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1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I was raised in a family of five older siblings, three of which have passed. My parents were hard-working Texas farmers who endured much from floods and droughts. We always had plenty to eat, because we had a garden, but had very few modern luxuries. We didn't have much but we had each other. I graduated from high school and have had several years of college throughout my life. I am a baby-boomer mother who raised two children, took care of a home and worked all my adult life. Like most writers, I am shy. I am an optimist. I see the glass as half full, never half empty.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am a voracious reader, and working in the yard with beautiful flowers helps me to de-stress. When my children were young I enjoyed swimming and traveling with them during the summers. Since then, I have traveled to many areas in the United States and Canada. I consider myself a good cook and love to cook for special holidays. I love most animals, except for spiders (ick!), and for some reason many animals are drawn to me.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When an idea begins to form in my mind for a story, I find myself daydreaming about it. I imagine people, places, settings. Then I outline these ideas on paper to try and see how it will all fit together to be of interest to a reader. I set up a scenario and play it out to see what happens. I do research on certain topics that I want in the scene to make sure it will work. Then I build on it.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas and characters come from many sources. I might see something on TV or a commercial or something a friend might say that makes me begin to ask my self "what if..."
I have learned that experiences that I have had whether good or bad gives an essence to a story. Sometimes my ideas come from family or friends experiences with happiness or tragedy. Really it just depends on what challenges I am facing in life and story ideas will just come to me.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I have only published one novel so far and that is "The Runaway" – available for purchase on Amazon.com. I have several stories I am working on now and am hoping to have them published sometime in 2013. It is difficult to say which is my favorite because they are all a part of me.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
"Funny" can be used two ways. Do you mean comical or strange?
If comical, I can find humor in unusual things which most people find annoying. They want to be serious and I want to be silly. The more they are serious, the funnier it becomes.
If you mean "strange", I am that as well. I have had psychic experiences throughout my life. Nothing I can control, just a sudden knowledge of events. It is always at random times. I know there is an afterlife.
Yes, I would definitely classify myself as funny!
7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I think that most writers will agree that our life experiences help us to know and understand how to feel in sudden situations whether it is the tingling of love or the need to run in fright. We draw on these experiences to make the reader believe what we are telling them and to create in them the same feelings of elation, tragedy, romance, or sexuality that we once felt ourselves.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My "muse" really does not have a name unless you consider it to be the "Baby-Boomer
I see baby-boomers coming of age in such a different way than our parents and grandparents. Just as our mothers, baby-boomer women first raised families and worked only at home. Then, due to economic changes, families began to need a second income to make ends meet. Mothers began working full-time outside of the home, and they were not only expected to bring home the bacon but to continue to solely raise the kids, cook the meals and scrub the bathrooms. There was never time for the baby-boomer mom to take care of her own needs.
Now, baby-boomer moms are experiencing the empty nest, and we are asking ourselves, "Is that all there is to life?" I believe baby-boomer women are the first generation of women have the opportunity to truly venture on a personal search to "find ourselves".
We are older, wiser, with money, and we are on the prowl to do bigger and better than ever before. I want to write believable stories of strong women who lived through this era to encourage other women to learn that they can do anything they want to do.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I love romance in anytime period and hope to write a historical romance that has rumbled around in my head for years. But I digress, I am very interested in the Sci-Fi realm -- either in space or something here on earth. I have been a Trekkie since Capt. Kirk and Spock first played on my black and white TV many years ago.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Oh my goodness, there are so many wonderful authors, but my favorite has to be Kathleen Woodiwess who passed in 2007. Her characters were so real and endearing that they became a part of me. If only I could touch people like she did. We all love Nora Roberts, Norah Hess, Johanna Lindsey and Jodi Thomas, who writes wonderful early Texas history stories.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
In The Runaway, Linzie is a woman who has always done and behaved as everyone expected. Now, as a widowed, empty-nester, she allows herself to make her own choices. She runs away from her Texas home to the Colorado Mountains to change her life. I like strong women who learn to take care of themselves and enjoy life while doing it.
Jack, her love interest, is a wealthy man who expects everyone to jump when he says jump -- until he meets Linzie. As their relationship progresses, they learn important life lessons about themselves and each other.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest part of writing for me has been that I went years without sharing my work. It has been very difficult for me to push out of my comfort zone and share myself, as well as my writing, with others.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Writing has always been my secret personal pleasure. However, I finally overcame my fears, I have publicly launched myself.
My first book's dedication page is to dreamers who dream but never fulfill their dreams. My best advice is to at least try, to see what you can accomplish. If you fail, at least you tried. Never let your dreams die!
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would still be dreaming about writing, if I had not had the guts to actually do it.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Well, now that's an interesting question. It would certainly depend on a number of factors.
1. What does he look like? Tall, dark, handsome? (My fantasy)
2. Is he smart or a jock? Makes a difference--you know
3. Where are we? Private beach, his yacht, shopping center. Well, I need to know details. ;)
Here is the blurb for Augusta Wright's latest book "The Runaway"
Finally! A romance novel with a Real Woman!
Linzie Russell is not your typical fictional leading lady. She’s better. She represents the single empty-nester woman in a very sexy yarn.
Long a fan of the romance genre, Texas Hill Country authoress, Augusta Wright has picked up a pen and written the novel she has wanted to read. Heroine Linzie Russell has raised her daughters and been a devoted wife to her late husband. For the first time in her adult life, she is determined to live for herself.
Linzie fell in love with the Colorado Rockies years ago while on a family vacation. Now she imagines herself in a cabin at the foot of the Rockies where she can study the culture that fascinates her, the Ute Native American Tribe. She finds the Estes Park cabin, a new girlfriend and a devoted animal companion—she also discovers other passions.
Little does she know the landlord of this dream-cabin is going to be the man who pursues her with the passion she has been missing all of her life.
Wright takes the reader on a cultural history lesson that tells the story of a forgotten tribe while showing her audience the beauty of the Southwestern wilderness, and the reignited desire of this normal woman who could be our next door neighbor.
Here is an excerpt:
I could not remember a time in my life when I’d been so happy. I loved living here in what was truly God’s country. The mountains spoke to me on a daily basis. The riot of Pansies and Petunias, glories of God’s creation, which bloomed in the flower boxes along the deck, were not only beautiful, they gave off the most heavenly aromas. The long stem roses had finally stopped coming, and the remaining ones were slowly fading. It made me sad to look at the faded ones because it reminded me how people grow old and fade, or even worse, how love fades as a flower that has gone uncared for. But I did not have time to bemoan faded flowers or lost love—my family was coming—my daughters and grandchildren and that was all the happiness I needed.
I had visited Grandmother Luly a few times since our initial meeting and had come away each time refreshed by her energy and her caring. She was teaching me ways to live on a spiritual level—ways that I had never dreamed possible. Luly’s insights were so amazing to me. Our interviews had progressed nicely and I was learning so much about the Ute people that my heart ached for the hardships that they and other tribes had had to endure. As I thought more about the book I wanted to write, I knew I wanted it filled with both stories of early times and modern times. Those stories needed to be factual and interesting with the human element intertwined in it.
Wolf accompanied me each time I went to visit Grandmother and Wolf and Luly greeted each other with love and caring. Wolf was my protector, but for Grandmother there was a silent bond of kindred spirits. Wolves were one of the animal spirit guides across Native American beliefs and it was a special person who had a wolf as their protector and friend in this life, or so Grandmother taught me. Knowing that I had both of them in my life, made me feel special. After our last visit, Grandmother made me promise that I would bring my family to see her when they came to visit me. I was honored and thrilled by her request.
Both girls and their families would be driving up to Colorado, but not at the same time. Anne, Colby and their five-year-old twin sons, Will and Wes, would arrive this week, the last week of July, because their school in Texas started early. Liz and her two, Cooper and Gracie would come the following week, but they had planned to have a day or two when all would be here together. With Jan’s help I learned about events in and around town where we could keep my grandchildren entertained. There were many activities for all ages and I would be able to offer them choices. Of course I wanted Jan to be included in the activities, as much as her job would allow. Jan and I had become dear friends in a short period of time. I knew when I left Estes Park I’d miss our daily contact very much.
With my children grown and me on my own, I knew I wanted to be involved in something I could call my own. I never regretted being a housewife, mother, community volunteer and charity organizer when my children were growing up. But I wanted something more. It was Jan who gave me the idea that maybe I’d enjoy working in real estate. She had different clients and projects from apartment rentals to ranch sales that she was never bored or chained to her desk. I knew I would enjoy that kind of variety. My cell phone rang; it was Jan’s office number. One of her agents was looking for her and Jan wasn’t picking up; she hoped Jan was with me. Anita was excited because she had received a call from a man looking for a high fenced river ranch and he had cash. If she could find it, he would buy it. I smiled as I heard the excitement in her voice, “OK, calm down now,” I told her. I know Jan trusts you to make good decisions.”
“I know of several ranches that would fit his requirements,” she said.
“Go ahead and set the appointments to show him. You’re just overwhelmed because Jan’s not there, but you’ll do fine. Now go make your boss some money, I know you can make this sale,” I said, encouraging the young woman as if she was my own daughter.
I was not worried about Jan. I knew it was her habit to turn off her cell phone when she was with a client. She gave whoever she was with her full attention and promptly returned calls when the business in front of her was completed. Jan was a consummate professional and I admired how she had worked hard to become a success in a male-driven business. It was profitable, but very demanding. She had an all female office and she had personally trained each of her agents in the art of being a business professional. It had worked very well. Would I want all those demands? I wondered. The interaction with people and helping them find their perfect home appealed to me, but I really wanted to have the time to write. Jan called me later that day to thank me for giving Anita such sound advice. “Motherly advice beats corporate speech any day of the week,” Jan said.
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