We Asked and Kara Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I would love to step into the shoes of Elinor Armstrong. She’s a secondary character in book 10, The Cowboy’s Embrace. She’s fun and daring and does what she pleases. It sure would be nice to have the courage to throw caution to the wind and grab life by both hands!

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

The central plot is the love story between the characters and how they learn to trust their instincts and a take chances.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Oh, goodness. I never thought I would be a writer. In fact, my freshman English teacher would laugh if she ever learned I was published. Of course, while proper mechanics are important, they don’t matter if you don’t have a story.

I started writing because I’m a day dreamer and a reader. When I didn’t like the ending to a story, or when I had to stop reading, I would imagine what was going to happen, or what I thought should happen. Scenes and dialogue developed. And then when I was a senior in college, as my professor droned on, I started writing Welcome Home, book 1, in my head. And it wouldn’t go away. Finally, when I was pregnant with my first child, I wrote the book. It was a shock to me when I finished. I never imagined I would write a story.

Every bit of this journey has been one surprise after another. And I’m so glad I can tell stories. I love the characters and the development of this series. By the time I’m done I’ll have lived through two decades in Pike’s Run. It’s truly been a blessing.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Sweet tea
  2. Music preference? Texas Country music, also known as Red Dirt
  3. Favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice with Tangled running a close second
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Dog
  5. Favorite author? Jane Austen

About the Book

Andrew and Ben Lonnigan, brothers and private investigators, have accepted an important case—to reunite the long-lost DuBois daughters with their rightful inheritance. Abducted from their childhood home in New Orleans when they were three and two-years-old, Jo and Charlotte were adopted by separate families.

Andrew heads north to find Josephine Tatum—a pants-wearing, spitfire veterinarian who challenges his mind and captures his heart. Ben travels south to find Charlotte Ryan—the financial mind behind her father’s ranch, with a sweet disposition and, unfortunately, a fiancé.

As the sisters journey toward destiny, Charlotte must guard her heart against Ben, a man too daring to ever return her love. And Andrew must hide his feelings from Jo, a woman determined to carve her own path. While the foursome battle feelings, they must also war with a villain from the sisters’ past, one with the will and the means to destroy everything the DuBois daughters hold dear.

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Read an Excerpt

With a shake of his head, he stopped her. “It’s all right. I understand why you’re upset, and I have an explanation for why I haven’t carried through with what I promised.”

Intrigued, she straightened and scooted closer to the table. “And what’s that?”

He waited a beat, studying her with a soft expression and a heart-meltingly warm look in his eyes. “I’m in love with you.”

Her breath caught. All thought ceased.

He said nothing else, just watched her with a cautious, uncertain gaze.

He loved her? Impossible.

The sing of bows against strings announced that intermission had drawn to a close, but she couldn’t move. She blinked at her companion as people moved past them, talking and laughing, oblivious to Jo, who felt she stood on her head.

He sat back, one strong hand still on the table, his tan skin a contrast to the white linen.

She swallowed. “H-How is that p-possible?”

About the Author

Born and raised in Texas, the state had to be the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people.

Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. I am extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for me. I learned and I fell in love with their words and characters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Kara today on Friday Friends. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and a couple of giveaways!


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  1. Kara O'Neal says:

    Thank you so much for having me, Nancy! It was fun!

  2. Diane Burton says:

    So glad to get to know you better, Kara. Wishing you much success with your new release.

  3. I LOVE this interview, Kara! You are so right about the importance of storytelling. Story craft always trumps word craft!

  4. Oh Kara, I love your answer about every bit of your writing journey being a surprise! Such a great thing isn’t it?
    Wonderful interview and excerpt
    Sorry I’m late to the party but good luck and God’s blessings.

  5. Alicia Dean says:

    Sorry I’m late…fun interview! Ha, your English teacher didn’t have a clue…you’re a wonderful writer! 🙂 The book sounds fantastic. Congrats!

  6. Joan Reeves says:

    Loved hearing from another Texas girl. Great interview, Kara.

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