Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yellowstone Heart Song by Peggy L Henderson : Interview & Excerpt

Time Travel Romantic Adventure

Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she’s from the future.

How did a white woman suddenly appear in the remote Rocky Mountain wilderness? Trapper Daniel Osborne’s first instinct is to protect this mysterious and unconventional woman from the harsh realities of his mountains. While he fights his growing attraction to her, he is left frustrated by her lies and secrecy.

Daniel shows Aimee a side of Yellowstone she’s never experienced. She is torn between her feelings for him, and exposing a secret that will destroy everything he holds as truth. As her three months come to an end, she is faced with a dilemma: return to her own time, or stay with the man who opened her eyes to a whole new world. When the decision is made for her, both their lives will be changed forever.

Other titles in the Yellowstone Romance Series:
Yellowstone Heart Song (Book 1)
Yellowstone Redemption (Book 2)
Yellowstone Awakening (Book 3)
Yellowstone Dawn (Book 4)

Yellowstone Heart Song is FREE Today (July 7th) on Amazon.


For the better part of the morning, Daniel led her through the forest, showing her how to read different tracks, other signs to look out for that an animal had been in the area, where to look for edible roots and plants, and how to watch the skies for changes in the weather. Along with the berries, she filled her backpack with mint, wild onions, licorice, and various other roots and plants.

She had listened attentively as she tried to absorb everything Daniel told her. Some things she already knew, others were completely new to her. The subtle animal signs he picked up on astounded her. Silently, he had pointed out a black bear sow and her twin cubs in the distance, a moose in the thickets that she would have completely overlooked, and countless other smaller animals. He knew which critter made every track they came upon. He read the forest for information as someone in her time would read a newspaper. It was most refreshing to get a glimpse of this wilderness that she loved so much in her time from this man who carved out a living here.

Aimee savored the beauty of her surroundings. Aspen trees grew in abundance. Beaver lodges could be seen all along the streams, and countless otters played in the waters. With the coming of the fur trappers to these mountains within a decade of this time, the beaver would be trapped to near extinction. Wolves would be hunted until none remained, and without this predator, the elk would take over, causing the destruction of the aspen from overgrazing. This was a Yellowstone unfamiliar to her, but it was as nature had intended before the encroachment of man.

How did you start your writing career?

On a long drive home from a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park, a story popped into my head, that wouldn’t let go. I had never written anything before, but I read plenty of romance. A year later, the story was still in my head, and during another trip to Yellowstone, I paid close attention to certain places where I envisioned my characters. The day after we got home, I started writing.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

Absolutely, hands-down, my critique partner, Carol Spradling. When I first met her through an online search for a critique partner, I told her I had no ambitions of publishing. I only wanted a fresh eye on the manuscript to see how it could be improved. She helped me so much, going through the book with a fine tooth comb, offering helpful advice and suggestions. She encouraged me to publish, first gently, then more adamantly when I resisted the idea. Due to her prodding, my stand-alone story turned into an entire series.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

My husband thinks it’s great, although he can’t understand why I write romance. He thinks I should write adventure books. Well, they do have adventure in them, but the main theme/focus is the romance between the lead characters. By the way, I don’t let my husband, family, or close friends read any of my books.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

It is extremely difficult to translate the thoughts in my head into coherent words on paper.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

I love to hear from my readers. The most frequent question I get is “when is the next book coming out.” A close second is, are you a nurse, and do you live near Yellowstone. (The answer is no to the last two)

What one word best describes you?


Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

I have two new series in mind that I’m developing at the moment. Since I am currently wrapping up my Yellowstone Romance Series, and because of the way it resonated with so many people who love Yellowstone, I thought I’d move a little to the south geographically, and set my next series in the Grand Tetons to explore the history there. That’s another favorite place of mine. The other series on my mind is another time travel romance series, most likely set in the old west, where I’d like to explore some of the historical events in and around Wyoming and Montana.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

Wag more, bark less

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Find a critique partner. It’s the best advice I received as a writer. Before I ever thought about publishing, I entered my first ms in a couple of contests, just to get some feedback. I had no clue what I was doing. My jaw dropped when I finalled in my second contest. My harshest judge in that contest made one comment that just glared at me – find a critique partner. So I did, and it’s because of her that I’m here today.

I never expected to write a novel, much less publish it one day, or write an entire series. I am a medical laboratory technologist by night, and a mother, wife, and now, writer, by day. My family and I live in southern California with too many animals to mention. I may live in the city, but I’m a country girl at heart. I am an avid dressage enthusiast, and because when in Rome, do like the Romans, I like to go hiking with my husband. 
I love reading romance novels, especially early American historicals and westerns. I used to devour books at the rate of about one every day or every other day. When the basic story idea for Yellowstone Heart Song popped into my head, I didn’t think, “wow you’ve got to write this.” I was thinking more, “I wish someone would write a story like this”.  I searched for romances about mountain men in the Rockies, and nothing came close to what was in my head. A year later, I finally thought I’d write this story down that had been in my mind for so long. I never thought to publish it, but after I found a critique partner, she urged me to get this story published. The rest, as they say, is history.


1 comment:

Caroline Clemmons said...

Peggy, I love knowing what you look like now. I enjoyed the interview.