The first book I sold was a western. A wonderful story with a terrible title. I called it Shadow Dancer. My publisher changed that title to Run Wild My Heart. Yes, it was almost too embarrassing to tell people about, though I managed!
I wrote westerns for several years, under several names—long story!—but as Maureen Child, Ann Carberry, Kathleen Kane and Sarah Hart, I indulged myself in the Old West. I wrote heroes I fell in love with and heroines who were just as stalwart and proud as the men who came to love them.
Mostly, I blame Louis L’Amour for my love of western writing. The man had a way with a good story. Sure, the romance part of his books always left a lot to be desired, but that wasn’t his point anyway. He was a writer who was trying to catalogue what the west was really like. He didn’t sugar coat anything and as he always claimed, if he wrote about a spring in the desert, that spring was actually there.
And then there were his books about the Sacketts. A family that was spread all over the country, but when one of them was in trouble, “they all come running”. I loved that sense of loyalty and let’s face it, when they made the TV movies of the Sackett brothers and Sam Elliot brought William Tell Sackett to life…well come on. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Even though now I mostly write contemporaries and paranormals, I do like to include a cowboy into the mix! This October, my Silhouette Desire, CLAIMING KING’S BABY, introduces Justice King, a modern day rancher who is every inch the cowboy. Strong, stoic, loyal and proud. He’s a man most comfortable alone, but without the woman he loves, he’ll never be complete.
So what do you love about a western? And who’s your favorite cowboy?
One name will be drawn, and the winner will receive a copy of my latest Silhouette book, along with a copy of one of my westerns!
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