This month my 41st novel (not counting 14 novellas) comes out and I’m excited. A new series! The best and deepest I’ve ever written. RANSOM CANYON
Like most writers I get the same question again and again. “Where do your ideas come from?”
Sometimes I have no idea where the seed of an idea started to grow in my mind. But, then I get out Grandma Kirkland’s button box….
When I was little, her big box of buttons always fascinated me. I played with it for hours. Now, in an upstairs room off my office, I gather the grandkids (6,5,4,2) around the old sewing machine. They all get excited as I open the box and let each one pick a button. Old rusty ones, bright diamond bling, tiny pearl ones, some still have tiny pieces of fabric connected from worn out clothes.
Then as each shows his or her button, I tell the story of where it came from.
That was your great uncle Austin’s button. He was called Wildhorse and had three ships shot out from under him during World War 2.
That pearl one belonged to Mema Bailey. She went to church every time the door was open and died at 92 still singing hymns.
That metal one belonged to a pirate who sailed the Galveston coast and buried his gold on Pelican Island. Some say the tree he was hanged from was the very site where he buried his loot, but no one dares go near it because his ghost haunts the place.
That silver one is magic. Just holding it for a minute will make you talk backward. Now it’s time to say, “Night Good.”
And on and on we go. With all the games and videos downstairs, they still love the old button box.
I’ve often said creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. I’ve been in the gym of my mind working out all my life.
The idea for RANSOM CANYON came from living in the Texas Panhandle. I wanted to write about the real west of today. I wanted my people to be like the men and women I grew up with, honest and true. Not the cowboy on a book cover who has never been on a horse, but the cowboy who gets up at five to load his own horse and make it to the ranch before dawn. He doesn’t work by the hour, but by the day.
As I began my first book in the series, Staten Kirkland jumped off the page. He’s strong and good, a rancher everyone looks up to, but he’s broken and only one woman can calm his heart.
So come along with me on a series set in today’s West. You’ll love it.
By the way, if you have a Button Box or Jar or Tin, tell me about it. You might win a copy of the first book of RANSOM CANYON. Meanwhile, WINTER’S CAMP is free to download at these links: AMAZON B&N
MANY STORIES TO YOU ALL.