On purpose very little, but I seem to find myself in them. Especially the flaws. Hmm.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Threw a surprise retirement party for my sweet hubby. (Pray for that man : ) Since the dates were so close, I got my good friend to get my husband to plan a surprise birthday party for me not knowing he was planning his own party. He even cleaned the house for his own retirement party. He hasn’t let me forget that one yet.
(Actually, I could share a few other quirky things, but I won't.) When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I am a late bloomer. Played with it a little in high school, but back in the day we only read books by authors long dead. So it was never an idea I had of something that I could or should do.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I do like action with believable characters. Love historicals set in the Old West.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Oh, were we supposed to keep that? Seriously, the only way to keep sane in this crazy world is through Jesus Christ. He is the wind in my sails, and the life in my blood.
Without Him, I am nothing and lost.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
They just fall out of the air into my head. I am a seat-of-the-pants writer so I am often surprised by my characters.
Sometimes I do have to change the names later.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I think when I really got serious about writing and decided to finish a book rather than start a new one each week. : )
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I love horses, the idea of galloping across the land sounds delightful to me. I even cry when I watch Secretariat win that last race.
What is your favorite food?
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Keeping myself on one story long enough to finish it. Now when a new story attacks me (yes, that is what they do) I write down the idea and tell it to wait in line with the others.
Tell us about the featured book.
Set in 1859
is a story of finding freedom and forgiveness. A jilted bride, a wayward
sheriff, a small boy, outlaws, and a gallows provide plenty of action, romance,
and hope. Liberty
Liberty Longstreet was left at the altar, but that wasn’t the worst of her day. She awakens to the fact that she needs to declare independence from her controlling mother. Wanting her freedom and to find a man of her choosing, Libby leaves home for faraway
Denver. She just doesn't
count on being robbed, falling for a wayward sheriff, or being accused of
Sheriff Wade Calder throws down his badge in a quest for revenge. Instead, he takes responsibility for his enemy’s young son. Wanting only to be free, Wade runs into Libby, and she wins what is left of his heart. Unfortunately, he has nothing to offer her until he picks up his badge. His honor is restored, but it may cost Libby her
Together they learn the cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Patricia PacJac Carroll
I can do this. I will. I have to. Liberty Auraria Longstreet stared into the gold-framed mirror hanging in the tiny, church, dressing room. She hoped to come up with an answer, a secret way to escape her fate. Instead, her image told the facts. She was to be married. Today. To Thomas Garvey. And all because Mother lay so near death that her weakened condition prevented even her attendance at the wedding.
Libby’s groaning sigh stirred the air in the claustrophobic enclosure. Why did Mother’s dying heart have to sentence hers to a life with a man she didn’t love? Libby pulled the lace hanky from her sleeve, fingered the intricately initialed E, and wiped a tear from her cheek.
With eyes squeezed shut, she searched her mind for the man in her dreams. The one she’d imagined on countless, long nights. The one she’d dreamed of under sun-filled skies in the garden. The one she desired to come find her, speak life into her heart, and whisk her away to a life of adventure.
She sighed again. He only existed in her dreams. Her hopes had been replaced by Mother’s pale face and gasping desire to know her only child would marry into a prominent family.
How can readers find you on the Internet?My website is http://www.patriciapacjaccarroll.com
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