Interview with Sienna Parks, author of Mustang Buck
12 Oct 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Mustang Buck?
Where to begin… Mustang Buck is a small-town romance set in Kingsbury Falls, Texas. It is the story of town bad boy, Jax McKinney who meets a mysterious visitor to town and falls head over heels for her. Unbeknownst to him, she came with a very specific agenda. When her secrets and lies come out… it’ll turn the entire town upside down!
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I was an English Literature and Linguistics major in college and loved to read. When I had my first child, I had a number of health issues and long recovery times. The more I read, the more I realized I had my own stories to tell. What started as a short story became a novel, which turned into a series, and that has turned into a career.
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
That’s a really difficult question! I have so many. I would have to go with Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth from Jane Austen’s, Persuasion. I think they are far more interesting than Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Anne has so much depth of character. Where some would see her as weak for giving Captain Wentworth a second chance years after they first fell in love, I see her as strong. In that time period, loving a man with such ferocity and conviction was a precarious position to be in as a woman. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it!
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The moment of conception. When an idea evolves as you type. It could be the entire story, or just a scene. You know when you’ve done something special when you love the characters so much they can bring you to tears. When I am in the flow with a major turning point for the main characters, I feel like I could fly! It’s magical.
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
Selfishly, I would want to be able to teleport with the blink of an eye or the click of my fingers. I live in Houston, Texas with my husband and babies, but I’m originally from Glasgow, Scotland. All of our family is back there, so I would love to be able to see them all the time, while still being able to give my kids the opportunities and experience of living abroad.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
Reading. Since I started writing, my reading hours have dwindled significantly. For me, reading is food for the soul. We all need it. I would definitely enjoy having a dedicated hour in my day to read.
What scene in Mustang Buck was your favorite to write?
It’s hard to narrow this down to one scene. This book truly took on a life of its own, twisting and turning in ways I hadn’t planned. It became so much more to me. In the time between writing the first sentence of this book and typing The End, I snapped a bone in my foot, lived through a hurricane, and found out I have a second autoimmune disease. It’s been an emotional journey to say the least, and so many scenes reflect that heartache and overwhelming love. I think the Epilogue might be my favorite if I need to choose one. The connection between Jax and Savannah reminds me so much of my husband and me. He’s my rock, my best friend, and the love of my life.
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