Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Guest Post: Carolyn Brown w/ Give Away

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to your blog today. It’s a pleasure to be here to discuss the inspiration for the heroines in the Lucky series. Getting Lucky, the final book in the trilogy hit the book shelves January 1. Lucky in Love was published in September and One Lucky Cowboy in November. Each sassy heroine was a delight to get to know and write about.

Who was the inspiration for the heroines? That question that comes up often when folks talk about my writing. Who inspired this or that character? Especially heroes and heroines. It always amazes me when fans ask how I knew their best friend, their boy friend or the sorry sucker who broke their heart. Sometimes they argue with me when I point to that page that says all characters are figments of my overactive imagination. They couldn’t be fictional characters because other than the name being changed to protect the guilty, they were exact matches to their acquaintances. It makes my day when they tell me that!

My heroines are inspired by women who are tough; those who overcome all the hurdles that life puts in front of them and cross the finish line with energy to spare. They are those who come to the end of their life and slide into heaven yelling for someone to open the gates and talking about what a wonderful ride they’ve had through life’s experiences. Those who grab the bull by the horns, look him right smack in the little beady eyes and dare him to charge. And who don’t run away from him when he does.

I’ve had the privilege of many strong women among my family and friends beginning with my grandmother, Bessie, who was blind but didn’t let that get the way of living. She picked cotton, raised six kids and later helped raise three of us grandchildren, cooked, canned in the summer time, did her own laundry and housecleaning and kept us all in line. When I was eighteen someone mentioned my grandmother’s handicap and I was ready to mop up the streets of Tishomingo, Oklahoma with their sorry hind end for saying that about my granny. She was not handicapped! I’m sure she slid right through heaven’s gates with a smile on her face! She might be the one who inspired Alvera in Getting Lucky.

And my mother, Gina, who raised three children back in the fifties and sixties. In those days it wasn’t as easy or as socially accepted as it is today to be a single parent. But dear hearts, she would have spit in Lucifer’s eye if he’d have crossed one of her kids. That’s an inspiration. She faced the bull and he turned tail and ran from her. And her sister, my Aunt Mil ― the two of them probably had a lot to do with Nellie and Ellen in One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky.

My sister, Patti, who is a continual inspiration. She’s truly the wind beneath my wings. I’d say more about her but she’s my also my best friend and if I told all the reasons she’s my inspiration I’d be sliding into heaven’s doors a lot sooner than I’d planned. I still have a few more stories to tell so I’ll let it go by saying that together we have jumped hurdles so high that we couldn’t see over them. Sometimes I stood on her shoulders to get over the blasted things; other times she’s stood on mine. Her brassy attitude can easily be found in Jane in One Lucky Cowboy. She wouldn’t only face the bull, she’d spit in his eye.

My daughters, Amy and Ginny, went swimming in their strong ancestors’ gene pools. They are both mouthy, sassy and don’t take guff from anyone. Bless their hearts, they are an inspiration and their attitudes shine in my heroines pretty often. Combine the two of them and you have some of Julie in Getting Lucky.

Then there are those wonderfully brave women, both past and present, who continually blaze pathways for the rest of us to follow. Politicians, soldiers, doctors, nurses, cowgirls … the list doesn’t stop but continues to grow.

They are all inspirations for Julie in Getting Lucky, Milli in Lucky in Love and  Jane in One Lucky Cowboy.

Tell me, who’s been an inspiration in your life? If you wrote a romance book with a sassy heroine who spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to stand up and fight for what she loved, who would inspire that character?

Single mom Julie Donavan is looking for a place to start over. What she finds after buying a small house on five acres is nothing short of a nightmare.

Single dad "Lucky Griffin" Luckadeau has been crossing horns with his elderly neighbor for years. But when his daughter, Annie, decides she wants the new little girl who lives on the feuding property to be her friend, or better yet her sister, the sparks fly.

These two stubborn hotheads, who irritate each other beyond endurance, refuse to admit that it's fate that brought them together. And running from the inevitable is only going to bring a double dose of misery…
Carolyn Brown, an award-winning author who has published 36 romance novels for the library market, credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She was born in Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

Thanks Carolyn for taking time to guest at my spot.  I love the series and am excited that Source books is sponsoring a give away, all three titles (Lucky in Love, One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky) to one winner! USA and Canada Only.

To enter, you must leave a comment with a valid email AND answer Carolyn's question in red above.
Winner will be announced on January 18th.


  1. Hello everyone,
    Thanks for stopping by today to visit about the inspirations for the Lucky Series. Good luck to everyone who enters the contest and here's hoping you love the books!
    Carolyn Brown

  2. a great interview/ inspiration for a character would be my mom...


  3. I love this series so much I gave my copies of the first two books away to one of my girlfriends! It would be wonderful to have all three of them in my hands!

    Amazingly enough, I have the same answer as Anonymous (though NOT the same mother, at least I don't think so). My mother is an awesome woman who goes after what she wants and taught her daughters to be brave and strong and proud of being a woman!

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  4. Who would be my inspiration to write a sassy, strong willed, mouthy herione in a romance novel? Well, it would have to be the very woman who taught me to be all those things...Carolyn Brown. Folks, she writes what she knows...

    She wrote about her Granny, Momma, Aunt, Sister, daughters (I'd be that Amy she mentioned.)but she forgot to tell you she's the strongest of the bunch! She inspires all of us...

    Thanks for featuring her on your blog today...'cause THAT'S MY MOMMA!

    plain_a_m_y at

  5. Thanks Carolyn for being here today! I absolutely love this series!! My review for Getting Lucky will be up in a day or three. I actually hate to see the series end!!

    My grandmother was a real spitfire, and she even had red hair. She told you how it was and you could take it or lump it. She would do anything for those she loved and defended hearth and home fiercely. And if you messed up, well she still loved ya, but she told you what she thought flat out too! lol I miss her desperately but she's my inspiration :)

    I look forward to whatever you have in store for us next Carolyn but it's going to be hard to top those sexy Luckadeau men!!

  6. My inspiration for a book would definately be my mommy! She is an inspiration everyday in her struggles. She is a heroine in her own rite. She has taught me how to continue on in life when everything looks bleak! There is always a silver lining in life!

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  8. Hi, Carolyn! Happy New Year! Thank you for a great giveaway, and thank you so much for celebrating strong women. I love to read books and stories which showcase the many strengths of women. My grandmother was the biggest female influence in my life. She was extrememly intelligent, witty, and a wonderful housekeeper. The best cook ever! She also suffered from depression and numerous physical ailments. However, she taught me manners, how to cook, how to appreciate the flowers and green things of the earth and so much more. Without her, I would not be the woman that I am today. Would I infuse characters with Gran's wonderful traits? You bet!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  9. No need to enter me. Just popping by to say that this is posted at Win a Book for you.

  10. An inspiration is my life would be my mom. But I don't think I'd write a romance about her.The person I think of when you say sassy heroine,who speaks her mind and not afraid to stand up to anyone, is my niece.. she's exactly as you described.

  11. All of the women in my life would be my inspirations, I've learned from each and every one of them!
    Amy Tinney
    amyleetinney at

  12. Thanks for visiting us today. As a disabled person, I can totally understand what you're saying about your grandmother. We get things done, we just do it in a different way.

    As for inspiration, it would be my parents. They've stood by me and made sure I've lived my life to the fullest regardless of what any doctor told them about me.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  13. My mother and grandmother have definitely been an inspiration to me, but they aren't the sassy type. They stay calm through every experience. My mom is the kindest woman I know & I wish I was more like her.

    Carol & Amy are the sassiest gals I know & I love that about them!

    Tina H.

  14. My grandmother who lived to 96 was such an inspiration and free spirit. She was strong and funny. She went white water rafting in Alaska at 90 because she'd never done it - I definitely get my love of adventure from her.
    msboatgal at

  15. As the day ends, I'm smiling because so many of you made time for the blog and to comment today! Bless your hearts and may you always have a strong woman to inspire you to do your best!
    Hugs to everyone,
    Carolyn Brown

  16. My sister is an inspiration to me. She is strong and sassy and yes sometimes she swears like a sailor. She's funny and beautiful on the inside as well as out. She found the courage to get out of a very abusive relationship, and is a single mom. She put herself through college and is now a nurse practitioner. I admire her strength and courage to no end.
    Thanks for the chance.

  17. that would have been my grandmother she was a fighter and stood up for her rights, although born in the late 1800's she fought for womens rights, marched on washington, stormed a newstation and assaulted a mayor to name a few of the things she did thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

  18. Keep on writing Carol, I just wonder where it all comes from.


    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    My sister is definitely not afraid to speak her mind and sometimes I wish I was more like her... Sometimes LOL!

  20. It would be ME, Miss Carolyn! I'm the sassy heroine who takes care of everyone and everything. As we all know, I say what I think and feel even when it causes problems. If I were to write a novel I would honestly write my own life and rename the characters! It's a true story that makes it hard to believe I am now a grown woman functioning somewhat normal in society. Lol! P.S. I would let you be Abby in my story. Love you and have always loved you stories.

  21. My grandmother because she was an independent working woman when that wasn't the norm.


  22. Great interview. My inspiration would be my maternal grandmother. She was sassy, strong and spoke her mind.


  23. I think my older sister were inspire me that kind heroin because she strong and sassy and not afraid to speak her mind!

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

  24. It would have to be my 75 year old neighbor. She's a tough cookie who takes no gruff on the outside but as sweet and soft as a marshmallow inside.

    Gotta love her!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 At gmail DOT com

  25. My Mom would be my inspiration. I wish she was still with me so she could read it if I did that. :)

  26. Please enter me. My inspiration are my older cousins, they lost their mom at a young age, but managed to make such great lives.

  27. My inspiration would be my Mom, her sister & their mother. All are (or were) very strong women who weren't afraid to speak their minds & stand up for those they love.

    Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com


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