Q&A with Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt: Authors of Roped In
What is one thing readers might not know about you?
Marie: My paternal grandfather was a cattle rancher who bred and raised Clydesdales as a hobby. (He even sold a couple to Budweiser, over the years.) He used them to feed his cattle every single day, long after most ranchers had switched to tractors or trucks. The horses pulled a flatbed wagon most of the year, and a sleigh in the winter. As a kid, I loved to go feed the cows with him. My grandmother would bundle me up and set me on the hay bails. My grandfather didn’t even need a second hand because the horses were trained to verbal cues, so he could just tie the reins to the front of the wagon and steer them verbally while he tossed the hay out. I’m very sad my daughter will never experience a true horse-drawn sleigh ride with him.
Lori: Since 2008, I’ve lived in two countries besides the US, and there’s only been one year (2012) where I haven’t flown across the Pacific or Atlantic at least once. I travel constantly in Europe (where I currently live) and did the same in the States. Whenever possible, my husband and I take helicopter tours of exceptionally scenic places like Maui and Pompeii. The little known fact? I’m terrified of flying.
Which author would you say has had the most influence on your writing?
Marie: Maybe John D Fitzgerald. As a kid, I absolutely adored his Great Brain books and read them over and over. I think he taught me to love quirky, self-deprecating, slightly unreliable, 1st person narrators.
Lori: Stephen King comes to mind. I started reading him as a kid after years of comparatively tame/benign children’s/YA books. I remember getting to the parts where characters were behaving unsympathetically, some of them doing really horrific things, and I caught myself thinking, “Wait, you can DO that??” That kind of opened the door to me as a writer—I realized I could make my characters do or say anything, even if it “wasn’t nice” or made the reader squirm. I don’t write a lot of horror these days, but I kind of feel like his work gave me permission to really dig my claws in and be brutal to the characters.
If you were marooned on a desert island and could have just one book with you, which would it be?
Marie: Surviving on a Desert Island for Dummies
Lori: The Stand by Stephen King. One of the few books I read as a kid that I can still read (and reread and rereread) today.
If you had a time machine, which historical event would you most like to be a part of?
Marie: That’s a hard question. Every historical event that comes to mind was horrible or violent and bloody. Plus, so much of the past was dirty and stinky and wretched. If I could go back in time, I’d just go back and spend a bit more time with my grandmother, or maybe take my daughter on one of those sleigh rides I mentioned.
Lori: I’d like to go back and interrupt the process that resulted in the greenlighting of the Star Wars prequels.
If someone wanted to summon you, which three items should they place in the summoning circle?
Marie: Cheese, wine, and a cool pair of shoes.
Lori: A blank notebook, a good steak, and an Andalusian horse.
If you could have dinner with a famous person, alive or dead, who would you choose?
Marie: Mark Twain. He just strikes me as a really crazy, interesting guy.
Lori: Well, now that Marie’s mentioned him, I can’t think of anyone else, so I’m going to say Mark Twain too.
About the Authors
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.
Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.
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L. A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
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Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.
Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.
All they need is a bit of rope.
(Note: This is a re-edited second edition of a previously published title.)