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It’s been a while since we last had the privilege of visiting with Margaret Brownley! Her newest novel, Cowboy Charm School, is the first of her new Haywire Brides series. (I’ll share my thoughts on the story on Wednesday.) I’m excited to have Margaret back to visit with us today! Before we begin, let’s take a quick peek at the back cover.
Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing…only to find he has the wrong man.
STOP THAT WEDDING!
Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé’s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett’s desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls…and the more he yearns to prove that he’s her true match in every way.
Welcome back, Margaret! What inspired you to write the Haywire Brides series or this novel in particular?
Book ideas generally come to me in scenes. I’ll suddenly visualize someone atop a runaway stagecoach, scrambling over a roof or running from a 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!”
It took a while to figure out who the stranger was and why he wanted to stop the wedding.
There are so many different ways that story could have unfolded! Do you have a favorite character from Cowboy Charm School? Why is this character your favorite?
I really enjoyed writing the heroine, Kate Denver. She owns a candy shop and I love that she’s not just selling sweets, she sends each of her customers out the door with something to smile about. She’s also an animal lover and will go to any lengths to save one in distress.
And the way she handles the bullies… Yes! Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
The heroine is a candy-maker and there’s a scene in the book where she needs to tie up the bad guy, but all she has are ribbons of soft taffy. Since I didn’t know if taffy worked as a rope, I invited a friend over to experiment. It took awhile for the taffy to harden enough to hold her, so this told me the bad guy had better be unconscious during the drying time. When it hardened, I had my friend struggle to free herself. The taffy broke into pieces and we ended up with a big mess, but it was fun.
Oh, I can just imagine the laughter that would have induced! After publishing more than forty-five books, would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write and publish over the years?
It’s not gotten any easier, but the challenges have changed. The biggest challenge is keeping stories fresh while still giving readers what they expect from one of my books. Some days it feels like it would be easier to climb Mount Everest.
It may seem overwhelming, but you do such a fabulous job! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
It’s a family joke that every summer, just as the temperature reaches three digits, Mom is hard at work on a Christmas story. It never fails. I’m now finishing A Love Letter to St. Nick for a collection. I’m also working on book three in my Haywire Brides series.
That sounds like perfect timing to me. 🙂 Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
I recently came across a quote by Ram Dass that touched my heart. “We’re all just walking each other home.”
That quote reminded me that we’re all on the same road and the only way we can get where we’re going is to reach out to each other.
It’s so important to encourage one another along the way. Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Margaret!
Your turn! Kate (from Cowboy Charm School) owns a candy shop. What is your favorite kind of candy?
More about Margaret:
New York Times bestselling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She’s a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is also a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award.
Her story, A Pony Express Christmas, will appear this fall in the Old West Christmas Brides collection, and The Cowboy Meets His Match, book two of her Haywire Brides series, will be published May 2019. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
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Cowboy Charm School Giveaway:
Margaret has generously offered to give away a paperback or e-copy of Cowboy Charm School (winner’s choice). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.