[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Elizabeth! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Elizabeth Otto] Introverted country girl with a quirky sense of humor and a deep love of animals, my children, football and dark chocolate.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Tempting the Cowboy?
[Elizabeth Otto] TEMPTING THE COWBOY is really a story of making a major life change and taking all the chances and risks that come with something that big. The heroine, Rylan, isn’t looking for anything beyond hard work to take her mind off her personal pain, but when she allows herself to really see this new life she’s started, so many possibilities crop up. The hero, Cole, takes a big chance in putting his heart, and his family, on the line for love. I think anyone who has made a drastic life change, or even daydreamed about it, will be able to relate to the basic fears of letting go, finding acceptance and opening your heart to new things, which both characters face.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Elizabeth Otto] One day while working a slow 911 shift (I’m an emergency medical technician in my professional life), I had a random thought of what would I do if I got off a Greyhound bus in the wrong town—the middle of nowhere? What would I do? Why was I on that bus in the first place and where was I heading? My brain took these thoughts and ran with it, and when it came down to plotting the story, Montana was a natural setting. I have a deep appreciation for female police officers and how they tackle a “man’s” job. Rylan’s character developed around her past a cop, and the one, excruciating thing that would make a woman that tough and strong, basically run away from everything she knows. Because cowboys have a special place in my heart, Cole’s occupation was a no-brainer. Everything else just developed from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rylan?
[Elizabeth Otto] Independent, loyal, vulnerable.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Cole had a theme song, what would it be?
[Elizabeth Otto] Hard to Love by Lee Brice, because Cole certainly doesn’t make it easy on Rylan. Or himself, for that matter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Birdie is never without.
[Elizabeth Otto] Her kickin’ red cowgirl boots.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Rylan’s purse?
[Elizabeth Otto] Lipstick, nail polish or a compact. She’s just not that kind of girl.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Cole’s greatest regret?
[Elizabeth Otto] Deep down, he really regrets that his daughter didn’t have the life he envisioned for her—one that included a home of their own, and a mother for her. Even though the reasons Birdie’s mother isn’t in the picture are very valid and not things Cole can forgive, he still wishes Birdie had been raised in a home with two loving parents, like he’d always wanted. It’s a good thing fate has wonderful things in store for both him and Birdie.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Elizabeth Otto] Other authors, for sure! I love hearing about how other writers become inspired, formulate their stories, and their processes for writing and creating. Music is also a big influence. Often, I listen to the words of a song and my mind will expand on it—trying to flesh out the stories behind the words, and plot ideas develop from that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Elizabeth Otto] Music and alternately a quiet house. I simply can’t write when there is a lot of commotion going on around me, and my kids make a ton of commotion! And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Tempting the Cowboy?
[Elizabeth Otto] The above mentioned loud children! Also, trying to stay focused on Cole and Rylan’s story, and not become too distracted by the second book in the series, which was already brewing in my head as soon as I’d written the first three chapters of Tempting the Cowboy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Elizabeth Otto] It’s a series, actually. I don’t know where I’ve been, but I just discovered the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr and it’s fabulous!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Elizabeth Otto] The Valley of Horses by Jean Auel. I was about thirteen when I found it on my mother’s book shelf, and got so excited because I thought it was about horses! I was immediately drawn into the book, despite it not really being about horses. I was always a reader (stealing my mother’s romance novels in the middle of the night!), but that book lit a fire in me because the setting and details were so exceptional. I still love that series to this day.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Elizabeth Otto] My family and I are avid outdoors people. We love to camp and hike and canoe. I also love to travel, and take a road trip whenever I can.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Elizabeth Otto] I’m all over the place!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she wants is her boss…and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there’s simply no more room in her heart.
Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction.
When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.