Welcome to the Barn Door Book loft Devalynn!
We are wondering if there is a story behind your book The Cowboy Takes a Wife?
This story takes place in Cañon City before Colorado was a state. Living in Cañon City for fifteen years, I’ve been intrigued by its western history. It seemed the perfect place to explore life on the Front Range in 1860 through the lens of Annie Whitaker and Caleb Hutton.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Annie caught my attention because of her determination to succeed in a man’s world. She left behind a comfortable lifestyle (and bossy older sister) to help their father start fresh in the Rocky Mountains. At the time, Cañon City was a gold-camp supply town with a population of 720. Six hundred of those souls were men. It couldn’t have been easy at that time for a woman with high standards and even higher hopes.
Question: If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be, and why?
If the visual form of art flowed from my fingers, I’d want to paint like Charles M. Russell because he captures the West, the heart of the West, and the men and women who chose it as their home.
Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall is my favorite season of the year, and I tend to include it in my books. The gold aspen and cottonwoods, red scrub oak, and dark evergreens are breathtaking against Colorado’s sky that is blue and clear nearly every fall day.
Question: Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I put off grading papers for the writing class I teach at the local junior college. I love teaching writing. Grading essays? Not so much.
Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
My first novel is set in the ranchland where we lived in California. My historical series, of which Cowboy is book one, are all set here on Colorado’s Front Range. Setting is a character to me, not to be overdone or take precedence in a book, but to flavor it a little at a time like peppermint or vanilla or cinnamon.
Question: Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Over the last couple of years I’ve noticed a subtle emphasis on second chances. God’s all about that, and I want people to know.
Question: Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
Early in the morning, before everyone else is up and running, I read and pray and reflect in the living room by the woodstove. I especially enjoy reading Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling in addition to my personal Bible study.
Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8) This verse encapsulates my life. He has been with me always—before me, leading me, as well as beside me, guiding me. There is a difference and He fulfills both needs in my life.
When is your next book due out and what can you tell us about it?
My next work will be The Snowbound Bride, one of twelve novella’s compiled in Barbour’s Twelve Brides of Christmas Collection to be released this fall. The story is set in Colorado but in a fictional town along the mountainous train route to Leadville in the early 1880s. As the title suggests, my heroine is in for much more than she anticipated on the journey.
Thank you so much for visiting with us today Devalynn. Best wishes with your future books.
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