[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Lauri! Can you describe yourself in five words or less.
[Lauri Robinson] A fun-loving and curious dreamer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Major’s Wife?
[Lauri Robinson] The Major’s Wife is set in 1878 Oklahoma Indian Territory. Army Major Seth Parker is dedicated to his commissioned post. Five years prior he married his commanding officer’s daughter, Rosemary, in a brief and secretive wedding, to save her from a scandal, before he headed west again. When Rosemary sends a telegram saying she’s traveling to the Indian Territory, Seth is instantly skeptical, and when she arrives, he believes it’s not his wife, but her sister Millie.
Millie St. Clair has been cleaning up her sister Rosemary’s messes her entire life, but Millie knows this one mess, this one deception, is the most devious and imperative one ever. She goes forward with the ruse, but the impact of her sham is soon felt, and grows perilous as she gets to know Seth. Realizing many more people may get caught in the cross-fire, she tries, but can’t find a way to Seth she’s not Rosemary, without him, too, getting hurt.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Lauri Robinson] The concept came about during a phone conversation with my editor. At the time I was working on another story, so I let this one ‘stew’ in my mind. All the while wondering how I could have a love story take place in a location where there weren’t any women. By the time I was ready to create the outline, Seth and Millie had formed in my mind. Once they ‘appeared’ I started asking questions, how, why, when, where, etc. After that, I started the research, and owe a lot of that to my nephew and his wife who live in Oklahoma. They visited historic Fort Sill and sent me an abundance of picture and information.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Lauri Robinson] I loved the setting right from the start. It allowed for some fun woman-in-a-man’s-world twists and turns. I also liked Millie and Seth from the start, and enjoyed watching them re-think all they thought they knew. I also enjoyed watching Millie’s confidence grow.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Lauri Robinson] That would be Millie. She was taking such a risk, traveling into untamed territory, all for the love of her sister, Rosemary, who wasn’t the nicest person.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Lauri Robinson] Country Roads Take Me Home. I’ve never been to West Virginia, but that song is me. As much as I enjoy traveling and seeing new places and things, I can never wait to be back home where ‘I belong’.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Lauri Robinson] There are several things in it, but the ONE thing, is my purse. I did that once and it didn’t turn out well. I was held hostage at the gas station while my husband ran home to get his billfold. We’d been doing yard work at the edge of our property, using the pickup to haul some rock from that area to a flower bed I was creating, and decided to run to the gas station for some gas for the lawn mower. AFTER pumping in the gas, my husband asked if I had my purse. I didn’t, and he didn’t have his bill fold, either. While he searched for change, I pointed out he was not going to find enough to cover the five gallons of gas he’d already pumped into the gas can. The attendant said I could leave my license with her and go home to get some money. I said if I had my license, I’d have my purse, and therefore money. She was a sweetie and offered me a ‘free fountain pop’ while waiting for hubby to return.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Lauri Robinson] A glass of ice tea, a tube of hand lotion, a picture of my granddaughters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Lauri Robinson] My great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, (or something like that) grandmother, Elizabeth Dicer-Tarr. She was accused of being a witch in the Salem witch trials, and jailed, but released.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Lauri Robinson] While putting away Christmas decorations, I came across a box of books and was overly delighted to see they were some oldies but goodies. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, The Women of Primrose Creek by Linda Lael Miller, The Calder Series by Janet Daily, and a several others. I believe they’d been my mother’s and I was thrilled to read them again. Newer ones on my Kindle have included, Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly, A Outlaw’s Christmas and A Lawman Christmas, both by Linda Lael Miller, and Back Where You Belong (The Honky Tonk Hearts Series) by Vonnie Davis.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Lauri Robinson] Spending time with our family—whether it’s an impromptu get-together or a planned party, it’s always lots of fun. I also love taking an afternoon to browse antique stores.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
WILL THE TRUTH SET THEM FREE?
Major Seth Parker knows his wife, and the woman standing before him isn’t her. The manipulative vixen who tricked his hand in marriage could never possess such innocence—nor get his heart racing like this!
Millie St. Clair has traveled halfway across the country to pull off one of the greatest deceptions ever. But with everything at stake it soon becomes clear that the hardest part might be walking away from the Major when it’s all over….
“A delightful western…humor, realism and sweet emotion.”—RT Book Reviews on Inheriting a Bride