One of the best pieces of advice I received from an editor is to write what I know. I took that to heart when writing the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series. I’m a country gal, have raised all sorts of animals, and have always lived in small towns. I’ve also experienced a parent dying when I was sixteen years old. Writing the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series came easily after that. I put my experiences with Sunday family dinners, girls with grit, and men who refused to take off their cowboy hats to good use.
When it comes to reading a book though, the sky’s the limit and I don’t always read about what I know and live. I’ll read about millionaires, FBI agents, the guy next door, and women who race cars for a living or find themselves gambled away by their rotten stepfather. Of course, I can never turn down a good cowboy story either. I love the freedom of choosing a book, and that brings me to a question…
Do you read books that have a storyline similar to the way you live or do you read books to escape to a new world?
My newest release came out October 17th, and is called Val’s Rancher. It’s the 2nd book of the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series. You can also find Chantilly’s Cowboy, book one, here and most ebook stores.
Val McDougal knows all about heartbreak. First, the love of her life, Sam Turner, left to join the rodeo circuit two years ago. Now she faces a new kind of pain—her beloved father is dying. The last thing she needs is Sam’s unexpected return to Pike, Montana, to take over his family’s ranch, stirring up desires Val doesn’t think she can handle.
Sam knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he broke things off with Val. He’s determined to win her back, this time for good. But despite the sizzling heat between them, Val keeps pulling away. He has to convince her to trust him—and her own heart—again, especially as the time draws near when she’ll need him the most…
Book two of the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series. Look for book one, Chantilly’s Cowboy, available now.
Multipublished Romance author, Debra Kayn, is not only a writer, she’s a wife and Mom to four great kids. When she’s not staying up late dreaming of new stories to write, she enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and spending time with a fishing pole in her hands.
She lives in the beautiful Coastal Mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. Her love of animals includes dogs, chickens, goats, rabbits, turkeys, geese, and yes…pigs. The peacefulness of a flowing creek across her property provides an excellent spot to read a book on a summer day, go swimming, and catch the ever-elusive fish.