Welcome to RWA/NYC’s Heroine Blog Tour.
This week, we are interviewing Heroines from New York’s Leading Romance Authors. Some are candid, some are funny, all are wonderful. We know you’ll fall in love with each and every one of them.
(Psst--watch for their Hero’s interview next month!)
Cass: I don’t understand why you want to interview me.
Ursula: ‘Cause you’re the heroine of SWEET JAZZ, the headliner at The Big House—
Florence: And, possibly the sassiest woman anyone would ever meet.
Cass: Why are you here?
Florence: I was curious. I’ve never been interviewed. The chorus girls are always neglected.
Cass: Fine, you can stay….just hush. Now, Ursula, what did you want to know?
Ursula: First impressions are important. Since the readers can’t see you, please describe what you’re wearing.
Florence: The saddest threads I’ve ever seen.
Cass: Didn’t I say hush?
Florence: You should see her when she steps on stage, decked out in a ball gown and heels with her done up. But, off-stage, the girl needs help. She always wears those matronly dresses that button to the neck and those dang ankle socks and canvas shoes. I swear, one day I’m gonna burn those shoes.
Cass: I like being comfortable.
Florence: You’re the headliner at The Big House. You should be wearing the latest fashion.
Ursula: Cass, are you a girly girl or a tomboy?
Cass: I grew up with five brothers on a farm where the closest neighbor was two miles away. If I didn’t want to play by myself I had better run and climb trees.
Ursula: Do you like working at The Big House?
Cass: What’s there not to like? I’m getting paid to sing.
Ursula: Tell us your story.
Cass: Not much to tell. These cats claiming they could play sax were coming into The Big House, torturing us. Finally, Randy walks in and gets the gig.
Florence: Don’t forget, he’s the first white musician to play at club.
Cass: How can I forget? There are enough idiots at the club who make his life miserable ‘cause of it. I don’t know why he puts up with it.
Florence: ‘Cause he has a sassy gal he enjoys spending time with. She’s a bit hesitant ‘cause she was hurt by a previous relationship, but he’s patient.
Cass: You seem to know a lot about our relationship.
Florence: I know enough.
Ursula: Just between us, what do you like best about your Hero?
Cass: His sense of humor. He manages to keep it when faced with adversity.
Ursula: Do you prefer the bedroom door open or closed?
Florence: No, no, no, no, no. Inquiring minds want to know.
Cass: Well…um…let’s just say we don’t always make it to the bedroom and leave it at that.
Ursula: Okay…anyway…why don’t you tell us a little bit about your author.
Cass: I can tell you that Ursula Renée can’t sing and is as coordinated as an octopus on ice.
Florence: I told you she was sassy.
Cass: However, what she lacks in onstage talent, she makes up for with her other art projects. Ursula writes historical and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing, she enjoys drawing, photography and stone carving.
Ursula: Thank you, Cass…
Ursua: Yes, and thank you Florence. I hope readers enjoy you in SWEET JAZZ.