Thursday, July 11, 2013

Interview & Review: Our Little Secrets (Montana Romance) by Merry Farmer

Our Little SecretsOur Little Secrets by Merry Farmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What is stronger in the book: plot or character development? Character development was stronger. The plot seemed very weak to me. Honestly, do not know if this was intentional.

Was the story credible? So much deception happened while this country was growing. Everything about this book seemed credible. So many people in the east moved west to get away from something, to strike it rich with gold, or just expand their holdings.

What did you think of the main character? Really liked Michael and Charlie. They made the book interesting. The secrets they were too scared to reveal really did not seem important.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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Genre – Western Historical Romance
Rating – R
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Do you intend to make writing a career?  Absolutely, yes!
Have you developed a specific writing style?  I think I’m getting closer to it.  I really enjoy writing with humor, which you don’t see a lot of in Historical Romance for some reason.  I also like writing with a very modern feel, even when it is Historical Romance.  Think the movie “A Knight’s Tale”.  And yes, there have been people who don’t get it and think I’m just ignorant of history (which I’m not – I have not one but two bachelor’s degrees in History).  But there have been others who totally get the vibe I’m going for and appreciate it.  But if you don’t go out on a limb with your personal writing style, you will never be able to stand out.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?  I think my strength is writing interesting, dimensional characters.  I come up with the characters, their back story, and the situation they find themselves in as the novel starts way before I figure out the plot.  Sometimes I don’t figure out the plot of my novels until I’m halfway through!
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?  Well, yes and no.  I can get stuck in whatever story I’m writing and have no idea what’s going on.  In those cases I break out a good old fashioned ballpoint pen and pad of paper and write notes about what I’m working on as if I’m talking to myself.  My subconscious can generally figure out what’s going on and get be back on the right path.  In deeper cases of writer’s block, I set aside what I’m working on and write something else, usually fan fiction (that I will never EVER publish in any form, thank you E.L. James!)
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Our Little Secrets is my twist on the old mail order bride story, only the heroine, Charlotte, is merely mistaken for a mail order bride in her bid to escape her past, and the hero, Michael, isn’t really looking to get married, until he sees “Charlie”.  They end up engaged 45 minutes after they meet, are married the next day, and then have to sort the rest of their complicated lives out as they begin to realize that maybe jumping into marriage wasn’t the best idea.  Or maybe it was.
How did you come up with the title?  Once the story was written, the title was obvious.  Both Michael and Charlie are bubbling with secrets that leak out one after the other until they get to the point where they have to be dealt with.

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