Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop to the virtual offices this morning! Barbara is celebrating the release of A Cowboy’s Temptation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Barbara Dunlop] I write contemporary romance, most of it with a comedic slant. I live in northern Canada. And, though I write 3 – 4 books a year, I still have a day job that I enjoy very much.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Cowboy’s Temptation?
[Barbara Dunlop] A Cowboy’s Temptation is the fifth book in a six book series for Harlequin Desire titled Colorado Cattle Barons. The series centers around two families with deep roots in Colorado ranching country. In A Cowboy’s Temptation, rancher and current Mayor of Lyndon City, Seth Jacobs runs afoul of inn owner Darby Carroll over the extension of a railway into town. They battle for the hearts and minds of the townspeople, while fighting a growing attraction to each other that culminates in a secret affair. Cowboys are some of my favorite heroes, rugged, sexy, principled, so I’ve really enjoyed the writing I’ve done in this series.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Barbara Dunlop] It’s hard to go wrong with cowboys. And they seem to work extraordinarily well in the Desire line. I also have an affinity for writing sibling relationships, especially brothers. I love the way people who have known others their entire lives can manage push each other’s buttons. I started Colorado Cattle Barons with two brothers, fraternal twins, actually—Caleb and Reed Terrell. They’d been estranged since they were eighteen when their mother died. Both blamed their hard-nosed father for her illness and death. Caleb chose to leave the ranch, while Reed chose to stay and fight for his mother’s heritage. In the first story, Caleb returns to the ranch to confront his twin brother and falls in love with Mandy Jacobs, bringing the Jacobs family into the series. After that, there were many siblings, secret siblings, cousins and friends to choose from to carry the series forward.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Seth?
[Barbara Dunlop] He’s a cowboy, so rugged, sexy, principled.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Darby had a theme song, what would it be?
[Barbara Dunlop] Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Seth is never without.
[Barbara Dunlop] Seth is never without the multi-tool/knife on his belt. There are a million things a cowboy can fix with that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Darby’s bathroom?
[Barbara Dunlop] You won’t find a lot of makeup in Darby’s bathroom, or perfume, or fancy hair products. She’s a down to earth woman.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Seth’s greatest regret?
[Barbara Dunlop] Seth wishes he could have stayed on the ranch instead of running for Mayor.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Barbara Dunlop] The early, incredibly creative romance novelists like Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen and Kathleen Woodiwiss. I also greatly admire work by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas and Aline Adams. It’s a joy to read their stories.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Barbara Dunlop] A computer, a clear head and quiet.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?
[Barbara Dunlop] Ironically, I think the more you write the better you get at it. There are thousands of stories out there, and thousands of ways to approach them. When you stay in practice, you have the tools you need to take on the next project.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What has changed the most in publishing since you sold your first manuscript?
[Barbara Dunlop] When I published my first book in 2000, there were limited avenues for writers if they wanted to put their work in front of readers. That’s all changed today. There are many channels for publication, and there are authors succeeding in virtually all of them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Cowboy’s Temptation?
[Barbara Dunlop] Although I love my day job, it does take up quite a lot of time. I’m constantly balancing obligations and focusing on time management.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Barbara Dunlop] Most recently, I loved Lisa Kleypas’s trilogy: Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Barbara Dunlop] My first book was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. I don’t think I’ve looked back since.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Barbara Dunlop] If I’m not working, I’m usually writing. Though my husband and I do try for movie night on Fridays.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Barbara Dunlop ] It’s easy to contact me through my web site www.barbaradunlop.com.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the author:
USA Today bestselling author Barbara Dunlop sold her first book to Harlequin in 2000. Since then, she has sold more than 35 novels. She has won a number of writing awards and is two-time RITA award finalist. Married to her high school sweetheart, they live on a hobby ranch in Canada’s north amidst ruggedly beautiful mountains, where bears wander by their log house, and moose and deer graze in the fields.