The historical western romance, like all romances, are character driven, and the story centers on the development of that romance. The hero is a compassionate man, although he may not show that up front. He has a strong sense of justice and what is good, and he is fiercely loyal. The heroine is a strong-willed woman, but she also a product of the time period and must learn to survive in an era that is clearly a man's world.
How did you come to choose it?
Why does it appeal to you? For me, these two questions are connected. I've always loved reading about that time period and how people lived and survived back then. I love finding out those details of history that can enrich a story in some way. I also watched reruns of Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, and other old shows and movies with my husband who loved westerns.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
Getting too absorbed in research. I love reading about history, and I have to limit my research time, or I won't get any writing done. LOL.
When and where do you do your writing?
I used to have a home office, but when my grandkids came along, we turned it into a playroom. I have a desk in my bedroom, and it works well for me. I like writing in the early morning or late evening.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
I'm still learning. Book Blitz is a great idea. I love it when an author can sum up your stories in a tag line. I have an author friend, Dolores Wilson, whose line for her books is Southern Stories with Heart. Mine is Heart-fluttering Romance, and I have a butterfly logo. There is a story behind the butterfly, and it's on my blog if anyone would like to read it. Vickielking.blogspot.com
What are you most proud of as a writer?
That my family has always been so supportive of my writing endeavors.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Jean Stratton Porter. My favorite book is A Girl of the Limberlost by Jean Stratton Porter that I read when I was about fifteen years old. I think we would talk about all aspects of writing. Even though she wrote the book in the 1920's, I still found it easy to identify with the main character who was a young girl.
About the Author
Vickie King’s new book takes her writing back to her first love: historical Western. She’s happy to present ETHAN'S HEART, the book of her own heart and the first in her new Historical Western Series, The Blackwood Brothers. She is also author of the contemporary romance series, The Braddocks. Book One, Carly’s Rule, and Book Two, Dusty’s Fate, are available in paperback and ebook.
Vickie is from a small town in West Virginia. She transplanted to Florida in 1994, and while she loves living in the sunshine state, now and then she misses watching the seasons go through their changes. If she closes her eyes, she can still imagine herself standing on the deck of her family home, staring out over the hills and valleys that will always be a part of her.
Vickie is previously published in short fiction with both romance and mystery for Woman’s World Magazine. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a local chapter, Ancient City Romance Authors (ACRA), where she is a past president.
Vickie has four grown children, five grandchildren, and a Chihuahua named Bentley. She has the best family and friends anyone could have. Her blog, Heartstrings, features interviews with authors as well as other publishing industry professionals.
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