Saturday, November 12, 2011

Prudence Bice - The Kissing Tree - Author Interview

My thanks to Prudence Bice for stopping by The Plot Thickens for an author interview during the blog tour for her upcoming book, The Kissing Tree. (release date: December 8th)

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
The main plot of The Kissing Tree revolves around Georgiana, the main character, Ridge, and others that are left behind when she leaves her hometown to live in the city for five years. There are also several subplots woven into the story.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The story is of a young girl, Georgiana, who is torn from her grandparents, friends, and childhood crush by her grieving mother, and taken to live with her mother’s heartless, calculating sister in New York. After five years, she is allowed to return home to give aid to her widowed grandfather. Upon her return, she is reunited with the boy she stole a kiss from on the day her departure, five years previous. She didn’t realize when she stole his kiss, she left heart behind. Over the weeks that follow, Georgiana slowly comes to understand that Ridge has kept her heart safe all this time, and that it would always belong to him. Though Georgiana’s fiery Irish sometimes gets in the way, and things are complicated by the appearance of another man, eventually the two share a happily ever after.

3. When does the plot take place?
The time period of the novel is the late 1800’s. The death date on Georgiana’s father’s tombstone is 1892. Since she left Colorado the year after her father died and returned five years later, that would place her return in the year 1898.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The story takes place in a small town called Crystal Creek, Colorado. Though Castle Rock, the other town mentioned in the book is an actual city located outside of Denver, the town of Crystal Creek is fictional. When I was writing the story, I could not find a town with a name that worked for me. After much searching, I saw Crystal Creek Reservoir on a map of Colorado in the general vicinity I was looking at. I decided that was the perfect name for the town in Georgiana’s story.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
I’m afraid I can’t explain that. When I write, the story just takes over. Characters walk in and out of my head and do what they will. I do struggle sometimes, and the writing feels more forced. Thankfully, however, if I give myself back up to the story, it smoothes itself out.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I’ve heard it said creativity fosters creativity. I wholeheartedly believe that because the idea for The Kissing Tree came to me in the middle of writing my first book. Because I was otherwise engaged, I wrote out only the prologue to the story and a quick synopsis. When I was finished with my first book, I returned to The Kissing Tree. It was absolutely fun to write, though not so fun to edit. Still, it is my favorite so far. Since I’ve become a writer, I have much deeper respect for editors.

About the Book
The Kissing Tree

Book Details:
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release Date: December 8, 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Price: $15.99
Buy Links: Amazon

After five long years, Georgiana McLaughlin returns to the only place she's ever considered home---the same place she stole a kiss from Ridge Carson under the kissing tree; But this time he's a man, and reconciling their past is just the beginning. You'll find yourself applauding each new chapter filled with fun, romance, and adventure in this captivating, heartfelt tale of love, friendship, and finding your way back.

Extended Look:
“Can two young hearts, separated by chance and circumstance, overcome the new challenges that come their way? Or does fate still hold a claim on their future?”


“Pig Tails, ribboned braids, and stolen kisses are what come to mind when Ridge Caron learns his boss’ daughter will be returning to Crystal Creek. At first glimpse, there’s no mistaking she isn’t a child any longer. After years of trying to forget his lost love, in an instant, the old yearning is back. But this time he’s man and she is the most delicious thing he’s ever seen. But she’s changed in more ways than one. Are her new manners and big city ways too high class for a homespun country boy, or will they be able to rekindle the friendship and hidden love they once shared?”


“Finally, after five long years, Georgiana McLaughlin is returning to the only place she’s ever really considered home. When she literally falls in to the arms of the man she has predetermined to avoid at all cost, Georgiana is forced to search deep within herself to find the real reason she has never been able to commit to any man. Could Ridge still hold of piece of her heart? And if he does, what does that mean for the handsome and outrageously wealthy Dawson Alexander, anxiously waiting back in New York for her answer to his proposal?”

In order to decide their future, they must first unravel the past.

In this captivating, heartfelt tale of love, friendship, and finding your way back, you will laugh, cry, and find yourself applauding each new chapter filled with fun, romance, and adventure.

Don’t miss a word of this second novel by author Prudence Bice, and don’t worry, all bets are off until the preacher says “man and wife.”

“Ridge! It’s really you!” Georgiana thought.

Her eyes were drawn to his mouth, and she remembered the last time she had seen him five years ago…Now here he was rescuing her from a most humiliating circumstance, and all she could think about was that kiss.

About the Author
Prudence Bice

Prudence Bice has loved writing her entire life. Born in Orange County, California, one of eleven children, she always felt drawn to stories that spoke and enkindled her romantic heart. Having overcome tragedy in her own life, inspiration for her first novel was spark by her desire to ignite true romantics everywhere with a wholesome, feel good story about the power of love, rising above the pain and suffering from loss and circumstance.

She resides in St. George, Utah with her husband Ray and their five children, four daughters and one son. Her hobbies include drawing, photography, music, writing, and of course reading anything she can get her hands on! Currently she is majoring in English at Dixie Sate College and loving it. The future is bright, she says, every day I wake up with a prayer in my heart and story in my head. I never thought life could be so good!

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