Fridays with Friends.
Pull up a chair; pour yourself a beverage of your choice. Make yourself comfortable to chat with my guest. Today I have with me my friend, Paty Jager, author of Secrets of a Mayan Moon.
1. What part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?
Just about all of it. It’s set in Guatemala, a country I’ve never been to. The heroine is a genus with a PhD in anthropology. The hero is Venezuelan and a DEA agent. I had to learn about archeological digs, the Maya, and drug trafficking. And the difference between Guatemala, Venezuelan, and Spanish languages.
2. What was the easiest part to write?
The scenes where the hero and heroine are bantering or seeing each other in a new light were the easiest parts to write
3. How many books have you written?
I’ve written twenty books but only fourteen have been published.
4. How many books have you sold? Titles?
Sold as in to a publisher? Ten. I’ve self published four.
Historical Western Romance
Marshal in Petticoats
Outlaw in Petticoats
Miner in Petticoats
Doctor in Petticoats
Logger in Petticoats
Gambling on an Angel
For a Sister’s Love
Contemporary Western Romance
Perfectly Good Nanny
Historical Paranormal Romance
Spirit of the Mountain
Spirit of the Lake
Spirit of the Sky
Action Adventure Romance
Secrets of a Mayan Moon
I also have several Free Reads and a Novella, Christmas Redemption
5. What drew you to your sub-genre?
I write western or Native American stories. I live a western lifestyle and grew up in a rural area with an outhouse, having to pull water from the river when the pipes froze in the winter, and cooking on a woodstove when the power went out. I grew up in a county steeped with Native American history and have always had a desire to learn more about them. While researching, ideas came up for stories.
6. Do you write more than one sub-genre?
I do write more than one sub-genre, but the books will always have a western or Native American influence to them.
7. Have you ever started a book, and lost interest?
No. I’ve always finished a story I’ve started. If I’m not completely in love with the story, I won’t research and without the research I can’t start a book.
8. Do you find writing the hero or heroine easier?
It depends on the book and the character. In Secrets of a Mayan Moon, both were hard. Isabella because of her genius IQ, and Tino because of his Venezuelan background.
9. Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book? Have you had to give them their own book?
I’ve had several secondary characters who have been vivid to me but I managed to keep them toned down until, in the case of the Halsey brothers, their book was ready. I loved writing Crazy Woman in Spirit of the Lake. She talks in questions and picks invisible things off people. But she has visions and is extremely important to the heroine. She would be fun to one day write her story as a young woman. And Willie T. an old Klamath Indian who is the neighbor to the hero in Perfectly Good Nanny, was a lot of fun to write. He again would be fun to write as a young man. Who knows maybe someday when I run out of new ideas, I can go back and visit these two and their romances.
10. What is your next project?
I’m working on the second Isabella Mumphrey adventure. This one is set in Mexico City and titled: Secrets of an Aztec Temple. Isabella arrives at the drug lord’s house where Tino is infiltrating shocking him and giving him more to worry about than getting the information the DEA needs.
Blurb for Secrets of a Mayan Moon:
Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.
DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.
She deposited her backpack on the floor at her feet. The horn handle of a twelve inch Guatemalan blade protruded from the side pocket. Tino’s curiosity spiked another notch.
“I have a reservation. Dr. Isabella Mumphrey.”
Tino snapped the paper down and stared even harder at the woman. This was the frumpy, old anthropologist he was to guide? His gaze scanned the length of her one more time while tuning in the conversation.
“Ahh, Dr. Mumphrey, Dr. Martin said you were to get the finest room, no?” The clerk acted like a simpering fool giving the doctor her key and expounding on all the wonders of the hotel.
“Gracias. May I borrow a paper and pencil? I need to make a list for the taxi driver.”
The clerk handed her the items. She stepped to the side of the counter and began writing.
Why would she make a list for a taxi driver? Curious, Tino folded the paper and strolled to a spot beside her. So intent on her list, she didn’t even acknowledge his presence as he leaned, reading the items. Army knife, candle, braided fishing line, hooks, swivels, 24 gauge snare wire…
“You are planning a trip into the jungle, no?”
She started at his voice. Deep green eyes rimmed in gold stared at him from behind wire-rimmed lenses. She blinked, focused on him, and narrowed her eyes.
“Didn’t your mother teach you manners? You don’t look over people’s shoulders to see what they’re doing.” She picked up her list and held it to her damp shirt.
“Mi mamá did teach me manners, no? I am Tino Kosta, your guide to the dig at Ch’ujuña.” He held out his hand waiting for her to shake.
Her gaze traveled from his extended hand up his arm to his face. She squinted her eyes and glared at him.
“You’re not of Mesoamerican descent, so you can’t possibly be my guide. Are you in cahoots with the disgusting little man who stole my property?” She bent toward her backpack, giving him a good view down the front of her blouse.
Si, she didn’t wear a bra. The nipples peaking through her clingy shirt sat atop a palm-sized mound. Now, being a man who liked his hands filled to overflowing when it came to handling a woman—
“¡Carajo!” The pointed end of the large knife that had been tucked in the doctor’s backpack waved inches from his nose. “What is this about?” A woman who ran around without undergarments shouldn’t be offended by a man viewing her body.
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance, Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest, and Spirit of the Lake, the second book of the spirit trilogy, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; www.patyjager.blogspot.com her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager and twitter; @patyjag.
I love to give and you could be the winner! I will be giving away a $5 egift card to a commenter at each blog stop and will give a bag full of goodies to the person who follows me to the most blogs and a gift to the host who gets the most commenters. You can find the blog tour hosts at my blog: http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com or my website: http://www.patyjager.net
D’Ann, Thank you for having me here today as part of my blog tour!