Interview with contemporary romance author Emily Mims

Romance author
Emily Mims is here today and we’re
chatting about her new contemporary novel, Smoke.

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Author of thirty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her
writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to
write full time. The mother of two sons and grandmother of six, she and her
husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in
eastern Tennessee and Georgia. She plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and
ukulele and belongs to two performing bands. She says, “I love to write
romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to
any woman-if she’ll just let it.”

Welcome, Emily. Please share a little
bit about your current release.

Smoke is the second offering in the Smoky
Blue series. Concert violinist Francesca Giordano is hiding out from her
would-be assassins by posing as a bluegrass fiddler. She finds herself falling
for the much older, charismatic bluegrass singer Cooper Barstow, knowing she
can’t stay with him forever.

What inspired you to write this book?
Each book
in the Smoky Blue series features a heroine who plays a different instrument. I
thought it would be fun for the fiddler to have a ‘fish out of water’ story.

Excerpt from Smoke:
Cooper hit
his front door and took the quickest shower on record. Still, he was almost a
half hour late by the time he pulled into Chessie’s driveway. Hopefully she
would understand. He was about halfway across the yard when he heard music
coming from somewhere inside the house. He slowed down and stopped, listening
in astonishment to the outpouring of a violin, a violin in the hands of an
incredibly gifted musician. Who was playing the violin? Was Chessie a closet
classical music fan? Was that a recording, or was that Chessie herself making
this incredible music?
            Cooper glanced in the window and his
mouth fell open. It was Chessie. She was standing in front of the window in her
pink cotton robe, her fingers flying over the strings so fast they were a blur
and her bow moving nimbly over the strings as she made that violin sing. It was
Chessie making that incredible music. Music that Jake never in a million years
could have made. Music that he himself could never have made. Music that
required more talent and technique that she would ever need as a bluegrass
fiddler. Music that somehow seemed strangely familiar, even though he didn’t
think he’d ever heard it before. Cooper suddenly thought back to his initial
reaction to her, the first time he heard her play. He wondered then why a woman
of her talent played bluegrass music.
            Now he knew. She didn’t play just
bluegrass music. She played classical music too. And she played it wonderfully.
            Chessie Hope was not the simple
bluegrass musician she presented herself to be.

What exciting story are you working on

My fourth
book in the Smoky Blue series is with my beta reader. I have written plots for
four more to be written in the next year and a half.

When did you first consider yourself a

July of 1982
when Anne Gisony of Candlelight Ecstasy called me offering me a contract for
‘Portrait of my Love’.

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 write ‘full time’ in that I’m retired from public education. I don’t spend a
full day at the word processor, however. My prime writing hours are between one
and six in the afternoon, maybe seven if I’m on a roll, and I seldom work more
than three or four hours during that time period. If I’m writing plot I don’t
work anywhere near that long.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

every hero I’ve ever written has been based in some way on my husband. He’s a
sweetheart of a man and my heroes tend to be that way also.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?

As a young girl, I dreamed of being a teacher. I briefly flirted with being a
doctor when I was in college, but did my student teaching and fell in love with
the classroom. (Interesting story here. I never even considered writing as a
child. I took one creative writing course in college. The professors told me I
had no talent and to go back to the science department. I invited them to my
first autograph party. They came.)

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I love
writing! I hope that shows in my work.

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