I'm Jim Cangany, author of contemporary romance on the sweet end. I'm here because I was on my way to Saint Theresa's, you know, to play bingo and, well the directions got messed up and one thing led to another…(bonus points to the first person to name the movie I stole that from). Seriously, I'm here to dish a little about my stories and life as a guy who writes romance.
My debut short story, The Christmas Angel, hit the e-book shelves a couple of weeks ago. It's a sweet tale that asks how far would you go to help someone you've just met. Here's the blurb:
Can a lost pin help two lonely souls find their one true love? Kaitlin didn't want to go to the Christmas Parade. Michael didn't, either. But when their chance meeting along the parade route is brought to an abrupt and all-too-soon end, an angel steps in to bring them back together.
Kaitlin's beloved heirloom angel pin, to be more exact. Michael finds it on the ground after Kaitlin's gone. With only a name to go on, can he track her down to return the pin before the night ends, as he feels he must? Once she realizes it's gone, is there any chance she'll ever see it again? The only hope they have of finding each other and returning the pin to where it belongs rests with divine intervention and the absolute determination that only comes from true love.
When my editor approached me last spring about writing a short story for the holidays, I jumped at the chance. We get so busy this time of the year, that finding time to unwind with a full-length novel can be a real challenge. But if you have a half hour or an hour, that's enough time to sink your teeth into a story like The Christmas Angel.
What’s next for you?
The second story of my North Star Trilogy, Fallen Star, will be published February 14, 2014 - the perfect day for a romance novel to make its debut. The final installment of the trilogy, Wish Upon a Star, is currently scheduled for an October 2014 release.
I have a full-time day job, so my goal is to be writing romance full-time by then. I have a dozen or so story ideas in the queue, just waiting for me to get to them.
Do you have a bucket list of things to do/see before you die? If so, what would be the number one entry on your bucket list?
That's easy - a trip to Ireland. My ancestors are from the Emerald Isle and my wife Nancy and I have promised each other we WILL visit one day, hopefully sooner rather than later! Our two sons are campaigning for sooner so they can go with us - on our dime, naturally.
What genre do you write in, and why did you choose that one in particular?
The simple answer is that I write contemporary romance because those are the stories in my head. In all seriousness though, I believe one's writing is a reflection of his or her life experiences in some way. I finally started writing seriously after my wife successfully completed treatment for breast cancer. I think that daily struggle we went through serves as a microcosm of the struggles people in everyday life go through. Because of that, I have a strong attachment to stories involving the "here and now."
What genre would you like to write in that you haven’t tried yet? What is the draw?
Someday I would love to give sci-fi a try. I grew up on Star Trek and to this day can't say no to a good space adventure. That would be a story I could probably get my two sons to read. They're supportive of the old man writing romance, but have NO interest in reading any of it. No big surprise there.
Best vacation ever?
That's a tie between best vacation with our sons and best vacation without our sons. Best vacation with our guys was the 2008 summer vacation that has come to be known as the Adventure Vacation. The boys were eleven and seven at the time and we spent a week in the Smokey Mountains. The highlights included hiking two of the most famous climbs in the park, horseback riding and white water rafting. The cherry on top was when my wife and older son saw a bear not fifty feet away at the end of one of the hikes. Just talking about that vacation gets me excited!
The best vacation without kids was the Caribbean cruise Nancy and I went on the spring after she was declared cancer-free. We called it our Victory Cruise. The weather was perfect, the food was fabulous, the drink was plentiful and the sites were memorable. The icing on this vacation's cake was that the cruise was in the midst of Butler University's run to their first NCAA Basketball Championship Game. Nancy and I are Butler University boosters and we wore our Butler gear every chance we had and were treated like celebrities when we had it on.
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