B.J. Daniels ~ Out My Backdoor

     One of the questions I’m always asked is where I get my ideas.
     In my case, the answer is: Out my back door.
     Two years ago, my husband and I uprooted and moved from a bustling Montana university town north to a very small Montana town in the middle of nowhere.
     Actually it’s in the middle of rolling prairie where buffalo used to thunder past. No pine trees. No mountains except for the Little Rockies in the distance. Not even a stoplight in the town.
     Most everyone thought we were crazy.
     But there is a peacefulness, a splendor, a feeling of the Old West that made me fall in love with this isolated place and its past.
     Right away I knew I had to set a series here. I wanted readers to appreciate a very different part of Montana from what most had visited.
     The Whitehorse, Montana series started with six books but has grown to eighteen so far.   Fortunately readers fell in love with this part of Montana along with me.
     In April, Shotgun Bride, the eighth book in the series made the top ten on Borders bestseller series list. The book is the first of a mini series within the Whitehorse series called The Corbetts. Other books in the series have also made the list.
     I can’t tell you how excited that makes me because I get to stay in my fictional Whitehorse and keep writing about what I love – this part of the West.
     I had to laugh though. A local said she hoped readers didn’t like it so much that they all moved here. Yeah, like that is going to happen. It is a rare occasion when someone moves here. So rare the newspaper does a story on you and people often ask you what could have brought you here.
     For me, it’s no mystery. I get to “Romance the West” and let my imagination run wild, weaving in the area’s amazing history as I go.
     A friend jokingly says that the real love story in my books is between me and Montana. I suppose it’s true. That’s why most of my books are set here.
     There is nothing like watching a storm come across the prairie or seeing a sunset on the vast horizon. I not only get to write about the West. I get to live here. Sometimes I just want to pinch myself. How did I get so lucky?
     The Whitehorse series continues May, June, September and October with the rest of the Corbett clan. Starting next April, The Winchester family will be featured in the next six Whitehorse books.
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34 thoughts on “B.J. Daniels ~ Out My Backdoor”

  1. I’ve only been through Montana once when we camped in gorgeous Glacier National Park!! Our favorite park!

    I’ve enjoyed several of your Whitehorse Montana series.

    What do you miss the most? (moving from the larger city to the rural area)
    How far do you have to go for groceries/ Target? Bookstore?
    I live in a rural area in the summer. I like the peacefulness and isolation from crowds & noise. I’m about 45 minutes from a Target or a B&N. I can buy books online but I like getting lost in bookstores.

  2. I would love to live in Montana, but I’d be happy just to visit for now. It’s on my top 5 places to visit. For now I just read about it. 🙂

  3. B. J. is that picture with the man and dog real, I mean one you took? It’s so beautiful it should be published.

    I love the idea of creating a town and using it over and over. How terrific.

  4. Ive never been to Montana but thru books like yours I can still dream about it,I live in the foothills of Tennessee,which would make a good story too someday,thanks

  5. Hi, BJ! Oh, my, but you’re living my dream. Moving to a small town and living the peace and quiet.

    I’m sure it took alot of courage to uproot like that, but clearly it was the right decision! I grew up in western Nebraska, and I’ve experienced those scenic wide-open spaces. You’re a lucky girl!

    How wonderful that your Whitehorse series has expanded from 6 to 18. Congratulations!!

  6. Hi BJ! I love your books. I really like the Cascade Concealed Series. I have to catch up with the WhiteHouse Montana series though.
    First time I have been to Montana was when I went with my mother-in-law to just outside of Eureka. My parents-in-law bought some property there and about 4 years ago had a cabin built on it. I really enjoyed the week that I was there.

  7. I’ve never been to Montana and don’t travel anymore so will have to read your books! They sound wonerful.

  8. Wow, what a cool view. Montana is one of the states I’ve not yet been to, but I do hope to visit there some day. I do, however, enjoying visiting there through the books I read.


  9. Hi BJ, I have never been to Montana but I would love to go. The photos you posted are beautiful! In that beautiful country I can see where you get your ideas from. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Hi BJ, oh, I want to move there! Although I’m a surbanite, there is a country girl deep down inside. I have not yet been to Montana but I’m sure I’ll get there someday. We going to Wyoming next summer.

    That picture of the man and dog, wow. Could be a book cover IMO.

    I love book series that take me over and over to a place and/or people I’ve already met. Congratulations on a series of six expanding to 18!

  11. Hi BJ,
    Oh what great pictures on your blog! It all looks heavenly. Congrats on your success and your expansion of your series. That setting must be like a second home to you!

  12. Oh I love your pics! Seeing how beautiful nature is… Gotta love it! 😀 Congrats on your series!!!

  13. BJ, what a beautiful area of the country. We recently moved to a tiny town in Missouri so we could live on a lake we both love. Thank heavens for the internet!

  14. Hello BJ,

    The pictures of Montana are breath taking. I live on top of a mountain in Kentucky and still I’m too close to people. Love the idea of just the wide open range. Have a great day.

  15. Hi BJ and welcome at P&P! I have seen your books over the years but I think it has been a year or so since I read one. Guess I’ll have to get back to them! Your post does make Montana sound enticing and the pics are beautiful. We moved from busy South Florida to a pretty small town in North Florida… it is definitely more peaceful! My DH doesn’t want to tell people where we are so they can’t move here! mesreads[at]gmail[dot]com

  16. Living in a rural area can have it’s advantages. No neighbor to complain about the lawn mower too early in the morning comes to mind.

    I love the pictures of your area. I will be looking forward to your next book.

  17. Hi B.J. What wonderful photos. Montana looks beautiful. Your books have nice covers. .

  18. Hi, B.J.! I love your Whitehorse series! I’m so glad it expanded from 6 to 18! Your pics are beautiful. I’d love to be able to visit Montana someday. Thanks for sharing with us today at P&P!

  19. Have really enjoyed your Harlequin Intrigues over the years. Know I’l enjoy the book if your name is on it. The West is a special place. We were stationed in Colorado Springs for three years and wish we could have stayed longer. However by the time we left it was getting too big. Went back in ’97 and couldn’t believe how much it had grown. Got as far as Yellowstone that trip. Hope to get back out in a few years and make it further north.
    Keep up the good writing. Look forward to reading more of your books.

  20. I love the idea of a mini series within a major
    series! Keep that Whitehorse running!!

    Pat Cochran

  21. Hi BJ!!! I read a few Intrigue books and yours was the first I ever read, SECRET BODYGUARD. I fell in love with reading Bodyguards and M.O.M. (Men On Motorcycles) LOL, after that one! I’ve read a few since and see too how many I missed of yours! I so look forward to more! I’ve not read these Montana books but I do love them set there! Thats beautiful how far you gotten with 18 books set there! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
    tbranxiety @ yahoo . com

  22. Hi all! It is such an honor to be here on Petticoats & Pistols. Thank you all for your wonderful comments.
    LOL. I loved your comments about the photograph of the man and dog. My husband will love it since the photo is of him and our springer spaniel.
    As for groceries, we have two stores in town, both small. The closest Target is 200 miles away. Thank goodness for Amazon.com for book. 🙂
    I do miss just walking around in a bookstore tho.
    I’m delighted a lot of you are enjoying the Whitehorse series.
    I send out postcards as I have books coming out. If you’re interested, just email me your snail mail address!
    Thanks again,

  23. Lucky you to live in Montana. I have visited that state often and it is beautiful.
    Can’t wait to read the series and have added them to my TBR list.

  24. What a beautiful post, BJ! I enjoy our California Desert, but those Montana hills call me 🙂

    Thank so much for dropping in to share those backyard views with us–you’ve turned me green with envy 😉

  25. B. J.
    If the town needs a bookstore, why don’t you open one – with a coffee shop. Could be near your library (if you have one).

  26. Wow, it was so great to hear from all of you. I used to spend winters on the California Desert, Stacey. I miss that in January and February up here. 🙂 As for a bookstore, Patricia, we have a small Christian bookstore which graciously carries my books. But there is nothing like a huge Barnes and Noble for a book fix. 🙂
    Again thank you all for your comments. It was fun being here!

  27. amazing pictures; is photography a hobby or are you a professional?
    We live in a small town 1 hr. drive from the city. One grocery store also. I know the feeling of being where the big stores are and when we go to the city I make sure and visit as many as I can get in.

  28. RobynL, thanks for the compliment about the photos. I worked for a newspaper for a lot of years and hung out with some amazing photographers. They taught me a whole lot and I love to shoot. 🙂 So thanks again.
    And I know what you mean about hitting the stores. I’m always amazed at all the cool things there are that I knew nothing about because of where I live. 🙂

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