Good morning, Word Wranglers! Joining us today, chatting about books
but more importantly and cowboys is USA Today Best Selling author Linda Broday! Welcome, Linda, let's chat!
D'Ann: You write cowboys. What draws you to them?
Linda: Ha! What I like about cowboys could fill a whole volume. But to keep it short, cowboys represent honor, respect for others, love for animals and the land, and the code they live by. They seem to know the secret of life and there’s something very striking about them from the way they carry themselves (that slow sexy amble) to the way they talk. Here in West Texas real cowboys are everywhere. I certainly don’t mind when they smile that crooked little grin, tip their hat and call me ma’am.
D'Ann: Who is your favorite cowboy, living or fictional?
Linda: My favorite fictional cowboy is Johnny Diamond in my story Trouble in Petticoats in the GIVE ME A TEXAS OUTLAW anthology. Johnny is the complete package. He’s fearless and tough yet gentle and caring. Plus being tall and sexy as all get out didn’t hurt a bit.
As for a favorite living cowboy I’d have to say Sam Elliott. Now there’s a man who can still make my heart sit up and say “Howdy.”
D'Ann: Do you live on a farm or ranch? Ride? Shoot?
Linda: Can you believe that I’m a city girl? No ranch or farm to my name. I’ve only been on a horse a couple of times and the only thing I shoot are rubber bands. *sigh* I wouldn’t have made a very good cowgirl I’m afraid. Still, it sure is nice to dream!
D'Ann: If you could flash back into the old west, who would you like to spend a week with?
Linda: I think I’d choose Annie Oakley to hang out with. She was an interesting woman who lived life as she wanted and didn’t apologize. And she seemed to have a lot of fun with whatever she did. She sure got noticed. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love to tour the country with Bill Cody and his Wild West Show. That must’ve been exciting.
D'Ann: What childhood book sticks with you to this day?
Linda: I think that would have to be Cinderella. I love that story. She went from rags to riches and earned every bit of joy that came her way. Plus, she got the handsome Prince, the glass slippers, and lived happily every after.
D'Ann: What contemporary authors do you read?
Linda: Jodi Thomas, Sharon Sala, Kat Martin, Helen R. Myers, Charlene Sands, and Debbie Macomber to name a few.
D'Ann: How does a story idea come to you?
Linda: More often than not, story ideas come from the blue when I’m least expecting it. Sometimes they’re from the line of a song, a movie, a snippet of conversation, a commercial, and even in dreams. I love it.
D'Ann: What’s the best thing about being a writer, for you?
Linda: That I get to do what I love and get paid for it. That I get to meet so many interesting people both online and in person. But the main thing is that I love being able to create something from a spark of an idea and turn it into a story that can touch someone or make them look at something in a whole different way.
D'Ann: What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Linda: Never ever give up. I had enough rejection letters to wallpaper my office but I never quit. I just kept honing my craft and tightening my stories until I finally sold. The key to becoming a published writer is perseverance. That’s it plain and simple.
D'Ann: Do you have any thoughts for the aspiring writer?
Linda: Who doesn’t dream of fame and fortune? The sad fact is that most writers will never make a whole lot of money. If you’re writing because you think you’ll get rich, you need to stop now.
Join writing groups and learn how to improve the way you write. I honestly don’t think I’d be a published author today if I hadn’t joined Romance Writers of America and my local writing chapter. They’ve provided invaluable help. Another big thing I think is to find the joy and hang onto it. If you don’t love what you’re doing you’ll most likely never sell anything.
About Linda Broday
I consider myself a “writer in training.” I have been my whole life and it started with reading. Many nights, long after the house grew dark and everyone else was asleep, I would lie beneath the covers and read by flashlight until I either reached the end of the book or my eyes got too heavy to see the words. Although I now reside in West Texas, I grew up in New Mexico where I discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate me. There’s something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get me fired up! I guess that’s some of the thousand reasons why I write western romance.
I am a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. I have won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and am a three-time winner of the Texas Gold Award.
Published novels: Knight on the Texas Plains, The Cowboy Who Came Calling, Redemption
E-Books: The Cowboy Who Came Calling and Redemption
Anthologies: “Give Me a Texan,” “Give Me a Cowboy,” “Give Me a Texas Ranger,” “Give Me a Texas Outlaw,” “A Texas Christmas,” and “Be My Texas Valentine – Kensington Publishing, features stories by Linda, Jodi Thomas, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace
Visit me at: www.LindaBroday.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/linda.broday1
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/lbroday