by JR Biery
Interestingly enough, when I started writing forty years ago, some of my first sales were to confession magazines. Mother was a hairdresser and kept lots of magazines, including all the confessions, stocked for her customers. As a girl I found them fascinating. When she finally decided I was old enough to read them I was not disappointed. Despite the tantalizing blurbs and lurid cover images, they were mainly tame love stories. But all were satisfying emotional dramas, mainly about a woman making a mistake and coming to realize the error of her ways.
Now, I find myself writing historical western romance novels. The thing that draws me to them isn’t just the love story. It’s trying to imagine what it was like to live in those times. In my just completed Western Wives Series, I didn’t want the meet, fall in love and kiss tale of most Harlequin novels or a Barbara Cartland Romance. I wanted to imagine what life was like trying to live with one of these macho men in such a challenging, dangerous, and dirty world. Since being a writer gives one the freedom to make up the story you want to read, that is what I write. One full of emotional turbulence, excitement, and true, everlasting love that can withstand any threat, even marriage to a cowboy who speaks ten words a day or comes to bed without taking a bath. Now that’s true love.
Currently I’m writing a new series, set in Appalachia, called Mountain Wives.
Once I discovered novel writing, I haven’t look back. For a brief time, I wrote romances that were rejected with kind requests to send the next book. I entered and won a few awards at small romance contests. I had a mystery novel accepted and published by a small press.
I am a retired science and math teacher who spent twenty-six years teaching in rural Tennessee schools. But while teaching, I was a closeted writer, dreaming that someday I would have time to write again for publication. Now I’m retired, I’m doing that.
For years, I've written for my own entertainment. As a reader, I could have a story that I had not seen before, with an ending that was a surprise to me. For once the characters spring to life in my mind with a major problem in place, I feel like I’m following along, trying to make sense of what's happening. Also, I love that in fiction, no matter how terrible the situation, you can write a satisfying solution.
Because of a dare from a friend to post something on Amazon, I now have several books published there. I love having readers to share and enjoy some of these stories I’ve dreamed up.
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JR's Featured Western Romance: The Milch Bride
Hattie Stoddard has been a victim of a brutal rape and seen her father beaten and changed forever. By the time she can ride for help, the men who attacked her have told a different story of what happened and the town refuses to believe her. Pregnant and ostracized, she is determined to save her father and the ranch. Then her father and son die.
When Jackson arrives she has nothing left but her shredded pride and the determination not to lose the land. When Jackson tells her she is going with him, she refuses. Finally they strike a bargain, he will pay the taxes and save the ranch if she will nurse and care for his son until J.D. is weaned. But a lot can happen in the milk-year.
Available Here: Amazon