Rodeo weekend is the start of the summer for the entire town of
Shawnee, . On a girl's night out, Lizzie Hudson finds herself comparing her life as a single mom with her best friend's successful career when James Sullivan, the cowboy who got away, walks his Justin Ropers back into her life. Seeing him shakes Lizzie's world but James is in for an even more eventful weekend, learning he has a son. James has enough on his plate trying to manage his brother's bull riding career. Idaho
Welcome Lynn. Thanks for taking this time so we can find out a little about you. I'm so happy for this opportunity. How did you start writing?
I started writing while my marriage of eighteen years was falling apart. In my stories, I was able to deal with the emotions that weren’t allowed to be shown at home and by writing, I gained my strength back. After the divorce, I kept writing, but thought of it as a hobby, something that was fun. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, I realized if my time here was to be short, I wanted to spend it writing my stories.
I sold two essays that year.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Anywhere I haven’t been – and some places again. I really want to go to
– one of the places I’ve never been. I keep track of the number of states I’ve been to – now I’m up to 30 – My husband and I went to Hawaii over the Memorial Day weekend. Ohio
Why? I love being in a new place, imagining what my life would be like if I lived there. When I went to NYC for RWA Nat’ls last year, my friend’s aunt lent us her apartment. While we were walking down
Columbus Avenue, I found a street vendor selling books. Of course we had to stop. J I found a copy of Illusions by Richard Bach. I loved this book growing up and had lost my copy. It felt like a sign. When I opened the book and found the dedication inside, I knew someday I’d write a story about the man who gave this book to his love, lost her, and, how they found each other, years later. The unwritten story is still nagging me, wanting to be written.
Tell us about your current release.
The Bull Rider’s Brother came out of one of those weekend trips I love to take. While my date and I were in
for the rodeo and the party – I started thinking about the people who lived there and their lives when the party ended. So when I wanted to write a story set in my home state, the small town set in the mountains immediately popped into my head, and, the fictional town of Riggins, Idaho was born. Shawnee
I grew up in a small farming town. Kids in small towns want one thing. To get out. The four friends featured in The Bull Rider’s Brother weren’t any different. Only one, Lizzie Hudson, didn’t get to live her dreams of being a journalist. Instead, she’d become a single mom scrimping by to raise her son alone. When the rodeo comes to town at the beginning of the book, it brings a few surprises for all of the characters.
The sequel, The Bull Rider’s Manager, focuses on Lizzie’s best friend, Barb Carico. Crimson Romance is releasing this book in late November.
Who has been instrumental in your writing career?
I was fortunate a few years ago to meet a very talented and giving author, Laura Bradford. When I first moved to the
St. Louis area, she’d just released her first book and had a big write up in the regional newspaper. I kept the article, as motivation that maybe someday that I would be an author. When I won a prize on a group blog Laura participated in, she offered to meet me for lunch. And she kept meeting me, even though I probably scared her by listing off my five different manuscripts I’d started and never finished.
I was a four chapter wonder.
Laura pushed me to finish something, and helped me focus on a project. She suggested I join RWA and even attended a few meetings with me before she left town and got married. (Romance writers, what are you going to do? – grin)
Joining a chapter (Shout out to MoRWA) and meeting people who were generous with their time and suggestions gave me the confidence I needed to try new things. Which led to my submitting to Crimson Romance and my becoming an author.
So can I combine two questions and talk about my favorite television show as a child?
Dark Shadows. I loved the suspense, the cliff hangers, and the ongoing story. I loved Barnabas Collins, my first wounded hero. I would fly off the school bus, run up the porch stairs, and, plop in front of the television. If a commercial was running, my mom would catch me up on what I’d missed. Dark Shadows was our bonding time. Other mothers and daughters baked cookies after school, we watched vampires.
And the follow up question to that – Beatles or Monkees?
Davey Jones, swoon. Monkees were my favorite group. Until the Partridge Family, of course. And I’ll never believe the rumors between Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. Yuck.
What kind of a writer are you?
Determined, focused, sometimes too much so. I’m great at planning. But sometimes, I have to remind myself of my two mantra’s – Do The Work (100-500-1000 words a day adds up – IF and only if it’s every day) and Baby Steps (No one is really an overnight success.)
Okay, three mantra’s. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – And It’s All Small Stuff. Having cancer teaches you that more than anything. I used to read up on my treatment – but I could only go as far as the next step before I’d start freaking out. Keep things in perspective, you’ll be a lot happier.
Which leads us to the last question…
What makes you happy?
Hearing my husband’s voice on the phone during the day job. Curling up with my evil Pomeranian at night when we go to bed and he becomes sweet. Reading something I wrote that I love, (like the happy ever after scene in The Bull Rider’s Brother.) Flying into
Boise or Seattle and knowing I’m coming home. Cooking and baking. I love trying a new recipe and having it turn out perfectly. Or even totally flopping, as long as I know what I did wrong (like the time I made Eggs Benedict and my hollandaise sauce curdled because I let the eggs cook too long without stirring.)
So honestly, just about anything.
Thanks so much for having me here.
Growing up in the middle of cowboy country, Lynn Cahoon was destined to fall in love with a tall, cool glass of water. Now, she enjoys writing about small town
America, the cowboys who ride the range, and the women who love them.
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