Yesterday's post introduced you to the 17 short stories in the North Texas Romance Writers of America chapter's 35th anniversary anthology.

For today, I've asked all the authors three questions so you could get to know them a little better. 

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Linda Bolton: refreshing

Clover Autrey: That's it's sweet? 

Tammy Jo Burns: Please don’t stone me, but I don’t like sweet tea anymore. But I love unsweet tea and all the refreshing flavors it comes in, especially mint!

Amanda Byrd: Wow - sweet tea! What can one say? Erm… I don’t like sweet tea. I like the sharp bite of tea without the syrup-sweet.  Sweet in other ways, though, like chocolate, now you have my number!

Christine Crocker: Since I’m diabetic I only drink unsweet tea but a tall glass of iced tea is the best drink for a sweltering Texas summer day.

Gena Ellington: The way it cools and refreshes your body! Especially after 60 minutes of hard work at the gym!

Jen FitzGerald: The Sweet! I had a wicked sweet tooth as a kid and young adult, and sweet tea was a great way to quench my thirst and quell the sweet tooth at the same time, especially here in Texas where it gets super-hot and humid in the summer.

Fenley Grant: My favorite way to drink sweet tea is mixed with lemonade (an Arnold Palmer).

Eva Jameson: I’ve been a Southern gal long enough to enjoy sweet tea. But being originally from Central New York, where the only seasons are winter and the Fourth of July, I prefer my iced tea without the sweet. (Shhh, I’d rather put the sugar on my grits.)

Risa Leigh:  Sweet tea brings everyone together.

Gina Nelson: Um....not too sweet. Half and half, please.

Carolyn Rae: I like it with lots of lemon.

Marsha R. West: My mother made it this way.
Linda Bolton: I'd love to own the Bed & Breakfast or a Bookstore.

Clover Autrey: Antique Store--with lots of pretty teacups. 

Tammy Jo Burns: I think I definitely wrote "The Winning Bid” to what I would be — involved in the school whether it be librarian, teacher, counselor, or principal.

Amanda Byrd: I would own the antiques store. I am a freak for all things with a story.  I love wood. And the smell of age.  And crazy knowledge of how that odd piece of metal used to be cutting-edge technology!

Christine Crocker: I don’t believe I’d own a business but I’d have my favorite table with a couple of cronies at Sweetie’s Tea Cup Café. I would be that outrageous old lady (never mean-spirited or malicious) who knows everything about everybody and sticks her nose into everyone’s business -- for their own good of course.

Gena Ellington: The Brew House.
Jen FitzGerald: As a teen, I used to ponder owning and operating a little diner, so something like that, that serves delicious and filling soups and casseroles along with heavenly breads and rolls.

Fenley Grant: The business I’d own in Dew Drop is the antiques store. I love history and antiques.

Eva Jameson: In Dew Drop, I’d probably publish the town’s local website and newspaper and to keep everyone up to date on the Iced Tea Festival and the great things our Dragons out at Dew Drop High are up to.

Risa Leigh:  Olivia went home to care for her sick mother and revealed a need for home health care services in Dew Drop.  Great business opportunity!

Gina Nelson: Western wear.

Carolyn Rae: A bakery.

Marsha R. West: A book store.
Linda Bolton: In THE ANNIVERSARY, Maggie and Sean - despite their age difference - show love has conquered all.

Clover Autrey: In ALONE MALONE, the Plain Jane heroine realizes how beautiful she is seen by others. 

Tammy Jo Burns: In THE WINNING BID, the wounded warrior aspect, for sure and how he had to figure out he could be a man even without a leg before coming home to her.

Amanda Byrd: About THE PROMISE, the best thing is it was my first short story ever.  It’s amazing how hard to fit romance and a Happily-Ever-After in less than 3500 words. But the challenge stuck since I decided to write two more.

Amanda Byrd: For TRUST, Mina just blew me away!  I had no idea she’d take me in that direction, but I learned that sometimes you just have to trust the character and where she’s taking you.

Amanda Byrd: As for HOPE, I think I love that Lacey is all of us.  She’s that girl that sat in the corner alone because everyone else thought she was a freak. She learns to live with it and has the opportunity for that Happily Ever After. I’d love to pursue Lacey and Walker’s story in more detail.  I haven’t decided how it will play out, but a cozy mystery series about a West-Texas vet with clairvoyant visions may be in my future!

Christine Crocker: In THE LOVE CURSE, that the hero doesn’t give up on the heroine and fights for her.

Christine Crocker: In GIRL TROUBLE, I loved the two kids. I asked my 10 year old grandson, Ethan, what he would do if a girl came up to him and plastered his face with kisses – his answer was exactly what I used for A.J.’s reaction. And my grand-daughter, Emma, is a terrible flirt. Naturally I patterned Angela after her. Like the father in my story, my son-in-law is in for rough teen years with that one. LOL

Gena Ellington: While LIES ABOUT COFFEE is a love story, my favorite part is the dedication to friendship.

Gena Ellington: In MYSTERY MARINE, the effort to "court" someone in a truly honest manner seems so lost these days. It was nice to give it a small tribute.  

Jen FitzGerald: My favorite thing about A BID FOR LOVE, huh? This took some thought, 'cause there are a lot of things I like about my own story, lol. :0) After my two heroes--because what's not to love about two nice, good looking men??--I really like the relationship between Wyatt and his daughter Shelby.

Fenley Grant: My favorite thing about WARRIOR is my main character is a veteran. I’m an Army brat, so the military is close to my heart.

Eva Jameson:  I love stories where love can heal the past and promise tomorrow. In CONQUERING HIS ELEPHANTS, Jazz is caught in his past and not ready to embrace his future. Until Suzie shows up. He chooses to fight for her and to hope for a future sweeter than pecan pie.

Risa Leigh:  You make your own luck, some say. The same could be said about finding love. When you take a step in the direction of your dreams, the most extraordinary things can happen in the most ordinary places.

Gina Nelson: In MAN OF STEEL, I highlight the vulnerability of the hero. What would it be like to return home from a tour of duty damaged both physically and mentally? Who is the woman who could make you believe you're still worthy of love? My favorite thing about my story is when the hero realizes he still has something to offer those he loves.

Carolyn Rae: The hero in A HOT TIME IN DEW DROP. A hunky fireman and a tenderhearted paramedic.

Marsha R. West: In THE COLONEL AND HER MAJOR, I love that it’s a seasoned romance and shows it’s never too late for love.

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