Welcome to my Meet My Character Blog Tour! My good friend and critique partner, Caroline Clemmons, invited me to participate in this fun project. I want you to get to know my character, Matelyn O'Donnell, but first I'll introduce you to Caroline.
Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon best selling author of historical and contemporary western romances whose books have garnered numerous awards. Her latest release is, GABE KINCAID, book four of her popular Kincaid series. A frequent speaker at conferences, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view and layering a novel.
Caroline is a member of Romance Writers of America, Yellow Rose Romance Writers, From The Heart Romance Writers, and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. Her latest publications include the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain series: BRAZOS BRIDE, HIGH STAKES BRIDE, and BLUEBONNET BRIDE and the audiobooks of BRAZOS BRIDE and HIGH STAKES BRIDE.
Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, Newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and -- for a short time -- an antique dealer. When she's not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, getting together with friends, and enhoying watching the birds, butterflies and squirrels wandering through her back yard.
Meet My Character
Now, I'll introduce you to the heroine of Matelyn And The Texas Ranger, the second novella in the Brides of Texas series.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My character is Matelyn Gloria O'Donnell. She is completely fictional, except she is exhibiting traits of the spunky woman she is named for - my mother.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story starts in Dallas County, Texas, moves briefly to New Orleans, Louisiana, then wends its way back to Dallas from Indianola on the Texas coast. It's set in the year 1875.
|Ship Matelyn may have traveled on to Texas.|
3) What should we know about him/her?
Mattie is a single woman who learned to take care of herself early in life and is fiercely
independent. This trait served her well on the trip from Ireland with her brother, Jamey, and cousin, Katie. She fought for what they needed and for their safety. Being self-sufficient has proven beneficial in her job as a lady's companion and will be essential for her survival when she reaches Texas. Her strength and independence have prevented her falling in love thus far, but she's certain there's a man willing to love her for who she is.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The trip to Texas from New Orleans offers Mattie an incredible opportunity to begin her life anew. When plans go awry and she's forced to rely on the Texas Ranger for her very survival, Mattie finds it hard to comply with his overbearing attitude. After days on the trail and being chased by a band of outlaws trying to kill her, she begins to rethink her thoughts of complete independence. She develops unexpected feelings for this tortured man and begins the process of finding a chink in his armor.
|Dress like Matelyn may have worn.|
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Mattie wants to marry a good man, have children and a home of her own. Barring that, she at least wants to be self-sufficient, living life on her own terms.
6) Is there a working title? And can we read more about it?
Yes, the title is MATELYN AND THE TEXAS RANGER. I will be sharing excerpts on my Facebook author page and will post the cover and blurb right here on my blog soon.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
I've had to push the date back a couple of weeks to the second week of September 2014.
Next week (August 25) Check out this awesome writer's characters.
Person I'm Tagging:
Kit Morgan, Author
|Kit Morgan, Author|
A consistent Top 100 lists bestseller, Kit Morgan, aka Geralyn Beauchamp, has been writing for fun all of her life. When writing as Geralyn Beauchamp, her books are epic, adventurous, romantic fantasy at its best. When writing as Kit Morgan they are whimsical, fun, inspirational, sweet stories that depict a strong sense of family and community. 'His Prairie Princess' is the first of the Prairie Brides books and the first in the series of a long line of stories about Clear Creek, Oregon. One of the wackiest little towns in the old west! Get to know the townsfolk in Clear Creek and come sit a spell!
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