Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I've had so much fun celebrating the release of my book, Love Finds You in Calico, California this month. Response has been great--I even received a 4 Star review from Romantic Times! To read more about what others are saying, visit my website. In the meantime, a big THANK-YOU to all who have participated in our special giveaways!

Now, rather than tell you even MORE about myself (grin), I thought you might enjoying getting to know the hero of my book, Nathan Hawk. In a rather odd twist, here he is...

Nathan, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Hello, ma’am. Thank you for having me on your. . .blog. Did I say that right? We sure never had anything like that in Calico. Our media consisted of a little old paper called “The Calico Print.” I brought along a copy of it, in case you wanted to take a looksie at the doings in a mining town.

As for your question. . .well, don’t know as I can say there’s anything about me that folks would find interesting. . .other than the fact that I’m a widower, raising my daughter by myself. Come to think of it, Lizzie—that’s my daughter—does make my life interesting and wonderful. Without her, I don’t reckon there would be much to say about me. Don’t figure I would have cared much about livin’ after my wife died if it hadn’t been for Lizzie.

What do you do for fun?

Spendin’ time with Lizzie is about the one thing. . .the only thing. . .I let myself do just because I like it. Well. . .and you’ll pardon my red face, ma’am. . .I guess I should clarify and say spending time with Lizzie used to be the only thing I did for fun. Now, spending time with Abigail is just as important. I guess you could say she and I married out of necessity, but that sure isn’t the way of it anymore. Keeping my new bride happy sure makes for a fun day.

What do you put off doing because you dread it?

A man’s work doesn’t wait, ma’am, especially in a hard town like Calico. There ain’t much that can be put off, not for long anyway. Still, I sure ain’t never liked having to scold Lizzie. See, she hasn’t had the benefit of a momma, so poor substitute that I am, I’ve had to take up where my wife left off. That ain’t easy, especially when it comes to caring for a little girl’s feelings.

What are you afraid of most in life?

Well. . .uh. . .that’s a hard question. It ain’t easy for a man to admit to being afraid of anything. But. . .I guess I’ve had to come to grips recently with the fear of losing my family. Of. . .losing Abigail.

See, I’ve always sort of blamed myself for my first wife’s death. She never wanted to move west. That was my idea. So when the consumption took her. . .well, her passing left some deep scars. I’m learning to trust the Lord with my loved ones, but I gotta confess, it ain’t easy.

What do you want out of life?

I reckon that would be what every man wants—a wife, family. A good, solid house to come home to. Oh, and nowadays, I’ve been wanting to make my peace with God a little more than I used to.

What is the most important thing to you?

For sure, Lizzie and Abigail are the most important things/people in my life. Keeping them safe means everything.

Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

Other than the Good Book, I ain’t got much time for reading, though I do pick up “The Calico Print” from time to time, just to see what’s happening in other parts of the world.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That’s kind of a funny question, seeing as how we’re all exactly how God intended us. But, I guess if I could step in and do the work of the Lord, I would change my stubborn streak—make me less like a mule.

Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Pets? No, ma’am, we ain’t got a pet. . .unless you count Charlie. He’s one of the mules the mining company uses to drag ore to the stamp mill. Ornery old thing, but Lizzie loves him. Reckon I do, too, if I were honest.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

Well. . .I reckon if you’d asked me that question a few months ago, I would have said I would go back to the day I talked my first wife into moving West. I sure enough have lived with regret over that decision.

Now, however, I realize that if I were to go back and change that course, I never would have met Abigail. Painful as the road has been, getting to this point has not only brought me to love and faith in her, it’s brought me to love and faith in God. The way I figure it, that is something I would never change.
Thanks so much for being with us today, Nathan. And now, I hope our readers will enjoy this little video from California Travel Tips!


  1. Nathan, it was a pleasure getting to meet you! :) I would love to read your story--you sound like an admirable man. (And can I say that I love it when a man addresses a woman as "ma'am"?)

    And thanks for sharing that video, Elizabeth! I LOVE ghost towns, and Calico looks like a fantastic place!


  2. Amber, I was in a barber shop once when my son was little. He didn't want to go to a "beauty parlor" so on his insistence, I agreed to let him have his hair cut by a barber. Of course, the place was full of men, sitting around chewing the fat. No way was I gonna leave my little baby alone in there, so with much trepidation, I sat down with him to wait his turn.

    After a bit, a cowboy who was just ahead of my son started talking with the barber, telling him how he'd been having his hair cut by the "ladies" and how he needed to get back into the barber shop for a "real" haircut. I almost laughed, but then he looked me straight in the eye and said, "No offense, ma'am."

    I about melted in my shoes. Somehow I managed a weak, "None taken," but I'll tell you what...ever since I've LOVED hearing a man call a lady "ma'am."


  3. Me too. You do hear ma'am a lot in the South as it is part of our southern heritage to respect all women and call them ma'ma. Also, most men will address women they work with, or neighbors, as Ms Brenda, not by their last name or first name only. This is also a sign on respect. I Do love this book and thanks Nathan for stopping by to chat with us. Have added to my wish list.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  4. You're right, misskallie! We live in Texas, and I've taught my kids to answer with yes ma'am, or no ma'am whenever they're addressed with a question, and ALWAYS refer to those older than them with Mr. or Ms.

    For example, all of the kids in my youth group call me Ms. Lisa (none of them know me as Elizabeth) and my husband as Mr. Lee.

    How did this get to be mainly a Southern thing? In the time period that Calico is set, it was common for women to be addressed as ma'am. I'm sad it's not more common today.

  5. BTW...has anyone seen that potato commercial where people from various states claim their potatoes are the best? Only the gentleman from Texas replies, "No, sir. Texas grows the best potatoes."

    Now, I'm from Michigan, originally, but I LOVE the Texans answer and drawl! :-)

  6. I love your anecdote, Elizabeth! So cute! I think I would have probably melted into the floor, too!

    And I agree--it's sad that it's not more common nowadays. Although it does make it extra special when you do hear it! ;)


  7. Thank you for the talk with Nathan. I just finished reading the book that you sent to my friend Cindi. I gobbled it down in a couple of days. Yummy!!!

  8. (clapping my hands) Yay! I'm glad you liked it, Starla. Thanks for the feedback!


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