A Gift of Cookies and An Interview With Mark and Lexie (Hero and Heroine in Runaway Bride)

In Runaway Bride, Mark makes Lexie chocolate marshmallow cookies.  These cookies were inspired by Shelley and Ed.  Ed had offered to make me these cookies if I’d write Runaway Bride.  That was a year ago, and at the time, the book wasn’t ready to be written.  Some of you will remember that I even contemplated dropping the idea and giving the basic plot (an engaged woman who runs off with another man) to a Regency novel instead.

Then I realized the story would only work as a contemporary, and it pretty much had to be Mark and Lexie from the Across the Stars Series.  So I decided to go back to the original cast of characters.  This was actually an important lesson for me.  Once I set an idea with the characters it’s intended for, I can’t switch that idea to other characters.  This is why Mitch’s Win had to be a Montana book instead of a Nebraska one.  I don’t know what it is about certain characters making a particular plot work, but it’s pretty much set in stone or the story will never be as satisfying to write.

Anyway, as I was writing Runaway Bride and there was this big thing about Mark wanting to make Lexie something sweet to eat, I knew there was only one kind of dessert that would fit: chocolate marshmallow cookies.  That’s how they ended up in the book.  To be honest, I hadn’t heard of these cookies before Shelley and Ed mentioned them.

And guess what?  They sent me the cookies so I could taste them for myself.  😀  I took some pictures to share.

Here I am holding the cookies.  I hadn't taken them out of the box yet.

Here I am holding the cookies. I hadn’t taken them out of the box yet.

The kids ate them before I could get a picture of them with the cookies.  (My fourth kid was on his way home from school.  He's deaf so he goes to a different school from the others.  Don't worry, he got some cookies at dinner.)

The kids ate them before I could get a picture of them with the cookies. (My fourth kid was on his way home from school. He’s deaf so he goes to a different school. Don’t worry, he got some cookies at dinner.)

The cookies were good, by the way.  They didn’t last past dinner in my house.  LOL

In addition to posting these pictures, I thought it’d be fun to bring Mark and Lexie in for an interview.

Ruth: Hey, guys.  Got anything you’d like to say?

Mark: Yes.  I would like to thank Shelley and Ed for giving Ruth the swift kick in the behind that she needed in order to write my book.  Had it not been for you, I’d probably still be this lonely and sad Pandoran male who was doing an endless search for a life mate.

Ruth: To be fair, you already picked your life mate out, even if she didn’t know you had plans to break up her engagement in order to marry her.

Mark: Gee, you make what I did sound so…so…conniving.

Ruth: Well, you were.  You schemed a way to get Lexie to dump Nick.

Mark: I call that rescuing her.  You wrote the book.  You know she wouldn’t have been happy with him.

Ruth: I could have made her happy with Nick.

Mark: If you had, the story would have bombed.  No one would have wanted to read it.

mark and lexie

Mark and Lexie

Lexie: Come on, you two.  I thought we were here to talk about how nice it was that Shelley and Ed sent cookies out, not to mention how delicious they were when Mark made some for me.

Mark: See?  Nick never would have done that.  In fact, he wasn’t going to let Lexie have any desserts because he had to make sure she always “looked good enough” for him so he could impress other people.  Send Nick to Pandoran where he can get a clue.  There’s more to a woman than how she looks.  There’s her ability to maintain an intelligent conversation and her kindness.   Though I will say Lexie is a total babe.

Ruth: Yeah, I recall how you were drooling over her in Suddenly a Bride.

Lexie: He was?

Ruth: He couldn’t stop staring at you, especially your legs and breasts.  He wasn’t exactly interested in your mind or personality at the time.

Mark: That’s not fair.  I thought we had a good conversation that day.

Ruth: Here’s a quote from the book: “Mark’s eyes traced the curve of her tanned legs until they settled on her feet which were in sandals.  She was hot.”

Lexie: He thought that about me?

Mark: That’s not fair.  You didn’t include the sentence after that:  “He was finding the more he talked and looked at Lexie, the more excited he got about spending time with her.”  And I don’t see any reference to her breasts up in the passage you quoted.

Ruth: “Lexie took a deep breath—something Mark enjoyed more than he thought he should..” That’s an indirect reference to her breasts.   

Mark: And yet, I was thinking the more I talked to her, the more I wanted to spend time with her.  I was looking at the whole package, not just her body.  I know better than to base my decision on choosing a life mate solely on looks.

Lexie: Well, I’m flattered.  Maybe I should go read Suddenly a Bride.

Mark: There’s nothing else interesting in it.  Just a bunch of stuff about your sister and Chris.  Ours is a lot better.

Ruth: I’m sure Caitlyn and Chris would argue that one.

Mark: Since they’re not here, it doesn’t matter what their opinion, does it?

Ruth: I had no idea you were so difficult, Mark.  You remind me a lot of Dave Larson.  Easy to write on paper but hard to deal with in an interview.  And ironically, both of you are married to women who are peacemakers.

Mark: You need to quit writing while you’re ahead.  You’re using the same character types over and over.  Your writing will go stale.  Time to move on to something more productive like lint collecting.

King Blackheart

King Blackheart

King Blackheart: Mark, speak such nonsense again, and we’ll have a duel.  I’ll have you know Ruth’s currently writing her best book yet.  She’s writing my story, His Abducted Bride, and I happen to be way better than you.

Mark: Way better? Just because you’re holding…  Wait what is that?

King Blackheart: It’s a sword.

Mark: Big whoop.  So you play with toys.

King Blackheart: A sword is not a toy.  I am a skilled warrior.  I have an entire kingdom and army at my beck and call.  That’s much more impressive than some whiny “I’m bored on this planet” hero who needs to break up someone else’s engagement in order to get a wife.

Mark: *snorts* And you have to what?  Kidnap Sandy in order to secure your wife?  Yeah, like that marriage is going to work out.

King Blackheart: I’ll have you know I kidnapped her for a very good reason.

Mark: Because you’re a brute?

King Blackheart: A brute?  I’m not a brute.  I’m an alpha hero.  I see what I want, and I take it.

Mark: So?  I did the same thing.

King Blackheart: Well, I’m more alpha than you are.  In fact, I am the most alpha Ruth’s ever written.

Mark: That’s debatable.

Ruth: Look, you two can argue this all you want, but this post is getting too long.  I need to end it here.

**Mark and King Blackheart continue arguing while the rest of us leave**


Picture credits:

picture of Mark and Lexie: © Msphotographic | Dreamstime.com

picture of King Blackheart: © Vladimirs Poplavskis | Dreamstime.com

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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13 Responses to A Gift of Cookies and An Interview With Mark and Lexie (Hero and Heroine in Runaway Bride)

  1. Rose Gordon says:

    Paper plates, my kind of woman!

    As always, what a fun interview. Congratulations on finishing another book!

    • I live by paper plates and paper cups. Once in a while, I’ll use the actual dishes, but it depends on how much I have going on at the time. I see no reason to let dishes come between me and my work. 😀


  2. OMG! Ed is having stove envy. He keeps talking about what a great stove you have in the background. See…totally focused on baking. I’m so glad the boys liked the cookies. I hope you got to taste at least one. Your boys are soooo adorable. I loved being able to see them.
    The interview with Mark and Lexi is a hoot! Mark comes across as a little difficult to interview but Dave totally outdoes him in the ego department. I love Dave but it’s a good thing he has Mary to keep him in line. I’m looking forward to reading Sandy and her King’s story.

    • That stove was a gift from a friend. She had it sitting in her garage collecting dust and gave it to us when our other one went out. It’s much better than the one we used to have. That one will have water boiling in a heartbeat. I used to wait for a while with the old one.

      I got to eat a couple of them. 😀 My husband tried to claim credit for them when I got home but quickly broke down and showed me the box. LOL He never cooks so it’s not like anyone believed him anyway.

      Yeah, I was shocked that Mark wasn’t more agreeable to interview. Dave still is the one with the biggest attitude, though. King Blackheart surprised me because he does have a pretty big ego in the book. I didn’t plan it that way. He just decided he’d be that way. These characters have a mind of their own. 😀

  3. I have those exact plates – ha ha! we’re a paper family, too 😉

    those cookies look delicious and what a fun post!

    • They’re great plates. I don’t have any problems with them tearing. Paper plates and cups are awesome. We need to be working, not cleaning dishes. 😀


  4. bookwormsimi says:

    Did I say something to offend you? My comment is not here.

    • I’m not sure what you are talking about. The only comment I received by you on this thread is this one. Did you mean another one? It’s possible your comment got sent to my spam folder. Things like that happen from time to time. At current check, the folder is empty but it empties automatically every couple days.

  5. bookwormsimi says:

    Yes, I made a comment here which said “Ruth, you’re looking very cute in the pic just like a lovely teddy bear (don’t take this negatively please) and those handsome boys of yours are going to be heartbreakers someday. 😉 ” I thought that maybe you didn’t like the “teddy bear’ part in my comment. Sorry, for the misunderstanding. Please, don’t mind. I sent you a mail even because wordpress was giving me troubles for few days and I can not post my comment here. 😦

  6. bookwormsimi says:

    Oops, mistake!!! It should be “could not” instead of “can not’ in the last line. I’ve a request. Would you do a post about your favourite books and authors? Please.

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