DG: Thanks, Lexi. I’m so happy to be here.
Lexi: This series has gone through the three Harpers, and now we get to see a HEA for the sheriff, Danny. There’s something about a badge, it screams honest, protector, and safe. All characteristics we’ve seen from Danny so far, and after reading A COWBOY LIKE YOU, we know him even better. What was your favorite aspect about writing Danny?
DG: I actually hadn’t intended for this to be Danny’s book, but every time I started writing, he wouldn’t go away. I realized then that this was his story, and I stopped fighting him. What I love about Danny is that despite everything, he always held out hope. No matter how tough things got, no matter how bad the situation, he believed in himself and held onto hope with all he had.
Lexi: You certainly needed a hero like Danny to carry the heavy topic of domestic violence. To write an antithesis to something so horrible had to be challenging. How did you mentally approach writing about a woman that has gone through abuse?
DG: I knew it was going to be difficult. I wasn’t sure how to approach it, and I’ve learned not to fight my characters/the story. I let it go the way it needed to be told. I learned a lot about the system in those situations, and it’s not easy. I applaud any woman who makes a stand for herself. Some don’t survive it. Some do. Some don’t think they can. This book is for all of those women. Because they need to know they aren’t alone, that there are people who are willing to help them.
Lexi: Skylar has an amazing spirit about her and we love that her gut told her she could trust Danny when he took her to a safe place. Trusting your gut is important. Of course, if she trusted her sixth sense a little more she might have found herself wrapped up in Danny’s arms a bit sooner. Ah love. Was it a bit of a balm when you got to write the intimacies between Danny and Skylar?
DG: Absolutely. In order for her to be able to have an HEA, she was going to need to trust again. It couldn’t be someone new. It had to be someone she knew from the past, someone she could trust - and who better than the one person she’d had a crush on and was now sheriff?
Lexi: A COWBOY LIKE YOU is a healing salve to our reader hearts. Second chances, trust, and love, this book seriously has it all. Cheers to your release of A COWBOY LIKE YOU! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, Donna! We’ll be waiting for you to come back!
DG: Thank you, Lexi. I love this book so much, and I sincerely hope that readers do as well. Please, everyone, don’t hesitate to give me a shout (email, FB, whatever) and let me know your thoughts. And I welcome all reviews!