Seducing the Bachelor is my first story for Montana Born. I couldn’t believe that I had even been asked because Charlene Sands, Robin Bielman and Jeannie Moon were such major and established talents, and as I have been a fan of the Montana Born stories for two years, and I had avidly devoured the previous Bachelor Auction series, why would Tule even need to ask? Of course the answer would be YES!
And then we began to collaborate on the bachelors, backstory, auction purpose, and I totally clammed up and panicked. I had been so fired up about the opportunity, I hadn’t even had a chance to put my jumping around excited brain in gear, and as Charlene kept us organized on our conference calls, and I pressed my lips closed so I could actually listen and focus on the fabulous ideas being bandied about, examined and rolled to the side like called Bingo balls, Colt Ewing began to form in my mind.
When I write, I ask myself so many questions. I think it must be the former journalist who still pokes her head up daily and asks WHY? Why does this guy agree to be a bachelor? Why did he play football? Why did he leave Marietta on graduation day never to return until the day before the auction? Why is he so closed down, a loner? Why doesn’t he have a family? Why did he choose the army? And then, why the heck are you making him a Special Forces sniper? I’ve never even touched a gun and cover my eyes during shoot ‘em up scenes in movies, but my hero was who he was and did what he did. Colt wouldn’t morph into someone softer, funnier that I could better understand. So I hit the internet, reached out to friends who knew former classmates or co-workers or relatives who knew a former sniper who might answer some of my questions so Colt would be as authentic as I could make him.
I was in love with him and his story before I’d even written the opening sentence. I teared up because he was so alone and had no idea how to connect with anyone or what he was even missing. I had to find him the perfect woman. I knew she had to be warm and eager to connect, to form her own unique blend of family, and I knew she’d have to talk a lot because Colt had the monosyllabic reply honed to an art. I had no idea Talon Reese would be a single mom working as a waitress while studying to be a vet, but I had the scene of the stray, starved dog giving birth shortly after they meet while they both work to save a puppy in my head and that was where a started to build the bones and sinews and muscle of their story.
Why? I don’t know. But I had a blast writing Seducing the Bachelor, and I hope some readers out there connect to this couple the way I did. That would be perfect bliss.
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Sinclair has loved reading romance novels since she discovered Barbara Cartland historical romances when she was in sixth grade. By seventh grade, she was haunting the library shelves looking to fall in love over and over again with the heroes born from the imaginations of her favorite authors. After teaching writing classes and workshops to adults and teens for many years in Seattle and Portland, she returned to her first love of reading romances and became an editor for Tule Publishing last year. Sinclair lives in Oregon’s wine country where she and her family own a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and where she dreams of being able to write at a desk like Jane Austen instead of in parking lots waiting for her kids to finish one of their 12,000 extracurricular activities.