I am pleased to welcome Cj Fosdick who is sharing an interview and her latest release.
*** Cj’s first book was a Golden Quill Finalist and a Top 10 Finisher for Best Romance Novel in Preditors & Editors.
The Accidental Stranger received an ‘excellence’ rating from InD’Tale Magazine and a fabulous review. Here is an excerpt from the review: (Only 23 out of 89 books in May earned that rating.)
“With fascinating twists and turns, leading up to a wonderful surprising ending the reader is kept well engaged by the deep and interesting characters that make up this unusual story. Well written and skillfully done. “The Accidental Stranger” is a page turner. Well worth reading!” Gwenellen Tarbet of InD’Tale Magazine, May issue
Give-away!!!! A Free eBook of The Accidental Stranger with comment and FB friend at https://www.facebook.com/cjfosdickauthor/
Please tell us about you and your book…
1. Novel Intentions? Who knew when I wrote a short story for a Writer’s Conference that it would lead to a book trilogy? My future publisher from WildRose Press was in the audience when the Laura Awards were distributed at the Women Writing the West Conference in Kansas City in 2013. The competition judge had submitted a page-long letter begging me to turn “The Teacup” into a novel. Seventeen months later, the story, now named “THE ACCIDENTAL WIFE,” was released in print and eBook by WRP, Amazon and several other distributors. Book two in the series, “THE ACCIDENTAL STRANGER” was released in January and book three in the Accidental Series is now a work in progress.
There was no question about the series genre. I was a fanatic reader of historical romance, suspense and family sagas and drew inspiration from the way Diana Gabaldon combined all in her time-travel “Outlander” series. (A heroine placed in a time-travel scenario is automatically conflicted as she is pulled into the emotional force of two worlds to discover the power of love.)
2. Any habits you use when creating a story? Long showers and water aerobics at a health club seem to lubricate the muse as I daydream about “what if “scenarios.
3. What book have you read that you wish you had written? Besides “Outlander” for obvious reasons, I also loved “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
4. What do you dislike that most people wouldn’t understand? Eggs. I was born hating the sight, taste, texture and smell of fried or scrambled eggs.
5. What’s the main thing you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time? The easy answer would be television. More complicated would be the necessity for social media. (I’d love to have a clone or a PA who could put marketing on autopilot for me.)
6. What is the one word you would use to describe yourself? Emotional. What would others use to describe you? Curious or Talented?
7. Favorite book of all time? Like children, hard to choose favorites. Besides the two already mentioned, I loved “Gone With The Wind”—book and movie for history, romance, drama, and characters you loved…and loved to hate.
8. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your book? People in every era face the same conflicts and diversity and are empowered and changed by the forces of love.
9. Actors you would like in the main roles if your book was made into a movie? Aiden Turner (Poldark) and a red haired Jennifer Lawrence.
10. Would you rather have a bad review or no review? No Review would be less emotional.
11. Genre you’ve never written that you would like to tackle? More like an era—WWI or II.
12. Favorite quote? “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” (Same for book heroines.)
13. If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 objects, what would they be? A motorboat, GPS, and a case of Moscato.
14. What celebrity would you like to be stranded with? Actor Aiden Turner
15. Your most prized material possession? A bracelet of woven tail strands of my 3 favorite horses (now in horse heaven.) I raised and trained wild, domestic and rescue horses and gave summer riding lessons for years.
Movie—Last of the Mohicans
Place you visited—Britain & Ireland
Place you’d like to visit—Scotland
TV show from childhood—Howdy Doody
TV show from adulthood—Survivor
Sports Team—Duo allegiance: Vikings & Packers
Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or TV? I love all three, but watch too much TV!
Thanks for joining us today, Cj! Ha, I also LOVE Gone with the Wind. And, I watch too much TV. AND, I love the Packers. Look at all we have in common! 😀
Jessica Brewster is being watched…and things go missing from the romote Wyoming home she shares with her toddler. In a freak accident, she shoots the bearded thief stalking her before she recognizes the mesmerizing green eyes that belong to the only man she ever loved.
Has Mitch bridged time to find her? In a race to save his life and change hers forever, she takes him into her home and heart. But his memory loss and puzzling clues curry doubt and expose mystery and danger. Is he truly her son’s father or an irresistible stranger in her arms?
I screamed as the gun exploded in my hand and fell to the ground. The bear moving toward Scout dropped, and I raced to scoop up my son before he toppled into the cold stream. Cradling my whimpering child, I ventured closer and could see at once that it was no bear I shot. A man in a bearskin poncho lay on his side. A mass of dark matted hair covered the side of his face that wasn’t blooming with blood, running down his cheek, pooling in his ear and staining his thick beard.
“Is he, is he dead?” I whispered.
Chuck fumbled for a pulse and we all started when he groaned and his eyes fluttered open.
Green! His eyes were green. The fear in them registered with me as he searched our faces. A flash of memories washed over me and my heart began to thump wildly. I set Scout down when my legs crumpled beneath me as I sagged in the snow and my bare fingers reached out to staunch the dripping blood.
So red against the white snow. His eyes, so…green. Every shade in a spectrum of emotion raced through me; joy, frustration…anger. I knew only one man who owned those eyes. Had he come back for me? Did I shoot the only man I ever loved?
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17 responses to “Interview with Author Cj Fosdick ~ New Release: “The Accidental Stranger””
Good luck and God’s blessings
Thank you Pam, for all 3! cj
Great interview ladies! Best to you Cj on your Accidental series!
Thanks Pam. The cover is a story in itself! Cj
Hah! Howdy Doody. right on sister!
Loved this interview. Loved loved loved it.
It shows many things. The most important to me is how one page led to an editor encouraging you to turn it into a book. Which you did–and now have three. Hey, you never know.
Much luck, CJ
Hah! I sense an old fan of Princess SummerFallWinterSpring! Happy you loved the interview. There are many “roads” to publication, some not so coincidental? Cj
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Interesting interview. And quite interesting how the Accidental series came about. But, then, many things that come about accidentally tend to be interesting, don’t you think? Love the blurb! Best of luck with your series. Joelle Walker
Thanks Joelle. The “Accidental” theme seemed so appropriate for many reasons. I think we all fall into “accidental” circumstances that change our attitudes and modify our lives, and all my characters will forever reveal that. Cj
Great interview and I loved your excerpt. AND, you’re a gal after my own heart…fish, pizza, chocolate! Yeah!
Thanks Anni ! We also share a middle name. As for our common culinary
delights, can you go thru a week without one of these? Or a day without chocolate? I know I can’t! 🙂 Cj
Aiden Turner and Survivor. Two of my faves, too. Your Accidental series sounds awesome.
Loved your excerpt.
Thanks Sandy, Hope you check out the series! Cj
Alicia, Thanks so much for the interview opportunity! I truly admire authors who enhance discovery of fellow authors. We start out like minnows in an ocean–trying to avoid being eaten by “bigger fish” as we struggle to grow and compete for readers when “supply” clearly exceeds demand and the winds of our industry blow as changeable as the weather. Cj
Wow, I’m hooked! I love time-travel stories (I’m an Outlander fanatic) and this sounds fabulous. I have to ask though…Packers and Vikings??? That must make for some fun conversations! 🙂
Wishing you much success with the series and your writing.
Leah, Hub and I were born & raised in Packerland–Milwaukee, Wis!
but have lived longer in “Minnesota Nice.” We don’t care who wins when both teams play against ea. other! 🙂 Cj
Yikes! What a scene! Loved it! Good luck to you.
Thank Kara. Hope you check out the book! 🙂 Cj