I’m delighted to have Mickie Sherwood as my guest today for an interview and a peek at her contemporary romance, Like Slow Sweet Molasses.
Welcome, Mickie. I love the title. Tell us a little about Like Slow Sweet Molasses :
First of all, thanks for letting me share with your visitors, Babette.
Like Slow Sweet Molasses celebrates those who dedicate themselves to the teaching profession. They are everyday people who overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to teach our children, even as their private lives come apart at the seams. Angela Munso is one such teacher. A classically trained violist, she puts her professional life on hold to assist when there’s a shortage of teachers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The fresh start is just what’s needed to bury her family secret—until her run-in with Lt. Brock “Chance” Alexander of the NOPD. Read Chance’s character interview.
Teacher Angela Munso has lost control—of her spiraling life. She can control the fallout of recent news from whose loins she sprang as easily as she can her heart’s pitter-patter. To have feelings for a man who is everything she now wants to hate? That’s the last straw!
Lt. Brock “Chance” Alexander’s arrogance baits Angela. And—he knows it. It’s never so obvious to him as when she lobs that insulting phrase at the side of his head. She pushes all of his hot buttons. But, there’s one he dares her to touch—the one that pushes him out of her life.
What inspired this story?
Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath inspired Like Slow Sweet Molasses. The devastation destroyed so many families and communities. People had no homes to which to come back. And if they were lucky enough to return to New Orleans, the school situation was dire. Yet, educators improvised and continued to teach.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished a reunion romance involving a mature (a nice way to say “older”) woman state senator with—guess what?—a secret. Do you have any releases scheduled for this year? No releases to announce, as of yet.
How do you come up with ideas?
I look around and ideas for my stories are everywhere. A young woman walks in the pouring rain. Her only cover is a plastic bag covering her hair. What’s her story? I don’t know. But, I can sure create an exciting one.
Do you have a favorite time of day for writing?
My creative juices seem to flow in the early morning hours.
What is your favorite scene from this story and why?
My favorite scene from Like Slow Sweet Molasses is Angela and Chance’s first meeting. Why? Sparks fly the moment they lay eyes on one another. The initial thrill comes early in the novel. You can enjoy it in the three chapters I present at my blog, Mickie’s Mutterings.
How do you balance writing and everyday life?
I find that a challenge. Time gets away from me once I sit in front of my laptop. You only have to ask my understanding hubby his opinion. Well, maybe not. LOL
What is your favorite food to cook or eat?
I compete with myself to make a better pot of gumbo than I did the last time. Gumbo is a very time-consuming meal to prepare. Cooking it is easy. Eating it is heavenly. Do you love Louisiana gumbo? Drool over mine – Mickie’s Yumbeaux. I include pictures with my recipe.
Do you listen to music while you write?
I listen to music very often when I write. In fact, I finished my newest WIP about the time Jaheim released his newest song, Age Ain’t A Factor. I love that song! What are you listening to now? I just listened to Age Ain’t A Factor.
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Baskin-Robbins Chocolate Almond ice cream
3. Snapping pictures
Scene: Angela accepted Chance’s request for a movie/dinner date.
The matter was out of her hands as he towed her to the elbow-bumping dance floor, showed her his pearly whites and literally kicked his right heel behind to tap his left hand, falling right in step with the flow.
Dancing them to a less crowded area to slow his moves down for her to catch on, Chance deciphered some of the looks his colleagues cast their way as mere curiosity. The heated intensity of others echoed the direction of their silent thoughts signifying to him to make his intent clear. So, he gently encircled her waist, an apropos action declaring his infatuation for all to see.
Angela, stumbling along, thrown off by the timing of it all because her soul showed through, let go of her self-consciousness to master the dance. Before long, she giggled as she dipped, wiggled and shook, out cowboying the cowboys and girls whooping it up on the floor. The fun she never expected to have shone brightly in her laughing eyes that enveloped him. The music dropped to a softer level, simultaneously slowing the tempo and Chance crushed her to his chest in response.
And now a question for you all – Will the dedicated teacher follow the Special Ops Cop’s lead?
I’ve enjoyed every moment of this interview. What do you think? Will she?
I’m a cruise-loving, people-watching, picture-snapping baby boomer with time on her hands. So, I write sweet and spicy relationship-based mainstream contemporary romantic love stories.
You can find Mickie at:
Red Rose Publishing: http://redrosepublishing.com/books/index.php?manufacturers_id=255
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/mickie-sherwood