Wildflower Junction Welcomes Linda Devlin and Lori Handeland

 

These two talented successful ladies write western romance together. We wanted to know their secret. Here is what they said.

Linda: Every now and then, a project comes along and it’s like a gift. The characters speak to you, the words flow. This was one of those projects, for me. I can still hear the characters’ voices in my head, clear as day. And working with Lori was a huge plus!

Lori:  That’s for sure.  I’ve never been involved in a project with another author who was easier to work with.  It helped that we were already friends (and we still are!).  It was also a plus that we have the same working style.  Pantsers all the way.

Linda: Hey, Lori! What side of town is the river on?

Lori:  Can I plead the fifth?  No?  Okay, it’s on the left side.

Linda: Nope, that’s wrong. Riding into town from the north, the river is on the right/West side of town. Yep, we saw the town in a mirror image, and didn’t discover it until about midway through writing the series. We ended up taking out some specifics that made it OH so clear that we weren’t seeing the same thing.

Lori: But all in all, that was minor.  Everything else we saw as one.  Everyone else we heard as one.  I’ve never written books where I could hear the characters speaking so clearly.  But the really weird thing was that I could hear HER characters.

Linda: The strangest thing about this series, for me, is that Lori’s characters — especially the heroes — were as crystal clear to me as my own. And they were from the beginning. We could have dialogue with NO tags, and I could tell you who was speaking.

Lori: We should try that as a parlor game.  I felt the same way.  I’ve had readers ask me if I wrote all the books because they couldn’t believe that two different authors could write such consistent characters across six books.  But, no, Linda wrote hers; I wrote mine.  We did read each others’ books and offer suggestions, though I don’t really remember suggesting much if anything.

Linda: Whenever you’re writing a series with someone else, time and other existing contracts are always issues. I actually wrote Sullivan, book 2, and sent the rough draft to Lori before she wrote Reese, book 1. We continued that way throughout, with me writing the last book before she wrote Nate. I always saw her rough draft before I finished my books, so I could add in details I didn’t know when I wrote that first draft.

Lori: This worked out for the best since I knew where I was headed before I started the book.  I’d already been there while reading Linda’s book.  A happy accident that turned into the best way of doing things.  If we ever write more Rock Creek books, I’d want to do them exactly the same way.

Linda: I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to finally have all six books available for purchase again! Love these guys, all six of them. 🙂

Lori:  Me too.  They’re like family.  🙂

We miss westerns.  Do you?  Are there any other kinds of romance novels you can’t get enough of?  Or that there don’t seem to be enough of?  Like Pirates!  We miss Pirates.

We’re giving away one copy of each of these newly released e-books. Leave a comment to get your name in the ten gallon hat.

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You can find more about Linda Devlin at: www.lindawinsteadjones.com

And Lori Handeland at: www.lorihandeland.com

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24 thoughts on “Wildflower Junction Welcomes Linda Devlin and Lori Handeland”

  1. Thanks to Petticoats and Pistols for having us here! I love westerns, too, and would love to write more. Fingers crossed the market for western romance enjoys another surge, and soon. It’s not a western, but through tomorrow you can get a free copy of Into the Woods (a fairy tale romance based on Hansel and Gretel) at Amazon.

  2. Hi Lori and Laura,

    It’s great meeting you both here at Petticoats and Pistols and finding what sounds to be like a great western series. I always find it fascinating when authors work together on a project and the books and characters flow seamlessly from one to the next.

    I love westerns both reading and writing them, and I, too, hope for a surge in the genre. There’s nothing like a cowboy hero. :o)

    Better head on over to Amazon and look into adding to my TBR pile. :o)

  3. Hi Lori and Linda…….so great to have you blog with us. I’ve collaborated with other authors on several anthologies so I know what you’re talking about. We did two anthologies where all the stories were set in the same town and trying to get all the logistics down was really difficult. But it was a proud moment when we accomplished it.

    I love westerns and I can’t imagine writing anything else. But the market is really small right now. I do think they’ll come back around though in a big way. I’m praying for it.

    Good luck and much success with your books.

  4. I grew up reading my father’s Louis L Amour westerns and I like reading them still. I miss the western movie where real men settled their problems in mature ways. Of course the gun on the hip helped. I miss John Wayne and the ideals he stood for in the west. I also miss reading the pirate romances.
    One era not many romance books are covering that I would like to read about is the Early Colonial times during the founding of America.

  5. I hope westerns come back very soon. I will begin writing a new series, under a new name in October.
    Look for BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER, the first book in the series “Once Upon a Time in the West” by Lori Austin.

    If you’d like a sneak peak at the cover you can go to http://www.loriaustin.net

  6. I loved the Rock Creek Six series. I still have them in my bookcase and every so often read them again. I loved all of them but I think Sullivan and Eden were my favorite (probably because I read them first and realized there was a book before them so I had to search for Reese and Mary). Then I couldn’t wait for the rest of them to come out. Jed and Hannah were so funny.

  7. I love westerns, and have been hooked on them for a while. There is just something about them cowboys that turn me on. About any time I get a western book its the first on I will grab to read first. Love the thing with the river. Will be looking for your books.

  8. I agree with the Quilt Lady, there is something about a cowboy. Course since I have me a country boy for a sweetheart, any kind of country boy, cowboy or not can make my heart flutter. Thanks for the interview. Look forward to reading your books ladies!

  9. *Please don’t enter me in the drawing*

    I loved this series so much when I read it in print years back. It’s so hard to pick favorites – it really is! I discovered this series out of order, so I have a bit of a soft spot for Rico – but Nate and Cash are probably my favorites. Probably because they were at the tail end…..

  10. Love cowboys… thanks for sharing about this series… I was unfamiliar with it and am always happy to find more western romances to enjoy and read.

  11. By far, my favorite genre is historical western romance (it’s like a snack in chaps) – lately, I find that it’s hard to read anything else! It was fun to read your article…you two sound like you have so much fun together – and it shows through in your voices!

  12. I love westerns. I just like how the people have to work hard. That usually means they love hard too. There aren’t so many Rules they have to follow in the old west.

  13. Hi thanks the series was great. I stumbled first, by accident, on to Sullivan as an ebook on the day it was released and really enjoyed it, he is still my favorite. Then I hop scotched randomly through the series as released as an ebook (amazon release was a bit random and cheshire cat like in appearance). The writing still worked, was constant and the stories had good continuity even though read way out of sequence. Cheers rosheen (ps have them all so don’t need to be in the ebook draw)

  14. Hi thanks the series was great. I stumbled first, by accident, on to Sullivan as an ebook on the day it was released and really enjoyed it, he is still my favorite. Then I hop scotched randomly through the series as released as an ebook (amazon release was a bit random and cheshire cat like in appearance). The writing still worked, was constant and the stories had good continuity even though read way out of sequence. Cheers rosheen (ps have them all so don’t need to be in the ebook draw)

  15. I have been checking websites and reading blurbs. T
    his sounds like an interesting series. Even more interesting is the fact that both of you are known for work in other genre, especially paranormal. Why the switch? Is their more in your future>

  16. I can’t believe I missed this series. Whose idea was it?

    I’ve bee reading more westerns primarily due to the exposure the authors receive here at Pistols and Petticoats.

    Pirates are also having a resurgence via Jennifer Ashley and Shana Galen.

    I miss the family dynasty type series like The Big Valley, Bonanza, The Thorn Birds, The Waltons…

  17. @ Patricia B. Lori and I have both written in several romance sub-genres, and we both wrote westerns well before paranormal. Lori will soon be writing new westerns again. (yeah!) and I would love to do the same, one day. @Laurie G. Whose idea? Hmm. We were both writing westerns at the time, and a publisher started a line of connected books, and — I don’t know for sure. Probably Lori, because I remember her mentioning the Magnificent Seven. 🙂

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