If you've never read a western but have always wanted to, you must read one of Jacquie Rogers' books. You will be a fan for life. I am thrilled that Jacquie has stopped by to say hello. Please help me welcome this very talented author.
Hi Jacquie, Can you tell the reader something about yourself?
I’m a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but have always been a bookworm. Reading is my passion—westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and especially with a dash of romance and humor. I grew up on a dairy farm outside of Homedale, Idaho, in Owyhee County and rode horseback all over the hills where her Hearts of Owyhee series is set, encountering adventures both real and imagined.
I currently live in suburbia with my IT Guy (also have a license to sleep with him), daughter, and four grandsons. Our home is ruled by The Cat Annie, a feral rescue, who enjoys tromping on the keyboard in the midst of action or love scenes. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Western Fictioneers, teaches classes in both writing craft and research topics.
That's fascinating. For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
Romance, humor, adventure, and action—not in any particular order. My stories are about finding love and making things all right with the world, but on the fun side. Some are sexy, some are not—none are explicit but all are entertaining. Just fast, fun reads.
How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?
Writing is my life, so no balance required. It took me a while to figure that out. Holiday meals and that sort of thing are blocked out in my schedule, but I’m CEO of my writing world, so that comes first.
I like your thinking. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I get up around 2pm, check messages and Facebook while consuming copious amounts of coffee, write blog posts, etc. I try to have a scene written or at least mapped out by the time my husband gets home from work and we eat dinner. Then, at 9pm, I start to work, and write until 3am, and usually get to bed around 6am.
Wow, you are a night owl. What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write Traditional Western, Western Historical Romance, Fantasy Romance, and YA Fantasy—published in the first three. Why? I have no idea. Westerns require less research for me because of where I grew up—someone forgot to tell people in Owyhee County that the Old West died. Nevertheless, I still do lots of research and love every minute of it. Traditional Westerns are fun because the adventure isn’t hampered or interrupted by the romance. Western Historical Romances are fun because romance is our most primal need after physical sustenance. Fantasies are fun because anything is possible—I can unleash my imagination and roll with the story.
Do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?
Yes. All come in one flash, then I have to winnow out the details. I get at least one character and a situation in the story world. Then it’s a matter of getting to know that character, who the other players are, and why they’re in that particular situation. And off we go on a new adventure.
It sounds great. How do you go about developing your characters?
Actually, it’s more a matter of getting acquainted. When I first started writing, I’d pick and choose from a list of various physical, social, and psychological traits that would suit the story I had in mind. In the process, I buried the character that came with that first flash of an idea, then along about chapter three, things would come to a grinding halt. That’s because I was manipulating my characters to suit my idea of how things ought to go, so the characters couldn’t tell their story.
So how do I get acquainted? First, I figure out the year the hero (yes, the hero nearly always comes to me first) was born, because the economics and politics of his growing-up years provide a framework for his world viewpoint. Then, with my eyes closed, I channel the character’s thoughts as if he were writing his own autobiography. That’s how his voice comes to me, as well as a few surprises along the way that I’d never thought of. In the refining process, I learn about his family and their attitudes toward him, and maybe a few personality-defining events. And last, I figure out what body type would go along with all this, and sometimes that surprises me, too.
Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
I love them all. You can’t spend several months with a character you don’t love, and besides, it’s like asking to name the child you like best. That said, here are some of the more memorable characters.
Hero: Kade McKinnon from Much Ado About Miners. But I really can’t choose because Burke O’Shaughnessy from Sleight of Heart was so much fun, and drool-worthy, too.
Heroine: It’s a toss-up between Jake from Much Ado About Mavericks and Lexie from Sleight of Heart.
Animal character: Socrates from Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues. But Duke the Cat in Much Ado About Miners is giving Socrates a run for his money.
Otherworldly character: Keely from Faery Special Romances.
Can you share a little of your current work?
My next release is a short story, yet untitled, in Hearts & Spurs, an anthology from Prairie Rose Publications, due out January 15. Like Wishing for a Cowboy, each story will be accompanied by a recipe. The story features Celia, who’s gone West to marry a man her father picked for her, and Ross, a retired bounty hunter. He’s a farmer now, and wants nothing to do with his past, but Celia brings it right to his door.
I’m also working on a traditional western, Wolf Creek, Book 10: Stand Proud. I’m writing the first chapter. This series is incredible—each author has a character (or two) and writes one chapter from that character’s viewpoint. Troy Smith puts the whole thing together. Books 1-5, 7, 8, and 11 are novels, while books 6, 9, and 10 are anthologies featuring the Wolf Creek characters and giving us an opportunity to go a little more in-depth with our characters. Some of the best western writers in the business are participating. The series is published by Western Fictioneers.
Where can readers find more information on you?
Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Hearts of Owyhee series (western historical romance)
Much Ado About Marshals http://amzn.com/B0058ON1LS
Much Ado About Madams http://amzn.com/B007HRTQ0O
Much Ado About Mavericks http://amzn.com/B008EDN9T4
Much Ado About Miners (available Dec. 1)
Single Titles (romance: western historical, contemporary & fantasy)
Sleight of Heart http://amzn.com/B00FMZYP5Y
Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues http://amzn.com/B002BWPCZS
Faery Special Romances http://amzn.com/B001C4QN4A
Novellas/Short Stories (trad western, whr, fantasy, futuristic)
‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas (in Wolf Creek, Book 10: A Wolf Creek Christmas)
Muleskinners: Judge Not (in Wolf Creek, Book 6: Hell on the Prairie)
A Gift for Rhoda (in Wishing for a Cowboy)
Willow, Wish For Me (single read on Amazon)
Single Girls Can’t Jump (single read on Amazon)
Much Ado About Miners (Hearts of Owyhee #4)
by Jacquie Rogers
Back cover copy:
Hired gun Kade McKinnon interrupts a bank holdup and is shot by Iris Gardner, whose victims have a tendency to be the next groom in town.
Iris Gardner, a smart, independent bank clerk, fell in love with Kade when she was too young to know better. So when he walks back into her life and her bank, it's only fitting that she shoots him ... by accident, of course.
Kade doesn’t know Iris’s company is the one who hired him to escort a bullion shipment, and Iris doesn’t know Kade owns the security company to guard it, but they both know robbers are on their trail. Which is more at risk—the bullion or Kade’s heart?
She stood and gazed into his eyes with a passion that made him want to kiss her right there, on her engagement day. “You know a whole lot of things I know nothing about,” she whispered.
He took a stride toward her. “When you hit your head, you asked me if I’d kissed you.”
“I vaguely remember.”
“Why did you ask that?”
“Be-because...” Her mouth opened a little bit, and she licked her upper lip. Kade had all he could do to keep from sweeping her up in his arms and making love to her the way a man should—the way she deserved to be loved.
“Do you want to kiss me?”
“No!” But she nodded, and Kade stepped closer, to within an inch of her, and it took all his willpower to stop there.
“The way you kiss Edward?”
“I, uh, don’t...” She gazed into Kade’s eyes. “We never...” She touched her forefinger to her lips.
“Just one kiss, then, so you know how to do it.” He pulled her close, pressing her back so her breasts pressed into him. “Put your arms around me, princess.”
She brushed her hands over his sides and when she caressed his back, he could barely hold back from ravishing her. “Tilt your head back and open your lips just a little.”
As she did, she whispered, “Just this once.”
He’d make her remember “just this once” forever.