Please join me in welcoming guest author Joan Bird to the blog today. Tumbleweed Heights is Joan’s first published novel. Please make Joan feel welcome on the blog today by leaving your questions and comments for her in the comments section following this post.
About Joan Bird
Joan Bird has been telling stories for years. In her first incarnation she was a singer/song writer with a rock band (yes, her Fender guitars are awesome), then she started writing books, mostly for herself.
Joan’s storytelling is legendary amongst her family and friends. For years she’s been including short stories with her holiday greetings each December and for years her friends and family have been encouraging her to write a book. Little did they know she had a storehouse of novels just waiting to be read by more than just her mailing list.
A couple of years ago she began working on polishing the stories she had already written, which sparked new ideas that led to writing more novels. Tumbleweed Heights is her first published book, but there are more on the way and she can’t wait for you to read them.
Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Tumbleweed Heights.
About Tumbleweed Heights
Moving to Briarwood, Colorado had not been in Gilly Casey’s original life plan. Sure, she’d dreamed of owning a horse ranch, but as kind of a part-time gig, in Topanga Canyon maybe. But the best laid plans of this high-powered L.A. attorney turn to dust when more than her bar card is threatened. Fleeing to a life she had never imagined quickly becomes a cat and mouse game just to stay alive.
Luke Hudson’s road to Briarwood was no less bumpy. Hiding from his own demons, he’s no longer able to float below the radar when he recognizes the feisty Miz Casey is in more trouble than she’ll admit. Donning the hero mantle years after he’d shed that skin, Luke realizes that rescuing Gilly might just save him, too.
With so many secrets between them, does love stand a chance? When the past trains its loaded gun on them, truth may not be enough to safeguard Gilly and Luke.
Joan Bird About Inspiration:
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
I’m not sure, certainly not for Tumbleweed Heights. One thing though, is I’ll see something -a place, a person- and this visual becomes a character or a place that needs a character, in my head.
Other times, an opening line pulls up out of nowhere. Sits there idling in my brain like a car at a red light compelling me to write it down. It’s the old ‘dark and stormy night’ inspiration. I let descriptive prose take me to a character then my character lands me in a story. When this method is my spark, I usually return to the opening and change it up since it’s likely more seed than actual plot, but by then my characters are friends and they straighten me out. I do tend to over kill on backstory with this method, but cut and paste is a most remarkable tool.
Maybe I have a heroine in mind, but I have no idea what her conflict will be. A hero, and I have to find his angst. In that sense, the characters themselves become my inspiration.
With Tumbleweed, I had Gilly on the page and though I’d decided she landed in the fictional Briarwood because she’d run from something in her past, I had no clue what she was escaping. Dang, she wasn’t even a just-about-disbarred lawyer in the beginning. And Luke? Poor man was on the lamb from a bad marriage but it didn’t fit him. He’s too true-blue and a sensitive guy. I know quite a few of those, by the way. His trauma had to be significant enough to drive him from a successful medical practice and the career he loved, halfway across the country to a backwards berg. A child dying on his operating table did the trick.
Even when this approach is the kick-off, at some point experiences of my life, people that have crossed my path, enter in and flush out the tale. Then I sprinkle in all those dreams I had as a little girl and presto-change-o, it comes together.