Writer Wednesday Welcomes Shirley Kennedy!!!

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to another amazing writer. Her name is Shirley Kennedy and she is flat out fabulous. She’s got a new book on shelves and I’m turning over my blog to her so she can tell us about it!

Hi Shirley! I’m thrilled you made time to stop and see me today! Please! Tell us about your newest novel, Heartbreak Trail.
It’s 1850. Lucy, a pampered New Englander, is dragged by her husband and cold-hearted brother-in-law on a wagon train bound for California. After her husband dies, she longs to return home, but that would mean abandoning her little stepson. How fortunate then that rugged Clint Palance, a former trapper and Indian scout, is watching over them both!

Sounds delish! I’m already thinking there will be adventure and mischief. Was this your first western romance?
Yes. My previous novels, published by Ballantine and Signet, were all about Regency England.

What drew you to write in that period?
Aside from a lifetime interest in the history of the Old West, I found that few time periods in history offered more plot opportunities, especially the wagon trains that crossed our continent. What with Indian attacks—deadly snakes—dangerous river crossings—grizzlies—buffalo stampedes—violent weather and more, where else could I find so many treacherous situations to throw in the path of my hero and heroine? Add to that the conflicts that inevitably arose when a group of people from all walks of life were forced to live together for months at time with no outside help, completely dependent on one another. Plot situations abounded on a wagon train. In fact, I plan to write another.

I’d never thought of the old west that way. Those wagon trails really were in for some peril. Now, I need to read it! Where can we get our hands on Heartbreak Trail?
Several ways. The print version can be ordered from Camel Press. It’s also available on Amazon in both print and Kindle format. The e-book format can be found on Smashwords.

And by the way, I went from knowing nothing about book trailers to producing my own. I hope you’ll take a look at :

Are you working on something new? Are you willing to share a bit about that?

I’m working on another wagon train saga. Don’t laugh, but it’s tentatively called Wagon Train Cinderella (I love that title, so there!) Meanwhile I’m revising two completed novels: Deadly Gamble, a paranormal romance about Las Vegas, and The Last of Lady Lansdown, a spicy Regency historical. My agent will be receiving both very soon.

Before your first publication, you were a regular aspiring writer like us. LOL. Do you have any advice for those waiting to get it
right? Or is there something else you’d like to share about the journey to seeing your name on shelves one day?
My best advice would be, keep writing—and read, read, read. Study your craft. Join writing groups. Attend writing conferences because they are invaluable and always inspiring. And most of all, never give up despite those hurtful rejections.

Well said Shirley! Thank you so much for coming by today and sharing with us. I’ll never look at the old west the same, and excuse me but I’m loving that book trailer! Nice job!

Shirley Kennedy wrote and published Regency romances for several years for both Ballantine and Signet.  Researching the Regency period, she traveled to England, Ireland, and Scotland several times.  Now, switching genres to western romance, she has done extensive research on that fascinating period of time when wagon trains crossed the continent on a perilous journey, some headed to the California Gold rush.

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Shirley has lived in such diverse places as Denver; Houston; Torrance, California; Bogota ,Colombia; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Sciences at the University of Calgary.  She worked as a computer programmer/systems analyst for several years before she went back to her first love, writing.

Shirley currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She belongs to The Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Las Vegas Writers Group.

You can hear more from Shirley and her new projects by stopping by her website Shirley Kennedy or by following her on Facebook

3 comments to Writer Wednesday Welcomes Shirley Kennedy!!!

  • I read and loved Shirley’s book! Wagon Train Cinderella, here I come! Finish it up, lady.

  • I’ve read a couple of historical western romances (Kaki Warner’s recent series) and really enjoyed them. I’ve added Shirley’s novel to my TBR list – I find this historical era so interesting. Thanks for getting the word out about Heartbreak Trail :)

  • Shirley, your book sounds intriguing. Enjoyed the interview. I love those old western movies, and now that I think about it, most involved romance too. I may become an avid historical romance reader if I’m not careful. Your book has been added to my TBR list.

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