ABOUT THE AUTHOR
VICKIE MCDONOUGH is an award-winning author and native Oklahoman. She has had 16 novels and novellas published. Her favorite genre is Christian historical romance. Her stories frequently place in national contests, such as the ACFW Book of the Year contest, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest and Heartsong Present’s annual readers’ contests. She is a wife of thirty-four years, mother of four sons, and grandmother to a feisty three-year-old girl.
WILD WEST CHRISTMAS
by Vickie McDonough
Published by Barbour Publishing
ABOUT THE BOOK
Romance takes root in the lives of a Texas rancher's four daughters. Charlsey Ames loves being a cowhand until a dandy tenderfoot from the city begins opening her eyes to unexplored territory. Sharpshooter Lucy Ames takes a shot at love while traveling with a Wild West show. Horse-trainer Sarah Ames finds herself falling for a suspicious drifter with a gentle hand. Tracker Bessie Mae Ames is being trailed by a handsome yet guarded Texas Ranger. Will love corral these Lone Star ladies hearts this Christmas?
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1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?
Our story is about four sisters, and when I drew the third sister, I modelled her after children I knew who were the third child in a family of four. Often these children have a hard time finding where they fit in, and Sarah is no different. She struggles with her lack of household skills and the desire to be outside, training her father’s horses—something she’s especially gifted at doing.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
It varies, depending on the character. Some reflect me more than others. My hero, Carson Romero, is half Scottish and half Mexican. He lives in western Texas in a time where it wasn’t cool to be a Mexican. He longs to be respected for the God fearing man he is on the inside and not rejected because of the color of his skin.
3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?
Carson would be Vanilla Caramel Swirl, and Sarah would be something very different like Banana Split ice cream. She’s vanilla, a real woman, with flavors unique to herself mixed in.
4. Are there any themes in Wild West Christmas that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the stories progressed?
There’s the one I’ve already mention of judging people based on their looks or ethnicity. There’s also sibling rivalry, a woman struggling in a man’s word, and western issues like cattle rustling.
Themes that weren't overt? Not in my story, because I had it planned out pretty well before I started writing it. I can’t really speak for the other authors, but each of our heroines had their own problems.
5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
Carson was such a good man, that it sometimes hard to make him suffer and for people to treat him unfairly. I really like my opening where Sarah is dressed like a man so she can compete in a local horse race. Her oldest sister finds her and threatens to tell their pa if she doesn’t change. What Sarah did next was fun to write. Also, I enjoyed the horse race where Carson competed against Sarah, and later, their developing romance.
6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
Besides Wild West Christmas, I also have another Christmas anthology now out called A Blue and Gray Christmas and contains four novellas set against the backdrop of the Civil War.
I’d also like to tell your readers about my long fiction series that debuts next spring. The Anonymous Bride is the first book in my Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, which debuts next April. It's the story of a town marshal who suddenly has three mail-order brides arrive in town, each expecting to marry him. The thing is—he didn’t order a bride. Here’s a link if you’d like to know more.
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