Why do you write fiction?
I’m addicted to dark chocolate, laughter, and writing. I couldn’t live without these three essentials. Once I began writing, it became impossible to imagine my life without creating characters and telling their stories. It can be a lot of hard work, but it’s just so darn fun!
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
I’ve always been attracted to the Old West and the people who settle it. I read about an upcoming Showtime series called Penny Dreadful. Those were short books sold in Great Britain for a penny. While their stories were more lurid and sensational, the American version (dime novels) were much more fun and adventurous. Many dime novels took place on the frontier.
I decided to have my hero be an author of dime novels. Then it hit me — a more clever twist would be to allow my heroine to be the creator (both writer and illustrator) of a series of dime novels. Like many women authors of her time, she’s writing her tales under a male pen name.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
My ideal reader is someone who enjoys reading a romance with some history and humor thrown in.
Please describe your writing routine.
My routine is that there is no routine! Some days I’m researching for an upcoming book or actually writing pages for that work-in-progress. Other days I might be blogging to promote a current release or preparing a manuscript to send off to my editor. My editor may have sent me some editing suggestions on the next book to be released, so I could be working on edits for that. And some days? I’m doing all of those things! It’s a lot of balls to juggle, but I enjoy it.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
I believe in the power of a strong critique group. New writers need to develop a tough skin and polish their manuscripts until they’re gleaming before they consider sending their work off to a publishing house. A good critique group will support you through the good and bad. They’ll give you tough love when it’s needed. And they’ll make interesting suggestions that help you take the story into directions you never dreamed. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my lovely critique partners!
More about Written in the Cards:
Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name Lud Madison.
After the Civil War, veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge upon Ben.
Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death? Or will he make a stand for his life and love?
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