It is a period western and having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s when westerns were rife, the period has always intrigued me. Cowboys in white hats always seems like such a moral bunch.
Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?
Lily Rose Cochrane grew up the spoiled daughter of a prosperous midwestern couple until she was fifteen when her life changed dramatically. Her mother passed and her father turned to the bottle leaving her to pick up the pieces. Feeling the weight of too many burdens placed on her young shoulders, she is looking for a way out. She thinks she may have found it in Johnny Billings. Unfortunately, he’s not ready to make a commitment but Lily finds a way around his reticence. This is a story of young love, loss and finding love again.
Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
As I mentioned above, I love westerns and cowboys. I sit down at the keyboard and see where it takes me – sometimes the story will come all at once and sometimes, it takes me a while. It depends on the time I devote to a story as to how long it takes. I wanted this to be historically correct so a great deal of research was necessary making the book take longer to write.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
For a man, during this period, Johnny Billings has a surprisingly tender spot and insight into a woman.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
I have an acerbic wit and it usually comes out in all of my characters.
If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?
Jeremy Irvine for Johnny and Brie Larson for Lily Rose.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t write my first story until four years ago when someone challenged me. It took off from there.
How do you find the time to write?
I’m retired and when I first started to write we were living in a motor home so it filled up the time. Now that we are permanently settled, I don’t have as much spare time so the writing is slower going.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on another western type story, set in modern time, though.
How can readers find you online?
Buy Finding Love At The Trail’s End along with Leigh Smith’s other books on Amazon.