After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...
Today, C. Deanne Rowe
Kallysten - Let me first thank you for contributing a story to this project. When we first talked about the project, you mentioned the topic is one you are very familiar with. Would you care to tell us a little about your journey?
C. Deanne Rowe - Thank you for including me in this project. I’m honored. I don’t mind talking about my journey at all. I was diagnoses with breast cancer in May of 2011. There’s nothing more terrifying than being told you have cancer. Your world completely stops. It’s a complete life-changing disease. After two surgeries and six and a half week of radiation treatments, I am two years cancer free. In three more years, I will be considered a Survivor. As a result, I’m a very strong advocate of making sure all the women I know and love have their yearly checkups. The more women who’ve had or have breast cancer share their stories, the more women we touch. I was excited to be part of Shades of Pink anthology because the more money raised for breast cancer research, the closer we come to a cure.
K - Can you tell us about how ‘The Pink Hippo’ came to life in your mind?
CDR -‘The Pink Hippo’ came to mind during lunch with an author friend. We try to meet at least once a month and talk about the stories we are working on. I told her about the anthology I wanted to be part of. I shared what idea I had for a story and together we plotted the rest. There’s nothing better than having friends who are authors.
K - What is your favorite genre to write?
CDR - I write contemporary romance with a little Southern heat. My first book is titled ‘Cowboy Temptation ~ Colt and Cassy.’ I grew up in the South and I like to write about small southern towns. I have always been drawn to romance novels so it was only natural I would write this genre. To me there’s nothing better than a good romance novel or a good romantic movie.
K - I was intrigued when I was on your website to read about the Stiletto Girls. What is it like to have writing companions?
CDR - This question should come with a WARNING. You must be very selective if you choose to team up with other authors. I learned this the hard way. I have to say though I love my current writing companions. They’re not only my friends, but I consider them family. We chat daily about writing and everyday life. We talk alike because we all grew up in the South; we think alike and finish each other’s sentences. My life would not be complete without these two women, Magnolia ‘Maggie’ Rivers and Glenna West.
K - Can you tell us about your current writing project or next release?
CDR - I’m completing my next novel ‘Southern Sophistication’ which is in the editing stage. I am working hard to have it ready to be released after the first of the year. I’m also working on another novel ‘In the Heart of Valley’ which has a special place in my heart. It’s set in a small southern town and a few of the characters are based on people in my life who I love dearly. I’ve kept a tight hold on this book. I want it to be perfect. I am also working on the next book in The Stiletto Series. This book will be titled ‘Stilettos in Wine Country.’
K - Would you care to share an excerpt from it?
CDR - I would love to share an excerpt. This is the first chapter of Southern Sophistication.
“You’re not leaving here any way but buck-ass naked,” Tinsley Natasha Talbot screamed. “I’ve called security and they’ll be waiting for you so you might as well strip down, leave your jewelry and car keys on the table. There will be a cab waiting for you at the gate. You can worry about how to pay the fare when you get wherever it is you’re going.”K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?
“Come on Tinsley. You can’t be serious,” Marcus pleaded. “You don’t expect me to walk out of the house naked.”
“I guess I have always been a soft touch. Stay right there. Don’t move a muscle.” Tinsley turned around and headed for one of several walk-in closets which lined her bedroom walls. Finding what she was looking for she returned to the hallway with a ragged t-shirt, a pair of jeans with holes and a pair of dirty, shabby tennis shoes. She tossed them on the plush carpeting of the hallway landing right at Marcus’ feet.
“This is what you came here wearing. I saved these just in case you turned out to be a jerk. I have to say, you didn’t let me down. You can wear that.”
“You can’t expect me to wear these old tattered threads? Really Tinsley? Just let me keep the clothes I have on. Don’t make me put those on.”
“Are you joking?” Tinsley let out a small chuckled. “That’s a tailor made silk shirt you’re wearing along with tailor made slacks. The watch you have on your wrist cost me over ten thousand dollars. You expect me to let you walk out of my house wearing those? You’re crazy. Strip! Now!” Tinsley placed her hands on her hips and tapped her toes as if she was counting down the seconds until she exploded.
She realized Marcus must be taking her seriously as she watched him take off every stitch of clothing then slip on the rags she had thrown at him.
“It’s really a shame you’re such an ass because you’re very nice to look at.” Tinsley’s eyes made their way up and down Marcus’ body. He was tan, buff and beautiful; broad shoulders, six pack abs, thighs which could crush you and a package which would please any woman on earth. What a shame he couldn’t keep it in his pants and felt the need to share it with her friends.
Marcus finished slipping the t-shirt over his head and grabbed the pair of tennis shoes.
“Now get out.” Tinsley laughed as Marcus scurried down the stairs like a scared rabbit. “That was way too easy. I need a vacation.”
CDR - I’m very thankful for everyone who supports my writing and thank you for including me in Shades of Pink. What a wonderful thing you’re doing. I’m happy to be part of raising money for a cause near and dear to my heart.
Find C. Deanne Rowe at http://www.cdeannerowe.com/