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Q & A with Celia Stuart

For December, Celia Stuart talks about Bluebonnet, her love of Texas, and all things cowboy.

1. Your current LSB series features Bluebonnet. Tell us more about this fictional setting.
 
I guess this is sort of a two-fold--or maybe three-fold answer, but I had these characers in my head, the whole Bodureaux clan, for about two years before I ever wrote a word.  And--now stick with me here--I used to be a HUGE George Strait fan (I'm still a fan...just not a huge one. I think it's almost required for Texas citizenship) but anyway...about four years ago I traveled to S. Central Texas for the George Strait Team Roping Classic.  If you ever get a chance to go, GO!  It's two days of cowboy heaven, honey.  Where was I?  Anyway quite a bit of the area outside of San Antonio is still fairly rural, and it's a gorgeous area, rolling hills and very green and I just fell in love with all of it. I want to move there someday.  Sorry I wandered again.
 
I'm very visual, stuff really has to just "click" in my head, and even though Bluebonnet, Texas, is fictional, when I sat down to write the first book, spending time in that area helped me solidify Bluebonnet and hopefully make feel as "real" for my readers as it does for me.  So Bluebonnet is loosely modelled after the Leon Springs, Texas area.
 
2. When did you start writing?
 
Two and a half years ago.  Seriously.  Prior to that I picked at writing (really sucky erotica) for a few months then had a 3 year dry-spell.
 
3. You seem to have a fascination with cowboys? Why do you think that is?
 
Wranglers?  Hats?  Buckles?  Naw, I think it's the ropes.  I don't think there's any explaining this one--much like the female obsession with shoes, it just IS. 
 
4. Which of your heroes would you most like to two-step with?
 
Definitely Ty Boudreaux, but Betti's not much of one for sharing.  Second would have to be Rowdy Yates, but Jade's not much of one for sharing either *sigh*
 
5. Like me, you're a Chris Cagle fan. Tell us what you think about his baby not actually being his. Was his gf seriously deluded or what?
 
BWAAAAAAAAA to borrow my critique partner's favorite saying.  Um, I never thought it was his baby to begin with, so I wasn't terribly surprised, but as a fan I'm really torn.  You've heard that old saying that no publicity is bad publicity but a part of me wonders why it hit, like, the same day his CD was released.  Another part of me is going "how could you be so na´ve!?" But funny enough I actually knew a guy who had something similiar happen to him (very ugly story).  Apparently, men can be that na´ve, because my friend never had a clue it was his best friend's baby.
 
6. Tell us more about Texas, your home state.
 
It's really big.  LOL No seriously, Texas is actually a very eclectic state, and definitely more than just cowboys.  We're home to Dell computers, we have a plethora of sports teams, everything from urban renewal to rural living and even deserts, mountains and a coastline if that's what you're looking for.  We're also home to Matthew McConaughey --People's Sexiest Man Alive(he can play bongos naked for me anytime), Lance Armstrong, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top and the Houston Rockets (yeah I'm a fan LOL).  Not to mention writers like Sandra Brown, Kinky Friedman (For Governor!), Dan Jenkins, Larry McMurtry, James Lee Burke, and one of my favorites, Marsha Moyer.  If I had to sum Texas up in one word, I'd go for diverse. 
 
7. Boxers or briefs?
 
Boxer-briefs.  Hell, commando!  Can you tell I'm not picky?
 
8. In the pictures on your site, you have curly hair in some. Is this natural or did you have some experiences with perming?
 
It's natural, honey.  Lucky for me, some smiling god invented the ceramic flat iron because otherwise I'd wander around looking like the bastard sister of Slash from Guns 'n Roses.
 
9. What's next for Celia Stuart?
 
Good question!  Right now I'm finishing up an erotica anthology, but I haven't decided what I'm going to do with it.  After that it's back to Bluebonnet.  I miss it.  I've taken a year off of working on any Bluebonnet books (except for editing) and even though writing a series is a double-edged sword, I'm ready.  The next book is actually a mainstream romance, not erotic romance, so I'm searching for a home for it (and I've got about 60 or so pages left to write on it).  After that, I'd love to do another novella.  And of course all of this is subject to change at any given moment.
 
10. Is there anything you would like to add?
 
Thanks for doing this, Christy!  It's been a lot of fun. 

To learn more about CeCe or her Bluebonnet world, visit www.celiastuart.com.