C.J. Fosdick (Author Interview)
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
A few come to mind: Fear of heights once gave me second thoughts about riding on a ferris wheel, so I jumped off as it rose 8 feet. I may also be a magnet to animals—wild and domestic. They seem to show up to be adopted or fed. We once adopted & trained two wild horses from the BLM, and with domestic horses we gave riding lessons for 15 years. Horseless now, I currently feed a small herd of deer, their wild turkey friends, birds, and critters that lurk in the woods surrounding our home.
What’s your least favorite part of writing?
I love to write dialogue and dialect when necessary. My characters sometimes write their own smack, even waking me from a sound sleep to force me to write down what they want to say.
Do you make up settings or use real places and why?
So far, I’ve had boots on the ground at every setting in my books. Research was my favorite excuse to explore Ireland and Wyoming for the new novel and several other states and historic sites for future reference. Being there to see, smell, and absorb the setting makes it easier to describe and treat the reader to some virtual “armchair travel.”
If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?
Since my series heroine is the redheaded image of me, I live in her shoes. Her slip in time back to 1886 Wyoming in The Accidental Wife was fun. Of necessity, she was forced to cook, wash clothes, and bathe in a creek, but her knowledge of the present gave her the wit and wisdom to “invent” things that weren’t science fiction to her. She added broken bits of a chocolate bar to baked cookies since chocolate chips were still 50 years shy of being invented. Besides learning to live with less and depend on nature, she also championed rights we take for granted now. She stood out in an age that challenged diversity and won the affection of her new family.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
In the third book of the Accidental Series, the love match in The Accidental Stranger will honeymoon in Ireland and get trapped with historic characters in a true scandal that has repercussions in Ireland to this day. Though my characters are from the same unique family, the books can stand alone. I love to defy category and genre in twists of time, settings, romance, mistaken identities, mystery and history.
About The Accidental Stranger
Jessica Brewster is being watched…and things go missing from the romote Wyoming home she shares with her toddler. In a freak accident, she shoots the bearded thief stalking her before she recognizes the mesmerizing green eyes that belong to the only man she ever loved. Has Mitch bridged time to find her? In a race to save his life and change hers forever, she takes him into her home and heart. But his memory loss and puzzling clues curry doubt and expose mystery and danger. Is he truly her son’s father or an irresistible stranger in her arms?