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About the author:
Actress, photographer, social critical artist, musician and writer, J. Arlene Culiner, born in New York and raised in Toronto, has been living in England, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Holland and Hungary. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest. Much to local dismay, she protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes, and her wild garden is a bird and butterfly refuge. Her great passion is veering off the beaten track to discover forgotten communities with strange characters and very odd conversations, all of which she incorporates into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction and romances.
What inspired you to write your book?
My latest romance is Desert Rose, and the setting is Blake’s Folly, a rundown semi ghost town in Nevada. This rather quirky community with it’s strange local characters was the setting in another romance — All About Charming Alice (a new version of the book will soon be re-released by Fire Star Press) — and I knew it was time to return to Blake’s Folly and write about Alice’s best friend, Rose Badger. To tell the truth, Rose had been nagging me for quite some time, demanding the limelight, and I’m glad she did. She is a delightful character: gutsy, original, open-minded. As soon as the very appealing, honorable and sexy Jonah Livingstone (he’s part Paiute, part Italian) walks into her shop, he’s entranced too.
Many years ago, I happened to find myself in a rundown clapboard shack semi-ghost town in Nevada, and it became the model for Blake’s Folly. There was a saloon that was the center of life and it became the Mizpah Hotel in Desert Rose. Here’s where Rose spends much of her time, charming her admirers.