Today we welcome the lovely Lisa Mondello to our little part of the world. She is the author of the new Contemporary Western Romance, Nothing But Trouble.
Topic: Researching the Western Novel
If you ever take a writing course, the first thing the instructor will tell you is to write about what you know. That’s fine for your first novel or two. But pretty soon, writing what you know gets boring just like reading only what you know is boring.
Sooner or later, every writer is going to have to step outside their comfort zone and write about something they don’t know. Writing about cowboys and cowboy life was it for me!
Now, if you’ve read some of my books already, then you may be scratching your head since you know that out of the 12 books I’ve published, 5 have been cowboy books!
There is a very good reason for this. While it’s easier to write about things you already know about, nothing is more fun than writing about what you don’t know. And when you find a subject you love (and who doesn’t love a cowboy) you want to write about them over and over again.
For me, this all started with NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. While I am an avid camper, the idea of trailing into a mountain range as vast and beautiful as the Grand Tetons was a bit intimidating. Add the fact that I was writing about a rancher who happens to be a bull rider and I knew I was way out of my comfort zone. But that was okay. I dove right in, learned as much as I could about bull riding so that I knew I could talk about it in the book without making flubs. I also learned about camping and hiking in the Grand Tetons, which are quite a bit bigger than the White Mountains of New Hampshire where I was used to camping.
As a writer, it’s important to know much more detail about a subject than you’ll actually use in your story in order to give authenticity to the story. Knowing what to put in and what to leave out so the reader doesn’t get overloaded with detail is a balancing act all writers do.
After writing Nothing But Trouble, I realized I really loved writing about cowboys as much as I love reading about them. So I wrote my Texas Hearts series as a follow up. My western romance research has paid off! You can check out Nothing But Trouble and my Texas Hearts series at all online book retailers including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo and iTunes.
Here is a bit of trivia for you. I fell in love with a character in Nothing But Trouble so much that I had to give him his own book in my Texas Hearts series. If you read Nothing But Trouble, you’ll recognize Mitch Broader later on in Her Heart for the Asking and in his own book, His Heart for the Trusting.
Nothing But Trouble
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Number of pages: 148
Word Count: 40,000
Contemporary Western Romance Novel
What’s a girl to do all alone with a rodeo cowboy for 1 month in the Wyoming wilderness?
Melanie Summers has something to prove! Being a zoologist is her dream and the only thing standing in the way of her going on an African expedition is her father and his fear.
So she strikes a deal. She has to spend a full month in the Wyoming wilderness and show her father she can handle being in a remote area while managing her Type 1 diabetes before he’ll agree to fund the expedition to Africa and allow her to go. But her daddy isn’t the only one convinced she’ll fail…
But she’s not about to let any man underestimate what she can do. Especially not the sexy rodeo cowboy she’s hired to help get her through the month in the wilderness.
Yes, he knows what he’s doing. But so does she! Yes, he’s ruggedly handsome…well, he can’t help that, can he? But no sexy cowboy is going to keep her down!
Stoney Buxton needs to raise cash fast to save the family ranch after a barn fire injured his father and left the family finances in ruin. Re-entering the rodeo circuit seems like the best way to get the money he needs. That is until Melanie Summers shows up at his ranch flashing easy money.
To everyone else, Melanie’s offer seems like the answer to all his prayers. But one look at her long legs and pouting lips and Stoney knows this high society gal is going to be nothing but trouble…for his cowboy heart.
Lisa Mondello (a.k.a. LA Mondello) has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You, was the winner of the Golden Quill contest for Best First Book and to date has had over 400,000 downloads worldwide.
She is currently the author of 14 novels under the name Lisa Mondello and LA Mondello. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com