A Cowboy’s Heaven, my contribution to COWBOY UP 2, was an emotional story for me to write. I laughed and I cried as I fell in love with Collin and Katie… I’ve wanted to write this story since finding an article…
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Have you ever wondered where authors get some of their plot ideas? It really isn’t as mysterious as you might think.
Inspiration can come from just about everything. Some of the most common are from events that happen in real life, dreams, songs, phrases from other books, and a thousand other places or things can spark a story idea. For example, it’s no secret Stephenie Meyer got the idea for The Twilight Saga from a dream. Then a single line in Eclipse (book 3 of the saga) inspired me to write The Hunter’s Dagger Series (published under my pen name Cera duBois).
My contemporary western series The Colton Gamblers was sparked when I watched a butterfly hatch from a cocoon. Many of my former military heroes are an accumulation of things I’ve learned from the soldiers I’ve worked with over the years.
I’ll also tweak things that actually happen to create subplots in my books. One such inspiration came from the TV show American Idol up in my contemporary western romance, Heartstrings. Although the main plot idea came from a Star Wars fan fiction I’d written almost ten years ago.
The inspiration for my novella Chasing a Cowboy (part of best selling Cowboy Up) came from the summertime hit by Dierks Bentley, Drunk On a Plane.
When coming up for a story for Cowboy Up 2, I went through my old story notes and found an idea that I jotted down after reading an article. The story was about a young widow who had lost the love of her life only a few months after getting married. She was so heartbroken that she even started a blog about grief. But after a while, a friend introduced her to another friend who had also lost his wife, a woman he deeply loved. The story was so moving it sounded like a fairytale, or a good romance novel. So, I stored the idea away and from this nugget of inspiration came A Cowboy’s Heaven.
A Cowboy’s Heaven
Sara Walter Ellwood
From the hell of lost love, can they find heaven together?
Katie Chester is alone in the world. After losing her husband and then her parents, she’s left to run Heaven, a thousand-acre ranch encompassing nearly an entire Montana mountain. She rents out a suite of rooms, but ends up with a boarder who shakes her to her foundation.
When Pennsylvanian ex-Army doctor Collin Kirkpatrick lost his wife a year ago, he lost his world. He needs to escape the pain, and where better than in an isolated town in the West? He answers an ad for resident doctor in Evansville, Montana, but is surprised to find Heaven and the angel residing there.
But can they leave their grief and pain in the past to blaze a new path into the future?
He smirked at her as he sat beside her on the hay bale. “You’re laughing at me.”
“Not at all. You’re actually a pleasant surprise, Dr. Kirkpatrick.”
“I hope in a good way.” He winked at her and quirked his lips up into a lopsided smile, then turned his attention fully on the cow and calf, and leaned over his long legs with his elbows planted on his knees.
The calf suddenly lurched herself onto her back feet and Collin grinned from ear to ear. “She’s a beauty.”
Dear God, he more than surprised her, he overwhelmed her, and yes, it was in a good way. A very good way.
Katie let out a breath and violently shivered. He picked up the discarded blanket and pulled it over her legs. “You’re going to catch your death. Were you out in this cold all day?”
She nodded and swallowed. No way could she tell him that the sensation had nothing to do with the cold, and everything to do with him.
With a deep breath to steady her racing heart, she watched as the calf latched onto one of her mother’s teats and started sucking with loud, hungry pulls.
“We can go inside in a few moments.” Sweet mercy, was that low, husky voice hers?
Collin only nodded as they watched the miracle of life before him.
About Sara Walter Ellwood:
Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published author and publishes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.
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