Character Interviews from Colorado Courtship (anthology) by Debra Ullrick and Cheryl St. John

» Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in Blog | 9 comments

This week I’m hosting  Debby Giusti with The General’s Secretary, Debra Ullrick/Cheryl St. John with Colorado Courtship (Love Inspired Historical Anthology), Kristen Heitzann with The Breath of Dawn, and Kathleen Y’Barbo with Flora’s Wish.  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (January 20th) evening.

9780373829484_p0_v1_s260x420Interview with the heroine from The Rancher’s Sweetheart by Debra Ullrick (in Colorado Courtship):

1. Sunny Weston, tell me the most interesting thing about you. I don’t sit around and wait for life to happen or wait around for those things I want to come to me, or for things to be different in my life, I go out and make ‘em happen.

2.  What do you do for fun? Ride bulls and untamed horses. Plus, I love to ice skate on the Kid’s Pond at night underneath the blanket of  stars. Stars you can see for miles and miles above God’s beautiful mountains.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it? Nothing really. If there’s something that needs done, I don’t lollygag. I just go and do it.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life? Losing my family’s ranch. You see, when my pa took sick and died, I made a promise to myself to get the place back up and running.  To restore it to its former glory.  Despite what my neighbors think about me not being able to.

5.  What do you want out of life? Besides restoring my ranch, I’d like a marriage like my ma and pa had. Like Aunt Minnie and Uncle Emmett have too. I think it would be right nice to work alongside the man you love and to not be ashamed to show your affection for one another in front of others.

6.  What is the most important thing to you? Proving I’m just as capable as anyone else of working and running a ranch. Just cuz I’m a woman, a tiny one at that, don’t mean I can’t run a big spread as good as any man. Shoot, I was born and raised on one and Pa never did baby me. He taught me to be tough. Taught me to do everything the men folk did, and I did it just as good as they did. And some things even better. Sorry, don’t mean to brag none, but you asked.

7.  Do you read? Not much time for reading. Ranch life keeps a body pretty busy. But, whenever I do get a chance, I read my Bible. If so, what is your favorite type of book to read? If I did read, probably would be a book about being successful even when all odds seem against ya. That is, if such a book existed.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My height. I hate getting teased and picked on all the time because I’m only five-foot tall.

9.  Do you have a pet? Not really. The closest thing I have to a pet are my two horses. I did have a pet raccoon once. But Pa got rid of it cuz it kept tearing things up. If so, what is it and why that pet?

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? I’d go back to the Garden of Eden and warn Eve just exactly what will happen if she insists on giving Adam that piece of fruit. I’d make sure Adam got wind of it too. Sure would have saved us all a heap of trouble. And Jesus wouldn’t of had to give his life for our sins. Then again, it would be mighty sad not to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. So, maybe I’d just go back to the day before I was conceived and ask God to make me taller.

Interview with the hero from Winter of Dreams by Cheryl St. John (in Colorado Courtship):

1. Ben Charles Hammond, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I am a second generation undertaker. I learned the trade from my father, and when he died fourteen years ago, I took over the business. People are put off by my occupation, but I find it satisfying to give comfort to families and see that their loved ones’ mortal bodies are respectfully buried. My favorite part of my job is carving headstones. It’s tedious and strenuous work, but it is rewarding to create monuments that will be here long after all of us are gone.

2. What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my young sister, Tessa. We play outdoor games in fair weather and board games in winter months. I like to ride, but I can’t interest Tessa in the sport. I was pleased to learn Miss Bennett enjoys riding as well.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I don’t actually dread new things, but I have to steel myself for them and adjust my thinking. I need order and organization.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

The Bible tells us that the perfect love of God casts out fear. God is with me and He is for me. What have I to fear?

5. What do you want out of life?

It has always been my desire to see my sister protected, happy and well cared for. Because of my position in town, I set aside any hopes of love, but recently someone has come into my life who is changing my thinking.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Family. Dignity. Honor. Respect. Order.

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

I read to learn, so I enjoy history, biographies and manuals. Horse care and breeding also interest me.

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

I would have trusted God to bring someone into my life a long time ago, rather than giving up hope on finding love and marriage.

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

I have four horses, all black, which pull the hearse in pairs and are also good mounts. They are necessary to my work, but chosen for their beauty and dignity.

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

I would travel back to a time when my parents were both alive and life was more simple and uncomplicated. I have embraced responsibility, but I can’t remember what life was like before I held so much.



  1. This book looks prettty sweet! And its a combined effort? Nice!

  2. Ben has an interesting job.


  3. These both sound really good! Love to win! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. I’m so happy to learn about Sunny and Ben.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  5. Hi Cheryl, and Debra,
    Thank you both, for giving me a chance to win your book. So you lived and worked on a cattle ranch in Colorado which was partially owned by a famous move star and her screenwriter, how did you like that? Thanks again too both of you . God bless both of you and hope you have a great rest of the week.
    Norma Stanforth

  6. Sunny Weston is such a delightful name for such a strong character.


  7. Well Sunny, Adam was right there with Eve and he could have no to her to not eat it and not pick it either.

  8. I don’t think I could be a mortician because all it would take is for one them bodies to sit up one time and I’d be joining them! 🙂

  9. Deb, I have to admit, I thought Sunny was the almost the perfect hero until I got to question #6. That gave me pause–to learn Sunny was a woman. 🙂

    Cheryl, Ben sounds like an interesting character. I’ve never read a book where the hero was an undertaker. I can see where that might make it hard to find a wife.

    Sounds like a fun book!


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