It seems I’ve surprised a lot of readers in making a switch from 18th century rakes to 21st century cowboys. To be honest, I’ve surprised myself, as it was never anything I planned or even desired to do, but SLOW HAND marks the start of a whole new writing journey for me.
The story behind the story is that my good friend and beta reader nagged me for almost two years to write a contemporary story but I felt no deep driving interest in it. The biggest reason I balked was my addiction to research. I love history. I read history for fun and I am a compulsive researcher. This is also where I get my story ideas from. Trivial tidbits discovered by chance always seem to ignite my creative brain.
Until about eighteen months ago, I was writing under the false assumption that I live in the contemporary world, ergo I don’t need to research it. I can’t believe how wrong I was! Once I decided to write a contemporary Western series, I realized how little I actually knew about my subject!
Having owned, trained, and shown them in my life, I know a quite a bit about horses, and have even been around a few cowboys, but I knew nothing at all about Montana or cattle ranching. My solution to this was to go about writing in the only way I knew how—by following exactly the same process I would use if I were writing a historical. Ironically, this has opened a whole new world to me.
My first story takes place in southwest Montana. Since I had never been there, I started digging. I studied maps, googled places for my settings, and then went about learning all I could about cattle ranching and cowboys. I quickly discovered that my best possible source was– ranchers and cowboys!
Thus began an incredible journey, literally and figuratively. Last year I spend almost three weeks in a guest cabin at a private ranch in Three Fork Montana. I made a similar trip to Wyoming last May for the same purpose. Over the past eighteen months, I have gotten to know ranchers, rodeo cowboys, stock contractors, and wild horse trainers. I’ve learned about raising and breeding cattle, wolf conservation, and wild horse gathering and training (all of which is part of this series). This has been one of the best experiences ever because I got to know and love the people who actually live the life I am writing about. In getting to know the people and their real life struggles I found my inspiration for the stories and for my characters.
Although this new endeavor marks a distinct departure from my historical romances, my readers will find that my trademarks still remain—well-researched, scorching hot, emotionally compelling, character-driven stories.
ABOUT VICTORIA VANE
Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty reviewer awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
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Praise for SLOW HAND:
"Historical romance author Vane takes a detour into contemporary settings with this red-hot cowboy tale… Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…" - Publishers Weekly
"SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria's characters straight off the page and into real life…" - Unwrapping Romance
“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy... Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.” - RT Book Reviews
"With flirty dialogue, humorous moments, vivid imagery and sexy scenes, SLOW HAND goes into my favorites folder." - Guilty Indulgence
"This is a really sweet story that'll renew your believe in fate, soul mates and true love." -Fictional Men's Page for Book Ho's