So Peter ...
Deep inside a diary, the cowboy confessed he had a conversation with an elderly man. “I want to raise horses in the Dakota Territory,” the cowboy said. “No,” the old man replied. “Ain’t no money in it.” So the cowboy went to Texas and became a cowhand. West for the Black Hills is the story of the cowboy, only in my novel, he decides to follow his dreams and raise Arabian horses.
2. What is your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?
My favorite characteristic of Philip is his capacity for love. He deeply feels for his horses and the heroine, Anna. Anna’s greatest characteristic is her self-dependency. We view cowboys as knights on the range, chivalrously protecting fair maidens—even so, Anna carries her own gun. I love that.
3. Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope every reader is challenged by:
God can control every aspect of our lives, as well as the hearts of those who love us or hate us. So why allow evil that will force us to take action against villains and sin? Why must Philip pick up a gun to protect Anna, when God could stop the bad men? What repulsive things must we do to protect the ones we love, and how will that change us for the better?
4. Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?
I’m a social coffee drinker, but tea is my baby. I love a brew called ‘monk’s blend’ sold in downtown Boise, ID. Love love it.
5. Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?
Into the West always caught my imagination, mostly because of the costumes. The Conspirator and Glory are very high on my list, but make me cry. Every time. Talking period pieces, though, on the whole, I hinge on every world of the Michael Redgrave 1952 version of The Importance of Being Earnest.
6. While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica loves museums, I love Pinterest and food pics. Share a food pic, a favorite family recipe, or link us to your latest pin on Pinterest.
Because of allergy dietary restrictions in our family, our daily fare looks like this. But everyone wants our plates! No. You can’t have them.
7. Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to publish?
My grandmother challenged me to have a novel published by age 16. It just took 20 years longer. Yes, an author has always been my dream.
8. Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?
I love all centuries to read and write, but I hate working the same century twice in a row. Variety!
9. Favorite heroine of all time, and why?
My favorite heroine is you, the reader. You take the time to study, to better your minds through reading and research. In a culture that many feel your body is your only asset, you’re a tutor to yourself, you devour any book you can get your hands on—and we both know being smart is sexy and interesting. And most of all, useful. You’re a hero.
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