Tracy, it's wonderful to have you on Monthly Smiles. I'm always interested in learning how a book got its beginning. Please, tell us a little about yourself, and share how your story came about.
I'm an avid reader and multi-published author. I've self-published 9 books in a variety of genres and have 2 books under contract with Pelican Book Group (the first due out late summer 2017 - be on the lookout!) I also enjoy speaking for both writers groups and women's groups. When I'm not reading, writing, or speaking, I'm taking care of or enjoying time with my perfect-for-me husband and four wonderful children.
Mary, thanks so much for having me on your blog and letting me share about my YA novel Riding the Wind. This book was a lot of fun to write because I find the voice of a teenager enjoyable. Not to mention, I got to use some of my own adolescent experiences in this book.
I, like most authors, put a little bit of myself or my story into each book I write. I usually don’t reveal which part is based on me, but in this case I’m willing. But first, I’d like to share my inspiration for Dana and Bo’s story. It started on an exceptionally beautiful day in May several years ago. Our air conditioning had gone out in April and we’d spent several weeks getting estimates. Since it was spring and not blazing yet, we took our time. On the day the company came to start the install my husband was home to oversee things. We had the windows up and he put on the radio. He only listens to country, so that’s the station that got picked that day. As we were going about our business, the song Rodeo by Garth Brooks came on. I was immediately taken back to the days I spent at the rodeo when I was in high school. I vividly remembered the smells, sights, and sounds being sung about.
From that brief 3 minutes, the idea for Riding the Wind was born. After months of labor, it finally became the tale of a young girl struggling with her faith, friendships, and her relationship with her boyfriend while trying to prove he wasn’t a murderer. It was great fun getting to know these characters and see how they grew through challenges. I hope their tale is inspiring, as well as entertaining, to others.
Now, for the promise of what part of this story is from my life. First, I really did date a bull rider when I was in high school. It wasn’t a long relationship, but long enough for me to get a behind the scenes look at the rodeo. The traveling, the excitement, the fear, the dust, the fried food. All of it, and so much more, makes up this life that many will never experience. Second, and related, is the accident that Bo’s brother has on a bull. My high school boyfriend’s brother had a similar accident. And as soon as he healed, he was back on.
Lastly, I also moved halfway across the country in the middle of high school, although Dana’s transition went much more smoothly than mine. That’s the benefit of fiction!
Thanks again for letting me come on and I hope you and your readers enjoy Riding the Wind. Although it’s YA, it’s a book not limited to young adults, but for all ages above as well.
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072MPXG8D/
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