Fleeing her latest love-life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown's transition to rural living isn't going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a farm-but without the constant help of her charming, sexy cowboy neighbor, she'd never make it through her first Wyoming season.
But he could sure keep you warm at night, too...
Handsome rancher Luke Rawlins is impressed by this sassy, independent city girl. But he yearns to do more than help Libby out with her ranch. He's ready for love, and he wants to go the distance...
Then the two get embroiled in their tiny town's one and only crime story, and Libby discovers that their sizzling hot attraction is going to complicate her life in every way possible...
Hi Joanne! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Thanks so much for having me!
- Can you tell us what inspired you to write Cowboy Trouble?
First of all, I was inspired by
and the West. Since I grew up in Wyoming New England, I felt like I’d come to an alien planet when I first moved out here. At one point in the book, my heroine says that seeing real cowboys in boots and chaps is “like moving to and finding your neighbors decked out in Lederhosen.” That’s exactly how I felt. But I also fell in love with the wide-open spaces and the quirky individuality of the people out here. Austria
Speaking of falling in love, I was also inspired by my own story. Like Libby, I met an irresistible stranger at the very moment I decided to swear off men forever. Since then, all my stories illustrate the point that no matter what’s happened in your past, love is always a risk worth taking.
- When did you write the book and how much research went into it?
Cowboy Trouble is the first book I ever wrote. I finished it almost five years ago, but everyone told me Westerns were out of style, so I put it away after a few rejections and wrote some other manuscripts. Then my agent found out Sourcebooks was looking for Western romances, and here we are! Cowboy Trouble is truly the book of my heart, and I’m so glad it made it to the bookshelves.
As far as research goes, everything I do is research. A stop at a bar on a road trip led to the Roundup. (All the guys at the bar really were named Mike.) Seeing beat-up piebald pickups parked at rodeos and ranches inspired Luke’s truck. The idea for Crazy Mike’s muskrats was sparked by a flea-market display, and Libby’s dogs are sitting beside me as I write this!
I love exploring the West, and writing gives me a great excuse to take road trips off into the hinterlands. Looking at everything as a potential story element makes the world a fascinating place, because small towns and barren landscapes that might bore other people become potential settings. I find myself imagining what it would be like to live there. What kind of people would my neighbors be? How would I make a living? What might be dangerous or difficult about living there? I talk to waitresses and shopkeepers, gas station attendants and strangers in bars. Everybody has a story.
- Which writers have influenced you the most?
That’s a tough one. As a bookseller, I probably approached writing a novel a little differently. I talk to a lot of readers, and I see what they enjoy and why, so lots of different writers have influenced me. I wanted to create a quick, fun read, so even though their stories are nothing like mine, I used short chapters like James Patterson and a clear, no-frills writing style like Jonathan Kellerman. Then I added zany humor in the style of
Janet Evanovich, who is probably my favorite writer these days. In romance, I love, love, love Linda Lael Miller’s cowboys. I also love the way Susan Elizabeth Phillips addresses serious emotions with humor, and I admire Carolyn Brown’s Lucky series for its smart, snappy wit. I also enjoy light, humorous contemporary romances; a few recent favorites are Christie Craig, Elaine Fox, and Rachel Gibson.
- What book is currently on your nightstand?
I’m reading Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick. It’s a very funny and quirky paranormal mystery that involves Mafia hitmen, tough city cops, and a terrific heroine—and who could resist that title? And I just finished I’m With Stupid by Elaine Szewczyk, which is an anti-romance where the heroine is desperately trying to shed her clueless boyfriend. Very edgy and funny.
- Is there anything about Luke or Libby that only you know? (That isn’t discussed in Cowboy Trouble)?
· Libby loves chocolate-covered pretzels and Cracker Jacks.
· She tells everyone her favorite TV shows are Burn Notice and Lost, but she’s secretly addicted to Survivor.
· Luke was an Eagle Scout.
· Penny never really gets over her little problem of peeing when she’s excited.
· That guy Libby dated before Luke? The one who was such a jerk? I dated him, too. (I think maybe we all did!)
· There’s more about Luke, but I don’t kiss and tell…
- Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know? Are you currently working on another novel?
First of all, I just want to thank readers for sharing my world. Characters aren’t truly alive until they inhabit the minds of readers, and Luke and Libby thank you, too.
And I hope you’ll also like meeting Charlie and Nat!. Their story, One Fine Cowboy, will be released September 7th. Charlie Banks is a grad student from
New Jersey who goes to a horse training clinic in to study non-verbal communication. She’s an animal rights activist who thinks cowboys are animal abusers, but the man she finds at Latigo Ranch proves her wrong—and boy, does he ever excel at non-verbal communication! Wyoming
Thanks again for stopping by Wendy's Minding Spot!
You’re very welcome! I love this blog; it’s so clear that you have a passion for books and reading, and you’ve found a great way to share it with people. Thanks for giving me a chance to connect with your readers!
COWBOY TROUBLE by JOANNE KENNEDY—IN STORES MARCH 2010
Fleeing her latest love life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown's transition to rural living isn't going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a chicken farm—but without the constant help of her charming, sexy, cowboy neighbor; she'd never have made it through her first
Handsome rancher Luke Rawlins is impressed by this sassy, independent city girl. But he yearns to do more than help Libby out with her ranch…he's ready for love, and he wants to go the distance. When the two get embroiled in their tiny town's one and only crime story, Libby discovers that their sizzling hot attraction is going to complicate her life in every way possible…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joanne Kennedy has worked in bookstores all her life in positions ranging from bookseller to buyer. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and won first place in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest and second place in the Heart of the
Rockies contest in 2007. Joanne lives and writes in . For more information please visit http://kennedysmyth.com/ and http://www.cowboytrouble.com/. Cheyenne, Wyoming
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