AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SHANNA HATFIELD
Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Offering an engaging look at a bygone era through determined women and the men who fall in love with them, her Pendleton Petticoats historical western series highlights a melting pot of people from a variety of backgrounds who find their way to a place where they feel accepted and loved. The series begins in 1899, as Pendleton heads into a new century and an era as a booming, bustling city.
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1. What inspired you to write the Pendleton Petticoats Series?
I like stories about women who find their strength and courage - who dare to cast aside what’s expected of them and follow their hearts. I chose the town of Pendleton as the setting because its history is so different from what people expect of a small western town in the early 1900s.
2. What's the series about?
Hope. At the core of the series, it’s about hope, dreams, and opening your heart to the possibilities of what is waiting for you in the future. Aundy is desperate to leave Chicago and better her situation. Caterina is on the run from the Italian mafia. Ilsa needs rescued from a bad situation that’s about to get worse. Each of them hold onto the hope that there is something better waiting just around the corner.
3. What made you decide to name the books after the main characters?
The women in Pendleton Petticoats come from all walks of life but find commonality in drawing strength from their courage and persevering in chasing their dreams. Aundy, Caterina, and Ilsa challenge the roles typically assigned to women of this era. It seemed fitting to name the books after the women who are the story.
4. Tell us a little about your main characters.
Aundy is the main character from the first book in the series. She is brave. Much braver than she thinks, although she does admit she’s stubborn with a strong constitution. She needs all the courage and strength she can find when her new husband dies before she can truly become a wife.
Caterina is the feisty Italian heroine in the second book in the series. She grew up in New York City rubbing elbows with the mafia. When one decides he wants her as a wife, her family helps her escape, but have no idea where she’s gone. Caterina steps off the train in Pendleton with nothing but her dream of opening a restaurant and her belief that she can make it happen.
Ilsa, Aundy’s younger sister, has no idea of her own inner strength or all the things she’s capable of doing until she winds up in Pendleton at Aundy’s ranch in the recently released third book in the series. The one thing area where Ilsa shines is designing and creating fashions that are in high demand.
5. Where do you get the inspiration to write?
My inspiration for sitting down every day and writing comes from the fact that I love doing it and there is nothing else I’d rather be doing. I left my day job a few months ago to write full time, so there is some motivation involved there as well to maintain a steady income.
6. Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
If you enjoy historical fiction, clean romances, or a good western, I hope you’ll consider reading Aundy and its sequels, Caterina and Ilsa. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to drop me a note via any of my social media links.
Thank you, Alethea, for hosting me today. I’m so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to connect with your readers.
Thank you, Shanna, for being here with us on ActuallyAlethea today!
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Author Bio: Shanna Hatfield is a hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure. In addition to blogging, eating too much chocolate, and being smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller, she is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.
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