Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Where's the baby?
A few years ago, my friend and fellow author Mary Connealy and I had a chat about stories that have babies in them. She was writing a story that had a baby, and she said the hardest thing was remembering that the baby always has to be somewhere!
I remembered this last year as I was writing my novella The Trail Boss's Bride. I love this story! A rough and tumble trail boss trying to get his herd to market comes across a fresh widow who is in labor! He has to help her deliver her baby, but his crew kicks up a fuss about having a woman along on the trail. Until the camp cook quits, and the widow takes over the job.
One thing I learned while writing this story is that you have to know where the baby is every minute! Mary was sure right! This story is a romance, where the hero and heroine need time together in order to fall in love, but you can't just toss the baby in a drawer while you progress the romance.
Having a big cast of characters helped, since someone could be holding the baby girl when the heroine was busy. I also had one of the cowboys make a cradle board, so that the heroine could carry the baby on her back and have her hands free while working around the campfire.
I also had to find ways for the baby to bring the couple together. After all, is there anything more heartwarming than a big, rough ol' cowboy holding a newborn? Having my cowboy fall in love with the baby at the same time he fell in love with her mama...swoon!
What's your favorite book that has a baby in it?
You can purchase The Trail Boss's Bride for just $2.99, and you can find out all the ways I kept track of the baby in the story!
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