Jen: Today we end our focus on western romance with a visit from Kristine Raymond. Kristine, will you share a short bio with us?
Kristine: Kristine Raymond loves to read and that naturally transformed into a love of writing. She has always been a fan of the Old West and lived in Arizona for several years, where she was able to appreciate the beauty and history of the region.
She has released four books in the Hidden Springs series and is currently working on the fifth Hidden Springs book, as well as a contemporary novel called Tempted. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and furry family, and catching up on her backlog of books to read.
She is the author of four novels in the Hidden Springs series: Here to Stay, Hearts on Fire, Abby’s Heart, and A Chance on Love. A Will of Her Own, the fifth book in the series, will be released soon.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Kristine: A Chance on Love is the fourth book in the Hidden Springs series and tells the story of Ben, the town’s doctor. I wanted to write a scenario that would involve his medical skills, therefore the epidemic.
Dr. Ben Kincaid is content to spend his days and nights treating the people of Hidden Springs. Not even his closest friends know the heartbreak that haunts him. Ten years earlier his wife left him, taking their only child with her. Ben vowed to never again trust anyone with his heart.
Shiloh Bishop came to Hidden Springs looking for a fresh start. Having been forced into an arranged marriage with an older man, she’s lived a life of misery. When she finds herself suddenly widowed and expecting her first child, she looks forward to starting a new life.
Ben is captivated by Shiloh the first moment he sees her but he is unwilling to let go of the chains of mistrust that are wrapped around his heart. Shiloh is determined to rebuild her life and has no intention of ever becoming another man’s wife.
When a deadly illness strikes the town, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Admiration and respect soon turn to passion, but will it be enough for them to take a chance on love?
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Kristine: Creative, fun, endless
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Kristine: I read several medical articles about typhoid; the causes, symptoms, and lack of treatment in that time period.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Kristine: That’s the sort of thing I’m not good at!
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Kristine: Nothing special, actually. I was mostly in awe of the fact that I had published a book.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Kristine: Every writer out there, honestly. It takes a lot of time and effort, heart and soul, to write. I admire everyone who has achieved it.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kristine: I’m currently working on book five of the Hidden Springs series, A Will of Her Own, as well as working on my contemporary novel, Tempted. I’m planning eight books total for the HS series, so books six, seven, and eight won’t be far behind.