Debra Clopton here dropping by Writerspace to share an interview with Rowdy McDermott, the cowboy hero of my January 2014 Love Inspired book: HER UNEXPECTED COWBOY
Hope you enjoy it.
1. Rowdy, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I guess what I think is most interesting about me is that I recently became a new man—I made a new commitment to change my life. Be a better man. A responsible man in all aspects of my life. It’s tough—living down a past you regret. But I’m determined to do it and with the Lord’s help and my family’s support I’m going to do it.
2. What do you do for fun?
Boy would that have been a different ten months ago. These days, I stick close to the family ranch, Sunrise Ranch, and I do my job, I run the cattle business for the ranch. I spend my “fun” time working with all the foster boys on their rodeo skills…and I stay away from all the places I used to go for fun.
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Taking showers. I hate to take showers. It’s been about a year since my last one—lol okay I’m joking. I take showers. But really, that’s me just being evasive because I really don’t know how to answer that question. I dread a lot of stuff but I don’t know that I put off anything.
4. What are you afraid of most in life?
That one I can answer. I’m afraid I’ll fail and not become the man of honor that my brothers, Morgan and Tucker and my dad, Randolph, have become. I’ve failed most of my life but now, I’m trying. Trying to become a man my mom would have been proud of if she’d lived.
5. What is the most important thing to you?
That. Becoming an honorable man the boys of this ranch can look up to. Not the bad example I’ve been in the past.
6. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
I’m a John Grisham fan. Not that I read a lot but for some reason I like the flawed characters he writes. I relate to them—maybe a little too much. But I think I like that they have redeeming qualities.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
8. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
Well, there are the ranch dogs and I have my horse, I’m just a horse man. I know there are folks out there that love their cats but I’ve never been a cat person—but my new neighbor, Lucy Calvert, she has a cat. A big yellow cat that’s eaten a few too many table casseroles if you know what I mean. I have to admit though that I’m not real fond of that nosy cat but I can’t stop thinking about that pretty lady next door…I’m afraid she’s going to fall out of her hayloft again and I’m not going to be there to catch her like I did the other day. She needs a keeper.
I’d go back several months ago, when I made the mistake of my life…then again, I guess if I hadn’t made that mistake I wouldn’t have realized how much I needed to change my life…
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HER UNEXPECTED COWBOY
Book 1 of Cowboys of Sunrise Ranch
Rowdy McDermott has a plan. Stay on the straight and narrow, help the foster boys on Sunrise Ranch and forget about love. The last thing he expects is his pretty new neighbor falling literally into his arms. Lucy Calvert is glad the handsome cowboy broke her fall, but isn’t ready for the feelings he’s stirring in her heart. She’s heard rumors about his past, and is steering clear from the kind of man he used to be. With a little help from his boys, can Rowdy show her that people— and hearts—can change?
Cowboys of Sunrise Ranch: These men have hearts as big as Texas.