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Interview with author of Sweet Texas Secrets series, Monica Tillery!

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Blurb:

Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.

The Cooper brothers receive the shock of their lives when their deceased father, owner of the lucrative Guac Ole company, wills away their inheritances to three random women, leaving them each only a mysterious object and a riddle to solve. You don’t want to miss a sexy minute of their search for answers – and love.

  • Sweet Texas Kiss: Gavin Cooper can’t wrap his mind around why country music superstar Macy Young would end up inheriting his family home. Seeing his childhood memories handed over to his high school rival – the first woman to break his heart – stings, especially when Gavin is left only a pair of old reading glasses. Luckily, Macy can’t sell the house for one year – plenty of time for him to find a way to get it back. Can a country star and a country veterinarian find a way to bury their animosity and rediscover their first love in the process?
  • Sweet Texas Fire: Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Instead, his business nemesis, environmental analyst Charlotte Wilkinson, inherits this valuable property with its oil-rich land and its secrets, and Gage pockets a useless key. He’ll do anything to reverse this fortune, including eloping to Vegas for a sham marriage. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what’s worth more: the land he’s always coveted or a future with Charlotte.
  • Sweet Texas Charm: Becca Nash has no idea why kind, old Jack Cooper left her half of his company since she never had more than a few polite conversations with the guy. Neither does Grayson Cooper, Guac Olé’s CEO, who is seething over the strawberry-shaped charm his dad willed him. He goes undercover boss to find out how he can steal back those shares, but surprisingly loses his heart to Becca instead. What he does discover is a secret that could blow apart not only Becca’s world but his whole family. Now Grayson must determine whether it’s better to follow his head or his heart.

Interview:

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a lifelong Texan, married to my favorite person in the world, and I have two awesome sons. I’ve been a social worker and a massage therapist, and being an author has been more fun than both of those. In my free time, I love playing games (I’ve been in the same bunco group for over seventeen years), hanging out with my friends, and reading.

 

 

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

 Sweet Texas Kiss is the first in a new continuity that I created with two of my author friends. Robyn Neeley, who wrote the final book, invited Nicole Flockton and I to develop and write a new continuity, and we had so much fun the last time we collaborated together (on the Emerald Springs Legacy series) that we couldn’t say yes quickly enough! We brainstormed ideas and came up with the idea of writing about the three sons of a deceased guacamole tycoon who are shocked to find that he left their inheritances to three random women.

 

My book kicks off the series with Gavin’s story. Gavin is a veterinarian who was expecting to receive the family home but instead finds himself locking horns with Macy, a country music superstar. Let’s just say that these two have a rocky past and he’s not exactly happy to see her again.

 What inspires and what got your started in writing?

Like most writers, I was a reader first. I’m actually still much more a reader than a writer. When I was younger, I idolized authors and never thought I’d actually be able to write a book. One evening at home, I was complaining to my husband about a wildly popular series that I just don’t see the appeal of, and he suggested that I write a book. For whatever reason, I finally started writing then, and I haven’t stopped yet.

 

 Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I write at my desk, and I usually have a scented candle lit. It’s kind of my signal to focus on writing instead of working at my day job, which is decidedly less creative. I’ve had canvas prints made of all my book covers, and they hang on the wall in front of me while I work. It inspires me to create more.

 

 How do you get your ideas for writing?

 I get my ideas from real life. I’ll hear about a situation, an interesting job, or a cool person and think about how I can work the details into a book. I’m related by marriage to the guy who started everyone’s favorite guacamole brand, so I thought it would be fun to write about the family of a guacamole tycoon.

 

 What do you like to read?     

 I love a little bit in most genres. I read romance, horror, literary fiction, paranormal, the occasional mystery, and I’ve even started enjoying a little science fiction. I try to read the books everyone’s talking about (I hate being left out!), I have a few authors I have on auto-buy, and I read whatever my monthly book club selection is, whether I think I’ll like it or not.

 

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

 My advice is the piece of writerly wisdom that finally gave me the push to start: If you want to be a writer, write. Don’t think about writing; don’t talk about writing; just write.

The internet is replete with education on craft, style, marketing, and publishing. There are more books and classes on writing than you could read in a lifetime. There are people willing to share their expertise, and there are associations you can join to help you learn the craft. You can get better with time and practice, but not if you never actually write anything. Just get started!

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