Character Interview: Catherine Harding from Wild West Weekend

Character Interview of Catherine Harding from Wild West Weekend by CR Moss

 

I am delighted to have  as my guests today Catherine Harding from Wild West Weekend and her author C R Moss. Thanks so much for stopping by and now let’s get comfortable and visit a bit.

 

Catherine, can you share with us a little about yourself?

Hi! My name is Catherine “Cassie” Harding, and I’m one of the main characters in Wild West Weekend. I was raised in the northeast, but after college I traveled west and became a bit of a nomad. I supported myself by waitressing and working behind the games in casinos. I ended up in Nevada due to a trip to meet up with my best friend who I hadn’t seen in ages.

Being a nomad can probably get tiring eventually.

 

Can you give us a couple of random thoughts about yourself, something that will surprise your readers?

I believe in ghosts and have a secret passion for psychics and mediums and the like.

Interesting. I believe in them, too.

 

What was your ordinary world like before the upheaval to your life in this story?

My ordinary world consisted of not committing to anything. I went from place to place and held various jobs, but this in turn let me meet a lot of interesting and wonderful people and helped to shape who I am.

 

I imagine it did. Can you tell us what upset your life and brought you into contact with Dakota?

My bestie, Bristol, is an actress. She’s big on Broadway. She needed a break and change of scenery so I thought we could meet at a ranch I used to visit in my youth. It’d be off the beaten path. No real chance of the paparazzi getting to her. It’d give us a chance to relax and catch up with each other. It’d also give me the opportunity to see if I could meet up with Dakota again.

 

What was your immediate reaction to seeing Dakota again?

Considering I had met Dakota when we were young, I thought he was a cute teen and fun to be round. As a grown man, he’d turned out to be a real hunk! Great fodder for the imagination, if you get what I mean. 😉

Oh, yes, I can imagine what you mean.

 

Did Dakota get in the way of you obtaining a goal?

Not really. Sure, I was at the ranch to visit with my friend, but she’d arrived a bit earlier than I had and had met up with Damon, Dak’s younger brother. Turned out that Damon was…umm…entertaining Bristol so that gave Dak plenty of time to catch up with me.

Ah, he wasn’t a problem then.

 

Were there some headaches/trials to face in dealing with Dakota?

He wanted to pick up where we had left off as teens…falling in love and wanting to be together. Me? I’m a commitment-phobe so it scared me how fast he wanted to go.

I could guess that from your being a vagabond.

 

Did anyone else interfere in you reaching your goal?

Yep. Marianne. She’s the office manager and was after the Dougan brothers. She tried to get between us, but Dak wouldn’t have any of it.

 

When you saw Dakota again, did you feel an immediate attraction? Or an immediate resistance to him?

Kind of both. Like I said, it scared me that there was the possibility of falling in love and settling down, even though he was the perfect man for me and deep down I knew that.

 

So with these issues between you, who made the first compromise to attempt peace in your relationship?

He did. And he was pretty up front about it.

 

When did the heat between you and Dakota start firing up? Did it complicate your plan to be with Bristol?

The heat started right away. And I don’t believe it would have hindered my hanging out with Bristol had she not been taken with Damon. I’m a pretty strong person and would have told Dak that I needed time with her and to leave me alone.

 

What led to the moment when you thought everything was lost between you two?

I don’t think I had that kind of moment. Dakota on the other hand would say that it was when he woke up and thought I had left him again without a good-bye. But for me to say what happens at that point in time would spoil things so I’m going to keep mum.

Yes, keep mum. Let the readers find out for themselves.

 

Still, with some ups and downs, you managed to make things work between you. Would you go through all of that again?

Yep. Of course. He and I are good for each other, and Dak’s the only man for me.

 

I’m glad things worked out for you both. Now, Catherine, you can sit back and I’ll visit a little with C R.

 

CR, what drives you to be a writer?

Writing is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. It’s like breathing and eating. It’s intrinsic, a must do or I’ll go crazy type thing.

So true for many of us writers.

 

What do you do to get away from the stress of writing?

Take a bath. Take a walk. Watch television or movies. I’ve even crotched.

Crocheting is stressful to me. I tend to create a string of knots.

 

Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

Yes. My real last name isn’t very writerly/marketable.

 

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

Everywhere! 🙂 Conversations, songs, snippets from the news or stuff I hear on television, etc. can spark ideas for stories at any time.

 

Do you have a regular writing process?

Not really. Though I know I should.

 

Do you have some “words of wisdom” for other writers, especially for new writers?

Learn the craft, from grammar to story building and everything in between. Adhere to the rules for a while. Once you do that then you’ll understand how to break the rules and when and really let your creativity thrive.

Great advice.

 

Now let’s talk about the specifics of WILD WEST WEEKEND.

Title:  Wild West Weekend

Genre:  Contemporary Western Erotic Romance

ISBN:  E-book  978-1-926950-82-2

ISBN: Print book  9781927368459

Length:  180 pages (e-book), 236 pages (print)

Publisher:  Evernight Publishing

Release Date:  E-book  September 7, 2011 – Print March 25, 2012

Buy Link:  Evernight Publishing (e-book)

Buy Link:  Create Space (print)

 

What was unique to this particular book?

It’s a book in two parts, well three really, but part three is more like an epilogue than a full blown section, and the story was co-written. Part one follows Bristol and what happens when she meets up with Damon. Part two follows Cassie and what happens when she hooks up with Dakota.

 

Did you have a favorite scene?

The flashback scenes to when Cassie and Dakota were teens, and it was the last time she was at the ranch.

 

Will there be any sequels to this book?

We are currently working on book two and definitely have plans for book three. Just recently we started talking of the possibility of a fourth.

 

BLURB

Two brothers… Two best friends… One… Wild West Weekend.

Two people scared to love again. Two others hesitant about commitment. A weekend in Nevada will change all that.

Bristol Ashcombe is swearing off men and taking a vacation with her friend, Cassie. Damon Dougan is packed and ready to leave the ranch for a trip, that is, until a long-legged, sexy woman steps out of a vehicle and he decides to stay. Will one sex filled weekend be enough for either of them?

Cassie Harding travels to the Double D ranch, to meet Bristol and looks forward to seeing her old friend, Dakota. Dak’s excited when Cassie, his former sweetheart, returns. Cassie and Dakota, though they’re heating up ‘the sheets’ in and out of the bedroom, have fears about commitment after years of being single. Will they find it’s better to dance together than apart?

 

EXCERPT

He headed toward the stables. Riding always helped him clear his head so he could think, work solutions to problems, strategize.

“Hey, Dak, how goes it?” Kent asked as he hopped out of his pick-up near the stables. “You and Cassie took off. So did Damon and that filly of his.”

“Sorry about that. Cassie had to get back and lie down. She had a long trip to get out here and it finally caught up to her.” Hoping Kent wouldn’t catch the little lie, he looked over his shoulder toward Cassie’s cabin. “Listen, I’ll be doing a perimeter check tomorrow. I plan on taking Cassie with me. There’re some things we need to discuss, and I can’t chance being interrupted.”

“Sure thing, boss,” the ranch hand stated with a chuckle and wink.

Dakota narrowed his gaze at him. “I’m serious. It’s serious. We can’t be disturbed. You’ll need to hold down the fort until further notice. Can you handle that?”

Kent nodded. “Yeah, no problem. Whatever you need. You know that.”

He slapped his friend’s back. “Thanks. I’m going to take Phantom out for a ride.”

“Gotcha. Just don’t think too hard or the answers may not come.” Kent strolled off toward the staff bunkhouse.

His head wrangler never ceased to amaze him with his odd bits of wisdom. Dakota rubbed a hand over his face, then headed toward his horse’s stall. He would find out what happened to Cassie all those years ago. She’d tell him why she never came back and what kind of trouble she’d found herself in if it took him the rest of the weekend to get it out of her. He also vowed to himself he would do whatever was necessary to keep the one woman he ever wanted to commit to safe, even if he had to lock her up and throw away the key.

 

AUTHOR CONTACT INFO

Author Blog Site:  Double D Ranch Tales

Facebook:  CR Moss

Twitter:  CR Moss

Amazon Author Page:  CR Moss

Email:  [email protected]

 

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