Sunday, October 24, 2010
Crossroads Blog Tour Day 9: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Welcome to day 9 of The Crossroads Blog Tour! If you're not familiar with how the tour works, you can check out my kick off post here, and then be sure to visit The Crossroads Tour main page for a full list of participating authors and bloggers as well as details on prizes, giveaways, and collecting the mystery clues!
Today I have Rosemary Clement-Moore on the blog to answer a few questions to help us get to know her a little bit better!
When you have two love interests for your heroine, do you ever write two different versions of the story where she ends up with each of them? Or do you know who she’ll be with (or with neither) from the beginning?
So far, I’ve always known from the start who the heroine will end up with at the close of the book. I try and make both romantic interests intriguing in their own way, just to keep it interesting--and because it’s not much of a triangle if both guys aren’t worthy, in their own way, of the heroine’s affections. (I admit I’ve once tempted myself to change my mind, because I’ll fall a little in love with option B, too. But generally I know where I’m headed.)
Do you find it easier to write humorous, witty dialogue or more serious, tension-filled dialogue?
They both have their own challenges. I like writing humorous dialogue, but you always have to remember that even the jokes have to be there for a reason. They have to move the plot or develop the characters or relationships. I could write witty banter all day, but I have to make it mean something. My challenge with the serious, tension-filled stuff is making dramatic without making it melodramatic. In both cases, it’s about balance.
What do you think it is about the South that makes it such a perfect backdrop for romance?
I think some of it is the rich history, some of it is the landscape, which is just so LUSH. Plus you have these grand antebellum houses that seem to have their own personality and history. People are really connected to the past there, and an idea of gentility. We picture Scarlett O’hara in her picnic dress, or big beautiful hoops skirts and gallant Southern gentlemen. I may not be how things really were, but it’s a romanticized ideal.
Favorite place to write? Couch? Office? Outdoors?
My couch in my office. Music on, dogs keeping me company, pot of coffee at the ready.
If the storyline of your life could be summed up into a single genre, what would it be? Romance? Mystery?
Chick lit. Full of life’s ups and downs and discovering your potential after trying a whole lot of different things.
Thanks so much Rosemary for stopping by and for taking the time to answer my questions! Her next book, Texas Gothic, releases next June from Delacorte so mark your calendars. For more information on her and her books, you can find her here:
TEXAS GOTHIC (from Goodreads)
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.
THE SPLENDOR FALLS (from Goodreads)
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.
Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?