by Lynda J. Cox
It’s been said that writing is cathartic. And, knowing the back story for Jessie, the events that shaped her into the person she was in Seize the Flame that occurred between the end of Smolder on a Slow Burn and the opening of her story, I knew I didn’t want to write it. I would have to look at my own life before I met the man I adore and love with my whole heart. I would have to re-examine all the ways that I allowed another person to belittle me, to drive me into the dirt, to make me believe I wasn’t worthy of respect or of love. All those things I felt in my first marriage and the aftermath were incorporated into parts of Jessie’s psyche. There were times I was physically ill while writing this novel and other times I had to literally walk away from the keyboard and regain perspective.
This novel was a tap-dance between putting too much of me into Jessie and letting Jessie be her own person. (The need to avoid the “Mary-Sue” complex was overwhelming while writing this book.) The dance also included a tango between me and my publisher, because of the issue raised in the novel of spousal abuse. I had to tread carefully, cautiously, and at the same time, not make light of what happened to Jessie at the hands of her husband, Robert. If the reviews are anything to go on, I think I managed all those intricate dance steps.
Drake was the key to this whole dance. Because I had his back story prior to the novel where he appeared as a secondary character, he knew and understood how to respond to Jessie’s pain. He treads that line between “alpha” and “beta” with remarkable ease. I had already established that Drake is a dead ringer for his older brother and yet he is so very different from A.J. Drake’s back story makes him highly empathetic, sometimes to his own detriment.
When she isn't writing, she can often be found on the road, traveling to the next dog show. Those long road trips allow her to plot out her novels.
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Lynda's Featured Western Romance: Seize the Flame
Unable to accept that the only woman he ever loved left him standing at the altar and married another man, Drake Adams has given up a good law practice in the Wyoming Territory. If he’s not hunting down bounties, he’s pursuing the bottom of a bottle of bourbon. When Drake learns his former fiancée, Jessica Majors-Depre, has a price on her head, he decides he will collect that bounty.
Can the bounty hunter and the bank robber ignite a future from the ashes of their past when they are trapped by a blizzard in a mountain shack or will playing with fire burn them both?
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