Giving up wings for roots isn’t always easy.
Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson’s plan. Yet here she is, watching her car literally go up in smoke—along with her last-ditch hope of staying with her cousin in Louisiana. When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she spent there as a teenager—and the lure of the diner’s beloved strawberry tarts—are enough to draw her in and plant her feet…but only temporarily.
Raised by parents who refused to settle anywhere for long, Jancy has never known what it is to have roots. Now that Jancy’s swept up by the warmth and character of this quirky little community—and by the pull of an old crush—it’s beginning to feel like home. She’s making friends and even discovering the sweetness of falling in love. But when the town is threatened, Jancy knows it will take more than its legendary tarts to save it. Can she fight for this little Texas town—knowing she might not stay forever?
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I understand that you have some questions for me. I’ve got peach tea, my newest favorite in my hand, so fire away and I’ll do my best to answer them...
E.E.: Be honest, when reading, do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
Carolyn: I think we all do that as readers but when I read from a writer’s stand point, I often put myself in the POV that I’m reading in. I’ve cried as much with heroes as with heroines and laughed at guys funny jokes as much as I have the leading ladies. If there’s emotion, we should feel it even from a secondary character. That’s what makes a writer go from telling a good story to a great one.
E.E.: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Carolyn: I always promise myself one week to do nothing but what I want when I write THE END at the last of a book. The first day I clean the office that by that point looks like a wild Texas tornado jumped over the Red River and dumped all the paper from a factory into my office—sticky notes, notebooks, maps, calendars, research stuff everywhere. After I do that then there’s six days left. On day two, I pick up a notebook and start outlining the next book. Evidently, what I want to do is write another book.