With movies hitting the big screen this summer such as Cowboys and Aliens (come on, Daniel Craig in chaps, who really cares if the movie sucks, I’ll be there!) and last years, True Grit. Will their success transpose over into books and readers? We’re told the hot new genre will be the comeback of Western in fiction. Head ’em up! Move ’em out.
Living in Washington state we have lots of cowboys, you say, “huh?” but as soon as you get over to the other side of the state and hit the desert of Eastern WA, the belt buckles widen and the country music blares. I think cowboys are always good, right?
But what about Historical Romances Western in books? Will this new trend be the ‘traditional’ Western, or something new?
My two new releases are not what you would call a tradition western. They take place in Seattle in 1898, during the Klondike Gold Rush. With Rush of Love I got the idea watching a History Channel show on ghosts. Underground Seattle is the ‘old part’ of Seattle that they rebuilt on top of after the great fire of 1889. Supposedly it is haunted by a young man who they think had his fortune stolen after hitting a big gold find. Watch the Book Trailer!
Well, a ghost wasn’t going to work for my plot (though ghosts are sexy) so I made it a young man who makes a few bad decisions and loses his wealth… but does he gain love in return?
The second in the series, Fields of Gold is based in the same time with a photo of my husband’s Great Grandfather who owned a Seattle mercantile on the cover. It has been a fun experience. The research has been equally fun. I went to the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle and picked the rangers brains. I was told a big gold pay out in 1898 was $20,000. Can you imagine! That would be millions in today’s rates. That was a lot of money, no wonder they all headed to Alaska.
There are so many avenues for that time frame to branch out from the norm for westerns. Deborah Schneider book is a great example as her heroine a in Willow Creek, Montana is determined to keep a deathbed promise to her husband and do something to help other people.
I’ve never written to the market, I write what story ideas come to me, but. Lordy, I’m gosh darn happy the Westerns are making a comeback!
Read the adventures of Samuel and Theodore Cooper in Rush of Love and Fields of Gold available now.
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The book trailer for Rush of Love and Fields of Gold.
If you enjoy Rush of Love and Fields of Gold, check out my other stories Kilt by Love (a novel) and short stories-The Duke and the Lost Night, Cupcakes and Cupids, All I want for Christmas is You, Auld Lang SIgh, Valentine Encounter & Do You hear what I Hear available at Books to Go Now.