About Lindsey Cowherd:
Lindsey Cowherd lives in Salida, CO, where she was born and raised. She lives with her sweetie, Michael, who somehow tolerates her horse-craziness and love of all-things-Asian. Licensed as an acupuncturist since 2010, Lindsey still finds time for the small stuff: writing, watching almost anything Asian on Netflix, singing and playing guitar, but especially enjoying her two horses, Bricco and Tyrra, and two dogs, Ms. K and Huffington.
Lindsey started writing “novels” at a young teen. Turning to worlds immersed in martial arts, magic, and “places not of this world” allowed her an outlet from everyday living and circumstances out of her control. Now, they are a place to allow her imagination to run wild. In 2019, she released four books: two are science fiction (The Assassins' Guild of Obseen series), one is medieval fantasy (The Crystals of Syre, book 1: Awakening; book 2 expected by end of 2020) and the last are books in the cowboy romance genre. (Series: A Colorado Cowboy Romance Story, book 1: My Texas Streak; two other books Call Me Home and Forever Love are forthcoming).
Details specifically about her cowboy romances: The Colorado Cowboy Romance Stories were started as a fun side project–because of the author's love of the genre. What grew from a simple idea about finding an abused horse and rehabilitating it at a ranch known for its "horse whispering" became a novel about a college-aged woman named Sarah Murphy who just happens to be training pro-rodeo star Tyler Bailer's stolen roping horse: My Texas Streak. The first book is about their budding romance. As of Jan 2020, two more books are in the works that correspond with the My Texas Streak book. Yes, there are is some steamy pieces to the books; and, yes, some of the horse training is from the author's real experiences; and, yes, the towns and some of the locales in the books are all from real Colorado places!
What inspires you to write?
Lindsey says: "Writing started, for me, as a way to deal with situations in life that were out of my control. At least in stories, I could have some power on how things turn out. Now, they are a way to relax and get a mini-vacation during a stressful work day, or just to slip away to another place. Usually, I begin to write whatever section I'm on after listening to a song–or three–that match the emotional theme of the book.
"Why I started writing cowboy romances: I felt like some writers right for the love of cowboys but didn't have much horse background. I was missing the feel of someone having those experiences in their writing. So, I took those that I've known all my life training "troubled" horses and teaching people. Though I very rarely take cases anymore, I do still have my own horses that I train. All the horses/instructors I've had in my life have given my unique experiences into this part of my books."
Tell us about your writing process.
Lindsey says: "I have never been a fan of outlines; as testament to numerous English teachers frowning at me over the years. Going free-style lets me invent more twists and turns to my books. I do jot down certain events that I want to include if they come up–especially if I'm trying to sleep; it's no fun laying awake all night when I can simply write the idea down then sleep peacefully. I hand write every book (with exception of my cowboy romances). Typing seems to slow my process down and that gets frustrating. I think this is why my cowboy romance books are half the size of the others… Luckily, I have a lot of personal experience with horses, so it was easy to pull out details for my books. And, I've added many Colorado locales/scenery because I live right in it."
How do you develop your characters?
Lindsey says: "For the Colorado Cowboy Romance Stories I use a lot of my experience and surroundings in my book(s). I grew up and still live in Salida, CO (other side of Monarch Pass from Gunnison, where the first book takes place), so I know a lot of the area that visitors would not. As for Sarah Murphy, I do take pieces of myself and my life and added it into the books. The other characters revolved around her and grew as I needed them to."
Who are your favorite authors?
Lindsey says: "Wow, this may take awhile. Most of the authors that influenced me are not romance authors. I have included some… I love C.J. Cherryh. Her Fortress series has been on my book shelf the longest and I re-read the books over and over again without ever getting bored. Curt Benjamin would be a close second (if you haven't read his Prince of Shadows book and series you are missing out!). Others like Jane Lindskold, Robin Hobb, and Cassandra Clare have always whetted my fantasy or supernatural yearnings. Kevin J Anderson's The Saga of Seven Suns occupied most of my late teenage years. I've moved over into romance the last couple of years…like Amity Lassiter, Darynda Jones, and Laurell K. Hamilton; to cater to my cowboy and supernatural interests, with a little love thrown in. I know there are a LOT of other authors but these are most definitely represented on my shelf!"
What genres do you write?: cowboy romance, fantasy, action/adventure, science fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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