I gotta say, I’m excited for 2023. So much happened in 2022 that I’m still processing, but that doesn’t dim the excitement of a new year with new challenges and new books to write. I feel like I failed a lot in 2022, and I was forced to reevaluate my commitments.
I’m currently finishing up a few items for my upcoming Love Inspired book, and while I do that, my mind is awhirl with ideas for more books. Which means more cowboys. I’ve been writing beach books for the last few years, but I’ve never forgotten my love for all things cowboy. In fact, I even managed to sneak in a horseback riding scene in a few of my beach books. I just couldn’t resist.
So while I’m plotting and reading all the books in preparation for this new adventure with Love Inspired (an adventure that I hope lasts a very long time) I thought I’d ask you about cowboys.
What is it that you like about reading cowboy books? Are there certain things that make you sit up and take notice of the characters?
I love that though it initially sounds like a small niche, cowboy books have a broad range (depending on your exclusivity for cowboys). I consider anything that takes place on a ranch and has at least one character on horseback to be a cowboy book. But that’s me, and I realize that I’m probably in the minority.
While I consider those to be cowboy books, my favorite type are the ones where the horses are more than a convenient way to make a book a cowboy book. I love when horses sort of have their own story and meaning within the frame of the book itself, and that’s what I’m attempting to accomplish with my Love Inspired books.
Cowboy books bring back my love of westerns. They give me a chance to remember the days when I sat with my grandpa and watched “The Rifleman” or with my dad when I saw “Lonesome Dove” for the first time. I feel like there’s an inherent goodness that tends to show up, a sort of good vs. evil where the good guy (the cowboy or cowgirl) always wins after a long and difficult battle.
My commitment for writing these books is to be true to the cowboys and cowgirls that I write. I want them to be authentic and show that cowboy spirit that drew me to the genre in the first place.