Today I’m interviewing Morgan K Wyatt .Her book, Escaping West is a historical romance a March 2013 release.
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
The book starts during Reconstruction. Kitty Hamilton is afraid she’ll end up an old maid, because there are precious few available men in the area. She’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit, which sends her fleeing the state dressed as a boy. Escaping is her principle concern until she encounters handsome gambler, Nick Kennedy.
Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?
Escaping West is a historical romance that embraces adventure, new frontiers, pushing boundaries, and courageous individuals.
I also have five contemporary romances with Secret Cravings. I have two romantic suspense tales coming out with Secret Cravings this year.
My current WIP is a young adult paranormal time traveler tale with romantic elements.
How did this story come to be?
Escaping West is my original story that included everything I found fascinating about the west from gold rushes, U.S. Marshals, flashy gamblers, mail order brides and even bathhouses. The Rebel Heart series, which came first time-wise, was written later after Escaping West.
Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold?
I sold contemporaries before the historical romances. Escaping West came after publish eight other novels.
What is your writing routine like?
I usually write in the morning, edit in the afternoon, and do promos, email, and website in the evening.
What character is most like you or least like you?
In Escaping West, I find I am a bit like Kitty who often acts impulsively and pays the consequences later.
What most inspires you in life?
My husband inspires my writing. Most of my heroes have similar traits to him. He wrote almost all the male dialogue in Unexpected Cougar.
He maintains my author website. This amazing man is actually spending his vacation at the RWA Conference in Atlanta.
BOOK BLURB (Setup: Kitty fled the saloon with Nick’s saddlebags thinking she’s throwing off the bad guy.)
Why did she do such an impulsive, stupid thing? She knew why even if she didn't want to admit it was something in his kisses. Then there was his voice, low, intimate calling her name.
“Kit, where are you?”
She could even hear it as if he was nearby. Amazing, Kitty shook her head bemused until she heard the voice again.
Her imagination must be working overtime. Duke whickered loud and hard. She started to tell him to hush when she heard boot steps on the gravel. Freezing in place, Kitty strained to hear the approaching footsteps.
"Kitty, it's me, Nick. Where are you?"
Letting go of the breath she'd been holding, Kitty took another breath before calling out. "I'm over here in the hole. Be careful."
"I'm coming, sweetheart." He called back, his boot heels scrambling for purchase over the rocks.
He'd called her sweetheart. She sighed then she accidentally put her weight on the wrong foot. "Ouch!"
"What, honey?” Nick called out in a voice that sounded a little closer.
"Hurry," Kitty managed through clenched teeth. He was there before she knew it. Deftly jumping into the hole and wrapping her in his arms, accidentally battering her already savaged ankle.
"Ouch, watch it," she complained.
"I didn't expect undying gratitude, but something like my hero might not be out of line," Nick commented laughingly.
"Thank you, Nick. I am grateful. I hurt my ankle when I fell into the hole." Kitty snuggled into Nick's shoulder appreciative of his warmth and inhaled deeply, enjoying the smell of worn leather and clean male.
Nick paced around the small hole with Kitty in his arms. He dragged his boot toe around the edge trying to find a way up or out.
"Well, darling, looks like I am going to have to toss you up," Nick acknowledged.
"What," Kitty squeaked. "Toss me where?"
"I looked, and there seems to be no easy way out of here. It’s up to you. Once you're up, I need you to tie the rope to the saddle horn on Duke's saddle and back him up. Once I get a hold of the rope, pull me up. Can you manage?"
Kitty had her doubts as she felt Nick's voice vibrate through the clothing separating the two of them. In the end, tossing seemed to be her only hope of getting out, and she imagined Nick was a good tosser. Naturally, he would be good at everything.
A little bit about the author.
Morgan K Wyatt, raised on a steady diet of superheroes, believed she could fly at a very young age. After using trees, barn lofts, sliding boards, and even a second story window as launch pads, she found her flying skills were limited to fast and downward. By the age of nine, her dreams to be a superhero needed some modifications, which caused her to turn to writing and horseback riding as alternatives to flying.
At the age of twenty, she had another chance at superhero greatness as being one of the few female soldiers trained for combat. The fact that women will be able to serve in combat soon indicates that all the witnesses to the grenade incident have retired. The grenade incident didn’t prevent her two sons or daughter-in-law from enlisting in the service. Having different last names probably helped.
Morgan recently retired from teaching special needs students to write fulltime, instead of in the wee hours of the night. With the help of her helpful husband and loyal hound, she creates characters who often grab plot lines and run with them. As for flying, she prefers the airlines now.
How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can purchase my book directly from my author page with links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Secret Cravings
Readers can follow me on twitter @MorganKWyatt
I also do free books promos for other writers on www.writerwonderland.weebly.com
(Details are on the About page)
Just a few fun questions to answer if you don’t mind.
1) Who’s the last person you talked to on the phone?
2) What is your favorite board game?
21B Baker Street (similar to Clue)
3) What is the book you are reading?
I am reading Goddess of Love by P.C. Cast
4) When is the last time you laughed?
Screamed, hooted and shrieked the other night watching The Middle.
5) What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I love the beach, especially at sunrise when no one else is there.
6) Movies- horror or comedy?
7) Ride a bike or take a walk?
Walk—too many bike accidents
Thank you for allowing me to interview you here at Heart of Romance. Good luck to you in your future!!!