Thank you so much for having me, Lexi!
Lexi: This summer you did a road trip and hit up some of our country’s western states. You even came across a cowboy carrying the American flag. Did that trip inspire any of this new series, Hot Cowboy Nights?
So glad you enjoyed the photos! It was an incredible trip. We took hundreds of pictures as we travelled through Wyoming and Montana. It was very much a research trip for me. IN addition to visiting all of the places I mention in this series, I also had a chance to meet face to face with many real people who live the life and face the challenges I depict in this series. Among them were cattle ranchers, rodeo cowboys, stock contractors, and even a wild horse trainer. Many elements of these various people combined to bring my characters more vividly to life.
Lexi: Book spurs trip, trip inspires book. Either way, writing about something you see is a great way to bring your reader into the story. And the story between Wade and Nicole in Slow Hand sounds like a great romance! Sassy Southern girl who is done with cowboys and a lawyer who is really a cowboy at heart. Did their chemistry click for you right away?
Yes, it really did. All of my books are character driven. Once the characters form in my mind, I feel like I’m just taking dictation! I try to stay out of the way and let them tell the story. This pair really did have some great chemistry that comes across in their dialogue in a big way.
Lexi: Something clicked for the Hot Cowboy Nights series! You have release dates for the first three and a title for the fourth. And we haven’t even mentioned the great covers! Wow! It’s hard to pick a favorite. Do you have one? Or do the characters the covers portray sway you?
The four books in this series are SLOW HAND (11/4/14), ROUGH RIDER (2/3/15), SHARP SHOOTER (6/2/15) and SILVER TONGUE (12/15?) I will add here that my editor has already expressed interest in Shelby’s story which would probably be book #5 unless we make it a spin off series.
I love all of the covers in this series and feel that Sourcebooks did an excellent job in matching each to the hero and overall tone of the books. I’m eager to see what they come up with for book #4. I think my favorite cover (so far) is ROUGH RIDER because he looks so much like I envision the young version of Dirk.
Lexi: The number of books you have released is only growing. You could start a poll for favorite male character. I wonder who would come out on top, DeVere or one of your cowboys like Wade?
I love all of my cowboys, but they are all so different and unique. Wade (SLOW HAND) is a shameless flirt and total charmer. Dirk (ROUGH RIDER) is a slightly rougher version of Wade in the first half of the book and is very much a wounded warrior in the second half. Reid (SHARP SHOOTER is a protector to the core, and Keith (SILVER TONGUE) is a lost soul, a whole new archetype for me. As for my favorite hero of the bunch, I truly can’t choose because they are all so different. I fell in love with all of them and hope my readers do too.
As for DeVere, I will always have a special place in my heart for him. Fans of that series will be happy to know that I am not finished with it yet. I hope to write Ned and Annalee’s story this coming year which will finish the prequels, but then I will be writing two new stories featuring secondary characters from DEVIL IN THE MAKING (free in all e-fomats). I also have future plans to write a spin off series featuring all of the Devil DeVere’s spawn. DeVere will, of course, make his presence known in every book.
Lexi: Yeah, we like to pit historical against contemporary. Because either way you cut it we win when you keep writing these characters! Thanks for stopping by Victoria, congrats on the exciting new series!