Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Giddy Up! Here comes Paisley Kirkpatrick.

I know by reading my books you might not believe this, but I love a good western. Grew up reading, and watching them. Don't know what happened to me, though. I guess that bite of the radioactive vampire is the reason I write paranormal romance instead of westerns. So when I got the chance to sit down with debut Western Romance author Paisley Kirkpatrick, I jumped at the chance.

Well, I put on my Lone Ranger outfit from the third grade costume contest and jumped on my trusty steed, Mr. Horsey, and headed down to saloon to kick back and pick this amazing author's brain about her new release, Paradise Pines: Night Angel and what inspired her to throw on a pair of chaps and write off into the sunset.

Jmo: Belly on up to the bar and have a shot of rockgut, Paisley. Watch your step, that spittoon looks a bit dodgy.

PK: Evenin'. The place is a bit crowded, isn't it? Let's mosey on over to that quiet table in the back.

Jmo: So, while you wipe that bit of ick off your shoe, tell the readers about Night Angel? Man, this rock gut has a kick to it.

PK: I chose the fictional gold rush community of Paradise Pines to set Night Angel. The story occurs after the boom, when down-and-out miners searched for a way to make money. Instead of returning home, they stayed in towns that sprung up during the gold rush.

Hero Declan Grainger owns a high-class hotel in Paradise Pines. He loses his heart to a high-spirited poker player when she arrives in town searching for a new life. Amalie Renard, who also performs as saloon singer Lily Fox, turns the town upside down with her vibrancy. She is looking for a way to have a stage of her own, not a box to stand on in one of the town's saloons. Declan provides jobs for the townsfolk by building Amalie's music hall while he continues his nightly jaunts through abandoned tunnels anonymously leaving the downtrodden food and supplies. Amalie is puzzled why the Night Angel gives to others, but takes from her. She draws Declan into her scheme to discover the identity of the mysterious man. Declan has enough on his hands finding workers for the building renovation after the town's self-righteous preacher demands his congregation not support the music hall, but goes along with her scheme to protect his identity.

The challenges they face take them from the California Sierra Mountains to the hustle of a booming San Francisco. Could Amalie's lack of trust in herself and Declan steal her dream? If she faces the mistakes she made in her past and relies on a new self-confidence through the love Declan offers, she can have all she desires.

Jmo: What first drew you to the Old West? Even though, you've probably been asked this a thousand times already, who were some of your influences?

PK: I grew up watching the television show Gunsmoke. Gathering in front of the TV on Saturday night became a family ritual. My favorite character was Festus who referred to his earlobe has a hangy-down part of his ear. Ever since then we've always done the same. Isn't it fun to remember those days when life seemed simpler? Heroes were easy to define. Who didn't admire the Long Branch Saloon owner, Miss Kitty? Saturday mornings gave us Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, and so on. We had an array of cowboys to worship. I guess the seed was planted deep because writing about the western hero seemed to always be the right thing for me.

Jmo: Do you mentally cast your books when you're writing? I know I do it while writing, and a lot of other authors do it too. Once we establish you're as crazy as the rest of us, tell us who would be playing who in the Night Angel movie.

PK: I did have a certain hero in mind when I developed Declan Grainger. My hero is a Scot and nobody but Gerard Butler could fill this hero's rather large boots. Honestly, Gerry was my guiding light in developing this character who stole my heart from the beginning.

Jmo: With Paranormal Romance pretty much dominating the Romance world, why do you believe readers still have a love for Westerns?

PK: Westerns seem a staple in most personal libraries. As you know, paranormal is a bit over my head, but since several friends who are great writers work in this category I am reading more of this genre. It's a mystery to me why people choose a particular genre. Personal taste I suppose.

Jmo: A lot of people consider Westerns just Westerns, but they're really closer to Historicals. Even though the genre is deeply ingrained in our society's view of itself, a lot of history has passed since the late 1800's and today. That said, how much research do you put into your books? How hard is it to dig up information about the Old West?

PK: There is an abundance of history and research books with articles about the Old West. I am so fortunate to live where the 1849 gold rush happened. Placerville, which was referred to as Old Diggins and Hangtown, is a showcase for the Victorian style houses, a couple of gold rush saloons, tunnels zigzagging under the town, a gold mine to explore, and a hotel built in 1857. We have an interesting character who drives an old Wells Fargo stagecoach around town at Christmastime. He ties a tree on top and carries passengers through town so they can experience a slice of the past. We also have a re-enactment of a wagon train coming over the mountain from the Lake Tahoe area every summer and for several years the Pony Express rider came through our community.

Jmo: From a personal standpoint, what is the most interesting part about this time in America history? What jumps out and grabs you and refuses to let you go?

PK: It's the adventure of pursuing a dream, finding those shiny gold nuggets at the bottom of a gold pan. Of course, disappointment came with the excitement. More walked away without the riches, but they tried. They took a chance. Isn't that what life should be about? We take a chance with our writing. When we succeed, I'd say it was like finding that first nugget.

Jmo: Every author has their favorite type of character to write. So what is yours? The White Hat? The Black Hat? Or Bob Hope in "The Son of Paleface"? I'm partial to Don Knots in "The Shakiest Gun in the West" myself.

PK: Honorable heroes are my favorite. They have to have grit, but treat a lady with respect and give an honest day's work.

Jmo: I couldn't let you go without asking the ultimate question when it comes to Westerns. John Wayne or Clint Eastwood? Know our friendship hinges on your answer.
PK: Ummmmmmm (rolling eyes) let me think - J Of course, the King I mean the Duke. He should have been called the king of cowboys but I suppose that belong to another cowboy who sang.

Jmo: Paisley, one last question and I promise to unhogtie you from that spittoon. If at this very moment one man could come riding up on a white stallion to ride you off into the sunset, who would it be? Know your marriage hinges on your answer.

PK: Hubby Ken and I have been married almost 44 years, and since it was love at first sight, I would always choose him to ride up on a white stallion. He'd probably prefer walking, but a large horse would be nice.

Jmo: Thanks for stopping in and jawing with me a spell. I hope you have had as much fun as I have. Don't worry. I'm sure that chew juice will come out with a little vinegar and warm water. But, before you take off for the hills, be sure to let our readers know where to find you on the internet and a buy link for Night Angel.

Sweethearts of the West
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Maria said...

Great interview - I love reading westerns(both historical and contemporary). I'm adding Paisley's book to my shopping list for payday - it really sounds like a wonderful mix of romance and cowboy western.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thank you, Maria. I appreciate your support. This hero is my favorite of them all. :)

J. Morgan said...

Maria, it's an amazing book. I devoured it.

Virna DePaul said...

I don't read a lot of westerns, but yours sounds fabulous, Paisley. Honorable heroes, Gerard Butler, and a heroine that's a poker player? Fun!! :)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thanks Virna. It's really a romance that happens to be set in the west. I hope you'll take a chance on this story. Appreciate your visit today. :)

Angela Adams said...

Great post. Good luck with the book.

Linda Warren said...

Loved the interview and I love westerns. I always wanted to write one. Your book sounds wonderful.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thank you, Angela. I'm so glad you joined us tonight. Appreciate your support.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Linda - fun to have you here. I know you write about cowboys. How can they not have a wee bit of western in them? So appreciate that you came by. Hugs!

Jennifer Faye said...

Great post!!! I love westerns. Who can resist a cowboy? :-) Good luck with the book. Sounds wonderful.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Hi Jennifer. I am so glad to see you here. Thanks for stopping by and giving your support. :)

Theresa Ragan said...

What a fun and entertaining interview! Loved it. I definitely need to read this book. Thanks for sharing.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

WOW - Hi Theresa, How fun having you pop by. Thank you. I appreciate you coming by. J. has a magic way with words so I knew this interview would be fun. Hugs!

Why do I always think Scrabble when I see or hear your name? :)

Cindy Sample said...

What a fun interview. I could almost imagine that spittoon (ick)! There's nothing better than a historical western set in a real town like Placerville AKA Hangtown and Paisley has mastered her craft. I loved this book and I'm waiting for more!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Cindy, you are so sweet. Thank you. Remember, one of these days I am going to follow you around Placerville and watch your amazing pitching/promoting abilities and learn, learn, learn. Hugs!

Isabel Roman said...

I loved this book! I just have to get my butt in gear and write an amazing review to compliment Night Angel. Paisley, your dedication to western detail continues to amaze me.

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Fun interview. Good luck with sales, Paisley!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Paisley, great interview. Wishing you all the success you richly deserve with the Paradise Pines series.

Lindsey Brookes said...

Sorry I'm chiming in late. Had pool league last night. Declan, especially envisioned as Gerard Butler (YUM!) is a hero to drool over! Great story!

Lindsey Brookes
Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thanks Isabel. I'm so glad you stopped by. Appreciate your kind words and support.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Hugs, Dawn Marie. I am so glad you could come by and say hi. Appreciate seeing you here.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Hi Caroline. Thanks you for your encouraging words. Glad you could come by today.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I can't agree more, Lindsey. Declan is my most favorite hero in all of my stories. Thanks for your support, my friend. Hugs!

Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt said...

Very nice interview Paisley, although I'd have to respectfully disagree with jmo about paranormal romance "dominating the romance industry." Granted there's a lot of it out there, but dominating? Hmmmm.

Next time I'd love to tag along and share some of that rot gut with ya'll.

Patricia Rickrode
w/a Jansen Schmidt

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

You got it, Patricia. I'll save you a place at the bar. Thanks for coming by today and jawing with us. Always good to hear from ya. :)

Ana Morgan said...

I love your premise, Paisley. Gerard Butler would definitely fill a hero's shoes. I love historical westerns and was sad when I read they are not "in." How can the all-American story NOT be in? It never goes out, IMO, which is why westerns always come back in vogue. Best wishes for grand sales and reviews.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

How fun to have you visit today Ana. I agree, westerns are part of the history of this country...and Gerry Butler, is a classic hero in my humble opinion. ;) Thanks for your support.

Suzanne Lilly said...

Hilarious, post, Paisley! I had a great time reading this. :-)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thank you, Suzanne. I'm so glad you had time for a visit. J. has way of putting magic into the words. :)

Maureen said...

I love westerns! Grew up watching them, playing cowboys and indians and riding horses both imaginary and real.

My favorite was and still is High Noon, which was actually about the McCarthy House UnAmerican Activities hearings. Still it had it all. Talk about conflict. "Oh to be torn twixt love and duty..."

So one of my favorite people, writing in one of my favorite genres.I've spent the summer remodeling and entertaining out-of-towners. Now I plan to settle into fall with a good book, or in this case a whole series of them.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thanks you for your kind words, Maureen. I am so glad you stopped by today. I agree - I grew up with Gunsmoke. Appreciate your support always.24

Elaine M said...

Just finished this fabulous look into the great days of the Gold Rush and I am thrilled to say.....WHOPEE!! You go girl!! Easy reading, sexual tension and mystery all rolled up into one. So proud of you!! Loved it!!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

OH WOW, thanks Elaine. I am so glad you liked my story and my characters. Thanks for all the years of support. :)

John said...

This is really worth reading, it has too much details in it and yet it is so simple to understand

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