November 22, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Book Spotlight and Author Interview- Her Bluegrass Beau by Carol Preflatish
“Her Bluegrass Beau” is author Carol Preflatish’s seventh romance novel and her favorite one so far. “I like to write about locations that I’m familiar with and while I’m not from Kentucky, it’s one of my favorite places to visit.”
“Her Bluegrass Beau” is about Karri Taylor needing to get out of California and away from her ex-boyfriend. She couldn’t think of a better time to visit the Kentucky farm she inherited from her great-aunt.
Jake Duncan is the definition of a perfect southern gentleman and it doesn’t take long for Karri take an interest. From helping him nurse his sick horse back to health to meeting the neighbors, she develops an affection for both Jake and the many attributes of the Bluegrass State.
Her plan was to sell the farm and head back home, But, when a blizzard hits, the plan changes. She’s stranded at the farmhouse until Jake comes to the rescue. With the lack of enough food and discovering the generator stolen, the only thing she can do is accept Jake’s offer to stay with him until power is restored.
During her time with Jake, she learns that a big company is trying to buy all the farms in the area, against the wishes of the neighbors. She’s torn between selling her farm and going back home where she owns a business or stay in Kentucky and start all over with Jake by her side.
The next morning, she woke up thinking she heard a noise. There it was again. Someone was pounding on the front door. Still dark outside, she looked at her watch that showed seven o’clock local time. She quickly got out of bed, grabbed her robe and headed down the stairs to the door. Before opening it, she looked around for something to protect herself. She spotted an umbrella behind the door and picked it up. It would have to do. She turned the porch light on and moved the curtain on the door aside to see who was waking her up at such an early hour. It was four a.m. in California.
Standing on the other side of the door was Jake, the neighbor she met last night. “Good morning,” his frosty breath floated upward as he spoke.
“What do you want?” she said, still not opening the door.
“I brought you some coffee and biscuits with sorghum. Can I come in? It’s kind of cold out here.”
Karri looked up at the big round thermometer that hung from the porch roof and saw the temperature was nineteen degrees. The thought of that hot coffee sounded too good to pass up, especially since her bare feet were freezing. She opened the door to let Jake inside and pulled her light robe around her. She shivered when the cold air hit her skin.
“Thanks. The cold was beginning to make it through my clothes.” He immediately started walking toward the kitchen. He held a thermos in one hand and a pie tin with aluminum foil over more rudeness, she thought. She put the umbrella back and followed him to the kitchen.
“I figured you didn’t have any food here and would be hungry for breakfast. I fixed me some biscuits this morning and thought I’d bring some back to you.” He turned on the oven and uncovered the pie tin of biscuits. From one coat pocket, he sat a glass jar of brown syrupy looking substance on the table and then from the other pocket, he took out a small piece of aluminum foil. When he unfolded it, she saw it had butter inside.
“You think of everything, don’t you?”
“I try. Why don’t get a couple plates and coffee cups for us. I only brought some sugar, I hope you don’t use cream?” He took a plastic zipper bag of sugar out of the same pocket that had held the butter.
“Sugar is fine.” She went to the cabinet and got some plates and cups. After rinsing and drying them, she brought them to the table. Jake got silverware from one of the drawers and placed them on the table.
He sure knows his way around this kitchen, she thought. As he poured her a cup of coffee, she thought she might be salivating. She added two sugars to her cup and took a long drink before sitting down.
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When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing plays when I was in elementary school, but didn’t really realize how much I loved writing until high school.
How many books have you written?
I’ve written seven romance novels, one cookbook, and one non-fiction book.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
When I was working full time, it took about a year to finish a book. I recently retired, so I’m hoping to cut that time in half. However, I’m finding myself to be busier since I retired than before.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I knew I wanted to write a book located in Kentucky and I remember driving past so many horse farms when we would go camping in Kentucky, it just seemed like the perfect setting. The plot just sort of fell into place from that idea.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is the late Robert B. Parker, but I also love reading James Patterson, Craig Johnson, and Lisa Gardner.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I do most of my writing in my office, but I also love to go to a local coffee shop to write. Aside from those, my favorite place to write is when my husband and I go camping or to a cabin for a weekend. While he’s out fishing, I write.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
A little of both. I do have an idea of who the character is before I start, but as I write they develop their own personality and most of the time, I just let them grow.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I don’t. Too many things come up during the day, so each word or page count is different.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
It seems there’s a different thing every day, but two things come to mind. I hate writing a synopsis of my book and coming up with new marketing ideas for each new book is really hard.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
I never have a problem coming up with plots. I have a whole folder of ideas filed away.
Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?
I do. I made Pinterest boards of my last two books and it seemed to help with the visualization of the book.
Are your characters based on people you know?
Not on a person as a whole, but maybe characteristics of a few people put together.
Do you use your experiences in your books?
I think I draw on my own experiences in each book differently. I love to cook and I used that in “A Kitchen Affair” about a personal chef. My current book takes place in rural Kentucky and I’m from a rural area in southern Indiana across the river from Kentucky.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
I don’t know that I would call it writer’s block, but I do have trouble getting motivated to write when I sit at the computer. When that happens, the writing isn’t very good that day.
What do you think makes a good story?
Most of my books are romantic suspense and for them I think keeping a good balance of the romance and suspense makes the story good.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
No doubt about it, I get energized when I write.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Just this summer, a neighbor of my mother’s shouted across the street to me that she loved my book and couldn’t put it down. That’s always nice to hear.
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
My husband loves to tell people about his wife the writer. I hope that means he’s proud of me.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
One thing I like to do every day is be active. Sitting at a computer so much isn’t good for you, so I try to either take a walk down the road and back, get on the treadmill, or do a workout video. Other than that, I love photography, especially nature photography.
Do you like music or silence when your write?
I can write with either in the background, but mostly it’s just the television on low behind me.
Do you outline or do you just write?
Each book starts with a rough outline, but usually by chapter four, that’s all out the window.
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
I used to prefer pencil and paper. When I was working, I would write over my lunch hour and didn’t have a computer or tablet that I could take with me, so pencil and paper was it. Now that I’m home all the time, I only write on the computer. I do feel that I was more creative when I wrote by hand though.
Do you write as routine or do you write when you feel like it?
My writing schedule is about to change. My husband worked second shift and I always wrote at night. However, he just retired and home 24/7. I’m currently trying to develop a new routine.
What do you love best about your current book?
I love the plot of city girl coming to live for a while in the country. I think my tag line describes it well, “She was a California girl in a Kentucky world.”
What is your next project?
I’m switching genres for my next project which will be a police procedural mystery that takes place in a small town in Massachusetts.
Carol Preflatish lives in southern Indiana and shares a log cabin with her husband and two cats in what seems like an enchanted forest with a menagerie of wildlife constantly visiting. A few little-known facts about Carol are that she’s a licensed amateur radio operator, has a degree in Physical Education, and is a collector of golf balls, shot glasses, and coins. Carol is a member of the Sisters in Crime organization and Kentuckiana Authors.
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