.
Darcy or Wentworth?
Can’t say since I’m not a fan of either.
Rochester or Heathcliff?
I did love Heathcliff, bless his heart.
Spock or Kirk?
Sunrise or sunset?
Angst or humor?
A little of both makes a nice story
Tea or coffee?
Wine or beer?
Wine, but I’d rather have a shot of Jack Daniels.
Cake or pie?
One of each, please.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
A little gray moustache is nice.
Blue-collar or white collar?
Oh, honey, I’m redneck all the way to my bones!
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?
Car, definitely. Vintage if possible. I like 63 Corvettes and 59 Caddy’s.
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author and RITA Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than seventy books. She has written historical single title, historical series, contemporary series and single titles, cowboy romance and women’s fiction. These days she is concentrating on her two loves: romantic women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She and her husband, a retired English teacher, make their home in southern Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. When she’s not writing she likes to spend time in her back yard with her two cats, Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw and Chester Fat Boy, and watch them protect the yard from vicious critters like field mice, crickets and spiders.