Can you believe we are closing in on the middle of September already? Time sure flies and here we are with another author for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have the wonderful Lynn Cahoon visiting and during our interview I discovered Lynn and I have a lot in common.
Today she’s here to share some fun tidbits about herself and her latest release from Crimson Romance titled The Bull Rider’s Brother. I know that title already has me curious!
And to top it off, Lynn is giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter 🙂
So, without further ado…let’s get started 🙂 Hi Lynn, I’m so glad you’re here today. Please tell us a little bit about you the person and not the author.
I’d like to say I’m a renaissance woman. I’ve done a lot of different jobs and had a lot of different hobbies in my lifetime. I like change and adventure. I worked for twenty years for the state in a social service program. Then when I divorced, I changed everything, including my address, moved 1600 miles away to the next state in line alphabetically, and started a new career with a private leasing company working in their license and title department. I’d still love to go back to school and get a new degree and start all over again.
After moving, I found out I had breast cancer. 2007 was the year of cancer, filled with diagnosis, treatment, and a lot of sleep. I came to the decision that if I really wanted this writing thing to be more than a dream, it was time to put in the work. I sold two essays that year and haven’t looked back.
You sound a little like me Lynn. I like change as well and every so often shake things up. So glad you beat breast cancer, and happier still you didn’t let it deter you from pursuing your writing! What’s a talent you wish you had, but don’t?
I wish I could play the piano. Or dance. Or both. 🙂 I think it’s a bit too late to start ballet lessons, but the piano might be doable.
Definitely doable 🙂 My daughter plays beautifully and tried to teach me, but it was a no go…but I used to dance while she played (much to her annoyance)! Lol What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Green peppers and onions. I like the ham when it’s really crispy, but honestly, add mushrooms to the peppers and onions, I’d be a happy camper.
Sounds good to me! What genre (s) do you write?
Paranormal contemporary romance, small town contemporary romance, and cozy mysteries, although I have only sold in the first two categories. Hope springs eternal though.
Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, or night?
Morning. My muse likes me half asleep – my inner critic can’t argue with her then. But if I’m not meeting word count goal, I’ll work in the evening too. I’m still in a day job so afternoons are for weekends. And I like my sleep so I’m much more likely to get up early to finish a project, than stay up later than my normal bedtime.
Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things. Amazing salmon fishing and the first local rodeo of the summer. For four friends, growing up in Shawnee meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been granted for all but one. What happens when they all get together again changes five lives.
When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo weekend and learns that his high school sweetheart had his child – six years ago – Lizzie Hudson’s world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.
What character in The Bull Rider’s Brother did you have the most fun writing and why?
Definitely JR. At five (almost six) he gets away with telling people the truth without consequences. And he tells it like he sees it, much to his mother’s dismay at times. As someone who grew up without a father in her life, I love JR’s quest for a complete family.
Tell us 3 things you like most about your hero?
James is loyal. Of course this loyalty is a two edged sword for him and those who love him. He’s determined to do the right thing, even when he doesn’t know what that is. And he’s willing to take a chance.
Lizzie loves her kid, first and foremost, it’s always about JR. She’s committed to do the right thing, even when the wrong one would be so much easier. And she’s in love with real love.
What’s the first line in your book?
Cowboys aren’t easy to love—but they sure are easy on the eyes.
Yes, sweetheart. You’re going to be part of this crazy life. Just wait. The future has lots of surprises for us all.
Oooh, I love both of those. Please share an excerpt from The Bull Rider’s Brother.
“I‘ll be there in a minute.” James knelt down next to the kid. He had a new straw hat. Staring at the sheep, James picked up a piece of straw and put it in his mouth like a toothpick.
The kid watched James and mirrored his actions. He, too, picked up a piece of straw and started chewing.
James grinned. “You riding tonight?”
“Yep. Gramps bought me a new hat. He says I‘m big enough.”
“I rode at your age.” James laid his arms on the rails of the pen.
“You did?” The boy cast a glance downward and away, kicking the dirt with his toe before he asked, “Were you scared?”
“Heck, yeah. I worried I‘d fall. Then I was scared I‘d make a fool of myself and bawl my eyes out.” James peered at the barn toward where his brother stood talking to group of men. “I didn‘t want my brother to tease me.”
“My mom doesn‘t know. Gramps said it was our secret.” The kid bent his head towards one of the men talking to Jesse. “Do you think it‘s okay to have a secret from your mom?”
“As long as it‘s a good secret. Is she coming to the rodeo? Will she be here to watch you?”
“Yep. Gramps says she‘ll shit a brick when she sees me.” The boy grinned.
“She probably will.” James laughed and held out his hand. “I‘m James.”
“I‘m JR.” The boy shook his hand, stood up from his crouch and headed toward the men near Jesse. Turning around, he called, “Are you going to the parade?”
“Wouldn‘t miss it.”
“I‘ll see you then. They throw lots of candy and you even get an ice cream cone at the end.” He waved and took off at a run. When he reached the crowd around Jesse, he grabbed an older man by the knees.
Now that’s love.
I love coming up with character names…how did you choose yours?
This story is about the next book, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER. In THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER, we meet Barb Carico, former rodeo queen and Lizzie’s best friend. In THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER, Barb finds herself on the other side of a wild night in Vegas married to the potential sponsor she was supposed to be wining and dining. The sponsor started out named Ken Forest, marketing director of Forest Dairy – a family owned dairy business. I loved his name, for 10,000 words when I finally typed Ken and Barbie…
He became Hunter Grey, not long after that… but then you think of Grey Cheese? UGH. Finally, the hero became Hunter Martin. Which I’m happy with, but I haven’t heard the last word from my editor. LOL
LOL…great story! What’s the best part of the writing process for you?
The plotting process when I’m thinking about what’s going on with my characters. I don’t do a lot of paper plotting, but I carry the scene around in my head, turning it back and forth until it feels just right. Then I’m butt in chair.
The problem is when a scene or a motivation isn’t working? My writing time is painful. And when I’m eeking out words, that’s when I know something is wrong.
I’m in the midst of eek mode right now, so I know your pain. Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? 🙂
I’m working on a novella for a Valentine’s Day call out. I had a short, short that I’m expanding to fit this call out. It’s a mash up of Christmas songs and Valentines, and I love my characters.
And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Contact me at my website: www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
Or FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor
Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER is available on Amazon, BN, iTunes, and other fine digital cyber stores everywhere. Or http://www.amazon.com/The-Bull-Riders-Brother-ebook/dp/B008195C2I
Thank you again Lynn for joining me on What to Read Wednesday 🙂
And please don’t forget to comment to be entered into the drawing for the $5 Amazon Gift Certificate 🙂