So, Leigh, where did you get the idea for The Reluctant Rancher?
Probably I pulled it out of thin air! Seriously, that sometimes happens, but in this case I’d wanted to write another cowboy book for quite a while. Years ago I wrote Danny Boy and fell in love with that hero, a Montana bull rider. Well, voila, one day I started thinking about Logan Hunter who long ago left his family’s Circle H ranch in Kansas to escape his bad memories of the place where he grew up. Now he’s back again to help his injured grandfather and try to repair his relationship with his young son. Since his divorce, Logan hasn’t thought about love. And Blossom Kennedy, the caregiver he hires to help out with his grandfather has trouble written all over her. On the run from her abusive ex fiancé, all she wants is a brief hiding place—and to protect her unborn baby.
Well. I just had to get these two together! And more. The Reluctant Rancher is the first book of my new miniseries, Kansas Cowboys.
How long did it take you to write?
I have a writer friend who says in answer to that question, “As long as I have.” That always makes me smile. I like to allow four months for a book and hope I come in a bit early. So, some wiggle room. That takes into account any real-life surprise event or crisis that may crop up. Which they often do!
What’s your favorite scene?
Among others, this one in which Logan and Blossom are getting to know each other:
“The farther west I travel,” she said, “the more…open I feel. Less closed in.”
Logan couldn’t help but smile. “That’s how I feel when I’m flying.”
“You’re a pilot?”
“Private jets. Experimental sometimes—but mostly redesigns.” Until he got his promotion. Then his assignments would become way more interesting.
“A test pilot,” Blossom said. “No wonder you don’t seem that happy here at the Circle H.”
He looked outside the barn at that big blue sky. “Got me.”
“I think I know how you feel. Flying high must seem like being a bird. I suppose if I reach California, I’ll feel absolutely free.” She didn’t sound that convinced. “Or maybe,” she added with that look again, “I’ll just run out of road.”
He didn’t want to care, but he had to ask. “Blossom, what are you running from?”
If you could pick actors to play your hero and heroine, who would they be?
I created a Pinterest board for The Reluctant Rancher (http://www.pinterest.com/lbrwriter). I chose Harry Connick, Jr. as Logan
What’s next for you?
I recently turned in the second book, Last Chance Cowboy, in which Logan’s friend and neighbor, Grey Wilson, tries to clear himself of suspicion in the long-ago murder of the heroine’s brother—and at last gain Shadow Moran’s forgiveness. As you can tell, this one has a bit of suspense along with the romance. The book will come out next June.
And I’ve just started writing Cowboy on Call (working title), the third book in the series starring Logan's twin brother Sawyer, the black sheep of the family, who has issues with Logan’s ex-wife Olivia, his first love. Since writing rough draft is my favorite part of the process, I’m quite happy!
If you’d like to learn more about my books, you can follow me on Twitter @lbrwriter, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/leighrikerauthor; and on my website with newsletter sign-up at http://www.leighriker.com
And remember, A Heartwarming Holiday is out now. Fifteen great novellas from Thanksgiving to New Year's by fifteen Heartwarming authors, all set in Christmas Town, Maine. My story is Thankfully Yours.
As always, happy reading!
Congrats on your release! It sounds like a great story. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Patricia!Delete
Leigh, I was watching NEW IN TOWN on DVD while on the treadmill this morning which stars Harry Connick, Jr. and Renee Zellweger and then I see this shot of Harry on your blog. All this is to say, I can't wait to read about Logan!ReplyDelete
Congrats on the book and good luck!
I haven't seen that movie. Must check it out. Loved Harry in Hope Floats. Anyway, enjoy the book! Thanks.Delete
Leigh, I have the book on my TBR stack, and now I need to read faster. All of this month's Heartwarmings look and sound so good.ReplyDelete
Not easy to keep up, is it? We've all been madly busy! In a good way.Delete
Hi Leigh, Love the pinterest board photos. I use photos for my characters also. I should learn how to put the up on pinterest. sigh.ReplyDelete
Am enjoying the Heartwarming Holiday stories
It's easy, Sandra! Try it. I used to do a board right before a book was published--then realized the board could be a great tool for the art department earlier on. So glad you're enjoying the Heartwarming Holiday stories.Delete
I just started The Relunctant Rancher last night, and I'm already wanting to give both the characters big hugs. And that adorable little boy, climbing the cabinets. Can't wait to dig back in.ReplyDelete
Aww, thank you, Beth. I love Nick too. In fact, he plays a part in book 3, which I'm writing now. At the moment he's in trouble. Enjoy the rest of Rancher!Delete
I can't wait to read this!! It's one of my rewards as soon as I turn in my next book. Woohoo!!ReplyDelete
And you deserve a reward! Good luck with the new book.Delete
Congratulations, Leigh! I've loved Harry Connick, Jr. from the days of HOPE FLOATS. So love cowboy stories, though I was born in the heart of an industrial city. Love the sounds of your characters. If I ever get my book finished, I'm diving into all our HH books that sound so intriguing! Happy Weekend, everybody.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Muriel. I know. Harry's yummy. And so cool. My TBR pile is growing. I need to carve out some reading time!Delete
Greetings from St. Lucia. Better late than never. I soo look forward to reading your book! Congratulations and best wishes!ReplyDelete
Oh, Kate, you know I am envious. St. Lucia! Have a great time. Thanks for the good wishes!ReplyDelete
We're at a spectacular resort and the food is incomparable! :-DDelete
Congratulations, Leigh! I can't wait to read this one. I love to use Pinterest for my characters and setting. Of course, we must be disciplined with our time. :) Sorry I'm late. For some reason, I'm no longer receiving posts in my email. :(ReplyDelete
Jill, that's so true! It's easy to get, um, stuck on Pinterest, look up, and two hours have passed. Still. A very useful tool and such fun. Hope you enjoy the book.ReplyDelete