How does a carnival inspire a story about cowboys? Well, in my line of work, most anything can bring on an idea for another cowboy romance. It’s a major malfunction in my brain called acute cowboymyopathy and there is no known cure for it. Antibiotics don’t help and chocolate only slightly deters the disease. One thing does pacify the symptoms and that’s writing stories about sexy cowboys and the sassy ladies that capture their hearts, but I have to keep writing story after story or it recurs.
Someone asked what inspired me to write so many books or series about cowboys? It’s sanity, darlin’. I rather enjoy being viewed as a sane person and if I’m not writing that white van with no windows or markings keeps driving up and down my street.
Seriously, the day that Beau Luckadeau (Lucky in Love) came to visit my imagination I fell in love with writing about cowboys and have been ever since.
It all started like this: Husband I were riding down the road one beautiful summer day and I saw a cowboy standing on one side of a barbed wire fence and a pretty lady on the other side. Their body language said they were having a big argument. By the time I got home Beau was already pestering me to tell his story and Milli Torres had her hands on her hips telling me just exactly how it really happened. I told them repeatedly that I wrote sweet historical series and contemporary single titles and their story was much too hot to keep in the confines of a sweet romance book. Beau told me that he didn’t give a Texas sized hoot what I had written. But what I would write would start a brand new career in cowboy romance. Milli wanted me to write about all of it: fights, arguments and even the scene in the hay barn during a thunderstorm—everything that happened that finally brought them to their own happy ending.
So I wrote. After all, it was just one book, right? And I didn’t even have a publisher so it might never sell. I sent it to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks and she called me a few weeks later with an offer to buy the book. But she wanted me to make it into a trilogy. I remember telling her that Beau was the youngest son in his family and all the other brothers were married.
To which she answered, “But he has all those sexy cowboy cousins.”
Slade (One Lucky Cowboy) popped right up and agreed with her and Griffin (Getting Lucky) said she was definitely right.
I was bitten by acute cowboymyopathy before I’d finished that first trilogy!
I was ready to do another series before I even got the Lucky series done and was really grateful that Deb bought the Honky Tonk series: four books about an old bar down in Palo Pinto County, Texas. It’s a place where cowboys show up for a cold beer, a little two-steppin’ and flirting. When it was written the new Spikes & Spurs series was already shaping up. It started out to be a trilogy, worked its way into a four book series and is now up to seven books. Seems like those cowboys and spicy ladies just keep coming through the door of my imagination with no end of characters who want their stories told and I’m loving every minute of it.
So tell me what inspires you to read a good cowboy romance? Is it that they touch your emotions and make all your senses tingle? Is it their swagger, their drawl or the way they treat their women?
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