My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet some of the authors I know, so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about. I have to warn you though – creativity is contagious!
Today’s guest is Stephanie Berget, author of Radio Rose and her upcoming release Gimme Some Sugar. She writes about cowboys because she knows them well!
Stephanie Berget was born loving horses, developing a lifelong love of rodeo when she married her Bronc Rider. She and her husband traveled throughout the Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses. She started writing to put a realistic view of rodeo and ranching into western romance. Stephanie and her husband live on a farm located along the Oregon/Idaho border, where they raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie, and two Munchkin cats, Magic and Martin.
What’s involved in barrel racing? How did you get started with it? S: Barrel racing is a rodeo event for women. The horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time possible. My folks are city people, but I have loved horses as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to have some very knowledgeable barrel horse trainers help me early on. I married a Bronc rider and we’ve rodeoed and trained barrel and rope horses ever since.
How did you learn about farming? S: My husband has a farming background. In 1990 we bought a hay and cattle farm in a small Idaho town and the rest of my training was on the job. At one time, I raised over sixty day old calves a year, bottle feeding them until they were old enough to eat hay and grain.
Do you have a favourite quote or piece of advice? S: I have two. Do you want to be right or do you want to have peace? and What would you do if you knew you would not fail? I keep coming back to these two and they’re always dead-on.
I love that. Especially the second one – imagine the possibilities if failing wasn’t an option! What’s your favourite thing about writing? S: I love watching characters come to life, see their personalities come alive. In my latest book, Radio Rose, people kept jumping from my brain to the page. I never knew who was going to show up next. So much fun.
And Rose is a fun character! If you had to pick a song to be your theme song what would it be? S: Cowboy Take Me Away by the Dixie Chicks
What would you pick as a superpower? S: I’m scared of heights, but I’d love to be able to fly.
What’s your favourite dessert? S: Cheesecake with cherries on top. There’s nothing better.
Radio Rose knows Martians aren’t real.
As a DJ for a late night talk show about aliens, she’d never admit to being a non-believer. Talking to crazies all night isn’t the perfect job for most people, but she’s happy with her solitary life. Until a middle of the night car crash and a blow to the head has her temporarily mistaking a stranger for a real life extra-terrestrial.
Adam Cameron, raised by his narcissistic grandfather for most of his childhood, made his escape from Tullyville, Colorado the day he turned eighteen. Forced to return ten years later for the reading of his grandfather’s will, he’s about to be pulled into a contest for a vast fortune and the future of a town he’d just as soon forget.
The small town of Tullyville is right next to Trinidad, Colorado, known as the sex change capital of the world, something neither Rose or Adam realized, but use to help their cause.
Relationships aren’t one of Rose’s strong points. Hell, she mistook the hot stranger for an alien the first time they met, but Adam needs help and she’s the woman to help him–maybe. In a town filled with new found friends, Rose has to decide how far she’s willing to go to trust the loner.
It’s a fun read. HERE is the buy link for Radio Rose.
Stephanie, thanks so much for stopping by today! It was a pleasure meeting you. I can’t wait for your next book – Gimme Some Sugar. I saw the cover and wow – it’s looks great!! Happy reading everyone 😀
My guest today is Susan B. James, author of Time and Forever, an adult time travel novel and several children’s books. Susan is a fellow Soul Mate author whom I met in NYC! We went to Sardi’s restaurant and ate from the actor’s menu!
Susan is an actor, writer, and a dreamer. Lots of those dreams came true.
Almost forty years, two children and a few grandchildren later, Susan’s pursuing old and new dreams. And new dreams are coming true. Time and Forever, her debut romance was a finalist in the 2015 Golden Quill for Best First Book and in the RONE Awards for best Time Travel Book (Congratulations!!)
Susan still acts whenever possible as Susan Berger, writes children’s books as Susan J. Berger and Second Chance romances with a touch of magic as Susan B. James. She’s busy revising Kate’s Hero (One four leaf clover. Two stubborn people. An elderly matchmaker with second sight. And a leprechaun with a mission. What could possible go wrong?) and Maybe This Time. (Another time travel romance.) A confirmed bookaholic, she is grateful to all the writers who enrich her lives with their stories.
Can you tell us about your life as an actor? What projects were you involved in? How did you start? S: I did my first professional season of summer stock when I was fifteen. I was in love with every part of the production: the acting, the sets, the costumes, the props. I majored in Theatre in College and Graduate School. It wasn’t till I left college that I decided I wanted to pursue the acting side of it exclusively. I did a lot of repertory theatre, the National Tours of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown and finally my dream job – a Broadway musical – The Robber Bridegroom in 1976.
The next year my husband and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and TV jobs. We did some theatre out here and then I got pregnant and Barry got the film Urban Cowboy. I decided that I didn’t want to pay someone else to raise our kids, so I stopped looking for acting jobs. I was on M*A*S*H and a couple of films during those years.
After we divorced I went back to looking, but it was difficult. I did a lot of improv and some very fun plays. I did end up on Hannah Montana in one episode, and this year I will be on Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. I think it is supposed to air in October. I’ve done several small independent projects. I’ve been studying improv again at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and also musical improvisation, which is wonderful fun.
That is very cool! I’ll have to look for the upcoming episode. Any advice for someone interested in pursuing acting? S: If you want to act, go to school. Work in Community theatre. Since both Barry and I were character actors, we got to play better parts in college. We had to age several years to be cast into those roles in the professional world. If you are serious about film and television, go to a good improv school.
I’ve always loved the quick wit of improv. You’ve started writing. How did that evolve? S: When I started writing, I concentrated on children’s picture books and one middle grade novel. My first picture book, which I wrote with my then ten-year-old son, Christopher Corbin, was published on his twenty-fifth birthday. I’ve always loved romance, but I never considered writing it until I wrote Time and Forever during NaNoWriMo. (I cannot recommend the NaNoWriMo adventure highly enough.)
I am the kind of writer known as a pantser. I didn’t know what was going to happen in the book, until my fingers and my brain connected. Then came three years of rewriting it. I’ve always loved time travel books, but I never thought I would write one. I did a LOT of time travel research during revision. As a writer, you get to make your own world, and your own time travel theory. The only hard and fast rule is that it must be believable to the reader.
A great way to be creative! You created an audiobook for Time and Forever. What was that process like? S: A member of my son Christopher’s musical improv team, Meaningful Touch read Time and Forever and loved it so much that she offered to narrate it. Stephanie Bentley is a professional narrator for ACX – audio book creation. She guided me through the process of setting up and account and hiring her. I was thrilled with the result.
It’s very exciting to have it on audio too. If you had to pick a song to be your theme song what would it be? S: Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper.
Of course! What would you pick as a superpower? S: I always wanted to be rich, thin, and telepathic.
Haha – sometimes it does take a superpower to be thin. What’s your favourite dessert? S: If I were to die tomorrow, I would want a slice of the Nickle Diner’s Smore’s Cake before the event.
I read Time and Forever and really enjoyed it! It was fun being transported back to 1969 and reminiscing about the music and the culture. Here’s what it’s about:
1969. Love was free, man walked on the moon, and Sherry and Lorena found the loves of their lives. Sherry shared a kiss that dreams were made of, with a stranger on the tube in London. And ran away. Lorena found the love of her life in Los Angeles and married him.
The present. Sherry’s a successful businesswoman with two grown sons. Lorena’s an actress on a popular sitcom. Sherry’s husband dumped her for a younger woman eighteen years ago. Lorena’s husband died of cancer.
Sherry wants a second chance at Love. Lorena doesn’t believe that’s possible. But when a glitch in a Virtual Reality Adventure game sends them back to the real 1969, anything can happen.
Susan, thanks so much for stopping by today! I’m so happy I met you in NYC 😀 I’m looking forward to your next time travel novel, Maybe this Time! Happy reading everyone 😀