I’m excited about my July release Her Wyoming Man. This story was one of those that starts out as only a snippet of an idea I had scribbled on a paper until one day I looked it over and began to flesh it out. My original idea started out like Milk Money (Melanie Griffith) or The Substitute Wife (Farah Fawcett) but transformed into something different.
Originally I had planned for a third party to seek out a prostitute as a wife for his brother/father and for the man who marries her to think she’s a regular mail order bride. Would have worked.
But the more I thought on it, the more effective it seemed that the woman herself be the one to instigate the deception. She became a lovely courtesan, raised in a high class brothel in Dodge City and kept by one wealthy man. When he leaves town, she is desperate to avoid becoming available to the Saturday night cowboys, so she joins with a group of soiled doves and replies to an ad for mail order brides in a booming Colorado city.
Of course the hero isn’t simply a rancher. Oh no. He practically started this city single-handedly. He’s a well-educated widower and city attorney being pressured to take a wife to improve his image for the governor’s race. He’s smitten at first sight. And so the deception begins….
My favorite stories are those in which one of the characters is keeping a secret. Ella Reed’s secret is a doozy. After living the life of a near-prisoner, she is out in public and exposed to people for the first time. Everything is new and exciting. She knows how to pretend, but she doesn’t know how to be herself or a regular person. Reality takes a lot of getting used to. She quickly learns to love this life as a wife and mother. However, she lives in fear that the truth will bring her world tumbling down around her.
I’ve written a couple books since writing this one, so it was fun to go back and look it over so I could tell you about it. Hope you look for Her Wyoming Man in stores now!