Thursday, January 6, 2011

FEATURE and GIVEAWAY: Bucked by Cat Johnson

Book Interview on January 2011

Cat, thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to answer these questions about your book. We're really excited to have the opportunity to do this. "Let's Buck", Y'all!

Thanks! It's my pleasure to tell you more about my series.

Q: Why did you decide to write a series about bull-riders? How did the idea come about?

It kind of came about by accident--or perhaps it's more poetic to call it serendipity? Or maybe desperation? LOL Anyway, here is the story. My editor at my former publisher (Linden Bay Romance, which was acquired by Samhain Publishing a few years ago) asked me for a menage book. I told her I'd think about it, but until I had a compelling idea for one, I wasn't going to try.

I had been concentrating on writing military romance and was in constant contact with a deployed soldier for those. One day, my military guy says, "Hey, my Bravo team leader used to be a rodeo cowboy before he joined the Army. Can you use that idea for a book?" I said, "Uh, yeah!! And why didn't you tell me this before?!"

From that one kernel of an idea, the story of Rough Stock (my first cowboy menage) emerged--2 cowboys, both in love with the farmer's daughter. One becomes a rodeo champion, the other joins the Army. However, I had my cowboys be saddle bronc riders because I own horses and, silly author that I am, I thought, how hard could it be to write and research rodeo? Right?

Wrong!! I found I could only find so much info online. I knew I'd get killed by readers who knew the sport if I wasn't accurate in the book so, as an act of desperation, I did a People Search on Myspace for "rodeo cowboys" and I found one. He was a student at Oklahoma State University, had been on the rodeo team at his junior college (NEO) and was willing to answer my questions. He got me through writing Rough Stock, though he was a bull rider and that's what he knew most about. So it was a no brainer that the next book, another cowboy menage, should be about bull riders!

That was also about the time that the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) was really coming into its own as a televised sport, so I found I could watch hours of bull riding on television, and take notes while listening to the announcers. It really helped with the writing.

Q: How did you end up with the idea to have Mustang go into porn?

Ha! Well that I have to attribute to...

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To celebrate the fact that BUCKED (Book 2) is finally in print and that RIDE (Book 3) is now out in eBook, Cat is happy to offer a prize of one free download of the eBook that started the Studs in Spurs series, UNRIDDEN, to one lucky winner.

Mechanics of the contest:

You can do either or both of the following to enter the drawing:

1. Write a comment or question to Cat in the comment box on the review site (3 chances to win) from now to January 31;


2. Check out our contest page from January 5 to 7 to enter your email address (1 chance to win).

The winner will be announced in the comment box on February 3.

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