Please give a warm welcome to Loreth Anne White! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about The Missing Colton, and she has a book for one of you to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Loreth Anne White] Hugely empathetic. Passionate. Intense. Analytical. Philosophical … Serious. (Yeah, yeah, makes me sound like a barrel of fun, I know!) Understanding. Open minded. Adventurous. Unsettled. Solitary.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Missing Colton?
[Loreth Anne White] THE MISSING COLTON is book 3 in the Colton’s of Wyoming Continuity from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. The dark mystery of a Colton child’s disappearance has haunted Dead River Ranch for thirty years and solving the crime is foreign correspondent Jagger McKnight’s last chance to put his war-ravaged past to rest.
But his undercover mission leaves him the victim of an attack. And he wakes up to discover that beautiful infirmary nurse Mia Sanders believes he’s the missing Colton.
Now the real danger begins. An unknown enemy has Jagger—and Mia—in sight. For survival and the sake of his story, he must lie to the woman he’ll do anything to protect. But when deception turns deadly, can love save them both?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Loreth Anne White] The story concept was the brainchild of the Harlequin Romantic Suspense editorial team, and they gave all six of us contributing authors a ‘bible’ from which to work. The bible outlined the overall arc of the series and within that framework, we were each given room to create our own characters and sub stories. I was given an amnesia theme, and a war-ravaged hero who was partnered with the ranch nurse. It gave me the opportunity to play with the concept of how memory shapes who we are, and how the secrets we keep affect not only those around us, but ourselves. All this set against the exciting and drama-laden backdrop of the Colton ranch and missing baby saga. It was a challenge juggling the huge cast that appeared across the books, but it was also huge fun!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Mia?
[Loreth Anne White] Nurturing. Sensitive. Bold.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jagger had a theme song, what would it be?
[Loreth Anne White] Fun question! I think it would be Five For Fighting’s Superman (It’s Not Easy). Because Jagger is bold, he’s strong. He’s a journalistic crusader, a hero. But inside he’s broken.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Mia is never without.
[Loreth Anne White] Her first aid and backcountry survival kit. It saves them in the end!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jagger’s bedroom?
[Loreth Anne White] Signs that he lives there J. Jagger has been without a real ‘home’ base for many long years. In fact, he hasn’t felt a real sense of home and belonging since he was taken away from his ‘mother’, the woman who kidnapped him when he was baby.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Mia’s greatest regret?
[Loreth Anne White] Believing that the man who left her standing at the altar loved her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Loreth Anne White] I was turned onto writing for the romantic suspense genre by reading authors like Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardiner, Tess Gerritsen, Elizabeth Lowell/Anne Maxwell, Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockman, Linda Howard. Their novels–among those of many others–have inspired my writing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Loreth Anne White] A big bottle of water on my desk. And I need a clean desk — well, as clean as it can be — before I can create. And my Black Beast of a labradog at my feet 🙂
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Loreth Anne White] The last book I read that really wowed me was THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey. Part fairy tale, part myth, part historical set against the rugged and often brutal backdrop of Alaska in the 1920s. It’s lyrical, and complex in its deceptive simplicity. And there was romance in it–a tender, loving, growing relationship between an isolated husband and wife. Eowyn Ivey has a wonderfully light touch, never overdoing anything. Really loved it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Loreth Anne White] A book about a spotty pig that my grandfather bought for me when I was two. I adored it, and have not been without books since.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Loreth Anne White] Cross country skiing and skijoring with my Black Beast (aka Hudson), biking and hiking our local mountain trails. Tracking, search games, other dog sports. Camping. Reading. I like to cook and wish I had a garden where I could grow herbs and veg and have chickens.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Loreth Anne White] I love hearing from readers! I can be contacted in several ways:
Through the contact form on my website here: http://www.lorethannewhite.com/#!contact/c1kcz
Via email: loreth.anne @ gmail .com (Spaces for security)
Via my newsletter–sign up is here: http://lorethannewhite.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bac74ac639fddddc3d7612500&id=c450725ea7
My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Loreth.Anne.White?ref=hl
My Twitter: @loreth
My Goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/150272.Loreth_Anne_White
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
About the author:
Loreth Anne White hails from southern Africa, but now lives in Whistler, a ski resort in the moody Coast Mountain range. It’s a place of vast, wild and often dangerous mountains, larger-than-life characters, epic adventure, and romance — the perfect place to escape reality. And the perfect inspiration for her new Snowy Creek series!
It’s no wonder it was here she was inspired to abandon a 16-year career in newspapers to escape into a world of romantic fiction filled with dangerous men and adventurous women.
When she’s not writing you will find her long-distance running, biking or skiing on the trails with her Black Dog, and generally trying to avoid the bears – albeit not very successfully. She calls this work, because it’s when the best ideas come.
Loreth has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice award, is a double Romantic Times Reviewers’ choice award finalist, a double Rita finalist, a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, and multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ choice winner. Her new single title Romantic Suspense, PIECES OF YOU ~ A Snowy Creek Novel, is out now!