I’m excited about the publication of my book
Cowboy Charm School.
It’s been in the works for a long time. I played around with
the concept for more than five years before I actually got around to writing it.
Book ideas generally come to me in scenes. I’ll suddenly
visualize someone atop a runaway stagecoach, scrambling over a roof, or running
burning building and then have to figure out who, what, and why.
The scene that popped into my head for
Cowboy Charm School was a bride and groom
standing at the altar about to say, “I do.” Suddenly, a tall, handsome stranger
runs into the
church yelling, “Stop the wedding!”
I finally figured out that the stranger is Texas Ranger Brett
Tucker, who thinks he’s saving the bride from marrying an outlaw. He’s mistaken,
but his accusations cause the bride and groom to break up. Feeling terrible for
done, Brett decides to work to bring the estranged couple back together again.
God knows he means well. But as the old western saying
goes: When buying a horse, don’t consult a pedestrian; when courting a woman,
don’t ask the
advice of a bachelor.
It’s advice that the hapless groom soon wishes he’d taken.
For not only is Brett a confirmed bachelor, his well-meaning advice backfires
in more ways
The book was a lot of fun to write for several reasons. I
really loved working with the characters. Brett’s overdeveloped sense of honor
kind, compassionate nature, make these two among my favorite protagonists.
There was another enjoyable aspect to writing the book.
Kate owns and operates a candy shop, and this gave me an opportunity to include
all kinds of
interesting tidbits about all things sweet.
For example, did you know that marshmallows originally
grew on trees? It was the French who came up with a way to replace the sweet
sap from the
mallow tree with gelatin.
I do hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed
writing it. Before I go, my candy-making heroine asked that I leave you with one
thought; Let’s all work together to save the earth. It is, after all, the only
planet with chocolate.
Until next time,
Question for Readers: What is the best or worst advice you were ever given?
New York Times bestselling author MARGARET
BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She's a two-time
Romance Writers of America RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She
is also a
recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award. Not bad for someone who
flunked eighth-grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Where readers can find Margaret on the Internet?
12 comments posted.
My best advice came from my parents. Go to college. I had originally wanted to do something differently. Thank goodness I listened to them.
(Anna Speed 3:26am September 8)