Q: Your Harlequin debut, "A Man of His Word," features a Native American heroine, a lawyer fighting a big corporation bent on destroying her people's land. The story is intriguing and certainly holds the reader's imagination. How did you come up with this plot?
A: In the opening scene, Dan (our hero!) sees an Indian Princess ride down out of the woods. She’s riding bareback, wearing a buckskin dress, and looks like she’s come straight out of the past—until she pulls a gun and puts a hole in Dan’s hat. He chases her, but he can’t catch her. I thought of that scene one October day while raking leaves. The images really grabbed me, and I knew there was a story there, but it took me another six months to figure out who those people were and how they could possibly fall in love after she kills his hat. Obviously, the relationship starts off as adversarial, and putting both of them on opposite sides of a lawsuit mirrored that tension perfectly. Then it just became a matter of discovering what kind of lawsuit would be something both parties would fight for, and water rights are perfect for a South Dakota setting.
Q: What would you like readers who haven't had a chance to read "A Man of His Word" to know about this Harlequin Desire?
A: A Man of His Word is a different kind of cowboys-and-American Indian story. First off, it’s not mind-numbingly politically correct. It’s also not intentionally politically incorrect. I’m not about lecturing people. I’m about writing a fun read. Second, Dan is a different kind of Desire hero. Sure, he runs a multimillion dollar business, and yes, he’s used to the finer things in life, but he takes care of his horse and knows how to build his own campfire. That’s the kind of thing women—both real and fictional—appreciate in a hero! Finally, well—did I mention the campfire? You’re going to love it. Promise!
Q: Who are some of your favorite romance authors who write cowboy stories?
A: I love Kathleen Eagle. She showed me how to write a contemporary American Indian character without being condescending or trapped in labels. I also enjoy reading Linda Lael Miller. Her Creed series is so wonderful—those are some sensitive-yet-manly cowboys! I just discovered Vivian Arend’s new cowboy series, and I’m really excited about that. So many cowboys, so little time!
Q:. What books are in your future?
A: A Man of Privilege will be out in July, 2012. James Carlson, whom we meet in A Man of His Word, gets his own story. He’s prosecuting the case of his life, and he needs the testimony of a former hooker and drug addict—except the woman who walks into his office doesn’t look like any ex-hooker he’s ever seen. James will have to decide what’s more important—his case, or his future? Then, in September, 2012, the final book will be out. It’s unofficial title is A Man of Honor. Nick Longhair left the reservation years ago and made a name for himself. But when his tribe hires him to prosecute an environmental case, he returns home to discover his old girlfriend has a young son—his. Will he choose the luxurious life he’s built, or will he choose the fatherhood path?
What authors do you like to read? I’m giving away one signed copy of A Man of His Word to a lucky commenter! I’m also registering people to win a custom-made Locket of Love, worth $185.
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A Man of His Word Blurb: Attorney Rosebud Donnelly has a case to win. And she never lets anyone see her sweat. But her first meeting with Dan Armstrong doesn’t go according to script. No one warned her that the COO of the company she’s fighting would be so…manly. From his storm-colored eyes to his well-worn boots, Dan is an honest-to-goodness cowboy. But is he honest? Her yearning for the Texas tycoon goes against reason, against family loyalty, against everything she thought she believed in. And yet, in Dan’s strong arms, Rosebud feels she might be ready to risk everything for one more kiss….
Bio: Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.
When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dog, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son.