Interview with historical romance author Tammy Andresen

A new week kicks off with historical romance author Tammy Andresen. She’s chatting with me
about her new Victorian western, The
Golden Rules of Love.
Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of
Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent
countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub
pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled
many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that
at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English
literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart
still resides in Maine and her family visits often.
Welcome, Tammy. Please
tell us about your current release.
Annie Sullivan is the strongest woman I have ever written. She had to
be, she decides to travel into the male dominated gold fields in San Francisco
in 1849. Hurt and abandon by her first husband, she had already learned to take
of herself when she found out he had died. But, upon is death bed, he tells her
that he has found gold and hidden it away. If she can find, she could buy her
freedom forever. Unfortunately, the handsome Wagon Train boss, Collin Mackinnon
just doesn’t seem to understand that she doesn’t want help.
The longer they are together, the more intertwined their journey
becomes, the more Annie questions what the real treasure is. Is it gold or is
it so much more?
What inspired you to
write this book?
Within two months, I travelled to St. Louis and San Francisco and was
studying the history of both areas. It seemed natural that a story would start
in St. Louis, The Gateway to the West, and end in San Francisco as it did for
so many in gold seekers.
from The Golden Rules of Love:
“Are you hurt?” His voice hummed against her forehead.
“I’m sorry,” she choked out. “I’ll get up in just a
second. I…” words failed her.
“It’s all right, sweetheart. You’re very strong. Just sit
for one more minute.” He gave her another small squeeze and she inhaled the
scent of his sun-kissed skin. Her hand rested on his chest and for a brief
second she wished her past could be different and she could open herself up to
Mack. But she already knew how the story ended.
Her hand balled into a fist on his shirt. Slowly, she
picked her head up. By degrees, she inched herself off his lap. A blush crept
up her cheeks. “Thank you,” she mumbled as she awkwardly tried to stand.
In one motion, he stood himself and pulled her to her
feet, steadying her. His thumb brushed lightly across her cheek. “Anytime,
Annie. And I mean that.” Then he turned and left with the men.
As Annie watched him walk away, loneliness filled her
chest but she pushed it back down. She was going to have to learn to walk alone
in this world because she wouldn’t go through another marriage like her last.
What exciting story
are you working on next?
I have a series, Taming the Heart. The next installment in the series is
Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose. It is coming out in November of 2016.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
I’m still not sure I do! When people ask, I still stutter
through my response.
Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?
If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
write? I am a full-time mom and a part-time writer. Three kids keep me hopping
but I set aside at least two hours a day for writing, one hour for marketing,
and an hour for interacting with my fellow authors and readers!
What would you say
is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmmmm… I write with a caucophony of noise around me all the time. My
husband calls it my super power! Kids, dog, television. I’ve learned to tune it
all out. Let’s hope there isn’t a fire!
As a child, what did
you want to be when you grew up?
An actor, a teacher, a singer or a storyteller. I
couldn’t decide!
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers?
Every day I marvel at how lucky I am to do this for a job! I couldn’t do
any of it without readers, they are amazing!!

Thanks for being here today, Tammy! All the best with
your writing.

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