Mary Connealy is here today answering the questions nosy readers want to know. She's also hosting a sweet giveaway, so look for details at the end of the interview!
The last thing you threw away: I'm a real tosser, Joy. I don't cling to stuff. Uh...stumped. My empty Diet Coke can. Yeah, that's fascinating.
A brand of breakfast cereal in your pantry: I don't eat much breakfast cereal. I have a peanut butter sandwich and a Diet Coke every morning for breakfast. I eat it on my drive to work. My husband eats cereal. He's a big Raisin Bran fan.
Three things in your purse: Pictures of my granddaughter I can draw faster than a six-gun. It's only the last couple of years I've even carried a purse. I'm a minimalist. I carried a wallet. But now, thanks mainly to a cell phone, I carry a purse. So, Wallet, Cell Phone, Pictures.
Something that will fall out of your medicine cabinet when I open it: My husband's razor. For some reason, that thing is just tippy.
A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel: This is actually really hard. Hmmmm...okay, I know one my editor made me take out. I agree with him. Still, I like the passion of the line.
Here's the original scene, he made me cut the paragraph in bold. He said he didn't think it honored the covenant of marriage and I agreed with him. But I still liked it, that Tom and Mandy were meant for each other from the beginning, unfortunately they met when she was newly married to a jerk.
A little set up. Mandy is the Sharpshooter in Petticoats. A family of outlaws has started a feud against her, and she set out, after their last attack, which came right after her wedding ceremony to Tom, to hunt them down and kill them in cold blood. Tom found her and dragged her away from her pursuit of her enemies.
SHARPSHOOTER IN PETTICOATS
And now finally it was time to talk.
"I've made my choice." She stalked over to Tom. "I'm not going to sit like a frightened rabbit and wait for those Cooters to come for me and my children and you.
Tom looked up from the fire where he was feeding in sticks, with eyes so blazing hot, Mandy felt burned.
"So you headed out to kill them, is that right?" He threw in a bigger stick. "You were crawling up that rise to murder those men in cold blood-"
"They deserve to die!"
"-because you don't trust me to protect you, is that right?" Tom shouted the last three words.
"I did it to save your life. I know you'd protect me. I know you'd die for me. I understand all of that. But I can't let you."
"The one thing you don't seem to know, woman," Tom surged to his feet, "is that you can't stop me."
His arm whipped out quick as a striking rattler and he yanked her hard against his body. "You're mine."
He grabbed a hank of her hair. "You've been mine since the day we met. You were mine when you were married to another man. You were mine when you were giving birth to someone else's child. You're mine, and I'm through waiting for you."
He sank his heavy hand deeper into her hair and tilted her head back. "We're married, I will protect you. I will die for you."
He kissed her until her knees went weak and her arms wrapped around his neck to keep from falling. Long moments later, he raised his head, his blue eyes burning into hers.
"Better than that. I will live for you. That's all you need to understand." He swooped his head down, and Mandy had one flash of a moment to think she was still prey, this time to a diving hawk.
At last she finally and completely understood that she was Tom's, and he was hers. And he was right. It had always been like this between them.
Whew, I could use a glass of ice water- but I do see your editor's point.
The name of every book you've ever published (you might need extra lines, lol):
Golden Days, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon, Gingham Mountain, Nosy in Nebrasak, containing; Of Mice…and Murder, Pride and Pestilence, The Miceman Cometh, Black Hills Blessing containing Buffalo Gal, Clueless Cowboy, The Bossy Bridegroom, Cowboy Christmas, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree, Wildflower Bride, Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats and coming in January Sharpshooter in Petticoats. I have eight more contracted and on the way.
Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word:This is a strange question, Joy. Uh??? Darn it?
They're all strange questions, Mary ;)
What sounds might I hear outside your kitchen window? Moo-ing, birds tweeting, wind blowing. I live on a ranch waaaay out in the country.
One lousy job from your past?
OH MY GOSH!!!! (hey, that's kinda a curse word)
I had a job building semi-trailer trucks the summer after I graduated from high school. I filled in for people on vacation and mowed the VAST lawn and I had to repaint the lunch room. I had to take the ceiling tiles down and paint the frame that held them up and then paint the tiles and replace them. Except (here's the lousy part) when I'd take those tiles down DEAD MICE WOULD FALL OUT OF THE CEILING ONTO ME. I'm surprised I didn't end up in a straight jacket. Hideous experience. Nightmare-ish. I need to quit typing now and weep. And it was thirty five years ago.
What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Everything that flits through my mind seems like too much. "Well done my good and faithful servant." Do I dare to hope I'm doing well for God? If I am, God is doing it through me. One of my steady prayers is that my work will be more than I'm capable of. That God will use what I write for His kingdom in ways beyond my humble ability. I would love to hear that I did that. But I will settle for the very simple, "I know you. Come in."
Tell us about the candid photo:
The informal picture is of me at a nearby historical museum standing by a buffalo. I'm the one in yellow…shut up.
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas series, the Montana Marriages series and a new series—Sophie's Daughters, has begun with Doctor in Petticoats and releasing in October, Wrangler in Petticoats.
Sophie McClellen from Petticoat Ranch has her daughters all grown up now. You didn’t think they'd be quiet little things did you?
Find Mary online at:
Petticoats & Pistols
It's giveaway time!
Mary, thanks so much for visiting Edgy Inspirational Romance!
Mary's offered to give one reader a copy of her newest release, Wrangler in Petticoats. To enter, leave a comment between now and Thursday telling her how much you enjoyed her visit. Be sure to include your email address if it's not in your profile.