Interview with Caroline Clemmons

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Narrowing to five is difficult. Julie Garwood's FOR THE ROSES and PRINCE CHARMING, Maggie Osborne's THE PROMISE OF JENNY JONES, Jodi Thomas' TO KISS A TEXAN, and Lorraine Heath's SWEET LULLABY. Each is a western historical, and each of the main characters were unforgettable.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am an eclectic reader of romance, romantic suspense, paranormal, romantic comedy, cozy mysteries, and mysteries. My favorites are western historical romance and Regency romance--especially if they include humor such as Jacquie Rogers and Loretta Chase's novels. For romantic suspense, Geri Foster is my favorite author.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Mostly my Kindle, but I have many paperback books also. For research, I prefer paper copies. I love my Kindle because my books take up no room and are easy to carry with me wherever I go.
Describe your desk
My computer desk is a large corner unit in fake cherry with lots of cubbies and a top book shelf for research books. I love it and am happiest there. I also have a matching desk behind me. My office is small, but cozy. I have one window, my file cabinets, and a unit that was here when we bought the house. It's huge and would have to be sawn in half before it would go through the door. We just incorporated it into my storage. The top has glass doors so I can store my knick knacks there. I collect angels, nativity sets, and a particular type of ceramic figure my daughter finds for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Except for six years in Southern California as a small child, I grew up in West Texas. Now I write Texas settings almost exclusively (except for one novella, LONG WAY HOME). My dad used to tell us tales of his family coming to Texas from Georgia, and they fascinated me. I'm sure that fueled my love of Texas history. He also loved reading and encouraged me to read and write.
When did you first start writing?
In school. I loved English classes and essays. Then when I took journalism, I believed I'd found my field. My teacher was wonderful and I became editor and won some state prizes for my editorials.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My three latest books and a novella are set in the Palo Pinto Mountains a couple of hours west of Fort Worth. When my husband and I joined a historic tour years ago, we visited an historic ranch and I fell in love with it. I used the site as the ranch (with a different house) for BRAZOS BRIDE. The ranches in HIGH STAKES BRIDE, BLUEBONNET BRIDE, and TABITHA'S JOURNEY are near the first and the fictional town of Radford Springs and fictional county of Radford. The ranch is actually in Palo Pinto and Young Counties.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was published by one of the "big six" New York house, then by The Wild Rose Press. I became an indie author to have full control of the publishing process. The NY publisher did me an injustice, but I loved The Wild Rose Press staff and other authors. Indie simply gives me more control of my books and I love that, as well as the increased royalties.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easier to publish a story once and have it fed to all vendors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing the people in my head with readers. If readers respond, I am over the moon. I love writing and would write even if no one ever read my stories, but sharing them with people who enjoy them is my goal.
What advice do you have for unpublished authors?
1. Study the craft
2. Join a writers group in person or online
3. Get a small critique group of three or four people who can critique your work without being cruel or personal. Choose people who are strong in your weak areas and who can be constructive.
4. Never give up. Don't let anyone steal your dream!
What are you working on next?
I'm writing the third book of the Kincaid series and then I plan to write three connected time travels. I have so many ideas for books, I'll have to live to be two hundred to write them all.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

The Most Unsuitable Courtship
Series: The Kincaids, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,150. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Storm Kincaid wants justice; Rena Dmitriev wants vengeance. Storm secures a temporary appointment as Federal Marshal so he can trail and capture the killers of his best friend and his friend's wife. Rena survived by hiding while the same men murdered her elderly husband. Storm intends to take her to town where she will be safe. Along the way,they discover a powerful and passionate love.
The Texan's Irish Bride
Series: The McClintocks, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,580. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Cenora Rose O’Neill knows her father somehow arranged the trap for Dallas, but she agrees to wed the handsome stranger. She wonders if the handsome man will keep her and her eccentric family. Texas rancher Dallas McClintock had no plans to wed, but he's a man of his word. Passionate nights convince him that part of marriage is perfect. His crazy inlaws are a constant problem.
Out Of The Blue
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,590. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Deirdre Dougherty never cursed at anyone, much less put a curse on the potato crop of her remote Irish village. She’d rather take her chances with the Atlantic lapping at the bottom of the cliff than the mob intent on burning her as they have her cottage. Deirdre leaps . . . and plops down over 160 years later in a Texas lake.
Almost Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,000. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
After the death of his wife, Link Dixon and his son, Jason, move from Dallas back to Link's hometown. The change means a downgrade from PD detective to low man on the deputy sheriff totem pole. Link would do anything to restore a smile to his solemn son's face. But what Link thought of as Mayberry may be Miami Vice. What's happened to his hometown?
Happy Is The Bride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,860. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
New cover, sweet romantic comedy Beth Pendleton is tired of the gossip her three failed engagements--each arranged by her pompous father--have created. Mason Whittaker never believed he’d be able to marry her. Her proposal astonished and pleased him. But wait...did she mention love? Murphy’s Law is working overtime as Beth and Mason battle outside forces to create their happily ever after.
The Most Unsuitable Husband
Series: The Kincaids, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,270. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sarah Kincaid is determined her life will not end like her mother's, with a few straggly mourners. She will make a difference to lives. On her way home to Texas, she encounters rougish Nate Bartholomew and recruits his help saving three orphans. She feels like a rabbit waiting for the wolf-like Nate to pounce, but she's thinks she'd enjoy the result. Can she convince him to remain?
The Most Unsuitable Wife
Series: The Kincaids, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,630. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Tall, bossy Pearl with her ragtag siblings and questionable cousin may not be a suitable wife for Drake, but Drake and Pearl learn that love--with a breathtaking dose of passion--overcomes danger and other obstacles to make their marriage a true romance.
Be My Guest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,980. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nothing stops Aurora O'Shaunessy--nothing short of a Texas flash flood, that is. This independent city woman has an inner fire to match her flaming auburn hair. When rancher Will Harrison rescues her from the flood, he falls head over heels for her. He intends to convince her to move out of the fast lane and into his life--forever.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,220. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A blizzard can’t quench the fiery heat of passionate attraction. Holly only intended to get a little of her own back from Trent, not get them lost in the worst blizzard in decades. A snowstorm can’t keep them apart once their passions ignite. But can people from such different worlds find true love?