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Tracy Anne Warren interview - author photo

I’m delighted to welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author TRACY ANNE WARREN to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for inviting me to do the interview with you at Rakes and Rascals. The questions were a lot of fun.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Tracy:
I was born in Columbus, Ohio about 30 miles from Granville, the town in which I was raised. My family and I lived away from the town center, “in the country” as we called it. There were corn fields that stretched out for acres during the hot summers and blankets of white snow in the winters. My childhood was good but quiet with lots of time to read and think up stories. It wasn’t until high school, however, that I started writing some of them down and many years later before I was published.

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A baby picture of me with my mother (I think I was  
about two months old in this.

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One taken of me when I was seventeen. I’m on the left, my sister, Leslie, is on the right and an unnamed monkey, of all things, is in the middle. The photo was taken at the Wittlich Pig Fest in Wittlich, Germany. I visited my sister that summer while she was stationed in Germany with the US Air Force.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Tracy:
I don’t really consider myself to be either temperamental or easy-going, maybe somewhere in between. As an introvert, I enjoy getting together with close friends, reading and watching television shows and movies–when I’m not writing, of course.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Tracy:
While I definitely have a sweet tooth, for chocolate in particular, I also enjoy well prepared savory dishes. As a foodie, I love trying new restaurants and exploring a variety of cuisines.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Tracy:
I have a beautiful wall mirror that one of my sisters gave me as special birthday present. It’s very whimsical and has painted birds, chipmunks and strawberries on it. The mirror is a work of art and seeing it always makes me smile.

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The mirror 

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A detail of one of the decorative chipmunks. 

 

R&R:
If you could to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Tracy:
I’m torn between saying Hawaii or England. I’d choose Hawaii for the islands’ breath-taking natural beauty, fabulous weather and tranquillity. I’d love to live in England and be surrounded by all that glorious history and old-world charm. Plus, I’m kind of an Anglophile, in case you haven’t noticed, so there’s that as well. Ideally, I’d have enough money to afford a home in both places, so I wouldn’t have to pick one over the other.


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Tracy:
Embarrassing moment, hmm? I’ve had a few over the years but one that comes to mind is the time I met actor Adrian Paul of Highlander fame. He was so incredibly gorgeous and I was so star-struck that I literally could not speak. Try as I might I couldn’t get so much as a syllable past my lips. All I could do was stand there blushing while he signed an autograph for me. Luckily, I’m sure I’m the only one of us who remembers.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and share these interesting facts about yourself, Tracy.

Thank you for inviting me to share some facts about myself that readers will hopefully find enjoyable and informative.

 


If you would like to find out more about Tracy and her books, here are the links:

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Callie Hutton Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling author CALLIE HUTTON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I am very excited to be here today. I’m looking forward to the interview and getting to know your readers.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Callie:
I was born and raised in a major city in New Jersey. It was also the time in our history when most mothers were at home, and there were tons of kids to play with. No video games or internet. We were sent outside to play first thing in the morning and except for lunch we were not expected back home until dinner time. In the summer time if you weren’t in when the street lights went on you were in big trouble. We all had chores and the only sports we played were with neighbourhood kids. No shuffling to dance lessons, baseball practice or piano lessons.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Callie
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I am probably one of the few mothers you will meet whose adult children will tell you I’m too easy going. Discipline was never my forte. But, thankfully, my kids turned out great. My daughter is a kick-ass law enforcement officer, and my son and his wife have adorable two-and-a-half-year-old twin boys, who I call ‘the twinadoes.’ We all live in Oklahoma

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‘The Twinadoes’

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Callie:
Both.


R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Callie:
My family. No question that there is no material possession that matches the ones I love.

 


R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Callie:
Probably a little cottage somewhere in the English countryside.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Callie:
I have what my family calls ‘selective memory.’ I don’t really remember the bad things in my life, so I can’t recall anything embarrassing. I’m sure there is something, but…

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Callie.

Thank you so much for having me. It was fun!

 

If you would like to find out more about Callie and her books, here are the links:

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Meara Platt Interview - author photo

I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling, Award Winning and Amazon UK Allstar author MEARA PLATT to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Carol, it is such a pleasure! I’m a great fan of Rakes and Rascals and love the fabulous authors you feature. I am jumping for joy and so honoured to be with you today.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Meara:
My early years were most unusual and I can happily say that my life for the past decades has been happy and quite normal. I was born in Cairo, Egypt, an incredibly beautiful country – our sandbox was the desert and we played in the shadow of the Great Pyramid at Giza. But it was also a country with deep problems. So, I actually spent my childhood as a refugee and my family had to move from country to country until we were resettled in Australia. Reaching Australia was like stepping into heaven for us. We lived in a small apartment near Bondi Beach and there were beautiful flowers, passion fruit and strawberries growing in our garden – the impact of that beauty was huge for me, so it is no surprise that my Farthingale Series features sisters each with the name of a flower and my paranormal series is called Dark Gardens! We spent a summer outside of Canberra where kookaburra birds nestled in eucalyptus trees, and kangaroos hopped into the meadow promptly at tea time every day to take the bread we offered. We eventually made it to the United States because most of our family had settled here and have been here ever since, very much enjoying the opportunities offered to all.

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In grade school in Australia

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In high School

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In college


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How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Meara:
I am one of the most easy-going people you’ll ever meet and it certainly has everything to do with the turmoil of my childhood. This will sound completely corny, but I wake up every day thankful for the beautiful life I’ve been given and the wonderful friends and family with whom I share it. So, when I’m standing on a freezing train platform in the early, early morning, I don’t mind. And when I’m stuck in traffic or the bills seem to come in fast and furious, I don’t mind. The one thing I do go out of my way to do is make an outsider or new person I’ve met feel welcome, because through all the travails of our early years, the things I remember most are the kindness and incredible generosity of those who reached out a helping hand. Even a smile or a pat on the hand can make a difference.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Meara:
I’m very even-handed, I’ll overindulge on both! Chocolate and warm, crusty bread are my downfall. I love food with lots of flavour, especially all the great Middle Eastern foods, but my stomach rebels at too much spice. So, no hot sauces or hot peppers for me!



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Meara:
I have two favourite possessions: a book that has travelled the world with me containing two stories – Robin Hood and the Tales of King Arthur’s Court – and so I learned to love romance stories and knights in shining armour at a very early age. The second possession was a gift of two toy koala bears given by one of the dear friends we’d made in Australia as we boarded our ship to head to the USA. Her father ran a toymaking factory and so my sister and I each got a father koala and baby koala as a farewell gift. To this day, those koala bears have NEVER left our side!

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Meara:
Easy question! England – Cotswolds or Lake District, or really anywhere in England! There is no more romantic, charming place on earth. The beautiful old structures, historic castles, Tudor homes, charming countryside, high tea, English accents, Regency fashions, gorgeous gardens, Shakespeare, double-decker buses! What’s not to love?

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Meara:
A childhood memory: We boarded our ship to sail from Australia to the USA and my twin sister and I were inspecting the deck chairs one sunny day, trying to determine if our heads would fit through the slats on the back of the chairs. My twin, being ten minutes older and far wiser, suggested I try it and find out. Jump ahead thirty minutes when, to my mom’s great relief, the capable ship steward managed to squeeze my firmly-wedged head out from those slats to the cheers of the HUGE crowd that had now gathered around me. No doubt they were all giving thanks that their children were not THAT stupid!

 

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Meara.

Thank you, thank you so much! It has been a treat and a huge delight to be with you! Sending love to you and all the kindred spirits who love historical romance!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Meara and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author DEB MARLOWE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi Carol!  Many thanks to you for inviting me!  I’m thrilled to be here—almost as thrilled as I was to meet you in real life at last year’s Historical Romance Retreat!

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Deb:
I was born in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The country is beautiful there.  Quite close to much of England actually with rolling hills and many farms.  But the towns were struggling when I was growing up, with the decline of the steel industry.  We didn’t have much, but I grew up close to my grandparents, aunts and cousins—and we managed to have a lot of fun!

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Deb:
 Easy going.  I’m the only girl in a house full of boys.  Keeping calm and even is self-defence.  LOL.  Truly, though, I’m pretty pragmatic.  It’s difficult to offend me, but I’ll remember it forever if you do. 🙂

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Deb:
Hmmm…savory for food.  Chex mix is my favorite! 🙂  But sweet for cocktails.  I like girly drinks with lots of juice and rum.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Deb:
Easy.  My books!  I have a fabulous collection of research books.  And between me, my husband and kids, we have a large fiction collection too.  We have bookcases in pretty much every room of the house.   Somebody once came to our house for the first time and said, “I see you people never met a book you didn’t like.”

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R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Deb:
I would choose a comfortable home on a lake.  I’m a water baby!  I love the water, love to be in it or on it.  Nothing is more calming to me than the combination of water and woods!


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Deb:
This is a hard one!  Actually, I think one of my most embarrassing moments happened at my wedding.  We had a lovely day and beautiful ceremony.  We took pictures and then it was time for us to arrive at our reception. The guests were all gathered and waiting, the DJ announced us as we entered—and he said my new husband’s name—and my sister’s.  I turned about 6 shades of red!  Everyone got a good laugh at it and we had a great time eating, dancing and spending time with our friends.  I think we were the last ones to leave!  LOL.  But I still remember that moment of mortification!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Deb.

Thank you for inviting me!  It’s been fun answering some different and interesting questions!  I hope some of your readers will share as well!

 

If you would like to find out more about Deb and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome International Bestselling Author KERRIGAN BYRNE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I’m delighted to finally be here! You are a lovely, patient person and I very much appreciate you.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Kerrigan:
I was born in Utah, and have lived in every state in the west except Oregon.  I was in 13 schools before High School, when my mother moved us back to the Salt Lake Area.  I never really felt like I “Grew up” in any one place, but I did meet a great deal of different folks, and I learned how to adjust and fit in almost anywhere.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Kerrigan:

I’m very easy going!  I like to say I’m very slow to anger, but there are a few things that irritate me almost instantly and that’s extreme discourtesy, the disrespect of women or children, and eating my leftovers out of the fridge.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Kerrigan:
Savoury. Hands down. I have a love affair with anything salty. Even my family knows if they’re looking for the salt shaker in my house, it’s in front of me.  However, I’ll order a dessert once in a while.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Kerrigan:
I’d have to say my real life, honest to goodness Tiffany lamp.  It’s peacock themed and it’s my favourite light to write by!

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Kerrigan:
HANDS DOWN a Scottish castle!  If I could retreat to the moors and watch the Highland ocean every night from the battlements, I’d be a happy soul for the rest of my life.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Kerrigan:
Oh, Geez. There are so many to choose from. I think it was when my symphony was playing at Carnegie Hall in New York, and I tripped up the stairs to the stage, almost breaking my viola.  I had to sit and play after that, needless to say it wasn’t my best performance!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Kerrigan.

Thank you so much for having me!  And thank you again for being so wonderful. I hope you enjoy THE DUKE.

 

If you would like to find out more about Kerrigan and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author ROSE GORDON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Carol, thank you so much for having me on. I am super excited to be here.

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Rose:
I was born in the southern US, but moved to the Pacific North West (Oregon) when I was six, so I feel like I grew up there. It was fantastic. An hour from the beach or an hour from the mountains, there was never a dull moment. I remember is snowing some years in July and being warm enough to wear shorts some winters. There were always festivals and fairs going on. It was truly a neat place to grow up.


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How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Rose:
This might depend on who you ask. 😀 I like to think I’m easy going, but there are times when I get excited about things and…well…excitement can quickly get away from me.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Rose:
Sweet! I have a serious addiction to sweets. Cake, pies, candy bars, homemade candies—you name it, I love it. I once heard that sugar is more addicting than cocaine and I believe it. I love sugar.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Rose:
I feel like I’m about to give a Forrest Gump answer. I don’t really have one. It’s not that I have no possessions, it’s just that I’ve learned not to put a lot of stock in physical things. Instead, I value my family and experiences I get to have with them.

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Rose:
Charleston, South Carolina. I have always loved old plantation-style houses. The style and design that went into them is so incredible. I’d love to live in one and let myself drift off to a time when things were simpler.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Rose:
I have so many to pick from…. Straying away from the ones that are most common (being walked in on naked or ripping pants in public), I will tell you about something I’m sure no one else could claim. A few years ago, I took my boys to a local cowboy themed amusement park. Before they let everyone go back, the head “dude” dressed in his cowboy duds, complete with a plastic Sheriff’s badge and a cap gun had to give us all a talk about the rules of his Frontier City (name of the place). In the middle of his show, he called on my two boys…and me to come be part of his demonstration. We got up there and suddenly he announces there is a T-Rex loose in the city and calls on each of my boys…and me…to each make a T-Rex sound (which isn’t exactly a roar, but is more of a roaring squeal) and move our arms and legs like a T-Rex in front of everyone else. Then, after we’d each done it, the audience had to vote for who did it best (my 6-year-old son won) and that person was crowned Mayor for the day.


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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Rose

Carol, thank you and your readers again for having me. I had a great time answering your questions.


If you would like to find out more about Rose and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome Award-Winning author ELIZABETH ELLEN CARTER to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest! I absolutely love your blog. You have the best reviews and interviews.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Elizabeth:
I’m a born and bred Australian but I don’t sound like it. My family is all from Yorkshire and my husband’s family is from Manchester! Growing up in Australia is wonderful. I still live in my home city of the Gold Coast which is a tourist city (perfect weather, beautiful beaches and rainforests), but it did feel like you’re so far away from the rest of the world. I love how the Internet can bring everyone so much closer.

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The photo is of my grandmother Pat on left, me at a few months old in the centre and my late mother Elizabeth (who was better known by her middle name of Ann) on the right. (My grandmother is still alive and is 92 in June). The photo was taken at Cascade Gardens, a man-made waterfall park in our city which is also home to one of our major war memorials to honour the Australians and New Guineas who fought the Japanese during WWII.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Elizabeth:
Definitely easy going. Life’s too short to be a stress bunny. I live by the Serenity Prayer.


R&R:

When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Elizabeth:
Definitely both. And over Christmas I indulged in both too much. Sigh – back on the treadmill we go. There’s no shortage of new flavours to try. We have some great restaurants in our neighbourhood. I love some of fresh Thai flavours – especially if there is ginger in there (Yum!)

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Elizabeth:
Oh, that’s a tough one! I’m presuming husbands don’t count, so I’ll have to say my vintage Gold Coast souvenir collection. It started as a joke between my husband and I. We were on holidays and walked into a country antique store and saw a 1940s dish with a scene from the Gold Coast, so we thought we’d take it back ‘home’. One thing led to another and I have more than 100 pieces in my collection including a postcard from 1915.

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Elizabeth:
Hmmm, I think on the coast of Wales would be lovely, or perhaps Cornwall. I love the sea and having a holiday home in the UK would mean research would be easier to do first hand and Europe and US being relatively short plane flights away would be wonderful!

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Elizabeth:
Oh, I have many embarrassing moments, it’s so hard to isolate just one. Let’s see… When I was 16 I was running late for the school bus one afternoon. I turned to look behind me and collided head on with a pole and landed flat on my back in front of everyone. That was pretty embarrassing…

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Elizabeth.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest Carol! Hopefully my dream of a Welsh holiday house will come true and I can visit you in person.  🙂


If you would like to find out more about Elizabeth and her books, here are the links:

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