Don’t miss Heidi’s show with me on Introducing WRITERS! radio show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kims on June 24, 2009 730 pm CST.
Hi Heidi, Welcome to Book Madness.
Tell us a bit about you, something that will surprise us?
I once sang at Carnegie Hall. (It was with a Sweet Adelines group from Missoula, MT)
Why do you write, what is it that makes you do it?
I love the creative process, building a character from nothing or creating one that is based on a real person and making her seem real. I like telling a story and making people laugh or cry.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books, and why?
At this point, with one published novel, I’d have to say Nettie, because she is based on my grandmother. The character I’m creating for my fourth book in the series, Samantha, is quickly becoming a favorite, though. She’s another strong, independent Montana cowgirl.
If you could have dinner with six people, alive or dead (LOL), who would they be?
My grandparents from both sides of the family, my dad and mom, Ivan Doig, a Montana author I admire, Jane Kirkpatrick, another favorite histotical novelist, and Randy Travis, the country singer. That’s more than six, but I think it would be a fun, eclectic group!
Tell us a bit about your writing process.
I’m a journalist by education, and I have had to overcome the habit of writing “just the facts.” Usually my first draft is pretty spare, and I have to go back and flesh it out with emotions, senses and always more conflict. I’m not an outline writer—I do an outline after I’ve written a large portion or all of the book, to help me stay on track with facts and events.
What is your current release? And how did this book come about.
Cowgirl Dreams is based on my grandmother who rode steers in Montana rodeos during the 1920s. That tidbit of information about her stuck with me through the years as fascinating and courageous, and I knew I had to write a book about her.
Summer’s coming… where would you like to go on vacation?
The beach—anywhere with water and sunshine. But, I’m spending most of the month of June traveling through Montana on my book tour—lots of sunshine, but not a lot of water.
How can readers find you?
Thank you, Kim. This has been fun!