Thanks for having me again. Sometimes I think Petticoats and Pistols is my second home. I always love coming here to talk to fans. You all make me feel like we’re family.
In many ways I felt like I was researching people I already knew when I began this book. After writing seven books about Harmony it was easy to write the history of the founding of the town, but I never expected to get so wrapped up in my characters.
I knew Patrick McAllen would be young and marry the first girl who offered to run away with him. I knew Gillian Matheson was already a decorated soldier with a wife he left in the care of her family. They came to the little trading post Ely Harmon owned ready to help start a new town. Full of energy and a love for life. Their romances with their wives was fun and loving just as I knew it would be.
What I never excepted was Clint Truman. From the beginning when a sheriff breaks up a bar fight and orders Truman out of town, I thought he would be my problem character. He hated life because he’d lost a war only to come home and find his wife and child had died. He was a drunk who didn’t care if he lived to see another sunrise. The sheriff tells him to find a wife and head north to Ely Harmon’s trading post or he’ll be arrested.
That night, outside a prison gate, my Truman sees a frail woman, sick and barely able to walk out of jail. She carries a newborn. He knows if he doesn’t help her, she’ll be dead within days, so he steps up and becomes a hero my readers will fill in love with.
The idea for finding his wife from the pickings being released from Huntsville’s prison added a richness to my story that I never expected. I know my readers will love this story.
The Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville is nicknamed “Walls Unit” was opened in 1848.
Originally Huntsville Unit was only for white men. Black men were whipped for crimes or hanged. Women were housed there with the men after the war in 1865 until 1883. After that time they were housed on a cotton farm.
Nationwide, women were often kept in attics where they were left unsupervised and vulnerable to abuse.
In my story A PLACE CALLED HARMONY you’ll fall in love for the first time, all over again.
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The book releases today. You can click on the cover to go to Amazon.