When I was about seven, I had my first, no, my second crush. Maybe my third, if we include Davy Jones from the Monkees, and I’d rather we just didn’t go there, thank you, ma’am.
Anywayz, there was this TV show; not the best ever, but intriguing nonetheless to a chubby, introverted kid who spent most of her time pretending to be Laura Ingalls Wilder and who’d just realized that, well, boys could be kinda nice to look at, especially on the pages of Tiger Beat magazine.
So this show, “The Cowboys,” had on it the most beautiful “man” I’d ever seen, and he had the oddest name ever: A. That’s it; just A. But how he stole my heart, this A Martinez, with his intense, dark Spanish eyes and rough-yet-kindly loner ways!
I kind of forgot about A until last night when I was trawling for Wild West images and stumbled across his pic, shocked by a couple conclusions. First, I seem always to be drawn to Cowboy heroes whose heritage is mixed.
But I also dig loners, card sharps and brothel owners — bad men who have good in ‘em, but aren’t fully redeemed by novel’s end. And, oh, OK, like lots of you, I’d do just about anything for a British Peer of the Realm on the Range. A Lorraine Heath Peer of the Realm . . .
Some Western lovers have lamented to me that there don’t seem to be any Westerns being written anymore. And I wonder why they think that, when we’ve got you pretty little Fillies here in Wildflower Junction writing, and other faves like Linda Lael Miller, Beverly Jenkins, Kathleen Eagle, Georgina Gentry, Leigh Greenwood and others, and now, so many Inspirational authors who find the taming of America rich landscape for their tales.
When readers start to worry about the Western being on its way out, I remind them of the great “The Historical is Dead!” debacle. Still, it’s true that not as many Westerns are being published. Maybe we need to find kinds of Westerns that appeal to that attractive “younger” demographic we want to lure to romance reading.
Thanks so much, Fillies, for the honor of letting me hang here in Wildflower Junction for the day! I’m looking forward to the fun…