I’m happy to introduce you to a
writer I met through a fun, supportive group of writers. Help me welcome R.T.
Wolfe who's going to share a little about herself and her debut book, Black Creek Burning.
Thank you for asking, Diane, and
thank you for having me on your lovely blog today!
Glad to have you. Please tell us
I was born and raised in the
Midwest, the youngest of six children. I married at a young age and decided
early on I wanted a family myself. With three small boys in tow, my husband and
I have flipped two houses with me in charge of the landscape design and install.
Now, I am rooted in our final home we designed inside and out.
Now that my boys are nearly grown, I spend much of my time on the road
traveling from one sporting event to another serving as mom and cheerleader.
When at home, I enjoy Pilates, working with my Golden Retriever and digging in
the glorious dirt of her landscaping plots.
In and around each of these, I
have my trusty laptop waiting for some stolen hours in writing.
When did you first realize you
wanted to be a writer?
I’m asked this often and I always
find I need to simply honest. I didn’t realize I wanted to be writer until long
after writing found me. I have no recollection of sitting down to write out the
first line of my first novel. A few lines turn into a few pages that turned
into a few hundred pages. I was in a tunnel and when I came out nine months
later, I had completed my first book. The research, the editing, the revising,
I love it all. Writing has truly become my crack cocaine.
How long does it take you to
write a book?
It takes me about nine months to
write a full-length novel. By the time my critique partners and editors have worked
on it, it’s more like a year.
Where do you get your information
or ideas for your books?
I write about my passions and
interests. I suppose all authors do. Accuracy is huge for me, however. So, I
often solicit reviews from professionals before I put a book in print.
The characters in Black Creek Burning are a landscape
designer and a wood working artist. I’ve had
the honor of reviews from both Master Gardners and from Sawbridge Studios
(downtown Chicago custom wood working studio) for the authenticity regarding
the facts on gardening and woodworking. Each awarded me 5-star reviews. Black Creek Burning has also earned a
5-star review from EPIC Award Winning author, Laurie Larsen.
The sequel to Black Creek Burning
is To Fly in Shadows. The main
character in this book is a conservation biologist who specializes in the banding
and rehabilitation of eagles. Operation Migration and the East Coast Center for
Conservation and Biology have reviewed copies of this book for authenticity,
also. CCB said, “I read your novel within days of receiving it. I loved it! It
has just the right amount of suspense, romance and science to keep me
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
It’s not uncommon to find dark
chocolate squares in my candy dish, my Golden Retriever at my feet and a few
caterpillars spinning their cocoons in their terrariums on my counters. I love my
family, gardening, eagle-watching and can occasionally be found viewing a flyover
of migrating whooping cranes.
Mmm. Dark chocolate, my fav. Okay back to the interview. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Black Creek Burning is book one of the Black Creek Trilogy. Book
two, To Fly in Shadows, debuts this
February 1st with book three following on July 1st,
What do you think makes a good
A good story is one that takes a
reader away from this place and into the setting and the minds of the
characters. I use a delicate balance between detail and action and know that
I’ve done it right when I have a reader message me to tell me they are having
trouble staying awake at work because they were up late reading my book. So
What do you enjoy most about
That’s a hard question, Diane! I
love drafting, outlining…the research and even the editing. I suppose my
favorite is reader response. Does that count? lol I can fly for days on a great
Where do you start when writing?
Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I start with an outline, but it
changes so much I’m not sure if it counts. The characters have their own ideas
and plans and don’t always share them with me until I’m actually writing. I try
to be flexible and adjust my outline often.
Are your stories driven by plot
That should be equal in my
opinion. Diverse characters who are realistic and likeable yet flawed are
imperative. However, what is a romantic suspense without a gripping story and passionate
What do you hope readers take
with them after reading your work?
Although I’m writing a trilogy, I
hope with each novel my reader takes away serenity and closure with a desire to
return. I’ve been honored with reviews that say so thus far. Whoop!
What two authors would we find
you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
Nora Roberts and James Patterson.
Cliché and cliché, I know but I suppose they are who they are for a reason. Patterson’s
Private series is one of my favorites and kept me wide awake and gripping my
steering wheel as I listened through audio on a 13 hour drive to and from one
of my son’s swim meets. I just finished Nora’s Inn at Boonsboro trilogy. I
don’t generally read straight romance, but I loved it…especially book three. Whiskey
Beach comes out in a few months by Nora. I’m looking forward to it!
an excerpt from Black Creek
meandered up the path to their house, she felt queasy, like she’d done this
before. Nervously, she glanced over her shoulder through her mass of wavy brown
hair as she kept moving toward the front door. Two people were walking along
the street. She stopped and wondered what reason anyone would have to take a
walk at this time of night in such an early bird neighborhood.
It was then
she heard the shrill of the smoke detectors. Chest tightening, she bolted for
she screamed and tumbled inside, spotting them almost immediately as they ran
down the long upstairs hallway.
Please not again, she begged, as she
fought her frozen legs to make them move up the stairs. The smoke detectors
shrieked in her ears. Or was that the sound of her screams?
yelled her name as they reached for the bedroom door. She couldn’t stop gasping
for air long enough to tell them to stop. She wasn’t in there. Didn’t they
know? They needed to get out of the house. Couldn’t they
smell the smoke?
each time, her viewpoint from the middle of the stairs showed her the yellowish
air sucking under the door to her bedroom. Although trying to use the railing
to give her momentum, every part of her felt like it was in molasses. She
cocked her head to the side, drawing her eyebrows together. Her gaze locked on
the eerie breeze.
simultaneously, her mother rotated the knob as her eyes turned and met hers.
For that fraction of a second, her mother understood the fear on Brie’s face,
but it was too late. It was always too late. As she opened the door, Brie had
just enough time to witness her parents engulfed in flames before the explosion
blew her back and everything went dark.
* * * *
up. Wake up, Brie. You’re dreaming.”
Great excerpt. Where is Black
Creek Burning available?
Black Creek Burning is available
at the following sites:
Where can readers find you?
I have an awesome Pinterest page
that tells more about the characters and stories behind the Black Creek
Trilogy. Here is the link: http://www.pinterest.com/RTWolfe
Your Pinterest page is awesome. I
love your picture of the butterfly on the dog’s nose. How precious.
Thank you for having me here
today, Diane. Happy Holidays!
My pleasure. Be sure to come back