Today on my blog, I’m spotlighting the incredible Kristy McCaffrey and her new release from The Cowboy To Keep anthology, Blue Sage. I’ve personally read the book and its excellent! Before we get to more about Blue Sage, I wanted to learn more about the author behind the story.
Thank you for having me, Devon. I’m Kristy McCaffrey and I’ve been writing professionally for 14 years. In college, I studied engineering (I’ve got a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering), but writing has always been my passion from the moment I could read and write. I pen mostly historical western romances, but this year I’m venturing into the contemporary romance genre with my story, BLUE SAGE, in the anthology A Cowboy To Keep, and later this year with the publication of my first contemporary adventure romance, DEEP BLUE.
Do you have another job outside of writing?
Yes. I work for my husband. He’s an independent salesman for industrial products (mostly steel rolls for rolling mills). I do most of his bookkeeping.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes. I’ve been compelled to write since I was very young.
What was your journey to become a writer like?
As a child, I wrote fan fiction and short stories. It wasn’t until I was married with four young children that I attempted my first novel.
What do you find to be the most difficult challenges in writing?
Everything! Seriously, every book I write is a lot of hard work. I keep waiting for it to get easier but it doesn’t.
How do you come up with your ideas for a book? What comes first – the plot or the characters?
Story ideas generally pop into my head. I form characters and plot together.
Most writers have certain quirks or rituals when they write – my must haves are endless cups of coffee, my dog by my feet and complete silence. What are some of yours?
I can only write at my desk and usually in the afternoons. My brain doesn’t function creatively in the morning. I drink a lot of tea, chew sugar-free gum, and listen to 70’s music on my iPod.
What is your current work in progress about? Or do you have an idea for a future novel?
My current wip—titled DEEP BLUE—features Dr. Grace Mann and her obsession with great white sharks. She travels to Guadalupe Island in Baja Mexico to freedive with the whites who come there each fall to mate and feed. Filmmaker Alec Galloway is also along to film a documentary about her. This will be the first book in a new adventure series I’m launching, and I’m really excited about it. These stories combine my love of adventure, romance, environmental awareness, and animal conservation.
Do you have any words of advice for a new writer?
Always be writing—that will be your best teacher. Read widely to understand how stories affect you emotionally so you can tap into that when drafting your own stuff. Study craft. Surround yourself with writers better than you and learn from them. And the thesaurus is your best friend.
Blue Sage Blurb
Braden Delaney has taken over the family cattle business after the death of his father, but faced with difficult financial decisions, he contemplates selling a portion of the massive Delaney ranch holdings known as Whisper Rock, a place of unusual occurrences. Archaeologist Audrey Driggs has come to the remote wilderness of Northern Arizona for clues to a life-altering experience from her childhood. Together, they’ll uncover a long-lost secret.
Blue Sage Excerpt
There was no trail. They plodded a haphazard course through pinyon pines, overgrown bushes, and rock-strewn terrain, and several times Audrey turned to look behind them to make certain she recognized the makeshift trail so they could get back to the horses and Stevie. But Braden didn’t seem concerned.
From the distance, a muffled cackling sound echoed back to them. Audrey scanned the sky, expecting to see the ravens that had passed by already, but the birds didn’t reappear. Instead, the honking and bird chatter increased as she and Braden continued forward.
When it had finally become a cacophony of squawking, Braden halted and looked back at her, his face set in a frown. From the deafening volume of the chattering birds, it had to be a huge gathering.
Braden waited until Audrey stopped beside him.
“Do you think something’s dead up ahead?” she asked. It might explain such a large gathering of birds who routinely dined on roadkill.
Braden squinted. “I don’t know why all these birds are here, but I should tell you that this place has always had a strange energy to it.”
I know. “Strange how?”
“You’ll probably think I’m crazy, but it feels tilted here.”
She sensed that Braden was a down-to-the-earth kind of man, a cowboy who lived his life with decency and respect. She doubted he was prone to flights of fancy, and he seemed uncomfortable sharing his thoughts on this place.
“Are we talking woo-woo stuff?” she asked, arching an eyebrow.
He scoffed. “Look, I don’t know about flying saucers and Martians from outer space, but this place is strange, and you’re looking for areas that are off, right? That might harbor artifacts or some clue to other civilizations? I just wanted to warn you. Honestly, this could all be nothing.”
She grinned. “You’ve totally peaked my interest. We have to check it out now.” She started to move toward the bird sounds but then turned back. “And I don’t think you’re crazy, Delaney. In fact, you’re beginning to grow on me.”
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Kristy McCaffrey Bio
Kristy McCaffrey writes historical western romances set in the American southwest. She and her husband dwell in the Arizona desert with two chocolate labs named Ranger and Lily, and whichever of their four children that are in residence. Kristy believes life should be lived with curiosity, compassion, and gratitude, and one should never be far from the enthusiasm of a dog. She also likes sleeping-in, eating Mexican food, and doing yoga at home in her pajamas.
Blog ~ Pathways: http://www.kristymccaffrey.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kristy-McCaffrey/e/B004NXSCNC/