Today I have Tanya Hanson from The Wild Rose Press telling us about her holiday story, The Christmas Room. I can personally read Christmas stories all year long!
Title: The Christmas Room
Author: Tanya Hanson
Series: The Twelve Brides of Christmas
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 70 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Released: November 17th, 2014
1. What inspired you to write this book?
My amazing editor Nic D'Arienzo asked me to represent the Cactus Rose Line in the boxed set The Twelve Brides of Christmas. Since brides and Christmas are two of my favorite things, I couldn't resist. My theme was Four Calling Birds. (Sizzling Hot Books has given it a five-heart review!)
2. Why did you choose the setting for The Christmas Room?
We were visiting family in Oahu right after I heard from Nic...so I wanted to somehow get an American cowboy to the islands. Even though Hawaii has a long, rich ranching history, it’s a fun and different setting for a Western historical romance.
3. Did you do special research for The Christmas Room?
Oh, yes. The history of Hawaii in 1890 is both fascinating and tragic...and nothing we learn about in mainland schools. American businesses wanted control of the sugar industry and all but dethroned King David Kalakaua. And I needed info on “mele kalikimaka”--Christmas customs in Hawaii.
4. If your book had a soundtrack, give us a list of a few songs that would be on it.
Anything by Iz. ( Israel Kamakawiwa’ole.) You might have heard his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
5. I love his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow! What would women find irresistible about your hero?
Well, first off, who doesn’t love a hottie cowboy LOL. Roonie is loyal, keeping a deathbed promise even though it means traveling across the ocean and landing in a foreign land where he doesn’t know anybody. Plus...he's been injured. Any normal woman would love nursing him back to health. Most of all, he falls in love with a grandmother. (Hold on...she’s only 34!) And he’s intrigued as to why she--Martita--keeps a room constantly decorated for Christmas.
6. I can't resist hot cowboys. *wink* Which actors would play your hero and heroine in a movie?
Unsure about an actress, but Anson Mount of Hell on Wheels seems to be my hero of choice these days LOL.
7. I'm a fan of the show Hell on Wheels. Anson would be a good fit. What’s on your bucket list?
Having one of my books made into a Hallmark movie. Tee-hee.
8. That would be wonderful! Share three random facts about you.
(a) I am terrified of down escalators and lurk until somebody starts down ahead of me.
(b) I muck and feed at our local horse rescue.
(c) I rode around a glacier in a giant snow coach on my birthday.
9. Have you ever experienced something unusual that influenced a story?
Yes, helping my husband through testicular cancer. My hero Hooper Martin in an inspy novella, Sanctuary, is a TC survivor. (Praise God, Hubs can now use the “cured” word.)
10. That's amazing! If you could write anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Jasper, in Alberta, Canada, in a little cabin at the Athabasca River. I'd love to create a Canadian outlaw-hero.
11. Your advice to new writers.
Google your pen name before you do anything. I did not and now share cyberspace with a giant-bosomed porn star with not-very-nice movie titles. Sheesh.
Award-winning author Tanya Hanson lives with her firefighter hubby on California’s Central Coast. Her heroes are always cowboys, so much so that she recently took a wagon train trip around the Tetons. Favorite things are traveling with Hubs, wine tasting with her posse of five bff’s, volunteering at the local horse rescue, and being gramma to two little boys who are the halves of her heart.
Tanya recently also came out with Outlaw in Love, book three in the Lawmen and Outlaws series. An outlaw and a nun falling in love...really?
Thank you for telling us about The Christmas Room. I adore Christmas stories. :)
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