Paty and her husband currently ranch 350 acres in central and eastern Oregon when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
What inspired your short story in Rawhide n' Roses?
Maggie O., the western romance reader who started the Kindle forum that brought the authors of this anthology together, tosses out word challenges on the forum now and then. We’d just started thinking about putting this anthology together and she gave us five words. While trying to come up with something to write for her challenge, the idea of the full length story came to me. Using the five occupations she gave us, I had my heroine kidnap four of them to bring the marshal to her.
The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?
I think the most bumps I’ve had to become a published author came in the beginning. Trying to find like-minded writers and ways to learn the craft of writing. I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and found what I needed to hone my craft, learn the business of writing, and found wonderful friends and mentors. I’m lucky my husband and family have always been behind me.
Tell us a little about your latest release?
When readers wanted more books surrounding the Halsey brothers from my Halsey Brothers Series, I had a story I could hop into. The fifth and last book, Logger in Petticoats, ends with the family gathered for Christmas and Darcy, the heroine in the first book, Marshal in Petticoats, is sad her brother Jeremy is in Alaska.
Laying Claim, Book One of the Halsey Homecoming trilogy. Jeremy is homesick. He’s made his fortune as a packer during the Yukon Gold Rush and is finishing his last run and heading home. That is until a young woman steps off a ship from Seattle looking for a guide to take her to her brother in the Yukon. She turns the town upside down and makes an enemy of the gang leader and has to leave Skagway in a hurry. Jeremy takes her over the White Pass in the aftermath of a blizzard. Through the hard journey they come to rely on one another and discover that home isn’t always where you think it is.
You can find Laying Claim on Amazon, Windtree Press, Nook, and Kobo
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Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.