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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Interview of Author D'Ann Lindun

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author D'Ann Lindun.
Latest Book: Wild Horses
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I draw inspiration from the area where I live, Western Colorado, my husband of twenty-nine years and our daughter. Composites of our small farm, herd of fourteen horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in my stories! My road to publication was long and rocky—twenty years of dashed hopes and crushed dreams before I got the call (email)!

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: Burst into tears. Screamed. Scared the cats. My daughter was in the next room, so I called her in and showed her the email, made her pinch me.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: I love the heroine Castaña a lot. She’s brave and determined. But Martin, her brother, has a soft spot in my heart because he loves wild horses so much he will break the law to protect him, and that resonates with me. Not that I’ve been breaking the law…!

Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
A: In a word, yes. Once in awhile one stands out. Castaña did in this book because she is different than what I usually write.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: Trail riding with my daughter. We like to take our horses and our five Australian shepherds (a couple are mixes) to the mountains and picnic. We go as often as our schedules, and gas prices, permit.

Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale is a favorite that never leaves me. I love a tortured hero, and she’s a master of it.

Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: Historical. Because I grew up in a historical mining town, surrounded by history. My parents ran dude horses out a livery barn that was over 100 years old, and in continuous service for all those years. I just haven’t found the story calling my name yet.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!


Her family ranch outside of Payson, Arizona, is the last place Castaña Castillo thought she’d ever see again. But when her mustang activist brother goes missing, Castaña returns home to lead the search. Years of bad blood between local law enforcement and the Castillo men lead Castaña to believe the local cops won’t put out much effort to locate her brother. Especially since they think he murdered two federal wildlife agents.

Disgraced FBI agent Jake Breton needs to bring in Martin Castillo to redeem himself and resurrect his career. Falling in love with someone related to the suspect is the last thing he can afford to do. The last time he followed his heart, and not his head, it nearly cost him his life.

Danger, adventure, and death push Jake and Castaña together. Will they learn to trust each other and leave their pasts behind?

Jumping inside the trailer, she checked over both geldings. Both horses rolled their eyes and pawed, but otherwise seemed unharmed. She sagged with relief and tucked the gun in the back of her jeans. Back on the pavement, she noticed something next to the road. She rubbed her sand-dry eyes with her fists and stared.

A man!

A man staggering to his feet. Had she clipped him? No, she would've felt the bump.

She hurried toward him. "The sun—I couldn’t see."

He came toward her, weaving. Was he drunk? On drugs? Did she need to go for the gun?

"Some . . . body . . . tried . . ." He swayed again.

"You need to sit down." Was he the big blur she’d noticed? What kind of idiot thought a truck and horse trailer could come to an instant halt? Didn't he know she couldn't slam on her brakes when hauling horses? "I truly didn't see you."

"Obv'sly," he growled, leaning a little.

"I couldn't see—”

"Goin’ too fassst."

"I was not driving too fast. Why were you standing beside the road?" Looking over his shoulder, which wasn't easy considering he towered her own five-nine by at least four or five inches, she searched for a vehicle. "Where's your car?"

"I need," he swayed like a tree about to come crashing down, “help.”

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much!


Paris said...

Wonderful interview, ladies! So nice to find another Laura Kinsale fan--I do love a tortured hero:)

Wild Horses sounds like an exciting read. Loved the excerpt!

Sandy said...

D'Ann, I share your love for wild horses. They are so beautiful to see running free in herds.

Great interview, ladies.

Adele Dubois said...

I love suspense novels! Big congrats on your release. I wish you many sales. Thanks for visiting with us!


D'Ann said...

Thanks for having me today.

Anonymous said...

D'Ann what a great interview. I loved the excerpt. Congratulation!!

Sharon Cullen said...

I love Laura Kinsale! Great interview, D'Ann!

Christine Warner said...

Love the excerpt D'Ann...and I might have to read that Laura Kinsale book...I like tortured heroes too!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I love the fact that you've incorporated your real knowledge and background about horses and living out West into your romance novel!

Jacqueline Seewald
DEATH LEGACY--romantic suspense

Daryl Devore said...

Love your reaction to when you sold the book.

Karen Wilson-Lopp said...

Great interview. I share your love of the west being your neighbor to the south.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Fantastic interview D'Ann!! Love WILD HORSES!

Your book and the actual critters....LOL

Brenda said...

D'Ann, what a wonderful interview. I'm so happy for you.

The love you have for your family, your life and the land that surrounds you really comes out in your words--and I bet that same passion comes shining through in your books.

I seriously would love to go on a trail ride with you.

Anonymous said...

Fab interview ladies. Wild Horses rocks!

Sheri Fredricks said...

The constant threat that the mustangs live under deserves a brighter spot in the news. I hope your book brings them into the spotlight and killings stop. Congratulations on your release!!

SQUEE! - Sheri

Yvonne Nicolas said...

That was hooking excerpt. :o) I enjoyed the interview.

Lynda Frazier said...

I loved your interview and your excerpt and if we were closer I would load up my horses and come over for a ride with you.
Thanks for sharing,

jean hart stewart said...

Lovely excerpt...who wouldn't want to read more? lots of sales!

Martha Ramirez said...

Awesome interview!That's a great sum up of what you did when you got news about your book. That's me right there lol.

And aw how cute. Picnic w the pooches.Congrats again !

Stacey Brutger said...

Great interview and even better excerpt...such a tease!

Sounds like a great read!

Lynn Cahoon said...

D'Ann - Wild Horses is a great book, you should be very proud.

Liz Flaherty said...

Great interview and a great book, but I'm looking forward to that historical--you'll rock in that.

Melissa Limoges said...

Nice interview. Really enjoyed this book. Congrats with your release, D'Ann!

Jerri said...

Loved the interview, ladies. We share the love of animals for sure, D'Ann.

SummerMahan said...


Love your passion for wild horses and for your writing. You're an inspiration for us writers for never giving up! The best wishes on the numberous sales coming up the trail!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book! I also love the fact that these interviews help us get to know authors better, which brings the reading experience to a different level. It's more personal, and I like that. Nicely done :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks D'ann for sharing a great excerpt. Nice interview I love that you had your daughter pinch you. I would need it too. Good luck with the book it looks fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Thanks D'ann for sharing a great excerpt. Nice interview I love that you had your daughter pinch you. I would need it too. Good luck with the book it looks fascinating.

Jennifer Tanner said...

Congratulations on your debut! Love the premise of the story.

Kristina Knght said...

Love that excerpt-what a great beginning! Good luck with the book!!

Shawn said...

I didn't know you'd like to try historicals. Great interview!

D'Ann said...

I don't see a place to comment back individually to all of you. I just want to say a HUGE thanks for coming by, and seeing me. Thanks to Marianne for hosting me.

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Sorry I'm late! Again! Fabulous interview, ladies! I love D'Ann's writing! Anything she writes I will run to buy! Reading Wild Horses right now and it ROCKS! Don't miss it!

Alicia Dean said...

D'Ann...sorry I'm late. I was away from my computer all day yesterday and just now saw this. Fantastic interview. I'm beyond thrilled for you! This is well-deserved and a long time coming. Wishing you tons of success. I've never read Laura Kinsale, but I also love a tortured hero, so I should check her out. After I read Wild Horses, of course. :-)

Cathie Dunn said...

Only just saw your link, D'Ann.

Fabulous interview. Loved the premise and excerpt of your book. Going onto my tbr pile! :-)

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