Why do you write fiction?
I’ve written or told stories all my life. I’m one of those idealists who believes storytellers are born. Sure, anyone can be a technically perfect writer with enough training and practice. However, there’s a special kind of magic in storytelling. Either you have it or you don’t. I hope the magic is always with me.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Maid Marian and The Lawman is set in NE Oklahoma in an area known as Indian Territory in 1896. The Cherokee Nation had settled there, and outlaws hid out in the hills and woods of the region. Mary and Robin Goode were the children of British missionaries who died in southern Kansas in 1888 from a virulent fever. When the illness left Mary ill as well, her older brother, Robin, was taken away to an institution where people “like him” were sent in those days. Today, we would call Robin’s disability Down Syndrome, and he would be welcome in our world. Then, he was locked away.
Mary recovers and breaks into the institution to rescue her brother. She finds him reciting their favorite book to his roommates—an older man of short stature and an extremely tall Cherokee brave. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood had been their father’s favorite book, which was why his only son was named Robin. Her brother greets her as Maid Marian—his pet name for her—and invites the other men to accompany them on their journey. He has named them Friar Tuck and Little John.
Their new home in Indian Territory becomes their Sherwood Forest. Unknown to Mary, her brother and his Merry Men have taken their role playing too seriously, and have crossed the border into Arkansas more than once to steal from the rich and give to the poor. When a United States Marshal, Shane Latimer, discovers their hide-out, he immediately finds himself in their care due to a snakebite. His mission is to find and arrest the “Merry Men” outlaws, but this loving misfit of a family is hardly what he expected.
How can he reconcile his duty with his growing attraction for Mary and her quirky family…?
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Not at all. My readers are all ages—preferably adult, because I do write sexy love scenes—all genders, all races, etc. I receive letters from readers all over the world, including a judge in Tennessee who asked me after my third book, “Do you realize all your books deal with justice and retribution?” No, I hadn’t, but he was right. There is always that thread in some way. I have no idea why.
Please describe your writing routine.
Routine?!?!?!? Surely, you jest! It’s kind of like the “F” word my agent uses. Not that F word. Hers is “Focus.” I have a tendency to write in every genre—sometimes in the same book. 😉 Okay, only in the time-travels with ghosts, etc. I write when I want, which is daily, but sometimes for several hours and other days for only a few minutes. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and sometimes pain keeps me away from the keyboard. On those days, I will catch up on reading and research.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Write what you love — first and foremost. You’ll hear people tell you to study the market and write what will sell. That is a waste of time. The market is constantly changing, and by the time you study what’s being published now, there will be a new trend. You must love what you write or you will fall short of your full potential, and your sense of satisfaction will diminish. Furthermore, you’re in this for the long haul, so don’t wait to write the book of your heart. If you have one, write it now! You’ve heard the saying, “Open a vein?” Yes, figuratively. Let all your passion for your characters and their plight pour onto the page. You can clean up the mess later. 🙂
More about Maid Marian and the Lawman:
The simple goodness of a dream reminds us how to fall in love.
1896: Oklahoma Indian Territory.
Mary Goode has spent nearly a decade hiding her sweetly off-kilter brother, Robin, and two fellow misfits after she rescued them from a brutal institution. But unknown to Mary, the trio’s fascination with Robin Hood and their hero’s crusade to “steal from the rich and give to the poor” may have led to a few actual robberies.
U.S. Marshal Shane Latimer is on the trail of the inept Robin Hood and his shabby band of not-so-tough Merry Men when his rattlesnake-spooked-horse lands him in care of Robin’s fiercely protective sister, Mary, aka Maid Marian.
He’s instantly charmed by Mary’s devotion to her whimsical brood, but worries that she may be hiding the truth. Still, for a loner like Shane, the appeal of their family affection, love and loyalty, combined with Mary’s growing hold on his heart, is hard to resist.
Mary is equally torn. For the first time in her life she has someone to share the challenges of keeping her brood out of trouble. But will her quest for happiness forever shatter the idyllic life she’s forged for her special family…?
And how will Shane reconcile his duties as a lawman and his love for Maid Marian and her outlaw brood?
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