For Phineas Bell, love has not only been out of reach, it has been impossible. In a world where men who love other men are anathema, he has poured his love into his work, his town, and the friends who accept him as family. But when a handsome new lodger takes over his home and his heart, breaking all his careful rules, Phin must choose between playing it safe and letting love in.
War hero Elliott Tucker is the answer to Cold Springs’s prayers for a sheriff worth his salt. But with every single woman in town throwing themselves at him, Elliott has eyes for only one person: Phin. The sparks are hot between then, but in spite of Elliott’s best efforts, Phin’s heart proves the toughest nut to crack. A love that starts with fire threatens to burn them both…
… until a shocking abduction throws Phin and Elliott together on the trail of ruthless kidnappers. Will their efforts to save a child wrench them apart or will it prove that at last they’ve found somebody to love?
Merry, thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Thanks so much for having me! Hi, my name is Merry Farmer, and I’m an author. Specifically, I’m an indie author. I’ve never really been interested in traditional publishing. I have too many stories across too many genres with too many weird, unusual, quirky, fun twists to them to fit into all the usual boxes. My imagination cannot be contained by NYC.
How did you get started writing?
I’ve been writing pretty much as long as I could. I have a very distinct memory of being in 3rd grade, 10 years old, sitting at my desk practically dying with my wishes that the teacher would assign us a creative writing project. Then it hit me: I didn’t have to wait to be assigned to write a story, I could just do it on my own. And the rest, as they say, is history. So really, I’ve been writing consistently for about 30 years!
What was the inspiration for your book?
Somebody to Love is actually the seventh book that takes place in the world I’ve created in the fictional town of Cold Springs, Montana. (I should add that each of the books in this series stands alone and you don’t need to have read any of the others to enjoy Somebody to Love) But the character of Phineas Bell was an integral part of the overall story of Cold Springs and its people from the day I first conceived of it. He’s been a crucial character for several of the books (particularly Our Little Secrets and Sarah Sunshine). I knew that eventually he would have his own love story, though. It had to happen. He’s too wonderful of a man to go long without someone adoring him. Also, between you and me, and don’t tell anyone, the character of Phin is loosely based on a dear friend of mine from high school.
What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I have all sorts of story ideas conceived in my mind across a lot of different genres, particularly historical romance, science fiction, and inspirational romance. I have one story idea rolling around my head that I haven’t written yet that is a sort of time travel adventure series. It has romance in it, but I wouldn’t consider it a romance novel. I can’t wait to find time to write that one!
Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
I don’t read or write erotica. It just doesn’t appeal to me. I have nothing against it, mind you, but it’s not my bag, so to speak.
So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
I just published the first two books in a science fiction series about the beginnings of civilization on a habitable moon light-years away from Earth. The series, Grace’s Moon, follows the lives of a group of settlers who were on their way to Earth’s first colony when their transport ship explodes. They have to find a place to land, begin a new settlement, and figure out if the destruction of the transport ship was an accident (spoiler alert: it wasn’t) and how to deal with the consequences of that. Like I said, the first two books, Saving Grace and Fallen From Grace, are out now, and I’m working on the second two books, O’er the Silent Waters and Through the Depths of Night, whose main characters are the children of the main characters in the first two books. Lots of action, lots of fight scenes, a little bit of romance, and enough tension to keep you turning pages! I have plans to write more in this series down the line dealing with descendants of the original characters.
Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color? Red
Favorite movie? Oh gosh, I have so many! Love Actually, Labyrinth, and a Bollywood movie called Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, just to name a few.
Book that inspired you to become an author? I don’t know that it was a specific book that inspired me to be an author, but I did read voraciously as a child. The Encyclopedia Brown books, the Chronicles of Narnia, and anything by L.M. Montgomery were some of my favorites.
Alright, you have one superpower. What is it? Healing. Definitely healing. I have lost far too many people to cancer and other illnesses to consider anything else.
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they? Hmm… I think Mark Twain would be really entertaining at a dinner party. I’d also love to invite J.K. Rowling, particularly if Mark Twain was coming. The conversation would pop! And I’d also invite my mom, who passed away in 2001, because I have so much to tell her, and she would love to watch Mark Twain and J.K. Rowling banter!
Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
I think I’m the most like Grace Hargrove from the Grace’s Moon series. I’ve got that same blend of determination, vision, and naiveté that she’s got, unfortunately. Although she’s much better at organizing people than I am!
That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always have something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.