Good morning and thank you for inviting me to your blog today. It’s a pleasure to be here to discuss the inspiration for the heroines in the Lucky series. Getting Lucky, the final book in the trilogy hit the book shelves January 1. Lucky in Love was published in September and One Lucky Cowboy in November. Each sassy heroine was a delight to get to know and write about.
Who was the inspiration for the heroines? That question that comes up often when folks talk about my writing. Who inspired this or that character? Especially heroes and heroines. It always amazes me when fans ask how I knew their best friend, their boy friend or the sorry sucker who broke their heart. Sometimes they argue with me when I point to that page that says all characters are figments of my overactive imagination. They couldn’t be fictional characters because other than the name being changed to protect the guilty, they were exact matches to their acquaintances. It makes my day when they tell me that!
My heroines are inspired by women who are tough; those who overcome all the hurdles that life puts in front of them and cross the finish line with energy to spare. They are those who come to the end of their life and slide into heaven yelling for someone to open the gates and talking about what a wonderful ride they’ve had through life’s experiences. Those who grab the bull by the horns, look him right smack in the little beady eyes and dare him to charge. And who don’t run away from him when he does.
I’ve had the privilege of many strong women among my family and friends beginning with my grandmother, Bessie, who was blind but didn’t let that get the way of living. She picked cotton, raised six kids and later helped raise three of us grandchildren, cooked, canned in the summer time, did her own laundry and housecleaning and kept us all in line. When I was eighteen someone mentioned my grandmother’s handicap and I was ready to mop up the streets of
with their sorry hind end for saying that about my granny. She was not handicapped! I’m sure she slid right through heaven’s gates with a smile on her face! She might be the one who inspired Alvera in Getting Lucky. Tishomingo, Oklahoma
And my mother, Gina, who raised three children back in the fifties and sixties. In those days it wasn’t as easy or as socially accepted as it is today to be a single parent. But dear hearts, she would have spit in Lucifer’s eye if he’d have crossed one of her kids. That’s an inspiration. She faced the bull and he turned tail and ran from her. And her sister, my Aunt Mil ― the two of them probably had a lot to do with Nellie and Ellen in One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky.
My sister, Patti, who is a continual inspiration. She’s truly the wind beneath my wings. I’d say more about her but she’s my also my best friend and if I told all the reasons she’s my inspiration I’d be sliding into heaven’s doors a lot sooner than I’d planned. I still have a few more stories to tell so I’ll let it go by saying that together we have jumped hurdles so high that we couldn’t see over them. Sometimes I stood on her shoulders to get over the blasted things; other times she’s stood on mine. Her brassy attitude can easily be found in Jane in One Lucky Cowboy. She wouldn’t only face the bull, she’d spit in his eye.
My daughters, Amy and Ginny, went swimming in their strong ancestors’ gene pools. They are both mouthy, sassy and don’t take guff from anyone. Bless their hearts, they are an inspiration and their attitudes shine in my heroines pretty often. Combine the two of them and you have some of Julie in Getting Lucky.
Then there are those wonderfully brave women, both past and present, who continually blaze pathways for the rest of us to follow. Politicians, soldiers, doctors, nurses, cowgirls … the list doesn’t stop but continues to grow.
They are all inspirations for Julie in Getting Lucky, Milli in Lucky in Love and Jane in One Lucky Cowboy.
Tell me, who’s been an inspiration in your life? If you wrote a romance book with a sassy heroine who spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to stand up and fight for what she loved, who would inspire that character?
GETTING LUCKY BY CAROLYN BROWN—IN STORES JANUARY 2010
Single mom Julie Donavan is looking for a place to start over. What she finds after buying a small house on five acres is nothing short of a nightmare.
Single dad "Lucky Griffin" Luckadeau has been crossing horns with his elderly neighbor for years. But when his daughter, Annie, decides she wants the new little girl who lives on the feuding property to be her friend, or better yet her sister, the sparks fly.
These two stubborn hotheads, who irritate each other beyond endurance, refuse to admit that it's fate that brought them together. And running from the inevitable is only going to bring a double dose of misery…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carolyn Brown, an award-winning author who has published 36 romance novels for the library market, credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She was born in
Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, now make their home in the town of Davis, . They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Oklahoma
Thanks Carolyn for taking time to guest at my spot. I love the series and am excited that Source books is sponsoring a give away, all three titles (Lucky in Love, One Lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky) to one winner! USA and Canada Only.
To enter, you must leave a comment with a valid email AND answer Carolyn's question in red above.
Winner will be announced on January 18th.