Interview with Lizbeth Selvig, Author of The Rancher and the Rock Star and Giveaway!

Lizbeth Selvig is the author of the recently released romance, The Rancher and the Rock Star.  Right off the bat, this book has two major interest points for me – it’s about a rancher and it has a hawt rock star who causes havoc in her life.  Yum! 

Liz was able to drop by the virtual offices to chat about her new book, and she brought some prizes!  One of you will take home a digital or print copy of The Rancher and the Rock Star (your choice), and another winner will score a commemorative mug with Abby’s secret recipe for hot chocolate.  Who needs hot chocolate with this hottie on mug?!

[Lizbeth Selvig] I want to thank Julie so much for inviting me to visit Manga Maniac Café today. It’s great to be here, and these questions were so much fun to answer. I hope you all enjoy!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Lizbeth Selvig] Uber-chatty former journalist, married to my hero. Proud mom/mom-in-law, animal lover, quilter, hiker-but no cook. Living my writing dream!

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Rancher and the Rock Star?

[Lizbeth Selvig] It’s the story of rock superstar Gray Covey, who finds his runaway son, Dawson, at the small, struggling ranch (if you can call it that) of a beautiful but isolated and independent widow raising her fifteen-year-old daughter, Kim.

Gray figures to take his son with him on the road, assuming he’s simply run away from the English boarding school where his mother, Gray’s ex-wife, has placed him. To his shock, Gray has it dead wrong. His son is running as hard from him as he is from any school.

When Dawson guilts Gray with an ultimatum (“prove you love me more than you love your career”) into cancelling six sold-out concerts, sparks fly all around Abby Stadtler’s farm. But the most surprising sparks are the ones between Abby and Gray. With Kim’s crush on Gray growing, angry paparazzi closing in, a son who’s furious with him, and a woman who wants nothing to do with his crazy rock lifestyle—their relationship simply cannot work.

And yet, in her heart, Abby longs for a white knight. And Gray needs to figure out what it means to be a real superstar. With help from their children and two crazy birds—they find out that love and family are the answers to all their problems.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Lizbeth Selvig] The idea for the book came from a conversation with my daughter many years ago, when she was in high school. She really liked (still does) Elton John, even though he was definitely not of her generation, and her friends, in her own words, “thought I was a freak.” We got to talking about what would happen if you got to meet your favorite singer and he went and fell in love with your mother. How horrible would that be?

Gray came to me easily, but he started life with no conflict. I wrote five chapters that never saw more than my notebook. Abby appeared and spent a full two chapters just talking to Gray, getting on famously. Boring!

After some thought and some good brainstorming Dawson was born – the runaway son of a famous rock star seemed to have potential. Kim had come into being along with Abby, and I knew from the start that she and Gray shared a birthday. Finally, when all the players had arrived, the story took off.

Ed and Sylvia are based very loosely on my neighbors. We live in a rural area and I don’t know them well, but they are the cutest older couple. I gave them a new last name and senses of humor and Abby’s beloved neighbors had arrived.

The Loon Feather sisters, Claudia and Gladys, were based on two women I never really knew, but overheard once in our small town hole-in-the-wall diner. I’ve never forgotten them and wanted to immortalize small town ladies in a small way. This was definitely a fun book to cast—and the town of Kennison Falls became very real to me! I hope to bring it back in the next book.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?

[Lizbeth Selvig] I think the hardest part of the story was getting Gray’s character right. Yes, he’s a rock star, but he’s not at the pinnacle of his career—he’s been through the rock and roll ringer, done the drug rehab and the divorce. He’s searching and he knows it. He just doesn’t know what to do about it. And, yet, he’s got such a good heart. It would have been easier, perhaps, to make a bad-boy-turns-good story, but that wasn’t where Gray was in his life. Making him believable without being a ravaged rocker was definitely a challenge.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Abby?

[Lizbeth Selvig] Survivor—She’s survived a huge tragedy, including the threat of losing her daughter to her late husband’s parents, and she’s built a good, solid life for herself and Kim.

Stubborn—Because she’s created her life on her own terms and refuses to jeopardize her home or her relationship with her daughter, she often clings without good reason to the way things are. She’s hard to convince that things need to change.

Passionate—she’s both a fiercely protective mother and a woman who longs for love.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Gray would never have in in his bathroom?

[Lizbeth Selvig] Above all, he’d never have a picture of himself. (And that would extend to his bedroom and anywhere but his office, by the way.) He doesn’t really like photos of himself – even album covers and publicity photos are hard for him to sit for. He’ll look in the mirror to shave.

He’d never have a bathroom scale. He works out and he runs, and he figures if his belt won’t tighten he has to cut back on the hotel food. Scales only give him numbers to obsess over and he hasn’t got time.

He wouldn’t have scented candles. Don’t fruitify the bathroom. Don’t fru fru it up with flowers or powder either. Fresh air comes from windows and electric fans. Darn it.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Lizbeth Selvig] My first true writer crush was on LaVyrle Spencer. She’s a fellow Minnesotan and my favorite author of all time. I still feel her influence even though we only ever met at a book signing once.

I do my best thinking and brainstorming on a hike – preferably one of several miles or more. A short walk doesn’t allow my goofy brain, which loves to churn and churn over events, time enough to mellow out and connect with my story.

A song can trigger ideas, but I don’t use a lot of play lists for my books. Even in this one about a singer, there was one main song: Love Potion #9 covered by Neil Diamond, a slow sexy version that inspired the incident that led to the big love scene Smile

A deadline really inspires me. I get creative very quickly when time is short.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Lizbeth Selvig] Sadly, a semi-large chunk of time. I wish I were one of those writers who could sit for ten minutes and write an entire scene, but I’m far too afflicted with shiny object syndrome for that. I need time to get immersed back into the world I’ve created.

A fairly quiet work environment. At every other time I love music—loud and live, television, people, but when I’m really writing I love my space to be distraction-free. The exception is a coffee shop-type atmosphere with no Internet. I can ignore people who don’t know me—most of the time. Smile

Lots of paper for notes – I jot down ideas as they come to me and I’m not fond of keeping my notes in computer files. This is not necessarily very efficient, since I spend a fair amount of time looking for these notes later. But I used to write everything by hand and I’ve given in to the logic of composing on the computer, so I still need to put pencil to paper for some things.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Lizbeth Selvig] The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. This has got to be the greatest YA series in the world. It has a hot high school guy, an almost unearthly horse, a wise mentor, intrigue, hardships to overcome, foreign adventures and, eventually, a love interest. I lived in those books, over and over again! And wow, what a crush I had on Alec Ramsay. That fed the romance thing … and here I am!

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Lizbeth Selvig] My husband and I love to hike—we’re planning a three week hiking trip to England this summer. I also love to quilt because it provides such a different experience from writing—a good balance for the spirit! Of course I read as much as I can—which isn’t as much as I’d like. Best of all I love having my adult children and their spouses around – I love empty-nesting and they love their lives, but everything is whole when they’re all here and laughing!

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Lizbeth Selvig] Website:

Facebook: lizbethselvig

Twitter: @lizbethselvig

Goodreads: goodreads/lizbethselvig

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!

Giveaway Time!

Liz says –

Thank you to everyone who’s joining the fun today. I’m giving away a free copy of “The Rancher and the Rock Star” to one commenter (e-book or paperback—winner’s choice). I also have a “lovely commemorative mug” for another commenter –with Abby’s secret hot chocolate recipe printed on it.

To finish up, I have to ask a continuation of my favorite question from today: what three things would YOU never have in your bathroom? Enquiring minds and all that . . .

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40 thoughts on “Interview with Lizbeth Selvig, Author of The Rancher and the Rock Star and Giveaway!

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Since I keep asking everyone this question, I’ll answer it!

    1. A scented candle – the dog tries to eat them!

    2. A plant – I would only knock it over and make a big mess

    3. A pair of shoes – we have a “no shoes on the carpet!” house, so they would never make it to the bathroom!

    Thanks, Liz, for dropping by!

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Good morning, Julie! It’s so fun to be here, thanks for inviting me. I love your list — I should probably adopt the ‘no shoes on the carpet’ rule at my house, but my carpet is beyond caring 🙂 Here are my three:

    1. A cat litter box. First, I don’t have a cat. But! If I did, there’s something about keeping the box in the bathroom that doesn’t work for me. Which, if you think about it, makes no sense, really. Why wouldn’t a cat’s bathroom be a perfect place? 😛

    2. Food. Just because that seems wrong.

    3. An eyelash curler. A holdover from my tomboy days — kind of a, huh?

    There you have ’em. Hope I get a lot more lists! Thanks, Julie!

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Hmmm…3 things I would never put in my bathroom–that’s hard’cuz I like fu fu stuff like flowers and candles.
    1. Toys
    2. Clothes or shoes
    3. Hamper for dirty towels
    Even tho’ I like candles and such, the space has to be relatively uncluttered!
    Slow going since I’ve been busy, but I can’t wait to finish Chapter 6. 🙂

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I am loving your book,Liz! Your characters feel like friends i could invite over for a cup of coffee and Dawson reminds me of my own son, at times. Fun interview…i enjoyed getting a peek into your writing world!

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

    oh, my 3 things…
    1. anything glass…my mom’s words linger…who wants to step on broken glass when getting out of the tub?
    2. pet stuff…humans only!
    3. music…it’s my quiet place.

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Hi Amy,
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying it — that means a lot! Fortunately, I only gave a peek into my world — the real place is a little scary – lol! Thanks for coming by!

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I had to think about this one…

    l. I agree with the litter box. I am super sensitive to smells
    2.A newspaper. There are too many better places in the house to read.
    3. One of those mirrors with the 5x enlargement feature. I earned those wrinkle lines, but don’t need to see them enlarged.

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    LOL – Georgia, the mirror!! Of course. I’ve never had one of those evil enlargers. Because of the wrinkles, yes, but for me it’s also the nose thing — the gene pool kind of took care of that for me.

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hey Paula!
    And I know about your bathrooms — they are gorgeous, just like the rest of your house. Hope the book keeps entertaining you — no worries about speed. I’m a book savor-er so it’s all about enjoyment 🙂

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Love your list! Glass — good one. I have a glass vase in my bathroom. I have no kids to increase the knock-over odds, but still, now I’m wondering . . . 😀

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Love these questions, Liz and Julie. I love learning about my favorite authors and the characters they create.

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm


    Great interview. Love that Gray doesn’t like pics of himself–makes him very humble IMO.

    What would I never have in a bathroom? Hmm. I’ve had everything mentioned already next to the *loo* at least once in my lifetime. Guess I’d hafta say:

    1. TV-space too small, usually.
    2. phone-who wants to be caught flushing while chatting?
    3. snow shovel-couldn’t come up with anything better and I’m watching it snow outside right now. 🙂

    Best of luck, my friend, with THE RANCHER AND THE ROCK STAR. You’re already a star to me. 🙂

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Another fun and different interview! I’ve slowly started to read RTR and am loving it. You are such a great detailed writer and I envy you for that trait. Wow, the bathroom question is a a toughy. I have to share with the hubby who is worse than a woman. The only thing I can say and agree with is the cat box. I like my bathroom clean – everything put away. But as I said, my hubby is worse than a woman.

  • March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Three things I don’t have in my bathroom:
    My dogs, they want to be petted whenever I am sitting down but bathroom is off limits. LOL
    Glass ( I did learn the hard way!!)
    Food ( my son would actually take food into the bathroom, weird but true)

    WOW, that hot chocolate, I don’t know if I even dare try it. I could gain 5 lbs just thinking about it.

  • March 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Liz,
    Great interview, I’m loving this book–again 🙂
    In the bathroom? no electronic devices-no work related reading –and I’m with the no cat litter person.
    love you bunches

  • March 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    What a great interview — fabulous questions and answers!! Gray and Abby are such wonderful characters and I feel I know them even better now. Thank you! And thanks for the fantastic book. Hugs!

  • March 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Great blog, Liz!

    There are LOTS of things I’d never have in my bathroom, starting with living things using more than four legs. 🙂

    But aside from the obvious cleanliness, practical, and safety issues, I wouldn’t have much there that wasn’t strictly practical. The bathroom is about the only room in the house where I don’t let clutter accumulate — and a lot of bath ‘products’ count as clutter in my mind. 🙂

  • March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    First off Liz, The Rancher and the Rock Star is my new fav. book of the year.. awsome! As far as my bathroom, the number one rule is NO Gnomes! They may take over the rest of the house but I sure don’t want them watching me pee. Next, bo reading material of any kind in the bathroom. I prefer to do my reading in a much more comfortable place. And lastly…omg, nothing edible in the bathroom, after all, doesn’t that defeat the whole reason for the room?

  • March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    @Maxine – I completely agree nothing edible – YUCK!!

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    1. No other person in with me. Like my privacy. Even when not using the facilities, don’t want anyone to know how vain I am about brushing my hair often so no one can see the little bald spot in the back where the collick is.
    2. No reading material. Too distracting and time consuming and better enjoyed in more comfortable seating.
    3. My husband, whom I wish would think of me as a etherial creature not requiring human mundanities. (Well — we’re fiction writers aren’t we?).

    Love the book. Now have it on the computer, the phone and can hardly wait to get the paperback. You are brilliant, child!

  • March 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I’m having a ball reading everyone’s lists —

    LYNDA: a snow shovel – lolol. That struck me as sooo funny. Better than a pooper scooper – snort.

  • March 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    JODY – Too funny about your hubby. And mine is a minimalist. He can get by with a shaver, his toothpaste, his shower gel and deodorant — all else is extraneous!

    KAREN – I’d love to keep my dog out of the bathroom, but in the summer she sleeps in there and scares the dickens out of us in the middle of the night. I think she likes the cool tile.

    DeNISE – No work-related reading. For us writers, would that mean everything? Or are you limiting the material to tractor info? LOL. Miss you my friend!!

  • March 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    JENNY – I’m so glad the book holds up even after all the times you had to read it 🙂 And I’m looking forward to “The Fireman Who Loved Me” next month — then I’ll be the one thanking you!!

  • March 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    LARAMIE – oh, you picked a good one! No things with more than four legs. Shudder — I’ve found a number of those throughout the years. Not fun to look up at them while showering . . .

    BRENDA – The Sisters are two of my favorites. They have short face time in the book, but their role ends up being big at one point. And they are sort of hilarious. Like they were in real life.

    MAXINE: I’m very happy to hear that you don’t allow the gnomes in your bathroom. And I’m even happier to hear that TRATRS is a favorite book. Don’t tell anyone I paid you to say that. (Just kidding!! You could not be a better cheerleader.)

  • March 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    MOM! Wow, I learned something. You don’t read in the bathroom? Well, who did I get that gene from? Oh, right, probably Grandma and her word searches … LOL. I like being brilliant–thank you for pointing that out. LOVE YOU!!

  • March 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Ha! What an interesting question.
    Well… Flowers (because I’m certain I could find a better place for them, right?), a TV (although my husband would probably like that!), and reading materials by the toilet (I will defiantly read in the bathtub but for some reason have always found it odd to read by the toilet).

  • March 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Okay – not in the bathroom….hmmm.

    1. Food – totally gross
    2. Those little padded chairs – just wrong
    3. And company – prefer solitude in that room – with one exception (not saying what that is). 😉


  • March 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Gwen!
    Great list. I have fake flowers in my bathroom, but real ones or a plant don’t feel right to me. I would definitely worry about a TV — too much water 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

  • March 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I loved The Black Stallion series too. Enjoyed the interview!

    As to the bathroom, hmm, all I can think of are that there are things that don’t belong in a bathroom that are obvious like food (but I have seen people take their food into a bathroom so maybe not so obvious), phones (heard a few stories of the phone taking a dive), and stinky air fresheners that people over use anyway.

    The story looks wonderful and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  • March 7, 2012 at 3:26 am

    In my bathroom I would never have food, anything electronic (i’m accident prone) and a boring book lol 😀

  • March 7, 2012 at 4:00 am


    1. Food/ drink – gross

    2. TV – doesn’t work for me

    3. Shoes- too dirty

  • March 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

    1. radio
    2, candles
    3. clean towels

  • March 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    SOPHIA ROSE – Another Black Stallion fan–that’s awesome. Go Black! Great list too. I’ve smelled some “air fresheners” that don’t belong in a bathroom for sure! Nice to see you again 🙂

    MAEGAN – So nice of you to stop by! A boring book–that’s perfect. I admit, I’m a reader in the bathroom, but absolutely no boring books!

    PRAGYA – Thanks for stopping by. Good list. I agree that food in the bathroom is kind of gross 🙂

    JASON- Clean towels, hahaha. I adore your honesty and humor, so I’ll admit that sometimes my hubby thinks I have them on my list too. Thanks for commenting!

  • March 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    That’s a hard question because my husband puts as much stuff as he can in there!
    1 TV – My hubby would never come out, his family has this obsession with BM’s and well….
    2 Food-that’s just gross!
    3The mail – my husband would also never come out- HA HA and TMI- I know!!

  • March 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I would never have the following three items in my bathroom:
    1. Potpourri (can you say old lady)
    2. My dirty laundry basket
    3. The Hollywood light mirrors (ugh!)

  • March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    YADIRA – Thanks for stopping by again! Excellent list!

    KELLY – LOL, your hubby sounds like a hoot. The strange habits we get into, right? Be sure you don’t let him take his Angry Birds in with him 🙂

    CANDICE – That’s a great list! Made me think of my grandma’s bathroom, lol; she had all three of those things in hers!! Thanks for coming by and sharing.

  • March 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I would never have:
    1. plants – messy when kicked over
    2. candles – someone would surely burn the house down
    3. books – ruined by all the steam.

  • March 8, 2012 at 4:13 am

    phone, food, drink

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