What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Cd Brennan and I come from all over! Literally. I am both an American and Australian citizen, but I have lived in the UK, Ireland, Australia and now back in Michigan where I was born and raised.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
WATERSHED is the first book in the Love Where You Roam series.
Irish Maggie is backpacking through outback Queensland when she heads out to a cattle station to experience adventure in the “real” Australia, something special, a memory of a lifetime. At the Gemfields, Gray sets out to make a point to Maggie that she isn’t welcome. They have work to do, and she will only get in the way. It’s hard enough keeping the property going without wasting time on adventure-seekers in Australia.
Both evolve as the story goes. Quiet, responsible Maggie raises to the challenge, works hard to prove herself on the station. As every day passes, she comes more out of her shell. A fish-out-of-water, her new and very different environment challenges her and makes her stronger and more confident, until she develops into who she really is meant to be. Her inner strength and passion was always there, she just needed the right time and place for it to unfold. Gray is bold and arrogant and doesn’t have time for anything or anyone that doesn’t fit into his plans. But then Maggie arrives; someone he never expected to cross his path. She is beyond his understanding - this beautiful, magical Irish lass whose accent alone melts hearts around her. Even though so different from himself and what he has known, he realizes that she not only “fits” at the station, his home and life, but in his heart.
Love is a chance. It’s hard enough to find the “right one” these days to not take an opportunity when it crosses your path, even if it’s not what you expected, even if it doesn’t fit into your plans, even if it is with someone from another hemisphere! Both Gray and Maggie realize this through events that unfold in the stunning outback of Australia.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
For the Love Where You Roam series, I pulled alot of my material from my own travels and personal experience, but then made them more exciting! LOL
While backpacking through Australia in 1995, a woman sat next to me on a Greyhound bus journey from Rockhampton to Townsville, about an 8 hour drive normally, then add another four hours for the bus experience. As most travelers would understand, a spare seat next to you on these trips is a God-send, more space to stretch out and put your things. But, as fate would have it, another writer Margery Smith sat next to me and we chatted for almost the entire trip.
I had been in Australia for a month, working my way up the East coast, and even though it was a beautiful coastline and plenty to do (The Australian hostels were like motels with pools and BBQ facilities), I felt it wasn’t the Australia that I had hoped for. I wanted the true and gritty experience, not one polished and packaged for tourists. I mentioned my disappointment, and within moments my traveling companion offered that her daughter lived on a cattle station just west of Rocky (Rockhampton), and would I be interested in working as a jillaroo? Would I ever!
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Cowgirl or helicopter pilot. Or used to be. Still are in some ways. But I do realize with my fear of flying now, helicopter pilot will need to be ditched. Whatever I replace it with needs to be active, because I will always write and edit, but I need something that balances all that seat time or my arse will get gigantic.
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
Just this past weekend I did a book launch for Watershed. She’s my first and I wanted to celebrate that milestone, so threw a big party at a local bookstore. My husband dressed up in his Australian bush gear, Akubra hat and all, and poured wine for everyone all night. A little for them, a little for him. It was lovely, and right up there with romantic gestures.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Glass of wine and a book out on the front porch. Right now with the long nights, I still get a bit of twilight after my boys are tucked into bed. I love the evening sounds - so no music - just me, the dog, a good Australian red (sometimes with ice) and a book.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Cigarettes. I just recently quit but want to ask my husband to allow me one a night with my glass of wine. Is that possible? Why ask him? Because he would have to hide them and only give me one a night to go along with above relax time. I don’t want them except then! I’ve got two young boys and plenty of active years to be living yet.
What trait do you find the sexiest?
Kindness, hands down.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Editing and taking care of my sons – which is a massive full-time job in itself. My eldest just turned 5, but has some special needs, and my 20-month old is a stinker, plain and simple. We spend a lot of time at the beach, a small one just 5 minutes away, but a large State Park only 15. We go on lots of walks and bike rides with the dog and sometimes the wagon, hours spent at the park and more hours playing Lego. If only I could incorporate my knowledge of Star Wars Lego into a romance novel, but I sadly fear that’s not going to happen.
Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I am also a Content & Acquisitions Editor for a small romance press. But trying to keep the split personality just that!
Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her - well, except for the word "NO".
Now settled back "home" in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.
As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes
that what is for you, won't pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: "Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." [Mark Twain] And of course, fall in love.
Get in touch with her at www.cdbrennan.com