Gail Interviews Stacy Finz, Getting Western With It!

My dear Gentle Reader,

Please join me in welcoming the lovely Stacy Finz to the blog today!

Stacy is an awesome, hilarious, vibrant human who I am lucky enough to get to see pretty regularly, as she is a member of my RWA chapter. Accordingly I invited her around for virtual tea!

About the Author!

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?

I’ll give you my coffee when you pry it from my cold, dead hands (sorry, Gail). I take it with a dab of cream. No sugar or sugar substitutes.

Please describe your personal style for author appearances.

Like my book characters, I grew up in a small farming and ranching community where jeans and a pair of ropers got you into the best restaurant in town. Since then, I’ve moved to the city. But you know what they say: You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. So jeans are still pretty much my go-to uniform, though I’ve ditched the ropers for some pretty glitzy cowboy boots. At last count I own 21 pairs. Here’s me gussied up for an author photo…

If I were to observe the writer beast in its native environment, what surprising thing might I see? What does the environment look like?

A lot of road signs hanging on the wall, including one for my fictional town of Nugget (population 5,916). Besides the road signs, a collection of cowboy hats and an old San Francisco Chronicle mug from my time as a newspaper reporter. Most surprising thing: It’s actually relatively neat and a little girly (lots of periwinkle blue and white).

If you could travel in any type of conveyance, what would it be?

Horse! There’s nothing like seeing the world from the back of a good working quarter horse.

No deviating: vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a plain or a sugar cone?
(Gail will use this to determine your level of sanity.)

Sugar cone without hesitation. Chocolate unless it’s soft-serve or frozen custard, then absolutely vanilla!
(Gail pronounces you sane.)

What’s most likely to make you laugh?

Really silly movies with Will Ferrell.

Since writers inevitably end up in the bar, what’s your poison?

Tequila. No mixtos, it has to be 100-percent agave. I’m less snobby about my Margaritas. Give me a fruity, slushy Margarita any day of the year.

Stacy Finz is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns as a newspaper reporter, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction.

She is the author of the Nugget Romance series, the Garner Brothers series, and the upcoming Dry Creek Ranch series. She lives in Northern California with her husband.

About the book!

What should readers eat while consuming your novel?

A tri-tip sandwich with barbecue beans.

What form does evil take within its pages?

A hike up a very steep mountain.
(Gail feels very similarly about hiking.)

Which one of your characters would you most want to kiss and why?

Win Garner, the hero in Love You. He’s as charming as he is hot and is a very passionate kisser.

What’s your favorite period in history and does it influence your world building?

1945 to the present, or in other words contemporary history. My worlds are built in the present but I give a nod to the Gold Rush since I set most of my books in California’s Gold Country and Sierra Nevada. In the first Nugget book, Going Home, my heroine was obsessed with the Donner Party. There’s also a flavor of the Old West in my worlds, including plenty of modern-day cattle rustling.

Which one of your characters would you most like to slap and why?

The heroine’s mother, Geneva. She’s obsessed with her daughter’s weight and physical appearance and is constantly criticizing her. She’s the quintessential tiger mom.

Without spoilers, what’s the funnest (or funniest) part of the book?

Every year, Win, the story’s hero, is Mr. December in the mayor’s pet project, a calendar to raise money for the volunteer fire department. This year Win’s having second thoughts about posing (each year the photos get more provocative) because he’s trying to lose his image as the town’s stud muffin. I don’t want to give anything away but there’s some pretty funny back and forth between him and the mayor, who if you ever saw “There’s Something about Mary” is a lot like Magda.

If your story smelled of something, what would that be?

The Sierra Nevada in summertime.

Love You by Stacy Finz

Darcy Wallace may be an employee at Garner Adventure, but the kind of excitement she’s looking for is more of the indoor variety. After a sexless marriage and a painful divorce, who better to help her get her groove back than the hottest player in town—Win Garner himself. There’s just one flaw in her seduction plan: he won’t cooperate.

Win is used to being the pursuer, so when Darcy turns the tables it throws him off his game—at first. Not that he isn’t tempted, he’s just trying to change his ways. Yet when he and Darcy are paired up for a work project there’s no avoiding the tension between them—or the fact that they make an indomitable team. Soon, Win begins to feel their connection is no game. This could be the real thing. And one no-strings-attached night together just might seal the deal . . .

I hope you enjoyed this interview and let me know if you try out one of Stacy’s books, what you think!

Yours etc…

Miss Gail

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