Friday, June 16, 2017

#AuthorInterview with C.B. Clark

Today my guest is C.B. Clark. Her newest romantic suspense is BITTER LEGACY, published by The Wild Rose Press. C.B. graciously answered a few of my questions about her life and her writing. Please welcome C.B. Clark to Journeys with Jana.

What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?

Getting the details of the sawmill and planer mill operations correct for the lumber mill the hero and heroine own was challenging. My husband worked for a large lumber company for many years, and we live in a lumber town. If I messed up, I’d hear about it.

Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always loved reading. By the time I was ten, I’d read the entire Nancy Drew Mystery series, and I’ve never looked back. I read voraciously in all genres, but romantic suspense is my sweet spot. Writing is another enjoyment. After I lost my voice for a year due to an operation, I decided to combine my two loves and write a book. The words bubbling inside me had to be spoken, even if through my characters’ voices.

Do you have any words of advice for beginning writers?

Join a critique group, either in-person, or online. It’s imperative to have another set of eyes, (preferably not your best friend or your mother), look at your work and give you an honest appraisal.

What is the hardest part of being a writer for you?

Like many authors, I’m uncomfortable with the business end of book promotion, but I realize it’s an important part of this business.

Tell us a bit about you.

I grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. I’ve worked as an archaeologist and an educator. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, and snowshoeing with my husband and dog near my home in central British Columbia.

Do you have any pets?

My German shorthaired pointer, Jazz, is my late-in-life child. She has such a gentle and trusting nature. She used to be filled with boundless energy, but now she’s thirteen years old and suffers from arthritis. Every day she and I walk on the trails in the woods behind our house where she sniffs out grouse and rabbits. Our days together are numbered, but she’ll always hold a place in my heart.

Jana here. I can totally relate. My dog Lou is a pug-terrier cross and she's fourteen and a half years old. She has arthritis, too, and I know the inevitable is coming, but I hope it doesn't come too soon.

Name two authors we might find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.

Sandra Brown and Susan Elizabeth Phillips

How can readers reach you and find you on line?

Goodreads Author Page:
Amazon Author Page:

What’s your tagline?

She only had ever wished for two things: a red dress and her father’s death.

That's intriguing! Tell us about your current release, BITTER LEGACY.

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Will she and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?



Even as the dreaded word reared like a monster inside her head, a thin trickle of smoke crept out of the dark storage room. Terrifying images of flame, smoke and searing heat threatened to overwhelm her. For a nightmare second, she was back in the midst of scorching heat and roaring flames.

Using all her strength of will, she tore free of the chilling memories. Instead of fleeing, she placed one wobbly step in front of the other and shuffled toward the storage room. Her nostrils flared at the acrid tang of gasoline and smoke. With a shaking hand, she gripped the door handle and opened the door.

A figure burst out of the darkness, crashing into her, knocking her back.

She yelped at the pain of the blow and the shock of falling. A jolt of agony and blinding light as her head hit something hard.

Heavy boots pounded across the tile floor. Cold air washed over her. And then darkness.

Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press:




Author Bio:

C.B. Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn't until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada's Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, teaching students from the primary grades through the first year of college. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

Social media:

Amazon Author Page


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your site today, Jana. Everything looks great. Sounds like we're two pet lovers. Long life to Lou.

  2. Great interview. Jazz is adorable. Love that tag line too! Best of luck with your release.

    1. Thanks, Charlotte. Jazz is cute, but she's also a character.

  3. Love the excerpt. The book sounds great!

    I also would probably be caught reading a SEP book most of the time. Love her.

    My fur-baby is 11 and he's developing cataracts. The vet said he had "old man eyes." Broke my heart. I hope we have many more years with him and that he's happy and comfortable. And I wish the same for both of yours.

    1. Thanks, Lori. There's something about old dogs that makes them special.

  4. The book sounds great! Jazz is beautiful and I agree, research is always stressful. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. I appreciate your comments.

  5. Great post and I adore Jazz. Good luck CB.

    1. You must be a fellow dog lover, Sandra. Thanks.

  6. Very nice post. Once again it I'm impressed by the actual composition of the blog. Interesting questions bring the interview to life...not your usual format. Love the picture of Jaz. Best of luck Chris.

  7. LOVE your doggie. Your tagline is brilliant, and so is your excerpt. This definitely looks like a book to add to my TBR...but it's so high, it's toppling over. So now I've got a new pile, the AHTBR - The Absolutely Have To Be Read pile!! And your's is in this one! Best, Anni xx

  8. Thank you, Anni. Your kind comments made my day. Good luck to you too.