Please enjoy getting to know Charlene Raddon. She's a Historical Western Romance Author with numerous Novels to her credit and countless awards. Please visit her site at charleneraddon.com
Q. Your new book Dancing in Moonlight is going to be published soon. For your existing fans and for new readers can you tell us a tiny bit of what we can expect?
A. Dancing in Moonlight is a sort of prequel to a book I hope to finish soon. The premise is how prejudices influence lives. The protagonist, Beth, loses her mother just before Beth graduates from finishing school. Her father, an Army Major stationed in Utah Territory, arranges for her to travel with an Army supply train heading to Utah Territory from Fort Leavenworth. The Lieutenant in charge of the train of wagons and dragoons tries to court Beth as they travel. But Beth has eyes only for Sparrow Hawk, the Army scout. What she doesn’t realize until too late is how thoroughly her father detests Indians.
Q. Do you have a writing routine?
A. Yes and no. Generally, I begin writing in the morning and stay with it more or less all day. I don’t time how long I write, nor do I write the entire time. I have a retired husband and a demanding cat who effect my routine 24/7.
Q. What or who influences you most when writing?
A. Other authors and history. I grew up loving the idea of the Wild West and living back in Frontier Days. I don’t know where this influence came from since I grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs. Western movies, maybe. I didn’t really get into reading much until I was in my thirties and never even considered becoming a writer. That just happened.
Q. What has been your most rewarding/strangest experience so far in your career as a novelist?
A. The most rewarding experiences have come from communications from fans who love my work. One was from a woman in her eighties who was bedridden and had nothing to do but read, and wrote to tell me how much my books lightened her life.
Q. You live in what was once the Western Frontier. How much has that influenced your choice of genre and your settings?
A. Living in the American West definitely influenced my choice of settings since it is easier for me to research. And it’s what I know best. I have traveled extensively throughout the West and become quite familiar with the flora, fauna and history.
Q. If Dancing in Moonlight is a prequel, tell us about the book that comes after.
A. What follows Dancing in Moonlight is Moon Dancer, a contemporary romance that flashes repeatedly into the past as the protagonist, Carissa, attempts to learn about a Native American necklace she purchased on a whim. When she puts the necklace on and looks in a mirror, she sees not herself, but a young white woman in Native American clothes pleading with her in a native tongue she cannot understand. She seeks help from a local professor of American history who happens to be Shoshone. In this story, it is Carissa’s mother who is prejudiced against Native Americans and other minorities. Carissa works to bring about a conclusion to her tale that differs from Beth’s story in Dancing in Moonlight.