A Q&A with the Author of Too Rich for a Bride


Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly thirty children’s books. Her writing credits also include hundreds of articles, poems, and short stories in newspapers and magazines. She speaks regularly at women's retreats, schools, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Arizona with her husband.


1.  Where did you come up with the idea and setting for the book?

I was writing a historical novel set in an Arizona Copper Mining Camp. An editor who had seen the opening pages of that novel asked if I would be interested in writing the Sinclair Sisters’ stories set in a Colorado Gold Mining Camp in the late 1890s. In my jump at the chance, I nearly dropped my cell phone.  I knew I’d have a lot of fun writing about the mining camp culture and complex sister-relationships. And Colorado is one of my favorite places to visit—in reality or in my imagination.

2.  Your Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek books each feature a true historical character. In Two Brides Too Many it was Sister Mary Claver Coleman of the Sisters of Mercy. Who is the character in the new book, and what was her legacy in Colorado?

By the time Mollie O’Brien was twenty-two she had moved to Cripple Creek from Lake City in the San Juan Mountains. After opening a stenography firm there, she quickly became the first female member of the Cripple Creek Stock Exchange and part of the investment syndicate that organized the Big Four Gold Mining Company in late 1895.

A fascinating woman to know and work for, don’t you think? That’s what Ida decided.

3.  This book continues to focus on the relationships between the Sinclair sisters. What is it about sister relationships that makes them so interesting and entertaining?

Like Ida Sinclair, I have three younger sisters. Sister relationships are rollercoaster rides, walks in Colorado on a summer day,  lines that you don’t cross in the shared bedroom, and giggles over a heated checkers game. Those family ties can be both comforting and exasperating, concurrently. That makes the sister-bond especially engaging and entertaining.

4.  Often times we find love in unexpected places. Ida, who is more interested in succeeding in business than in marriage, experiences this first-hand. What does she learn about love and blessings in disguise?

Ida discovered that the heart doesn’t speak the language of rigid plans and agendas. Instead, the heart has its own glossary and an atypical definition for success. A definition in which love rules and takes her on a surprising and delightful adventure that is even richer than the wealth she gains through the stock exchange.