Today I’m interviewing Charlene Raddon. She’s the author of The Scent of Roses, a western historical romance with a gorgeous cover. Thanks for answering my questions, Charlene!
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1) Please tell us about yourself.
Well, my story differs some from the average author. I didn’t grow up wanting to write. I sort of fell into it by accident. I woke from a vivid dream I knew had to be in a book, dragged out a portable typewriter and started writing. It took me nine years to learn my craft and finish that first book, which turned out not to be salable because they weren’t buying time travels then. An agent recommended I write an ordinary romance, get it published and then maybe I could write what I really wanted to write which were more complicated stories no published wanted to take a chance on with a new author. I took her advice. The result was a historical romance set on the Oregon Trail entitled Brianna. That book won a contest so I entered it in the RWA Golden Heart Contest and ended up being a finalist. That got me an agent, which won me a contract with Zebra Books. I wrote five books for them which were published in paperback. They’re out of print now, so I’ve been getting them turned into e-books. Four are already available and the fifth will be released in November. My work has won or placed in several contests and one of my books received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination.
2) Tell us about your book.
The Scent of Roses is a western historical romance set in in a small mining town in Arizona near the Utah border. Rosalyn Delaney is in trouble and hires a detective to help her find her missing husband in the hope that he can help her. She arrives at his home, Rose House. only to learn he has just been murdered. The killer is supposedly his business partner, Whip Kincaid, who has disappeared. Rosalyn learns she had inherited half of the house. The other half belongs to Kincaid. Since she has no money, she decided to stay at Rose House, even after she receives nightly visits from rather charming ghost. Whip Kincaid had hoped to begin a new life in Whiskey Ridge, Arizona with his young daughter. Now, wanted for a murder he didn’t commit, and forced to hide in his own home, he must find the real killer, but how with Rosalyn in the house and a posse camped outside? He tries to scare Rosalyn away, but she doens’t scare easily and soon he isn’t sure he wants her to leave, especially since she would take his heart with her.
3) What inspired you to write The Scent of Roses?
The house described in The Scent of Roses is one I once lived in. It was a beautiful house, turn of the century, and I kept thinking there ought to be hidden passageways there. So I created my own and put them in my book. At the time I lived there, I didn’t know I would end up beng a writer. I had looked forward to painting the lovely scenery of Utah after I relocated there, but never picked up a brush again. Instead I began creating the pictures in my head with words.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
I spend nearly all day, every day at the computer, but not always writing. I also do a lot of graphics, designing book covers and digital scrapbooks. I’m also very into genealogy. But I’d say I spend probably 3-4 hours a day writing or editing.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Well, I’ve already met some of my favorite authors, at conferences and such, but I’d love to meet Penelope Williamson, Larry McMurtry, and Louis L’Amour (if he were alive). I would also love to spend time getting to know some of the authors I have met, like Maggie Osborn, Lynn Kurland, Susan Wiggs, Kristin Hannah, and Jodie Thomas.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m re-editing a book from my backlist which is scheduled to be released as an e-book in November. It’s a western historical romance and one of the most pleasurable books I’ve written. I giggled through much of it as I wrote. The title is Taming Jenna. It was published in 1994 by Zebra Books but is out of print.
Thanks for the interview!
The Scent of Roses
Author: Charlene Raddon
Genre: Western historical romance
A woman’s smile . . .
Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover that her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincaid, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay–even though she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost” . . .
A ghost’s siss . . .
Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincaid had hoped he could make a fresh start in Whiskey Ridge and open a saloon with his friend Josiah. Now, as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed . . . unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plan to sneak out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is his first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life — especially when she’ll take his heart with her.
Charlene Raddon began her fiction career in the third grade when she announced in Show & Tell that a baby sister she never had was killed by a black widow spider. She often penned stories featuring mistreated young girls whose mother accused of crimes her sister had actually committed. Her first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when she woke up from a vivid dream that compelled her to drag out a portable typewriter and begin writing. She’s been at it ever since. An early love for romance novels and the Wild West led her to choose the historical romance genre but she also writes contemporary romance. At present, she has five books published in paperback by Kensington Books (one under the pseudonym Rachel Summers), and four eBooks published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Charlene’s awards include: RWA Golden Heart Finalist, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination, Affair de Coeur Magazine Reader/Writer Poll for Best Historical of the Year. Her books have won or place in several contests.
Currently, Charlene is working on her next release.
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