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NEVER TRUST A PRETTY WOLF
1.What expertise did you bring to your writing? No one’s ever asked me this before. Thanks so much for an original question! I’m a college graduate so this gives me some expertise with the written word, but I think the fact that I’m a reader is where most of it comes from. My mother loved reading, and she taught my sister and me to love it too. She started taking us to the public library when we were like in the first grade. I learned a lot about words and how they might go together that way. I also got a sense of what sounded right and what didn’t.
2.What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio? I love animals, but most of my books don’t have animals in them, a thing I need to fix. All of my animals-two dogs and two cats-are either strays, rescues, or from the animal shelter.
I’m appalled at the casual, inhumane way some people treat animals. When I retire I plan to be active in animal rescue.
3.As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans? In the short run, I’m revising a sequel to Return Engagement. I hope to submit it by the end of the summer. I’m also trying my hand at writing romantic comedy. I have a book started that I think is promising. Long term, I hope to increase my readership and keep on writing.
4.If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? I think I’d like to be Liesel Wolf from Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. I admire Liesel because she faced all that life threw at her with courage and determination. She never gave up even though she had plenty of reason to. Life is no picnic. Having such courage and resourcefulness helps to smooth the bumps and pitfalls everyone encounters as they move throughout their life.
5.Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing? I don’t belong to a formal critique group, but I have a friend who’s an English teacher, and she looks at my writing. I think whether a critique group is valuable or not depends on the members of the group. If a writer isn’t careful about whom she listens to, her work will be so sanitized that the originality, the life is sucked right out of it.
6. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book? Yes, I’ve started a new project. I’m a contemporary romance writer, but I decided to try my hand at some other things as well. I hope it doesn’t confuse my readers! Anyway, I wrote an inspirational novel titled The Sentence which is published by Astraea Press. Then, I thought I’d see if I could write romantic comedy. The book I’m working on is tentatively called Fortuna. I don’t know if I’m funny or not, but I guess I’ll find out.
7. Do you have any family traditions or recipes you might like to share? Oh, my yes. One of my favorite traditions is our yearly beach trip. My sister who lives in Alaska flies down each year to spend the summer with me. She has a condo near Myrtle Beach, SC, so each year the entire family gathers for a week in the sun. While we’re there, we always have a family picture taken. This year we dressed in any combination of blue and white. Last year everyone wore hats and khaki and white. She flew home two weeks ago, and I miss her something awful.
8. What is your favorite reality show? I like The Deadliest Catch. One of my friends said that surprised her because she never thought of me as a crab fisher kind of person. I like the show for the same reasons I liked Liesel Wolf. I think it takes a lot of courage to go out on those boats. This past season one guy got his finger cut off. The waves are scary too the way they wash over the deck. If you go overboard, they only have minutes to get you out before you freeze.
9. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book? For my heroine Liesel Wolf, the black moment comes when her darkest, scariest fear comes true. Not only is her freedom and maybe her life in jeopardy, but she also finds that Andy, the man she loves, has been hiding a truly dreadful secret. Once she knows what Andy did she runs away, only to find that she can’t leave him behind because... Nope. Can’t tell you anything else.
10. If you were a casting director for the film version of your book, who would play your lead roles? I think I’d pick Mila Kunis for the role of Liesel. I thought she did so well in Black Swan. She’s pretty like Liesel, but when you look at her face, it seems that she has the inner strength needed to do what Liesel Wolf did. For Andy Bryce, I’d say Matthew McConaughey. He looks pretty much like I imagined Andy would look, tall, muscular, and fearless. For my villain, William Wolf, I think Christian Bale is perfect, but he has to wear an expensive, tailored suit and be clean shaven.
Liesel Wolf has a secret, a dangerous secret she’ll go to any lengths to conceal. When she’s paired in a charity game with sexy marshal Andy Bryce, a man with secrets of his own, her carefully constructed world comes crashing down, and Liesel’s on a collision course with her past.
Orange flames shot skyward, greedily licking at the amber‑colored logs, while smoke filled the air and almost choked him even at that distance.
He drove as close to the house as he thought he safely could and roared, “Liesel! Where are you?” He laid down on the horn, but nobody came running to meet him.
He ran all the way around the house, but he didn’t see her anywhere. She must still be inside! As hot air seared his eyes and face, he fell back from the force of the blaze. A solid wall of intense, voracious flames blocked the front door, but an outside staircase leading to a second‑floor balcony was still passable.
He ripped off his shirt and tied it around his mouth and nose, then dashed up the steps to the balcony. Smoke billowed and swirled against all of the windows. He stared inside but the smoke prevented him from seeing anything. With no warning the window burst outward, spraying his chest with glass and barely missing his face. Hot sparks pelted his bare skin, raising water blisters, while small shards of glass worked their way into his skin.
He saw a set of French doors in the center of the balcony. It looked like the most likely spot to enter the upstairs. He kicked out the glass near the doorknob and flung the door open. Smoke billowed out in black, thick, suffocating clouds, but the room hadn’t caught fire yet.
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writer’s of America and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. At present she teaches high school social studies.
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