Hello. I’m Carla Roma and my latest interview is with Sheila Seabook, who I encountered while hiking up Sulphur Mountain in Banff, Alberta. The hike was a rigorous three hour climb, which—when we weren’t gasping for air—gave us lots of time to chat. At the top of the mountain, we ogled the breathtaking view, ate lunch in the mountaintop restaurant, and rode the gondola back to town. Right now, we’re in the Rimrock Resort Hotel main lounge, enjoying the view, the roaring fire, and a few glasses of the hotel’s specialty coffee. And I’m trying to get Sheila to tell me about her upcoming Bandit Creek book, WEDDING FEVER, which will be available July 15, 2012. Confidentially, it’s like I’ve asked her to strip naked in front of twelve million viewers.
Carla: <rubs thighs and calves, waves over waiter> We’re going to need another round or five to help us forget the pain.
Sheila: So tomorrow I’ll be nursing a sore head instead of a sore body?
Carla: <grins> Just go with it, honey. Forget I’m a journalist out to discover what deep, dark secrets you’re harboring.
Sheila: <channels innocence> I’m Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, Carla. If you want deep dark secrets, check out the 30 Days of Secrets in Bandit Creek. Big secrets, huge secrets, superglue-your-mouth shut secrets.
Carla: Will I find your secrets there?
Sheila: I’m an open book.
Carla: Which brings us to the reason we’re here. WEDDING FEVER. Your upcoming Bandit Creek release. One of the first things I noticed about you is that you love to laugh. And you talk—a lot—about your family.
Sheila: Am I boring you yet?
Carla: Weelllllll…just kidding. <grins> I know you’re dying to tell me more about them, so what does your family have to do with your book?
Sheila: Family creeps into every one of my stories. I don’t plan it that way, but before I know it, these quirky family members show up and demand to be heard.
Carla: Is your family the inspiration for your characters?
Sheila: Sort of. The people in my family make me laugh, even when they’re driving me nuts. So I bring that aspect of family into my work.
Carla: Tell us about WEDDING FEVER.
Sheila: It started with BABY FEVER, my short story from the Bandit Creek Fool’s Gold Anthology. BABY FEVER is about a woman’s desire for a grandbaby and the story gave me the opportunity to introduce the heroine from WEDDING FEVER.
Carla: Finally we’re getting to the good stuff. Tell us about your heroine. Is there a hot hero, too?
Sheila: Liz Templeton is Bandit Creek’s star reporter and for almost sixteen years—ever since she divorced her husband—she’s been keeping a huge secret. In WEDDING FEVER, her ex-husband returns to town and he’s still a hunk. Her mom and ex-mother-in-law are planning a wedding that’s never going to happen, or so Liz swears. And Liz’s daughter…well, gosh, Carla, I guess I should shut up now. It’s kind of a secret.
Carla: Oh no you don’t, girlfriend. You can’t start, then stop like that. I promise, if you tell me the secret, I’ll superglue my own lips together. <yeah, right!>
Sheila: <leans forward, gestures Carla to meet her halfway> Liz’s daughter is a ghost. A teenage ghost with an attitude. Everyone who has read WEDDING FEVER has fallen in love with my little ghost.
Carla: <whispers back> Is this a paranormal story?
Sheila: No, it’s a humorous story about a family reunited. Although seriously, every time I read the ending, I cry. <glances at her watch and gets up> I have a date with my husband, so I really need to run.
Carla: <jumps to her feet> That’s it? You’re going to leave me hanging? Hey, I thought we were friends.
Sheila: We are, and that’s why you’re going to read my book and love it.
Carla: <plops back onto the chair, watches Sheila walk away, and motions the waiter over> I need another drink. This journalist crap isn’t as easy as it looks. Do yourself a favor, buddy. On July 15th, pick up WEDDING FEVER by Sheila Seabrook. You’re going to love it!