FINDING LOVE AT THE TRAIL’S END details the adventures of the hero and heroine on a cross country trip along the Oregon Trail. Adventures, misadventures, love, romance, and heartache, accompany them on their journey to a new life.
What is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?
It is a period western and having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s when westerns were rife, the period has always intrigued me. There is something inherently dominant about a cowboy.
Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
As I mentioned above, I love westerns and cowboys. I sit down at the keyboard and see where it takes me – sometimes the story will come all at once and sometimes, it takes a while. It depends on the time I devote to a story as to how long it takes. I wanted this to be historically correct so a more research was necessary making the story take longer to write.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
For a man, during this period, Johnny Billings has a surprisingly tender spot and insight into a woman. Lily Rose, no matter that she is young, she is durable and has the ability to survive what life throws her way.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
I have an acerbic tongue, and it usually comes out in all of my characters.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t write my first story until four years ago when someone challenged me. It took off from there.
How do you find the time to write?
I’m retired and when I first started to write we were living in a motor home so it filled up the time. Now that we are permanently settled, I don’t have as much spare time so the writing is slower going.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on another western type story, set In modern time, though.
Johnny Billings has been scouting for a wagon train for a year and comes to Sweet Grass to see the girl he couldn’t forget. She is but feisty as ever.
“I don’t know if you remember, but I stopped in last year.”
“A lot of cowboys come through here. Why would you think I’d remember you?”
“Still prickly, I see.”
She cast him a look meant to cower him, but it didn’t work.
“I’d like to get to know you, and I’ll begin by asking you to join me for dinner at the hotel this evenin.”
“You’re awfully bold, considering I don’t even know your name. And the least you could have done before coming in here was take a bath and get a shave.”
Johnny looked at himself and realized he should have at least brushed off some of the trail dust. He smiled at her snappishness and looked forward to the possibility of taming this churlish twit of a gal.
“What are you grinning at” Lily Rose queried.
“I know now why you’re still here at the mercantile. Not many men would put up with your sass.”
Lily Rose Cochrane grew up the spoiled daughter of a prosperous midwestern couple. That is until she was fifteen. Then her life changed dramatically. Her mother passed, and her father turned to the bottle leaving her to pick up the pieces.
Feeling the weight of too many burdens placed on her young shoulders, she is looking for a way out. She thinks she may have found it in Johnny Billings. Johnny Billings, a scout for a wagon train, is smitten with her and Lily tries convincing him to take her with him when he leaves on the next journey. He’s not ready to make a commitment to a prickly spoiled girl who has his head spinning, but Lily is determined to get out of Sweet Grass and to find a way to get on the wagon train.
What follows is the story of young love, loss and finding love again.
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