I had the fun chance to interview the lovely Beth Caudill who writes for Wild Rose Press. Her first foray into the shapeshifting world begins with Informally Yours. Not only is she a writer, but she’s one of the hardest working moms in the business. Oh, I forgot. Motherhood isn’t a business. It if were, there would be a lot of millionaires running around right now.
First I’d like to thank Marcia and the other authors at ShapeShifter Romance for having me here today. I’m Beth Caudill and I write short paranormal and fantasy stories.
MC: Tell us about Informally Yours. And doggone it, why is that excerpt so short on your website? I want more!
BC: The idea for Informally Yours came from a writing challenge on Kelley Armstrong’s Online Writing Group. We were given the picture of a haunted house and in 1500 to 2000 words had to write a story staring the house. I saw more in my head then just the short house scene.
IY was rejected the first time I submitted it. But I was asked to rework it and The Wild Rose Press accepted it on my second submission. Here is the blurb:
Everyday Melinda Jenson goes to work at Formally Yours, a high-end formal wear store, unaware the customers and owner are members of the local supernatural community. On Halloween night, Melinda’s boss asks her to make a simple delivery. Unwilling to disappoint her niece and nephew, she arrives late and has an unexpected encounter with a wolf. Now she’s chasing cute, furry forest creatures, and mated to a man she barely knows. “May you live in interesting times,” just took on a whole new meaning.
MC: Knowing that you have some werewolf lovers on this blog, we want to know what drew you to one of our favorite subjects, werewolves.
BC: Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are but a few of the tales children read/hear in which the wolf is portrayed as an evil character. I love the image of a wolf howling particularly against a snow covered forest background. I think wolves are beautiful and intelligent creatures we should respect not fear.
MC: We also like offspring…or at least, I do. :) Any chance on Informally Yours producing any offspring (a.k.a series)?
BC: Not at this time. None of the other characters from IY have come begging me to write about them. I have 10 files of started stories plus a few more in notes jotted down. So if the characters don’t jump up and scream at me I don’t work on their story.
I am working on another wolf shifter story set in a new world. (I always wanted to visit another planet so I made one up.) This one will spawn some offspring. I have ideas for three separate stories and a possible fourth. They won’t all be wolves but I’m starting there.
MC: We’re incredibly nosy people. Give us the scoop on your other works available through The Wild Rose Press.
BC: My first release, Garden Magic, first appeared in the Rose Petals Volume 2 anthology. TWRP rereleased it as a standalone short story earlier this year.
Melinda Conley was the last of three magical sisters to marry. After failing to find a mate in the supernatural community, she falls for a mortal. So what happens when her magic garden says he’s not her one true love?
My second release is very short and inspired by a friend who told me there weren’t enough dragon romances, my love of reading Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern books, and hearing the theme to Dragon Tales on PBS one too many times.
Lady Karee Wilmore is about to be married. To a Prince no less. Yet she is unhappy, all her life she has dreamed of being a Dragon’s Mate. She is resigned with her match to the Prince until circumstances land her kidnapped by an Air Dragon. Will all her dreams come true on the cusp of her wedding?
In celebration of October being Paranormal month at The Wild Rose Press, all Black (Vampire/Shapeshifter) and Faery (Fantasy/Futuristic) stories are on sale.
MC: If you were a shapeshifter, what kind would you be and why? If you say a turnip, I’m sending you valium.
BC: Nope, no turnips here. I’d be a wolf, a dragon, or an owl. I’ve always wanted to fly and wolves are just cool. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Beth! Informally Yours is available today, so don’t forget to get your copy. And check out her website at www.bethcaudill.net.
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