Monday, January 14, 2013

Interview with Romance Author Caroline Clemmons


Caroline writes full time from her home in rural North Central Texas where she lives with her Hero husband and their menagerie of rescued pets. After publishing twelve novels and three novellas, Caroline has plans for many more books in the future. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys family time, traveling with her Hero, genealogy and family history, and browsing antique malls and estate sales. 


Caroline Clemmons writes Romance, Mystery, and Adventure!

Welcome back to my blog, Caroline. Please tell us about your book, Bluebonnet Bride.

BLUEBONNET BRIDE is the third in the Men of Stone Mountain series, set in North Central Texas on the Brazos River. This is near the current site of Possum Kingdom Lake in the Palo Pinto Mountains. Most people would call them hills, but they are genuine mountains due to the formation. Comanche named them Palo Pinto because of the scrub oaks changing fall colors. Sheriff Joel Stone is the eldest of the Stone brothers, and the most serious in demeanor. In this book we learn that, while he appears businesslike, he has humorous internal dialogue. Rosalyn Vandagraff is posing as Rosalyn Dumas (her mother’s maiden name) and was wrongly accused of poisoning her husband and sentenced to hang. She lives in fear she will be discovered and sent back to the gallows.

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

I had the little movie in my head of Rosalyn some time back, but hadn’t slotted her into a book until I discovered Joel. They fit together so well because she is fearful of the law and he’s the sheriff. She is different from any heroine I’ve written before, which is always a good thing. 

I had the inspiration for the Men of Stone Mountain and the Stone brothers several years ago when I visited the historic Belding-Gibson Ranch. It’s a beautiful ranch, still large even after years of being divided among heirs. The original cabin remains and has been incorporated into the ranch house to preserve it. The Gibsons have done a beautiful job of respecting their heritage. Barbara Belding Gibson wrote an interesting book about the ranch, PAINTED POLE, which I have used for additional research.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Even though I write this time period frequently, there is still a good bit of research involved with each new story. For this one, for instance, I was happy to learn that home sewing machines were adequate for Rosalyn’s use as a dressmaker. I’ve researched a lot of poisons for this series, as I wanted poisons that were easily available naturally.

Of course, we also have the Internet. I’d hate to be without Google, wouldn’t you? But Internet information must be double-checked to be certain it is correct. Only my characters and the town are fictional, I intend my books to be as factual as possible. That’s why I research every aspect of the story.

That’s wonderful. I love learning what an author researches for stories. You love to write western “sweet” or mildly sensual romances with adventure, murder, and mayhem. What intrigues you most about writing love stories with adventure?

A ticking clock or a threat adds to my enjoyment in reading a book, and that’s what I want my readers to experience. My goal is for readers to have an escalating ride that leaves them unable to stop reading until the end, but happy with the way the book turns out. I write the kind of book I enjoy reading, and I hope my readers are satisfied and want to read my next book.

I, also, love to read stories that have adventure with a bit of romance. The adventure puts me on the edge of my sit at times and it’s hard to put down. Thank you, Caroline, for this wonderful interview. Every week I have a new book giveaway so stop by often.

56 comments:

Caroline Clemmons said...

Linda, thank you so much for hosting me today.

debbie curto said...

Would love to win and read this book

Meghan said...

Love a good romance! And, I love that cover!

Thanks!

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spangldlady said...

Really would love to win this book. I love this genre and I know it must be a good one. Please enter my name. Blessings! Darlene
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Barbara Shelton said...

The cover is very inviting and I'd pick this book up to read the back immediately. The story seems fascinating. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

In Christian Joy,
Barb Shelton
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Sarah Hayes said...

This looks like a good book! Id love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway skhayes15 at yahoo dot com

Mary Preston said...

As a reader I always appreciate all the research. It must be a lot of hard work & I dare say fun.

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Chelle Thompson said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Gail Pallotta said...

This sounds like a good mystery set in an intriguing background.
Congratulations! I can't help but be curious as to whether or not she poisoned her husband. She's in a bad spot, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book!
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Linda Marie Finn said...

What a wonderful giveaway ! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.
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laurie said...

This looks like a good book! Id love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway

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Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Sacha Schroeder said...

Good interview! Thank you for sharing! Sacha Schroeder sschroeder@windstream.net

ℓυfι said...

Good interview C: !
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Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Great giveaway! I love this hop!Thanks!
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Ollie said...

Thank you,

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Jenny said...

Thanks for doing all that research! Its nice to read a book and relate to real life. Also thanks for the giveaway!

Jenny Newton

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SueFitz said...

great prize

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Jeanne M said...

Great Giveaway! Click - Post - Thank You - Where's the catch? - There isn't one! DONE!!!

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Leslie Galloway said...

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Dena McMurdie said...

I love romance books! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Josie Hink said...

Sounds like a great book..Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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Cassandra said...

Sounds interesting :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Carra Copelin said...

Linda and Caroline, Great interview. I love all your stories, Caroline. Your research is evident through out. I'm eagerly awaiting, Bluebonnet Bride!

rubynreba said...

Bluebonnet Bride looks like a very good book.
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Barbara Platt said...

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Farhana said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Vicky CK said...

They say the poison is the favored weapon of "not in the moment" women murders. I have no clue if that is true? But as an avid read of historical fiction (both reg & romances) I often wonder about the men who use to investigate these situations & how they felt/dealt with the women suspects. The different attitudes even 50 years ago made it hard to question women, much less 1900's.

P.S. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Tania said...

Love Romance!! Cover looks cool!!
Thanks for having this giveaway
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Caroline Clemmons said...

Ladies, thank you for your lovely comments. I appreciate each one.

tina reynolds said...

thanks for the chance
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Karen said...

Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I have read two of the Men of Stone Mountain series, Brazos River Bride and High Stakes Bride. I loved both books and can hardly wait for this one to become available.
Mary
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K. April Holgate said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I kinda miss answering a question! LOL
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kimberly holgate said...

thanks for the hop
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Sindy said...

Thanks for the giveaway
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bashashhazbaz said...

my wife would love this book. good luck on the giveaway!

Ashtrie Karana Putrie said...

romance.... *put smile on face*

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LAWonder said...

I love clean romances and mysteries! Thank you so much for the giveaways. We really love the fun opportunities to win so many wonderful books by wonderful authors.
I would love to win this book. I really prefer hard copies to kindles.
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bn100 said...

Nice inspiration.

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camp3369 said...

I would love to read it!! Hope I win!
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Brooke said...

Thanks for a great interview and giveaway.

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Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Solarride Rivernik said...

Would love to read this book,sounds like joy reading!

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tracey said...

thanks
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Betty C said...

I love this kind of story. I sure hope I win it.

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Michelle S. said...

I thought it was interesting about doing research for the book.

Michelle Dement said...

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Melissa said...

Thank you!
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Gwen LTP said...

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Ruth Hill said...

Sounds good!
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beemama said...

This is a wonderful interview. The book sounds like an interesting read.
Shirley
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Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Thanks, everyone, for participating in this book giveaway. The author has selected ten winners. They are:
Ashtrie Kurana Putrie
Vicky Kerr
Jennie Newton
Mary Preston
Barb Shelton
Gail Pallotta
Darlene
Debbie Curto
Dena McMurdie
Tania Kwong
Congratulations!