Today we’re visiting with author Cj Fosdick. Cj’s here to share some information on both herself and her Accidental Series from The Wild Rose Press.
Questions for the Author
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
I share a brain with Jessica in the Accidental Series. She is taller and has more college degrees, but we are both redheads with brown eyes and drawn to green-eyed men. She also is open to adventure, drama, and romance but is driven by curiosity, truth and a smart mouth. She finds light humor in situations but takes the legacy changes in her life seriously.
Q2: What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?
The sequel to The Accidental Wife is my current release: The Accidental Stranger. The ongoing mystery throughout the book involves the identity of the stranger who is stalking Jessica. Throwing in clues without giving away the mystery too soon was challenging. Adding twists and turns and bridging time and settings in three parts was fun. Research is also fun for me, but keeping true to the salty Irish dialect and 19th century customs and settings in Ireland, along with a change in POV and a new cast of characters in Part Two was the most challenging of anything I’ve ever written.
Q3: If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?
As an avid fan of two TV series adapted from fantastic books, I’d love either Scottish Jamie Fraser from “Outlander” on Starz or Cornish Ross from the “Poldark” series on Masterpiece. Besides their dashing looks, and passionate daring, they are witty, honorable and devoted to love and justice in rich historical eras in Britain.
Q4: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
I won a writing contest at age 12 and loved the brief “celebrity” status it brought me after blowing the $5 prize on candy dots to share with friends. As an only child, I read a lot and often made up imaginary scenarios. By the time I was feature editor of my H.S. newspaper and a teen columnist for small presses in Milwaukee, my avocation was set in stone.
Q5: If this book is part of a series, how did the series come about? Did you intend a series from the very beginning?
The Accidental Wife began life as an award-winning short story for Women Writing the West. At a Kansas City Writer’s Conference, the judge urged me to expand the story. My publisher was in the audience and urged me to send her the ms. when the story became a book. (Less than a year later.) It probably happens a lot, but the characters I created insisted I continue their story and the ongoing saga of a family through the lens of history with a twist of time travel mixed with romantic suspense.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better – please keep answers short):
- Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee to jumpstart. Chocolate does the same for me.
- Music preference? Enya, classical, easy listening while writing
- Favorite movie? A tie: Last of the Mohicans/G.W.T.W
- Dog, cat, or other? Tie: dog/horse
- Favorite author? Diana Gabaldon
- Favorite actor/actress? I had a crush on the young Colin Firth and love Meryl Streep at any age.
- Favorite television show (past or present)? Survivor, Game of Thrones
About the Book
Self-determined Jessica Brewster is wary of any emotional relationship, after being betrayed in a bet. When the beloved grandmother who raised her dies, she inherits a mysterious teacup which when rubbed transports her back to 1886 in Old Fort Laramie, switching places with her look-alike great-great-grandmother–wife to her ancestor’s magnetic first husband and mother to his charming nine-year-old daughter.
Can she pull off the charade and find a way back, or will conscience and her twenty-first century “slips” expose her identity? As true love–and a gypsy–derail her plans, her ancestor’s brother shows up with his own dark secret. Is her future in the past? Her decision could save her life…and her legacy.
First off, let me say, I’m a sucker for time travel romance. Toss in the old west and you’ve hooked me for sure. What makes it even better is when the book is so darned good you don’t want to put it down!
Twenty-first century heroine, Jessica Brewster, is so out of place in the late 1800’s that her trials and tribulations are endearingly comical. Add to that becoming an instant mother with a sexy husband and you just know the story is going to take off.
Well written (not that I’d expect otherwise from this author) The Accidental Wife was a joy to read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Where to Find Cj Fosdick
Cj will be back again next Monday to tell us all about the second book in the series, The Accidental Stranger. Until then, be sure to get your copy of The Accidental Wife while it’s still on sale!
Words are the voice of the heart!