June 19, 2012

Interview with Lynn Cahoon


Bull Rider's Brother.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER is a series contemporary romance. It's been called a modern western – but I think of it as a book about home.
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's world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Do things outside of writing. I just went to Cincinnati with my husband for a baseball weekend. We laughed, talked, and he listened while I plotted through the new book in my minimalist way. And when I left, I knew what the story was about. Finally.
But I have to say being part of a writing community is important as well. People to cheer you, critique your work, and pass on opportunities are vital. I love my RWA chapter, MORWA. I think being part of your community marks you as a professional.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
How long do we have? Okay, I won't talk about the running screaming from the first husband, or taking the plunge to do something crazy rather than always taking the safe road.
Or maybe that's the answer. I'd tell my teenage self to pack up your car the minute you graduate and head to California to live with your big sister until you get a job or get into college. Then, get your advance degree first, before having a child or getting married.
So in other words, put yourself first for once, especially when it matters.
Is your muse demanding?
My muse isn't demanding, she lets me get away with murder most of the time. I can push off writing without repercussion. The problem occurs when the story's not working. I got about 10,000 words into my most recent WIP and knew it wasn't right. Something was missing. Since I'm not a plotter, I had to go back and figure out what in the goals and motivations was hanging me up.
Once I found it, I rewrote most of that story in my head before I went to sleep that night. The next day, I was at the computer bright and early and pounded out the words.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
I'm a true believer in goal setting, time management, and baby steps. When you look at the enormity of writing a book, the number of words and scenes, it can over whelm even the most confident author. So I set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. I just reviewed 2012 and planned out my intended writing projects for the rest of the year.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
The first book I wrote (and finished) was a romance about a training designer. I've worked in training for over ten years with a state agency so the material was easy to access. I knew Melinda and her daily routine. But Melinda got to develop and implement training for a corporate accounting software division. I got to write about welfare rules and regulations.
I'm thinking my stint waiting tables during my divorce for food money may make it into a book or a story.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
I'd love to live in Seattle. A small condo near the center of the city. If I had a yard, the maintenance is part of the rent or condo fees. I like the energy of the city. I used to think NYC – but money would really have to be not an object to live where I want to around 72nd street.
What song would best describe your life?
Rodney Atkins, If you're going through Hell – It's a country song (naturally) and came out just about the time I was doing chemo. I remember crossing the Mississippi river on my way to get a shot to build up my blood count, the song came on, and I just bawled. And then I followed the advice. I didn't look back, I just kept going.
Funny, the big decisions of my life all have a soundtrack. My divorce? Please Remember Me by Tim McGraw.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I'd be a country craft store. I loved quilts and yarn and projects and antiques. That's me.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything but olives.
I'm always ready for talking about books.
When I'm alone, I try to get a lot done.
You'd never be able to tell, but I was a flag corp member in high school.
If I had a halo it would be lopsided.
If I could go to school forever, I'd be happy.
I can never run for office because I can't work a crowd like the professionals.

My Booklist

The Bull Rider's Brother (June 2012 Crimson Romance)

Books Coming Soon

A Member of the Council (November 2012 Lyrical Press)

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BLURB- THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER

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's world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.

EXCERPT

Lynn Cahoon
"All the better." James slid an arm down her legs and swung her into his arms. He kissed her soft and slow. "Ready for this?" He waited for her answer before he took the next step on the stairs.
"This doesn't mean anything." Lizzie leaned into him placing her hand on his chest, drinking in his smell. Sweat, salt, and a hint of Stetson, memories clawed up to the surface wanting to overwhelm her. "It's just sex."
"I don't know what you've been doing the last six years, but sex means something to me." He stopped again on the stairs and waited for her to lift her eyes to his. "And don't call it sex, Liz, we're making love. Don't you remember?"
Reviews:
"Lynn Cahoon hits the mark with her debut novel, THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER. Smart, sassy, and oh so romantic, James and Lizzie's story makes you want to fall in love all over again." ~Laura Bradford award winning romance author of MIRACLE BABY and HEARSE AND BUGGY.
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"A contemporary Western Romance that rings true to the West, celebrates the cowboy, and honors the women who put up with them." Megan Kelly, award winning author of SANTA DEAR.
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"THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER is a great, emotional read filled with memorable characters you won't soon forget." Hope Ramsay, Author of LAST CHANCE BEAUTY QUEEN.

9 comments:

  1. I love your lopsided halo. Good luck with your books.

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  2. Thanks for stopping in Julie! I've been stuck at work today.

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  3. Great excerpt, Lynn! Love your advice, tooo, just gave my niece - who has been offered a job teaching n France - to go for it now...because she won't always be able to.

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  4. Kristina - Thanks for stopping in. I think you want to be smart as a kid - but you really should just be brave. I hope she takes your advice!

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  5. NYC? Not me! LOL Gotta be close to my horses and dogs!

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  6. The edge of Seattle you could have your horses. LOL

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  7. Dropping by to say hi!!! So you're lonely no longer. :)

    Smiles,
    Rionna

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  8. Thanks Rionna - I'm one of those you can't leave alone...or I get into trouble. Kind of like my Jesse.

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  9. I totally relate to the chocolate portion of this interview. ^_^

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