1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Historical? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)
Lots of historical action. LOL! Think corsets, whiskey, pistol duels, river pirates, and Southern drawls.
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
It usually starts with an image. In this case, I was intrigued by Gambit from the X-Men! I just love a handsome rogue with Southern gentility, and I’ve always been fascinated by riverboat gamblers and their ingenious cheating devices. Add to that the real-life story of Caroline Dye, the 19th century Arkansas “seer” who told fortunes over playing cards, and I knew my latest story would be about a gambler hero and a fortuneteller heroine.
3. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Being a storyteller. I enjoy creating characters and their worlds. But the best part is hearing from readers who enjoyed what I wrote. :-)
4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?
I’m reading chapters by my critique partners at the moment. They’re all wonderfully talented, published authors. But as for a TBR, I’m reading The Jewel by Beth Williamson next.
5. What are you working on now?
The next River Rogues book—Kit’s story. He’s a gunslinger who makes an appearance in book one, so be sure to watch for him. ;-)
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Possessing uncanny people-reading skills like her mama, Philadelphia “Dell” Samuels has spent thirteen years in her aunt’s rustic Ozarks home, telling fortunes over playing cards and trying to pass as white. But the treacherous Mississippi River childhood her mama dragged her away from finally catches up to her on a steamboat captained by her old friend Rory Campbell.
Known to his crew as the Devil’s Henchman, Rory is a gambler in need of a miracle. Following the cold trail of his boss’s wife and bastard daughter, Dell, Rory has only one goal in mind: saving his crew from the boss’s cruelty by ruining him. The only one who can defeat the Monster of the Mississippi is the man trained to take his place. Rory’s convinced he can lure his boss into a high-stakes game against a rival, and with Dell’s people-reading skills, the monster will lose everything.
Under Rory’s tutelage and protection, Dell agrees to the tortured captain’s plan. Passion and peril quickly bring them together as lovers. But when Rory’s plan goes awry, the lives of the innocent depend on Dell’s ability to read the situation correctly—and hopefully save them all.
Her Wicked Captain is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Samhain Publishing.
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Historical romance author Sandra Jones was born and raised in Arkansas. She loves living in a cabin overlooking White River where she enjoys watching eagles and dreaming about the adventurous frontiersmen who once traveled past in steamboats. When she’s not reading, writing or researching, she’s the cook for her cranky old tom cat, her husband of more than 25 years, and her two grown sons. She also loves to chat with her fans.