Roxanne Snopek is celebrating the release of her new book, Three River Ranch. Please welcome her to the virtual offices today!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Roxanne Snopek] Artistic, driven, solitary, peacekeeper, INFP + a dash of OCD & ADHD. Also, Scorpio Sun/Moon/Mercury/Neptune, so stand back when I get mad.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Three River Ranch?
[Roxanne Snopek] It’s a romance for people who don’t like reading romance! At least, that’s what reviewers are saying. It’s the story of two ordinary people with good but wounded hearts, who want to save the world and end up rescuing each other.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Roxanne Snopek] I love cowboys, so Carson was just a natural character to write. But instead of a traditional riding-the-range kind of guy, I made him a conservationist with a passion for saving the wild mustangs. The setting and world of Three River Ranch came alive for me as soon as I had this tiny bit, and the rest sort of evolved… a bit like a photo coming into focus.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rory?
[Roxanne Snopek] Authentic. Resilient. Selfless.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Carson would never have in his bathroom?
[Roxanne Snopek] Hm. Great question. He doesn’t buy aerosols. He doesn’t use products that have been tested on animals. Also, no harsh cleaning products! He’s a baking-soda-and-vinegar kind of guy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Carson had a theme song, what would it be?
[Roxanne Snopek] “Born to be Wild”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Rory’s most prized possession?
[Roxanne Snopek] Well, she loves her dog, Mistral, although she argues vehemently that animals are companions, not “possessions.” So, as far as inanimate objects, she has a crimson wrap that she wears to go out with Carson. The rich color and fabric are flattering, even for a pregnant woman!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Roxanne Snopek] Naturally, I’m a voracious reader and have been all my life. So books and writers, probably. There’s a book by the late Madeleine L’Engle called “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art” that touched me deeply about a decade ago. Stephen King’s “On Writing” is just great, even for non-writers. Barbara Kingsolver’s “Poisonwood Bible” is the kind of book that, in my ideal life, I’d have the skill and wisdom and heart and maturity to write.
Then, of course, there’s Allie Brosh and her blog Hyperbole and a Half. Probably the funniest stuff I’ve ever read. A true outside-the-box thinker, a hilarious writer and artist. Go there. You won’t be sorry. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Roxanne Snopek] Quiet. A non-sticky floor. Matrimonial cake. (I always order this if I’m in a coffee shop, but no one makes it like my mom…. dates…. oatmeal….mmm.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Roxanne Snopek] I just finished “Don’t Say a Word” by Barbara Freethy and it was great! Suspenseful, fast-paced, great mix of romance and thriller.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Roxanne Snopek] “Hurry Home Candy” by Meindert DeJong and “Jennie” by Paul Gallico. Both are stories of animals lost and in need of rescuing, which explains one aspect of my writing. And both end well, which explains the romance, I suppose. I don’t mind crying in a book, but I cannot bear unhappy endings. Oops. You said one book. Oh well…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Roxanne Snopek] I love to play in the dirt, making stuff grow if I can, pruning it or digging it out if I can’t. I like hiking through crunchy leaves with my dogs. I dabble in painting from time to time – big, splashy canvases that I stencil quotes on. I enjoy baking, but my doctor says I have to lay off starches, dang it. Also, I love to watch TV (can I admit that??) Right now I’m totally into The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Castle and am about to start watching Sons of Anarchy. I was a staunch ER fan before it ended, and St. Elsewhere before that. I LOVED Firefly. Big Bang Theory cracks me up and I still happen onto the occasional Friends episode I haven’t seen.
Oh, and I *love* Bikram yoga. Yoga of all kinds, really, but something about the heat really works for me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Roxanne Snopek] www.roxannesnopek.ca
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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Roxanne Willems Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.