Exclusive Interview with Lindsay McKenna, Author of Wind River Cowboy
May 28, 2017 Interview
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Lindsay is here to talk about her latest book, Wind River Cowboy, book 3 in her Wind River series. Click here for more information about the book and the current reviews. Q: What's your inspiration for this story? Being a military Navy vet, my heart and focus are on our women and men in and out of the military. That was my inspiration for this story. Q: How are the stories in the Wind River Valley series connected? In any series, it is a hub of central characters and then like spokes in a wheel, each one is a story of a hero/heroine who is associated either because they work at a specific ranch, or work in the town of Wind River or live in Wind River Valley, Wyoming. Readers will see old characters appearing now and then, plus introduction of other characters from the same locale—cowboys and ranchers. Q: What do you enjoy most about writing this book? Sharing what I know about PTSD and how it infiltrates your life (sort of looking through the glass darkly kind of reality), and how it hurts those loved ones and friends. I like to write stories that are real and the issues of PTSD are part of the pain, but also, part of the answer as a person gets better when around others who have similar issues. They are stories of hope. And I hope my information about PTSD helps readers understand the constant 24/7/365 these vets go through when living with the symptoms of it. Education breed’s knowledge and this is what we need to understand something that we may not have ourselves. But it does build a bridge of awareness that wasn’t there before. And when you do that? You have created compassion and understanding. Q: Tell us more about Kira Duval. What makes her a heroine we would root for? Kira is a combat trained Army soldier who is part of a top-secret project out of the Pentagon to prove that women can handle it. She not only has to deal with males in the Army who don’t trust her, but also because she’s a woman, take the sexual innuendos and verbal abuse that is heaped on her, too. Any woman who can stand the war she has to fight with the enemy, and fight it within her own unit while being trained as a combatant, is heroic, patriotic, strong and resilient. All qualities that I can certainly root for. And I hope my readers will too. Being a woman in the military is not for sissies. Q: What about the hero, Garret Fleming? What makes him a swoonworthy hero? Garret comes out of an alcoholic household, his father drunk and abusive. He goes into the Army, and then Special Forces, because he wants to do something good and positive for the world. He never wants to be anything like his old man in any way, shape or form. He’s a man of strong morals, values and integrity. His word is his bond. And he has his Special Forces team members back, as well. He’s someone you can count on no matter how dark and dangerous it gets. He won’t abandon you in your hour of need. Q: What makes them perfect for each other? Because Kira worked in Garret Fleming’s A team in Afghanistan, they share more than a desire for one another—a desire they didn’t dare act upon for fear of splitting the team apart. They were loyal soldiers to their team. And because of their shared background, and the tragedy that happened, they can become a sounding board and support for one another. And maybe, be able to finally act upon their imprisoned desire for one another. Q: How do you come up with emotional scenes that tug at the reader's heartstrings? That all goes back to creating believable, sympathetic characters. My background allows me to go deep into the psyche of my characters and not just the hero/heroine. Even my secondary characters have genuine personalities, too. Q: Were any characters inspired by anyone in real life? I was in the US Navy and I write what I know. I have many friends who have PTSD. I’ve seen them suffer, I’ve seen families tear apart when that woman or man comes home from deployment. Because of the sacrifices these people make on behalf of our Democracy, to give each of you the freedom you enjoy daily (when many countries do not), these are people worth writing about. Q: What is a typical writing day like? I get up at 5a.m. seven days a week. I go through answering emails, posting to my author Facebook page and any media that needs to be posted on Twitter, as well. Then, by 7:00 a.m., I’m in the writer’s harness, writing, editing or final reading a manuscript of mine for my publisher. I work at it all day long. I have other publishing duties to perform and they are folded into the day. I quit at 5 p.m. to make dinner, watch some favorite political shows and go back to work at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., when I close up shop. Q: What authors have influenced you as a writer? FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL by Ernest Hemingway Q: Which Game of Thrones character exemplifies your hero? I guess everyone’s is gonna explode when I tell you I don’t have TIME to watch much TV. And if I do, it’s usually PBS, such as Downton Abbey and Victoria. Q: If there were something your heroine could do over, what would it be? To trust the woman Army general who saw what shape Kira Duval was in and sent her to the Bar C ranch in Wind River Wyoming to apply for a job. Kira thought the owner would not want her, just as 20 other businesses she went to apply for a job, turned her down, too. Fortunately, this time, she was hired and it changed her life for the better. Q: What's up next for you? An early Christmas anthology: Christmas with my Cowboy that features Diana Palmer, Lindsay McKenna and Margaret Way on 9.26.17. Then, on 11.1.2017 Wrangler’s Challenge, Book 4 of the Wind River Valley series comes out with Dair Wilson and Noah Mabry from the Bar C ranch. About the Author Lindsay McKenna is a pseudonym of multiple-award winning writer Eileen Nauman. She writes military romances and romantic suspense. She has had 100 books published under the McKenna name since 1981, most dealing with military or mercenary subjects, for several publishers: Simon and Schuester, Warner, Avon and Berkley, Harlequin/Silhouette. Another 9 books have been published by the writer Eileen Nauman, under Nauman’s name or other pseudonyms, for a total of 109 fiction books. She served in the U.S. Navy, 1964-1967, and was an AG3, Aerographer’s Mate Third Class (meteorologist). She comes from a U.S. Navy family tradition, and, as a result, has strong, positive patriotic feelings for the United States. Her father served during World War II on the destroyer, Fletcher, in the Pacific Theater of War. Website
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