From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with the WWC, a great group of women, and loves a good glass of wine.
ENTANGLED LOVE, released last May, has a retired professional skateboarder for the male lead. What inspired you to make that choice? I wanted the hero to have a different profession than the football, baseball, and ice hockey players that are so prevalent in romances. When I was working on Ryan Cross’ backstory, I remembered Shaun White’s outstanding performance in the Olympics. Ryan’s history took shape.
What makes the book uniquely yours? The heroine, Emma James, lost her police officer husband prior to the story’s opening. Now, she has to build her life without the man she thought was her one true love.
Thankfully, I’ve never been in this situation, but I did live with the fear that something could possibly happen to my husband while he was a police officer. I believe many spouses of law enforcement and military live in this fear, not that they wear it like a piece of clothing, but it’s always there in the back of their minds. The fears of the ‘what ifs’ and ‘what would happen’ afterwards is scary, the worry of not being able to move on with life in their absence, the dread that penetrates bone-deep from the idea of being alone. Losing someone is horrible and devastating. I wrote this story as an inspiration to give people hope.
The Band of Friend series is special to me for a few reasons.
• The first book, Kidnapped Hearts, was my first published novel.
• The strong bond and loyalty the friends share and their commitment to meet each other once a week symbolizes the strong bond I have with a group of very special women.
• The location, Fredericksburg is near where I grew up, and the house in Mystic Hearts is similar to the house where I grew up. Several people have seen the sightings that I write about in Mystic Hearts.