Please give Christine Rimmer a warm welcome this morning! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her latest Harlequin Special Edition, Marooned with the Maverick.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Christine Rimmer] Passionate about family & friends, romance, reading books & writing them. Endlessly grateful for the Pacific Northwest and Chocolate Creme Oreos.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Marooned with the Maverick?
[Christine Rimmer] I’ll let this 4 1/2 star review from Debbie Haupt at RT BOOKReviews do that for me:
“Bad boy, renegade and eternal bachelor Collin Traub and good-girl schoolmarm Willa Christensen are lifetime adversaries who have always secretly lusted for one another. When the worst flood their town of Rust Creek, Montana has ever seen brings them together, they indulge publicly in their attraction under the scrutiny of the town’s prying eyes. When things take a serious turn, Willa must decide if he’s worth the risk of heartbreak and Collin must figure out if he’s ready for forever. Rimmer’s romance is a pleasure to read, filled with belly laughs and a tragedy that gives the tale its realism, as well as a bucolic setting that radiates small-town wholesomeness.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Christine Rimmer] We are talking Montana Mavericks here. Harlequin Books has been publishing this ongoing series for years now and readers love these stories. Marooned with the Maverick kicks off a six-book Montana Mavericks subseries in Harlequin Special Edition called Rust Creek Cowboys. Each of the six books will be written by a different Special Edition author. The basic idea for Marooned with the Maverick and the five stories that follow it was developed by Marcia Book Adirim, a former Harlequin editor who now freelances for Harlequin. I love Marcia’s story setups. They’re always fun to work with and get me thinking of ways I might make the story mine. In this case, Marcia gave me the bad boy and the schoolteacher—and the flood of the century that nearly wipes out the small town of Rust Creek Falls. I took it from there, developing the backstories for the main characters and giving them a past with each other that has made them adversaries all their lives. Also, I enjoyed working with the other five authors on this project, getting the details of the town of Rust Creek Falls right, and setting up future heroes and heroines so that readers can’t wait to read their stories.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Willa?
[Christine Rimmer] Determined passionate schoolteacher
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Collin had a theme song, what would it be?
[Christine Rimmer] Probably Eminem’s I’M NOT AFRAID. Not because he’s breaking free of addiction, but because he’s breaking free of his own out-grown image of himself and becoming the leader he was meant to be.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Willa is never without.
[Christine Rimmer] Her dog, Buster—well, except when he wanders off.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Collin’s bedroom?
[Christine Rimmer] A Barbie Doll, lace curtains, Willa Christensen (at least not when the book opens.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Willa’s greatest regret?
[Christine Rimmer] That she wasn’t braver sooner. But she’s working on that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Christine Rimmer] Don’t know where to start. There are waaayyy too many. Hans Christian Anderson, The Brothers Grimm, Louisa May Alcott, the Brontes, Lawrence Durrell, Colette, Sandra Brown, LaVyrle Spencer, Lisa Gregory, Susan Mallery. The list is endless…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Christine Rimmer] Iced Tea, my Eye Candy Board and a computer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Christine Rimmer] I would say Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley. Now there is a voice like no other.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Christine Rimmer] Little Women
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Christine Rimmer] Read, shop, cook dinner with my husband.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Christine Rimmer] My website, www.christinerimmer.com, and facebook, https://www.facebook.com/christine.rimmer.5?ref=tn_tnmn, and I have a group blog with other Special Edition authors, http://specialeditionauthors.com/.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!!
About the book:
Rust Creek Ramblings
Seducing the Schoolteacher?
We apologize, dear readers, for our brief hiatus in publication. The offices of the Rust Creek Rambler were damaged in the Great Flood, but we are now filing our reports from a bar stool at the Ace in the Hole. And do we have scandalous news for you!
We have it on good authority that during the storm, gorgeous rapscallion Collin Traub was stranded with our beloved kindergarten teacher Willa Christensen—alone. In a barn. Overnight. No one knows why, but Willa could barely stand the sight of Collin before. And now? Oh, readers—we don’t like to kiss and tell. But our sources tell us that the sexy Rust Creek cowboy has set his sights on lassoing the sweet schoolmarm…for good!
About the author:
Christine Rimmer has written more than eighty contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. A reader favorite, Christine’s stories consistently appear on national bestseller lists, including the USA TODAY and BOOKSCAN lists. She has won Romantic Times BOOKreview’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Silhouette Special Edition. She has been nominated six times for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and four times for Romantic Times Series Storyteller of the Year.
Christine lives in Oregon with her family, loves her work and plans to go on writing romance for years to come. Visit her at www.christinerimmer.com