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Cowboys with Vicki Lewis Thompson
was born to be an actor, but grew up at Thunder Mountain Ranch as a cowboy. So
when things go haywire after shooting his first Hollywood movie, he retreats to
his childhood home where he knows his parents and foster brothers can help him
figure out what he really wants out of life.
agent, Geena Lysander, isn’t about to lose one of her best new clients—so she
follows him. And things get complicated because she’s attracted to Matt, and not
just for his handsome, movie-star good looks. As she gets to know the man
behind the cowboy, their professional relationship becomes passionately
personal. Could Matt’s next big role be as Geena’s leading man?
LEWIS THOMPSON is a New York Times bestselling
author who worked as a journalist and a high school English teacher before
deciding to become a romance novelist. She was the recipient of Romance Writers
of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has published more
than 100 books.
How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break
into the industry.
1.Be an artist and a businesswoman. A myth persists that all you need is a
great book and minions will appear to do the rest. A great book is a good
start, but it will languish unless it’s shepherded through the process by an
educated author who’s studied the market and researched her publishing options.
2.Turn in clean copy. Pleasing a reader
is the goal, whether the reader is your mom, an agent, an editor, or the
stranger who plunks down money for your book. No one deserves to be handed a
story riddled with typos and grammatical mistakes unless that person has
agreed, for love or money, to help you make it presentable.
3.Study story structure. Commercial
fiction is more than a random collection of scenes. Many excellent books have
been written about story structure if you’re hazy on the concept. Even if you
think you understand it, brush up on the topic to be sure.
4.Read and analyze bestsellers in your
sub-genre. They’ve achieved what you’re aiming for and it’s extremely
valuable to figure out how and why they’re reaching a large audience. If the
answer seems elusive, keep looking. It’s there.
5.Find your tribe. Writing is a solitary pursuit, but with
all the communication tools we have, you should be able to locate your peeps.
If possible, funnel down from the general category of writer to fiction writer,
then to romance fiction writer and finally to the specific sub-genre(s) you’re
targeting. Building a network of those who write what you do will help with
your plots, your sales and your sanity.
Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to
play the characters in a movie
Matt Forrest: Because
Matt actually is a movie star in the
story, I wanted an image of a traditionally gorgeous guy. I’d picked out Henry
Cavill to play Matt before I ever started writing.
Instead of a movie star, I chose Kate Middleton to play Geena. I’m hoping that
Will doesn’t mind.
Rosie Padgett: I’d
cast Kathy Bates as Rosie. Yes, she played a memorable villain in Misery, but she’s a fabulous actor and
would do a great job as the matriarch of Thunder Mountain Ranch. She’s the one
who worked in social services and who started the ranch’s legacy by bringing a
homeless boy home with her.
Herb Padgett: I had
to search for Herb, but I finally found him. Singer and actor James Darren is
about fifteen years older than Herb would be, but he has the right face for a
man who’s both a large animal vet and the devoted foster father of more than
two dozen boys.
Cade Gallagher: I’d
cast Channing Tatum as Cade, the first boy to arrive at the ranch, the one who
created the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood and arguably the most memorable of the
foster brothers. Because Cade is related to the Chance brothers from the Sons
of Chance series, he’s the link between the two. He appears in all the Thunder
Lexi Simmons: I
picked Audrey Tautou to play Lexi because she rocks the short curly brown hair
look that is so Lexi. Audrey starred opposite Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code. Although she’s French, I’m sure she could manage
an American accent for the role of Cade’s soul mate.
IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS by Vicki Lewis Thompson
your favorite part about writing In the Cowboy’s Arms?
·Hollywood newcomer Matt Forrest is falsely
accused of behaving dishonorably. I loved writing the scenes where his foster
family stands behind him because they all know he would never do such a thing.
Warms my heart.
there anyone who you based Matt and Geena off of, or who you drew your
·Matt is a little like my son, who’s the nicest
guy in the world, and he sometimes blunders into a dicey situation because he
sees the best in everyone.
did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?
·I’ve been writing since I was eight, but I
didn’t realize I could make money at it until I was in my thirties.
your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance?
·I get to play with modern-day slang! It’s tricky
because some words stick and others fade. The word “cool” is one of the few
that’s survived over several generations.
many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your
·About 150. That would be like picking a favorite
child! But if I had to choose a recent one, it would be CLAIMED!, the third
book in my Sons of Chance series. I heart Jack Chance.
future projects are you working on?
·More cowboy stories! I love writing them.
have any advice for new writers?
·Don’t be intimidated by the success of others.
Everyone starts at zero so leap into the current and swim like hell. It’s not
an easy way to make a living, but it’s incredibly rewarding.
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