Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Interview of Author D'Ann Lindun
Latest Book: Cowboy Up
Buy Link: Amazon
Video Link: http://youtu.be/rx_7yEPql0U
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
Q: How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
A: My daughter took me to Red Lobster. She’s always been my biggest supporter. It meant a lot to celebrate with her.
Q: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
A: No. It’s all over the place. One day I’ll write all, day. The next not at all.
Q: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?
A: A lot. My characters are almost always horse riders and western women.
Q: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
A: I don’t have a favorite. That would be like picking a favorite child—impossible.
Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: Of course! I listen to Kid Rock every day! LOL
Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Learn the business. Don’t just jump in and hope for the best!
Q: If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
A: Don’t be afraid to take chances. That fear held me back from chances I now wish I would have taken.
Q: What genre would you like to try writing that you haven’t yet tried?
A: Western historical. I grew up in the heart of the old west. I have at least on historical in me, maybe more!
Q: Out of your entire backlist, which book has the best opening line? What's the line?
A: This one won the Authonomy contest last year out of almost 800 entries. It’s not backlist though. It’s an unreleased manuscript.
Tiny. Beautiful. Safe.
Not the kind of place where women vanished into thin air.
Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: A million! They’re in my head!
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas. I just love everything about it.
Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I coached national level horse knowledge bowl for 16 years! I’ve always wanted my cattle ranch.
Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A fashion photographer. A journalist.
Q: Favorite food.
A: Supreme pizza.
Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: Riding horses with my pop!
Q: Favorite drink.
A: Diet Cherry 7-Up.
Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Hot summer days!
Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: To see Kid Rock in concert.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: To be able to make people fall in love!
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Freedom or family? Only love can make the choice.
Photographer Alannah Murphy refuses to be tied down. She watched her parents struggle to hold onto their dairy farm until it killed them. The mere thought of the same fate makes her shudder. When she meets rancher Sterling Gentry she has to face her fears, or lose him.
Sterling Gentry longs for someone to hand his ranch down to. Like his father before him, he has sacrificed everything to hold onto the land his ancestors settled. But finding Ms. Right proves harder than he imagined. Then he meets Alannah Murphy with her big city ways. How he can ever take a chance with a woman exactly like his mother, who abandoned him when he was a child?
Despite their determination to stay the course they’ve each chosen, attraction pulls them together as steadily as a nail to a magnet. Can these two find a way to mesh Alannah’s need for freedom and Gentry’s desire to hold onto his land?
Still snapping photos, the woman approached him. When she came within speaking distance, she waved. “Hello.”
“Who the hell are you? And what are you doing in the middle of the road? Don’t you know better than to stand in the way when somebody’s herding stock?”
Her mouth opened and closed a couple times. “I didn’t think—”
“Hell no, you didn’t think,” Gentry shouted. “Damn it anyway.”
“I’m sorry,” she said in a small voice. “The shot was just so good…”
The shot? She’d ruined hours upon hours of exhausting work because she’d wanted a picture? Who the hell would do something so stupid?
Only a damn greenhorn.
For the first time he noticed her get-up. A straw hat only a city girl would wear, floaty pink top with tiny straps that left her bare shoulders exposed to the unforgiving Arizona sun, cut-off jean shorts and red cowboy boots. Daisy Duke personified. He shook his head in disgust.
Reality crashed over him.
The New York photographer his mother had enticed out here, hoping an article in The Cowboy magazine would bring attention to the Santa Gertrudis cattle they raised.