Featured Interview With Cricket Rohman
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Estes Park, Colorado, and spent my formative years among deer, coyotes, and beautiful blue columbine. I could see snow-capped peaks in almost every direction. Living on the boundary line of the Rocky Mountain National Park I could wander in by stepping out the backdoor of my childhood home.
Today I am a full-time author writing Sweet Romance, Westerns, Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Mysteries about cowboys, teachers, the great outdoors—even Alzheimer’s. So far, there is a wonderful dog in each of my novels. (I love dogs, horses too.)
Prior to full-time writing, I was an actor, a singer, an audio/video producer, a classroom teacher, and a school principal. I claim to be an eclectic reader and, therefore, an eclectic writer who loves to hike, cook, read, and write.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was one of those kids who hid under the blankets and secretly read by flashlight at a young age. I recall reading books like Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew books, and I actually read Atlas Shrugged when I was 12; probably not a great idea. My older brother was literally a genius. Me? Not so much. He could read almost anything before he turned three. That was a tough act to follow. But once I was able to read, I read all the time. What a great escape. I have to give some credit to my mother. She took me to the library almost every week and I got to check out 5 books.
I wrote quite a bit during my high school years, but never for pleasure. Writing assigned topics I had no interest in turned me off even though my grades were good because I wrote "correctly."
I wrote 125 emergent readers but didn't tackle a full-length novel until 2011. My first novel, WANTED: AN HONEST MAN is still available and doing well. It took me 18 months to write it and then I was told I had to edit it down from 120,000 words to 80,000 words. What a project.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My eclecticness is going to show here as well as my use of made-up words. Some of my favorite authors are Nevada Barr and her Anna Pigeon Novels; Cynthia Rylant's, Missing May; Jennifer Crusie's rom-coms; Genevieve Graham's Under the Same Sky; and John O'Brien's post-apocalyptic A New World series.
Life, people, animals, nature, all inspire me on a daily basis. I seem to learn something new every day.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My Work-in-Progress is book 4 in The McAllister Brothers Series. I'm hoping for a December 2021 release. Its working title is Wild Weddings and the McAllister women have major roles in this book.
I've listed the first book in this series here on Awesome Book Promotions.
Book 1 in The McAllister Brothers Series
A vegetarian from the city and a cattle-raising rancher sounds like a match made in hell. But what if they need each other more than they realize?
How will Hannah deal with becoming a novice rancher and a fake widow all in one day?
Book 2 in The McAllister Brothers Series
Troy, a wealthy rancher, and Ivy, a beautiful, would-be novelist team up to save the ranch from unthinkable evil and end up fighting for their lives. It seemed the end was near when an unexpected visitor shocked them all.
Book 3 in The McAllister Brothers Series
Trace and Troy agree to take their dad’s challenge and ride horseback across the remote wastelands of Wyoming with Christmas just weeks away.
Three men in danger, three women worry. What could possibly go wrong?
Book 4 in the McAllister Brothers Series