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Who's your favourite character to write?
This is a lot like asking a parent who their favorite child is! And though I think the answer to this question changes with each book I write, but I do have characters who were more interesting to write, who took me deeper into my own writing process.
In my Love Across Time series (mm time travel romances) I wrote old fashioned boys and modern boys who time travel to meet someone special “somewhere in time.”
While I love Laurie and John from Honey From the Lion, I think Maxton from Ride the Whirldwind was the most interesting. He was the most interesting because he was so different from me, fearless and bold, sexually free, and very open about his thoughts and opinions.
In my Farthingdale Ranch series, (mm cowboy romance) my secret current favorite is Ellis Bowman, the ex-con in The Blacksmith and the Ex-Con.
Ellis, alas, is damaged and nearly mute, and has no one in his corner. While I didn’t feel good writing about his horrific background, I really enjoyed writing Jasper Nash’s character because Jasper comes in and helps in so many ways, giving them both a very satisfying HEA.
I’m currently finishing up The Wrangler and the Orphan, and so, of course, I’m madly in love with Brody (the wrangler, who loves horses more than people) and Kit (the orphan, who trusts nobody, not even himself). I think of all my books, these are the two most broken characters I’ve written about. Some nights, I’d be almost crying when I finished my writing for the day.
Which of your standalone books would you most like to write a sequel to, if any?
All of them! Sometimes I fall so much in love with my characters that I want their stories to go on and on. I have been promising my readers who love all my Love Across Time books (mm time travel romances) sequels to each book, but have only managed one so far.
Luckily, I got smart, and for my Farthingdale Ranch series, I am writing both epilogues and bonus shorts for each book as I go.
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What was your inspiration for your Farthingdale Ranch series?
My inspiration for my Farthingdale Ranch series was this: I had written Honey From the Lion, in which Laurie, a young software engineer, goes to a dude ranch for a much needed vacation.
While there, he is told the story of Old Joe and his Little Red Fox – and discovers when he travels through time ::::Spoilers!::: that the Little Red Fox is him and that Old Joe is John Henton, who Laurie met back in 1892. Welp, Laurie rescues John, so now there is no Old Joe to tell stories about.
One of my readers (Randall J.) then asked: “If there is no story of Old Joe, what story do they now tell around the campfire at that dude ranch? And what happened to the dude ranch after Laurie disappeared into the past?”
This sent me into a spiral of thinking and researching about time paradoxes and suchlike, none of which will make it into a story!
But what did happen was that Randall inspired me to imagine this dude ranch in the wake of Laurie’s disappearance (he eventually becomes a cold case), and what they did to recover their business and get the ranch running again.
I started to make notes about who would work there and how they would be affected by Laurie, and who had met him before he’d been zipped into the past, and who had thoughts about him.
Which then led to a six book series called Farthingdale Ranch, which is populated by, among other staff, a foreman, and a blacksmith, a ranch hand and a wrangler, a cook and a trail boss. All of whom need to fall in love, and this I am doing with my utmost attention and passion.
I’m currently writing book #4, which is called The Wrangler and the Orphan. It’s going to top 90,000 words and tells the tale of Brody Calhoun, the very skilled and rather mysterious wrangler, and Kit Foster, the orphan who finds his way to the ranch and into Brody’s heart.
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The Wrangler and the Orphan – Farthingdale Ranch #4
Some scars run soul-deep. Some scars only love can heal.
Brody has been raised to be a trick rope artist and trick rider. He knows a lot about horses and ropes, but not a whole lot about people.
Brody cannot imagine anyone would want to love him.
One day his life will be over and that will be that. But then along comes Kit, a young man in need of shelter, searching for a home, and Brody’s life begins to change.
A gay m/m cowboy romance with hurt/comfort, rescue, age gap, fish out of water, opposites attract, midnight rendezvous,. A little sweet, a little steamy, with a guaranteed HEA.
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