Linda Lael Miller – Exploring Myriad Emotions

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Exploring the Human Heart and Mind

I might be described by some as the Accidental Romance Novelist.

Many, many moons ago, when the publication of my first book was still a distant goal, rimmed in the golden Always a Cowboylight of my imagination, I was (and remain) a great reader.  I devoured the epic tomes of Taylor Caldwell—The Captains and the Kings, Testimony of Two Men, etc.  I also loved Phyllis A. Whitney, Velda Johnston, Victoria Holt, and Janice Holt Giles, to name just a (very) few.

I wrote my first novel, Fletcher’s Woman, as a romance, simply because the romance market was growing by the proverbial leaps and bounds at the time (the early 1980s), and I wanted to break in somewhere—anywhere.  I have often quipped that, had westerns been the biggest game in town, you might be talking to Luke Mantee, rather than Linda Lael Miller.

Alas, in order to learn the craft, I bought stacks of romances, mostly historical, and studied them carefully; I would read a chapter, then scrawl a few lines to recap the main events.  In this way, and with much effort, I began to see the “bones” of a satisfying story.

In the process, I fell in love with romance, and the “marriage” has been a lasting one—totaling 33 years as of this August and showing no signs of cooling, although I am writing an ambitious trilogy set during and after the American Civil War.  The stories are big, the characters are many and varied, and the drama, as you can imagine, is wide-screen stuff.

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The books definitely have elements of romance, both in the grand, literary sense of spectacle and color and the necessary cast of thousands, and in the more specific man/woman sense of the term.  All the stories I’ve loved so long and so well are about relationships, after all, about love and hatred and the myriad emotions in between.

A gloriously tangled web indeed.

Therefore, I am still writing mass market romance, and still loving it.

Why?  Because of my great fascination with people and the mysteries of love, the greatest force on earth, if not in the entire universe.

Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise might have considered outer space the final frontier, but I explore inner space in my stories, as do my many talented colleagues, boldly venturing into the equally vast land-and-skyscapes of the human mind and heart.

It is there, I believe, that the most precious treasures are found.

Linda Lael Miller recommends: 

Debbie Macomber   –   (at Amazon)

B.J. Daniels     –   (at Amazon)

Maisie Yates    –   (at Amazon)

Mary J. Williams    –     (at Amazon)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

I think the most romantic city I’ve ever visited is Venice, with its singing gondoliers and ornate architecture.  This is romance on a grand scale—with or without a partner, one falls madly in love with the mystery of the place.

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

My dear friend, Debbie Macomber, is a world-class expert on romance.  We love to get together and talk about our stories, work out plot problems, and simply brainstorm—not to mention shopping, eating and seeing the sights.  🙂  Debbie’s long-term marriage is a celebration of the kind of love that lasts. 

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

Besides Venice, I find the American West to be a romantic place, wide open, with trees and mountains, lakes and streams.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

That’s a hard one, but I think I have to say my favorites are Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  I’ve whiled away many a rainy afternoon watching their classic movies.  Talk about chemistry!

Tell us about your dream date. 

My dream date is dancing to a country ballad, in a ranch house kitchen, with a sexy cowboy holding me in his strong arms. 

Linda Lael Miller is generously giving away five copies of ONCE A RANCHER to US & Canadian readers, apologies to (other) international friends.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST August 26, 2016.  Good luck!

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Linda Lael Miller HQN 2011 cropped for FacebookThe daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The “First Lady of the West” lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

Published since 1983, Linda was awarded the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 by the Romance Writers of America. She was recently inducted into the Wild West Heritage Foundation’s Walk of Fame for her dedication to preserving the heritage of the Wild West.

Hallmark Channel is developing a series based on Miller’s Big Sky Country novels published by HQN Books. In addition to writing more contemporary cowboy romances, she is working furiously on a big book Civil War series for Harlequin. When not writing, Linda loves to focus her creativity on a wide variety of art projects. Her original art appears on the labeling of her Shining Sol Candles line. A dollar from the sale of each of these candles goes to Linda’s favorite animal charity.

Linda’s next new novel is ALWAYS A COWBOY, Book 2 in her Carsons of Mustang Creek series for HQN Books.

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  • Jami

    I love your books! Whether they are contemporary or more set in history. When i think of you I think of cowboys either past or present! It is funny that you mention westerns would have been what you broke out into if it had been the up and comer. My husband(I am sure he wouldn’t be impressed i told you hahahaha) he picked up one of your books I had in the car the other day and has not been able to put it down!! He loves the cowboy aspect and the historical part. Your books are so wonderful and i have a whole pile with still a few to be read! I love the Mckettrick’s and Creed’s but one of my favorite books was “Pirates!!!! Such a wonderful tale and I liked the back in time element! Thank you for such a wonderful reading experience and I can’t wait to keep reading your work!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      Thank you! I especially love to hear about men enjoying my books. I’m pretty fond of the McKettricks and the Creeds myself!

  • Sue G.

    Love to see Venice someday! It does seem like a magically romantic place!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      It’s a favorite of mine. Hope to visit again soon.
      Thanks so much for posting.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I really appreciate the analogy that you explore the inner space in your stories. Human trials and tribulations are indeed a bold and cast landscape!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      What a lovely comment, Patty. Thank you.

  • Linda Henderson

    When I was younger I read Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and Mary Stewart. They fired my interest in romantic suspense. I always enjoy your books and I will look forward to reading your new trilogy. I enjoy reading Civil War era books and have purchased quite a few in the last ten years. Sadly I was not a history fan in school so there is a lot about our own history that I don’t know. Fortunately it’s never too late to learn.

    • Linda Lael Miller

      I loved those very same authors, and I still enjoy romantic suspense. The Civil War is so complicated, but fortunately for all of us, there is plenty of information out there, and it’s so accessible.

  • cheryl c.

    I agree that the American West is a romantic place. I have enjoyed many historical and contemporary western romance novels.

    • Linda Lael Miller

      Love to read them, love to write them. Thanks for posting.

  • Beverly Sadler Majkut

    I have been reading your books almost as long you have been writing them. Thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      Thank you for your loyalty. It’s so much fun to “chat” with readers.

  • Sandra Castro

    I love your books! They’re the ones you just can’t put down. I can’t wait to read this one. I do love the cowboys!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      I’m cowboy crazy too, but you probably guessed that!

  • Kim hansen

    I love her books.

    • Linda Lael Miller

      Thank you very much. 🙂

  • mariannewestrich

    So excited to read your post today! I love your books and consider you one of my first favorite authors in the romance genre. Thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure and escape!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      Thank you for your kind words and your faithful reading. What would we do without books???? I consume them.

  • Debbie Fuller

    My Outlaw, was the first book I read of yours that started me devouring everything you wrote, as I was a late reader. I can’t remember the title but I loved, absolutely loved the first book in your vampire series. Thank you for this post, your books, your talent and the new to me author recommendations.

    • Linda Lael Miller

      That was FOREVER AND THE NIGHT. Thanks so much for writing in

  • disqus_0S16OLSCOR

    I love reading historical and western books, thanks for writing them!

    • Linda Lael Miller

      Thanks for reading them, my friend!

  • catslady

    Taylor Caldwell was one of the first authors that I started collecting our her books – great story teller!

  • Claire Gilless

    oh wow – we grew up with the same love of books … Taylor Caldwell’s Testimony of Two Men remains as one of my all time favorites! I love your books as well – thanks!

  • Pamby50

    I still remember my first book that I read by you. Wild About Harry. It was the start of a love affair with your books. The Black Rose Chronicles was another favorite. So different from all the other books you write. Yet they were all about finding that one person. I am looking forward to your Civil War series.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you so much for your post. I understand you choosing to write where the demand was. I chose to be a math teacher because that’s where the teaching jobs were. I could have been a history teacher instead, because I love history, but there weren’t any jobs in that field. My daughter has read most of your books and shares them with me.

  • Nicole Marie

    I love your books! Wow, 33 years is amazing, thanks for the chance to win!

  • Diane Sallans

    I love Linda’s stories and hearing about her real life adventures on her blog!

  • Ellen

    Thanks for many hours of reading enjoyment. (I was binge reading some of the McKettrick books earlier this summer.) Taylor Caldwell, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney were all must read authors.

  • Ann Mettert

    Sounds good.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I have to say I love the handsome cowboys on your book covers! I am a fan of Debbie Macomber, as well. Thanks for the post!

  • Mary McCoy

    I agree about Spencer and Tracy, their movies are classic!

  • Connie Saunders

    Linda Lael Miller is also an author that was on automatic order in our library!

  • Kristine R

    Linda Lael Miller your; The McKettricks series is my favorite. Thank you for many hours of pleasurable reading