Today I’m talking to Tena Stetler, author of ten paranormal romances. She is a contributing author to the Deerbourne Inn series, and her book Mystic Maples is now available.
What’s the first book you remember reading on your own as a child, or your favorite childhood read?
My favorite childhood books were the Trixie Beldon and the Nancy Drew series. I still have all of the books in each series. They occupy a special shelf on my bookcase.
What’s your favorite place to write?
In my sunroom with my parrot playing on her play stand keeping my company.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned on your writing journey so far?
Write what you love.
What do you do when you feel stuck?
Take my dog for a long walk around the neighborhood.
Writers are readers too. Please recommend a romance you recently read and enjoyed.
Molly Harper’s Gimme Some Sugar. I love Molly’s humor.
What was it that appealed to you about the Deerbourne Inn series?
I love writing about a small town with other authors adding to the mix. This is the second collaborative series I’ve been involved with (the first was Lobster Cove). It’s so much fun.
What was the inspiration behind Mystic Maples? I wanted to dip my toes in a time travel and decided that Deerbourne Inn would be a good fit. The gypsy culture has always intrigued me. So when I played the what if game, Sil and Mercy came to me with their stories. Mercy is a character after my own heart. Her insatiable curiosity is always getting her into trouble, not unlike myself. LOL. One day I’d love to visit Vermont during the fall colors. It’s on my bucket list. LOL
Tell us about Mystic Maples.
Earth/Fire witch Mercy Rose’s insatiable curiosity always gets her in trouble. After a break-in at her Colorado flower shop, and a court battle that comes to a screeching halt in her favor, she arrives at Deerbourne Inn for a much-needed getaway. Looking for peace and quiet, she finds just the opposite in a startling, handsome but mysterious man and his dog.
Silvanus Forrest’s gypsy/fae heritage is a double-edged sword. The land he inherited from his parents is rumored to be enchanted. But when Mercy discovers the truth, his well-ordered life unravels, and they’re catapulted into the past to right a wrong. Along the way their lives intertwine, and they discover the true meaning of family and love. Will they change the past in time to save their future?
Do you have an extract you can share with us?
As Silvanus walked down the path, the young woman from the inn was standing at his truck, conversing with Rag-a-Muffin through the partially open window. Raga wasn’t even barking. “Her name’s Raga, short for Rag-a-Muffin.” He grinned.
He was surprised when she jumped. Her curls bounced around her shoulders as she held her hand to her heart and whirled to face him. Her eyes were a bit disconcerting.
“Whew, you scared me. What a beautiful dog. The white fur patches around her big brown eyes really set them off. She seems sweet, though I didn’t try to pet her.”
Transfixed, he stared at her for a couple beats. Her eyes were mesmerizing, one emerald green and the other the brightest blue he’d ever seen. He blinked and looked at Raga for a second. It was rude to stare. Finally, he found his voice. “She has a history, but she seems to like you.”
Red patches bloomed on her cheeks. “Don’t we all. I best be on my way.” She turned on her heel and hurried down the street.
“Wait… I didn’t get your name?” His question was too late. She was either already out of hearing distance or didn’t want to acknowledge him.
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