Why guest Celia Yeary Writes The West

(Celia will be giving away a pdf. copy of Texas True today!)

 

 

The first Western Romance novel I read was This Calder Range by Janet Dailey.  Before that, my adult reading material came in groups.  One genre kept me busy for months or years, until I moved on to another.

First I read Science Fiction, dozens over a period of a year or so. But I cannot remember one author or one title. The plots and otherworldly creatures fascinated me at the time, but I soon selected something else. So many books—so little time!

I began Willa Cather’s books, and when I’d finished all those, I selected a new kind of novel I’d not seen—Women’s Fiction.  Maeve Binchy, Rosamund Pilcher, Belva Plain.  Each author received my undivided attention until I’d read all I could find.

Next, westerns.  Plain old shoot-’em-ups, stories depicting cattle drives, rustlers, outlaws, and lawmen.  Oh, I loved these novels, and Louis L’Amour became my favorite because he often had a little love story in there.

Romance? Didn’t read it. None, zip, nada.  Too trite, I’d heard—the novels always ended the same way—happily-ever-after.  Same plot, boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a falling-out, make-up, get married.  I’d heard this from a cynical friend who only read literary works, and so I thought..surely there’s something better for reading as a pastime.  The idea of involving myself in deep literary works didn’t especially thrill me, though–had enough of that in college.

In 1990, when I visited a used-book store and bought the paperback by Janet Dailey, I couldn’t put it down. Remember, I love Westerns, and this even had a HEA.  I fell in love.  I searched the used-book stores and eventually the library until I’d found and read all ten in the Calder series. Her latest, I believe, was released a couple of years ago.

From there, I discovered LaVyrle Spencer, a master of romance writing, who retired from writing in 1997–at just the time I discovered her books.  Dorothy Garlock, Maggie Osborne, and Linda Lael Miller are favorites, plus many more.  I still search for new authors who write exciting, satisfying Western Romance.

In 2004,  I sat down and began to write a story.  And yes, it was a Western romance—a historical.  Probably I’ll never be in the same category with my favorite authors, but each one has been an inspiration and a benchmark for me.  The title is Texas Blue, and it’s the beginning of a series about The Camerons of Texas.

Why do I write the West? I find it difficult to put into words.

The Final Frontier, perhaps?  No, that’s the name for space exploration and Star Wars.

Romance in Sweeping Vistas with a love story set in a different time, perhaps?  That’s how we describe novels set in early Scotland.

The Era of the Strong,  Silent type who always gets the girl while he brings justice in full measure, perhaps?  That’s how we describe Indiana Jones adventures.

See?  I cannot exactly describe my feeling when I begin a new Western Historical novel, either reading one or writing one.  Oh!  Now I know Why I Write the West!  It’s like falling in love.

The last book in the Texas series is probably the one I love the most–Texas True, the story of the younger sister, raised like a hothouse flower, but soon grew up and faced all the trials and tribulations of a woman in love…but not really loved back.  I invite you to read the last in The Camerons of Texas series, TEXAS TRUE.

Find it at:

Amazon (Kindle), Desert Breeze Publishing, and B&N (Nook)

I will give a pdf to one person who comments. Please leave a message. Thank you for reading.

Celia Yeary-Romance…and a little bit ‘o Texas
http://www.celiayeary.blogspot.com
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http://sweetheartsofthewest.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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Updated: September 8, 2011 — 5:02 pm

50 Comments

  1. Celia, welcome to Wildflower junction today. It’s always so wonderful when you come to visit. The cover of Texas True is as beautiful as Texas Promise…I can’t wait to cuddle up with another wonderful read.

    Thanks for sharing your writing journey with us today. Many of your favorite and influential authors are mine as well. oxoxo

  2. Pretty cover! I love a good Western Romance and Western Historicals are basically the only historicals I read. I also really enjoy LLM’s stories and I’m always on the look out for new authors too.

  3. Hi Celia, your post is the first I’m reading since I returned from vacation. You write Texas so well, you made me fall in love with Texas and your heroes.

  4. Hi Celia!
    So glad you are our guest today here at Wildflower Junction! You have read quite a variety of genres, haven’t you? My husband reads like that–he was “stuck” on Sci-fi for years and read, like you, all kinds of those books. One day, he “moved on” and never reads that genre now. This was very interesting to me, to see how you got around to writing western romance. Of course, I’m sure it had nothing to do with you being a dyed-in-the-wool TEXAN, right? LOL I always look forward to another of your stories. I always know there’s going to be another hero for me to love. Beautiful covers for your books, too, Celia!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  5. Hi Celia,
    Great post! I love your story of absorbing as much as was available in different genres or from favorite authors. I’m like that too. I gorge myself on stories until I have to branch out to a new place.
    One of the comments you made about sci-fi and the Final Frontier caught my eye. Many people claim that a lot of the popularity of sci-fi books, particularly those of the action-adventure genre, are really westerns set in another time period. There’s a certain lawlessness and opportunities for heroes.
    Gotta run! Maggie

  6. Good morning, Tanay–I just love guesting on P&P. I feel like it’s sort of a second home–I read many of the posts as well as act as a guest at times. I do appreciate the success you all have worked to gain. That’s what it takes, really, work! Thanks goodness we like to write, huh?
    Celia

  7. OzKnitter–My main reading material is always Western romance or WH romance. I do branch out to a few Inspirational and even fewer Regencies…then back I go to Western romance. Thanks for visiting…Celia

  8. Sorry, TANYA–my fingers got ahead of my brain.
    Celia

  9. MONA–you’re back!!! I’m so glad–we have sorely missed you and knowing where you were made me a little jealous. Be sure to give us some photos.
    Thank you for the compliment–I thrive on those. Celia

  10. Great writing from a great author! isn’t it funny how our writing talents develop?

  11. Hi, Cheryl–I think I liked Science fiction because I know now that they’re much like Westerns–all the adventure into unknown territory with different kinds of people.
    So true–we can write the West as the Final Frontier. Thanks for stopping by your “second home.”
    Celia

  12. You know I have never read a western romance. Wait, yes I have. I read some of the Calder series, but that was years ago. I do have to say that I’m interested in taking a look at yours.

  13. MAGGIE–I’ve never really heard that, but have thought it. It’s easy to see, that Science Fiction stories are really Westerns set in a different time period.
    I wonder why we don’t see that same idea when we think of the Pilgrims who came to America?
    Thanks for your comment–I always enjoy reading what you think.
    Celia

  14. Is it that a Western Romance evokes a period where women were strong, resourceful and independent and men were either the arch enemy or the plain but perfect hero type? Or just the vastness of a land like Texas? Loved the cover. The book sounds intriguing.

  15. Celia,
    The reason I read and write Western historical? The life style, the intrepid souls who ventured west, including my ancestors, is bone-deep.
    Like you, I’ve read different sub-genres, still do, but my heart belongs in Texas. Guess it always will.

  16. Celia,

    Your Texas series is fantastic. I hated to see each book end. And I True’s story was beautiful. Although, my favorite was Jo’s. But they’ve each found a place in my keeper folder and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting many times.

    I have to agree reading or writing a Western Romance is like falling in love all over again. I might stray, but I always come back to my first love. :o)

    –Kirsten

  17. Hi Celia,
    Congratulations on your new book. It’s interesting how you found your niche, but what better than a book set in Texas? A place you know and love so well.

  18. Good morning, Celia. A great post, as always. You are never boring and I read them all. We share a passion for writers like Maeve and Lavyrle. I always have trouble spelling those names correctly and I’m not taking time to check spelling right now. What a loss it would have been if you hadn’t felt an urge to write these wonderful historical westerns. But I’m happy that you are also writing contemporaries which are equally good. Do you get the idea I’m a real fan of yours? If so, you would be correct. Linda

  19. Hi Celia, What a great post. I too cut my teeth on western themed books with Janet Daily, and then founded a few authors that I like. Linda L Miller for one and I like Diana Palmer. I have read Mauve Binchy and I loved Belva Plain too. It was ashame she passed away, I think it was just last year…
    I love historical and modern day westen themed books. Keep up the wonderful writing…

  20. ANNETTE–yes, it happens without your knowing it–until you look back. With what I know now, I would have stuck with a series–my single titles are sort of limping along. Maybe I should promote those more! They’re Texas, too.
    Celia

  21. KATHLEEN–oh, how I do thank you for your kinds words. I, too, like contemporary westerns, such as LLM writes–and a bunch of others. Celia

  22. LINDA–and a loyal friend, too. I enjoy having you as a fan, also–remember we have our mutual admiration society.
    I’m glad you read my WH romances since you didn’t read them before–that was a fine gesture you made. I’ve also happy your appreciate my contemporaries–you made me believe in myself about those, because I felt uncomfortable writing them. Thanks! Celia

  23. Hi, Gail–I said from the beginning “I write what I know, and I know Texas.” Thank you for the lovely comment…Celia

  24. KIRSTEN–you liked Jo’s story best? (Texas Promise). Interesting–it’s a hard choice for me because they’re mine, of course. Thank you so very much for reading all of them–wish I had more! I will later. Celia

  25. JOYCE–I think you are a pioneer at heart. Your post today on Sweethearts of the West is so interesting–I was fascinated.
    Thanks for coming over–it’s a busy day, isn’t it?
    Celia

  26. ALLISON–yes, all of those are right. Everyone had to be so much more independent–the American spirit–back then. I think we’re too dependent now on so many things. I’d never have made it.
    The cover is a field of Indian Paintbrush here in town near an old windmill–I took it and the artist used it. Ditto for the Bluebonnets on Texas Promise. Celia

  27. Your system of genre saturation reading is similar to what I went through in my 20’s and 30’s. Now I like to genre hop a bit. It really is difficult to move on when you get hooked on one of the compelling authors you mention along with yourself, Celia. Thanks for adding richness to my reading agenda.

    Barbara Scott
    West of Heaven

  28. BARBARA–I’d be honored if you’d look at mine. I was the same way with Regencies–hadn’t read even one, but I learned Mary Balogh is Canadian and on a blog I was reading…I thought–why not? Now I try to read all of hers–just hers, though!
    Celia

  29. Like you, Celia, I read books in bunches by genre starting with science fiction–straight up, no chaser and certainly no romance. I moved on to Louis Lamour and loved the stories of adventure and a light touch of romance.
    I read Kasthleen Woodiwiss;s romance, Shanna and got hooked on romance but my very favorite is still love in the old west.
    I loved your blog today.

  30. Celia, you definitely found your genre! Your western historicals show where your heart is. I know you’ve also written contemporary western, but your love of history shines in your historicals. Thanks for sharing.

  31. THANKS, SARAH–odd that we followed sort of the same path. One reason, I think, was that science fiction movies were big in the 90’s.
    I read a book title Into the Wilderness by Penelope Williams–I think–long ago, and I believe she wrote one more, then I couldn’t find any others. But her Into the Wilderness was a big book, and I absolutely loved it–was just mesmerized. There was a love story, but not really a romance. Man…that story was great.
    Thanks for commenting—Celia

  32. Coming from you, that is a real compliment. Thanks so much for visiting on this busy Saturday.
    Celia

  33. BARBARA (SCOTT)–I genre hop only a little–more in my reading than writing. Now I think I shouldn’t genre hop with writing very much. I seem to have more success sticking with WH Romance. But I do like my contemporaries, too.
    And thank you so much for the compliment–I truly appreciate it. Celia

  34. Celia, so glad to have you back in our neck of the woods. We love having you. I feel the same was you do in reading and writing historical western romance. It just satisfies something deep inside me. I love stories that portray how men and women in the old West dealt with adversity. And Lord knows there was oodles of that on a daily basis. And I think we write that era to try to preserve the memory of that way of life for future generations who want to know more of how they got here.

    I discovered a wonderful new historical western talent: Kaki Warner. She hooked me with her first release PIECES OF SKY and followed her through the Red Rose trilogy. Now she’s started a new series with the release of HEARTBREAK CREEK and it’s just as wonderful as her others. She really brings out the oftentimes grittiness of early day life. She reminds me a lot of Larry McMurtry in that she doesn’t shy away from telling things as they were. Kaki has exceptional talent.

  35. LaVyrle Spencer was one of the authors I read that got me hooked on reading romances… thank you so much for sharing your post with us today! Always glad to hear about more books to read!

  36. Hi Celia! I remember The Calder Sky was one of my favorites (or at least I think that was the title). Her books were always favorites. I have always gone for the romances once I worked my way out of Heidi and Nancy Drew. Isn’t it wonderful that we as readers have such a wide variety of stories to choose from!

    Best of luck with your great story.

  37. LINDA–I’m thrilled to be here–it’s almost like home.
    Kaki Warner! I just discovered, her, too. I’ve only read one book–the second of the Red Rose Trilogy–and it was purely an accident. I got her trade paperback off the new book shelf in our library by accident–thought I was getting something else. I guess my mind was a little too busy that day. But I loved it.
    Then I wrote a blog about good books I’d read during the summer, and I listed her’s first with the cover I copied from Amazon. Guess what? She was my first commentor–I’ve done this before with an author on Amazon..they have some way of knowing I did that–she was very happy about my displaying her book.
    Once, Susan Mallery commented on my blog.
    Thank you for the invitation to fill in–Celia

  38. Colleen–I love finding other LaVyrle Spencer fans. Did you know her first book was published by Avon, then they rejected the next two she submitted. A couple of the other big ones rejected her novels because they did not fit their “genre formula.” And that’s what is so good about her stories–they’re just good stories that fit no template.
    Lesson learned.
    Celia

  39. Paisley–Oh, I love a wide variety. Just wish I had more time to read….which is still my favorite pasttime. Thanks for visiting…Celia

  40. My early reads were Westerns by L’Amour and
    Grey, shared with me by my Dad, followed by
    Women’s Fiction shared with an aunt. I was,
    and still am, a voracious reader and read all
    genres that come near! Today, I read a wide
    variety of books with Historical Romances as
    my main read! I’ve not read your Texas series
    but have now added it to my TBR list. Thanks
    for sharing with us!

  41. PAT–thank you! I forgot about Zane Grey. I read a few of his, but they didn’t satisfy me like the LL westerns. I still like a plain western sometimes.
    I’m not writing so much right now, and I’m enjoying reading instead. I almost have to to one or the other in the space of a day or week.
    I hope you do read mine–Texas Blue is the first–then Texas Promise, then Texas True.
    I appreciate your visit today. Celia

  42. Books, so many books, not enough hours to get them all read. I love all boks but am not so much into SciFi. But I adore the western historical romance!

  43. Hi, Connie–I’m thrilled you adore western historical romance. I guess so do all of us here today–so…you’re in good company! Thanks for dropping by…Celia

  44. One of many things I enjoy about Western stories is how open the land and people are. It’s a grand setting where down to earth people can be found. The great thing about this is that I can focus more on the story, seeing relationship develop and follow the characters’ journey. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that cowboys are pretty appealing.

  45. I love books set in Texas and always have. The past couple of years I have been hooked on westerns no matter how that come. My father always read a lot of westerns so maybe that is why I like them so much. I read a little of everything but I guess the westerns are my favorite but I switch around with my books.

  46. NA–I totally understand. And of course a cowboy is appealing. My uncle had a big horse, and he allowed me to ride it around the yard–and I was probably 6-7. That horse was big.
    Thanks for visiting me today…Celia

  47. Ooops! QUILT LADY..here I go again. What happened?
    Anhyway–it’s interesting that just a few years ago when I began writing my Western romances, editors said “The Western Historical Romance was dead.” I could not believe it. Still don’t, although I think a slow-down did occur somewhere in there.
    Now? I think WHR are making a come-back…thanks to readers like you and me? Yea! Thanks for visiting…Celia

  48. Hi Celia,

    I enjoyed your post. I love westerns and historical tales. I’ve enjoyed some of your favorite authors’ works, too.

    I’ve read a few of your short stories and loved the way you drew me into the past. I wish yo the best with your new release. I know it is part of a series. Do you need to read the books in order or are they stand alone tales?

  49. Hi, Karen–thanks for the compliment-
    The “Texas” books are a series. Texas Blue first, then Texas Promise, and then Texas True. The parents, the older sister, and the younger sister–each get their own book.
    I love writing those short stories, and I adore the cover you made for Angel and the Cowboy. The next one there will be Addie and the Gunslinger, and I do hope you can make me a Jimmy Thomas cover for it, too. Celia

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