Interview & Contest: Carolyn Brown

Today we are excited to welcome Carolyn Brown to Romancing the Book.  And we’d also like to thank Desere, one of our review staff, for interviewing Carolyn.  Ladies, the floor is all yours…

Carolyn: Good morning everyone at Romancing the Book! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog site to talk about the fourth book, One Hot Cowboy Wedding, in my growing Spikes & Spurs series. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? You got it. But with every rule there is that exception that happens one time in a million. And it happened to Jasmine and Ace! She was just helping out a friend who needed a wife to save his ranch. But fate stepped up to the plate and batted a home run when the little wedding chapel gave them national television coverage when they won the big contest at the chapel. Now all their families and friends have seen it in living Technicolor on the ten o’clock news so what are they to do? The secret is out and their mothers are planning a “real” marriage in the state of Texas!

Desere: Where do you find the inspiration for your books?

CB: Inspiration is like chocolate cupcakes. They can come from a fancy cupcake shop in a quaint little tourist town or they can come out of Grandma’s kitchen or even from the grocery store in the form of a Hostess cupcake. They’re all chocolate and produce the same smiles and yummy taste. For me, it’s country music, long drives and pure old luck. Country music has always inspired me and I write with the old classic country songs playing in the background. Long drives are absolutely great for plotting and finding brand new towns and ideas to write about. It’s pure old luck like seeing a young cowboy all decked out in jeans, boots, spurs, a pearl snap shirt and a Stetson in the McDonald’s store out in West Texas where we stopped for ice cream. When I walked up to him and asked him where he was headed, he told me all about goin’ over to the next town do some practice ropin’, getting ready for the weekend rodeo. He tipped his hat to me and said, “Have a good day, now, ma’am,” when I walked away. It is also seeing a bowlegged old cowboy walking down Main Street in his broke down cowboy boots, jingling spurs and beat up hat while I’m waiting at a red light on Main Street.

Desere: Have you ever incorporated a person you know in real life into your characters?

CB: No, ma’am! At the front of every book it says that all my characters are fictional and any bearing to people alive or dead is purely coincidental. So I have to answer, no! (Wink, wink) However, there are nuances that have snuck right into the stories. Sassiness and humor comes direct from my youngest daughter who missed her calling when she didn’t audition for Comedy Central. Green eyes with gold flecks are definitely an influence from my son, who is a “real cowboy.” When I talk about a cowboy swagger, I’m thinking about my son-in-law. I remember the way my Aunt America (and that’s a real name, not a fake one) used to dry her hands on her apron tail and how Uncle Jasper always smelled of cigar smoke. Pieces of personalities come to mind when I’m writing but trust me, Ace Riley is not the guy who works down at the feed store. And Jasmine is not that sexy cowgirl behind the bar at the last honky tonk you visited.

Desere: Has Writers block even been a problem for you and if yes how do you move past it?

CB: Not very often but when my characters back me into a corner and demand that I tell the story their way, sometimes I do go for one of those long drives (see number 1) and work out the problems. During the writing of One Hot Cowboy Wedding, I went for a couple of those drives but alas, Ace and Jasmine always beat me to the car and sat in the back seat. We argued the whole distance but we did get it settled before we went back to the computer. Also when that dreaded thing called writer’s block happens, I’ve found that Floyd Cramer can bring me right out of the doldrums with his piano music.

Desere: You’re at a party and an idea for a book, character or line pops up into your head. Do you immediately write it down or do you store it in the back of your mind for later?

CB: I carry a little spiral notebook with me at all times so I rush to the ladies room and write it down. I don’t trust storing it away in the back of my mind because there’s always the possibility a sexy cowboy will walk into the party and erase everything in my mind but ideas of writing a book about him. Of course, then it’s back to the ladies room. I bet folks think I spend a lot of time running to the rest room at parties!

Desere: Your Spike and Spurs series is truly phenomenal, and I myself have fallen in love with it. How on earth did you dream up the sexy cowboy names?

CB: Thank you! Thank you! (Bowing deeply) Wow! Phenomenal is a big word! And I love it! Sometimes the names come along even before the idea for the book. But after writing sixty-five books, I do occasionally get stuck. My middle child lives in a small rural town filled with cowboys so she helps me. I haven’t yet begun to tell the stories of all the cowboys that she has unearthed.

Desere: Do all your books always end with a happy ending? If yes, why is that and will you ever consider writing something a little more say dramatic like a non-happy ending?

CB: Part of a romance book is bringing the hero and heroine to a satisfactory ending where the reader knows they do have or will have in the near future their very own HEA. So yes, ma’am, I do stop at a place where there is a happy ending and hope that my readers sigh and wish the book could go on and on. I have stepped into another genre that doesn’t always have a completely wonderful happy ending and I’m very excited about it. My woman’s fiction book with Sourcebooks has a tentative publication date of Jan. 2013 and it’s a little more dramatic. The working title is Red Beans and Turnip Greens at Miss Clawdy’s Café. That could and probably will change. But I have to warn my readers it does have a twisted HEA at the end and is full of humor. I’m not so sure I could write anything dark and dramatic with no humor. It’s just not in my genes…and I’m talking about the DNA ones, not the denim ones.

Desere: How do you go about picturing the characters in your mind’s eye?

CB: My characters are sometimes pure…that means I see them as a singer or an actress and that’s that. However, most of the time I see them as a mixture of a singer, two actors and a secondary character in a western movie I saw years ago. I stirred up a little of Keith Urban and a tad of Matthew McConaughey, along with a cowboy who played a secondary character in a movie I saw years ago and a bit of Timothy Olyphant’s swagger to get Ace Riley. Jasmine is a pure character. She is Ashley Judd (If Hollywood comes calling, I’m ready). Size, eyes, hair and all, and sass.

Tell me, do you like a full picture of both hero and heroine on the book cover or would you prefer one where you can’t see the faces so you can imagine them however you please? Would you buy One Hot Cowboy Wedding on the basis of the cover and the blurb?

A marriage made in Vegas…

Hunky cowboy Ace Riley wasn’t planning on settling down, but his family had other plans for him…The only way to save his hide, and his playboy lifestyle, is to discreetly marry his best friend, Jasmine King.

Can’t possibly last…

Fiesty city–girl Jasmine as just helping out her friend—that is, until their first kiss stirs up a whole mess of trouble, and suddenly discretion is thrown to the wind.

One hot cowboy, one riled up woman…

And they’ll be married for a year, like it or not!

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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than fifty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma, where she continues to write more cowboy romances! For more information, please visit

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20 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Carolyn Brown

  1. Carolyn Brown says:

    Good morning everyone! And Desere, thank you thank you thank you for the awesome review you gave to One Hot Cowboy Wedding! I appreciate it so very much. I’ve got coffee and chocolate so I’m ready for questions…bring ’em on, folks and I’ll do my best to answer.

  2. Jen B. says:

    I am so excited to find Carolyn Brown here at one of my favorite blogs. I just read Lucky In Love and I loved it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of One Hot Cowboy Wedding! jepebATverizonDOTne

  3. Carolyn Brown says:

    Jen, so glad that you liked Beau and Milli’s story…that’s the one that kicked off my cowboy romance books. Good luck on the draw and I’m glad you stopped by!

  4. jbcweiss says:

    What a wonderful interview. You write my kind of books. I will definitely be adding them and you to my TBR pile. I love when best friends try to fight their attraction or think they really are just friends but when they have that first kiss it opens up a whole new world. I look forward to reading your women’s fiction book too – what a mouthful of a title though! Thanks for sharing JoAnne jbcweiss AT sbcglobal DOT net

  5. erin says:

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I recently discovered Carolyn’s books and I’m sooo looking forward to my vacation in June when I can sit by the pool and dive in… to the books 🙂 Are all the books interconnected in terms of characters? Is it best to read them in order of pub.? And how many books are you envisioning for Spikes & Spurs series? LOL… sorry for the question bum rush 🙂 I would totally pick up and buy this book based on the cover and blurb. I love how colorful it is and the pic is so fun.

  6. June M. says:

    First, Congrats on the new release. The story sounds great & I love the cover! I tend to imagine the hero/heroines without much thought to either the cover characters or even much of the physical descriptions of them. I can’t wait to read this book. Congrats again! June manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. Carolyn Brown says:

    JoAnne: The title for the women’s fiction book is still up in the air…don’t know what it will be when the dust settles! LOL Erin: Yes, ma’am, the books are connected even though they are stand alone books. They mention some of the same characters and bring my readers up to date on what’s happening since the last books. June: Hope you like it when you get your hands on a copy!

  8. Angel says:

    I love a beautiful cover, and this book definitely has a beautiful cover! I’d definitely buy it for the cover alone without even reading what it’s about – but the bonus is that this is very much my style book! Ms. Brown, do you have any special quirks in regards to writing? A special playlist? A special prayer, etc?

  9. Barbara E. says:

    One Hot Cowboy Wedding sounds like a fantastic story and I’m looking forward to reading it I love the friends marrying for convenience premise, I can’t wait to see what happens to mess up those plans. 😀 Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  10. Carolyn Brown says:

    I’ve been out on a research trip all day and just loved it when I opened my computer tonight to find even more comments. Thank you all! Angel: no quirks and no prayers but I do listen to country music quite a lot while I write

  11. Carol L. says:

    Carolyn, I loved your interview. I also love your Cowboys 🙂 I have read a few of your books and I’m working my way through the titles. 🙂 I also have to say I love your Titles. Do you have any say in the Titles Carolyn ? Thanks so much for this opportunity. Carol L Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. Lauren Mackesy says:

    Congratulations Carolyn on having such an accomplished career! Thanks so much for the giveaway! Lmackesy at

  13. Shelley B says:

    This book incorporates two of my favorite themes: cowboys and friend to lovers. Congratulations on the new release !

  14. Na says:

    With romance I do look for a happy ending to a couple’s love journey. I also enjoy women’s fiction and am curious to your work in that genre. Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. Di says:

    Stories with a ‘Marriage of Convenience’ can be such fun & when you add in a cowboy it’s a good bet to by a good read. sallans d at yahoo dot com

  16. Chrisbails says:

    Great post. Big fan of Carolyn’s books. This book looks great. Love me some sexy cowboys. Great cover also. Thanks for the great giveaway. Who does not love a man in cowboy boots & hat?

  17. Maureen says:

    I mostly picture the characters from the writer’s description and I have to say it looks like a fun book with a great cover. mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  18. Tina Rucci says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    I love seeing the hero and heroine on the cover so that I can picture them so much easier as I’m reading. I would by your book because of the cover and blurb. Actually, you are a new author for me and what drew me to wanting to really, really read “One Hot Cowboy Wedding” is because of the cover and blurb…Thank you for the chance to win it!

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