Please join us in welcoming author Brooke May to Books & Benches for a Q&A. Brooke visits us from the beautiful Wyoming where she writes about sexy cowboys and recently ventured into edgier contemporary romance.
"My Cowboy is a sweet, quick read that will have you laughing and crying from start to finish."
Emma & Cade
Q&A WITH BROOKE MAY
Please tell us a little something about your newest release.
My newest book comes out December 13th. It is something different from what I’ve written to date. It isn’t a cowboy romance. I was sick a couple of years ago and while in the hospital I dreamed about a book where I would build up this epic love only to have something equally epic rip it apart. It is the first part of the story. I love this book so very much. I stepped out of my comfort zone of what I know and tried something different, and I’m addicted to doing different things now.
It is set in Boston and goes through a few short months where my heroine, K.C., finds, falls in love with, and ends up broken by Chamberlain, a fighter who has had a rough life. This book gives me so many warm fuzzy feelings that I really have a hard time putting all the emotions and feelings into actual words. I hope others love it as much as I do. I plan to release part two on my birthday this coming year.
What story are you working on next, and what inspired it?
The newest story I’m working on is the first in a new series of stand-alone books. I spent the summer writing a three part series from a male’s POV and now I’m back to writing a duel perspective book. It is a military romance set in a town I made up in Montana. It is a really healing story I’m slowly finding is going to be very emotional both to write and to read.
Inspiration came to me when I was just daydreaming about new book ideas. I’ve wanted to do military books and this one sort of fell together for me.
Do you remember the moment when you first considered yourself a writer?
I do. I always wanted to write and have my stories out there for others to enjoy. For a long time, I wrote fan fiction that people can still access. But it hit me I could actually make my dreams come true and publish something when I was on maternity leave with my youngest, and putting laundry away in my son’s bedroom. There on the wall above his dresser was a poem I wrote in high school (a talent that since has left me) and I thought, "Hey, I could make something more from that." And I did. That’s how I crafted My Cowboy.
Do you share any personality traits with Emma?
Each of my main characters have various traits from my personality. In My Cowboy, Emma’s stubborn attitude is just like mine. Maddi in Faith in My Cowboy has my strength and faith. Libby in Loved by My Cowboy has my spunk and perseverance. And my newest main character, K.C., has the way I love.
What is your favorite non-writing pastime?
Anything to do with my beloved Bighorn Mountains. I love being up there fishing, hunting, hiking, four-wheeling, camping, taking pictures or just taking a drive. I grew up on those mountains and to me they are my true home. I got up there to recharge my batteries and just reconnect with nature and where I feel closest to God.
Growing up in Northeastern Wyoming, Emma Price has always known that the ranching way of life is never easy. After losing her dad, her brother's illness and now the risk of losing everything that means something to her, Emma is in for a fight. What started off as a routine day of checking on her horses, turned her world upside down with the arrival of an old crush. Cade Masters spent the last ten years running. After a great tragedy struck unexpectedly he hit the road thinking no one cared. Now he is back and wanting the life he use to have on the Price Ranch. How will Emma handled her life now that Cade is back in it and wanting to pick up where he left off? Will Emma forgive him and allow him into her heart again or will she push him away?
Life can change at the drop of a hat and the unexpected always takes you by surprise.
Heat Level: 5
MEET THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Northern Wyoming. Brooke spent a great deal of her childhood and even well into her adulthood, in her imagination and creating different stories. A busy mother of two growing boys and a wife, she spends a great deal of time outdoors and in her beloved Bighorn Mountains. She usually has a notebook, sketch pad, and camera close by her side at all times, never knowing when inspiration will hit. Visit Brooke at her website and on Facebook.
This author is scheduled to appear at Wild Deadwood Reads in June 2017
Time to rope in some new reads at June's Wild Deadwood Reads! This multi-genre, multi-author event features a book signing and a roundup of extra, optional events that include a PBR Rodeo, and 1880s Train Ride, a visit to Mount Rushmore, two Ghost Tours, a Saloon Crawl, and more! To learn more and register to attend this amazing event, visit the Wild Deadwood Reads website. Be sure to stop by and say "howdy" to all the registered authors and readers in the WDR Facebook group.