posted on February 14, 2014 by Kim Boykin


StealMeCowboy_KimBoykin_smallFirst off, happy Valentines Day! The day we celebrate love that’s as fresh and new as five minutes ago and as mellow as a well-aged bottle of wine.

There’s always an element of magic in love, a certain feeling of serendipity that comes with the Valentines Day kind, something that makes you certain it meant to be. That’s the way things went with writing my new novella, STEAL ME, COWBOY.

Exhibit one–I wrote an unrelated novella this summer, my first, and liked it so much, I wanted to write another novella. I live in Charlotte, as in North Carolina, and was on my way to pick up a pizza when I got the idea to write a story set out west, specifically Montana.  At that very moment, a black Volvo pulled along beside me with Montana plates, and I thought okay, that’s weird. Especially, since in my twenty-one years of living here, I’ve NEVER seen a car with a Montana tag.

Exhibit two came at a cocktail party where I met the amazing and wonderful Jane Porter. She told me about her fabulous new publishing company, the Tule Publishing Group, and suggested I write a novella for her imprint, Montana Born Books. Jane knew my first novel, THE WISDOM OF HAIR, was about a hairstylist, so she suggested I write a story about a sassy SC hairstylist who goes to Montana.

I don’t know Jack about Montana, but the great thing about being a pantser, listening to all those voices in my head without a clue as to where their stories are going, is trusting the voice. And once Rainey Brown’s great big voice got going, there was no stopping her.

Everything Rainey knows about “fixing” hair came from me, hanging out at my mom’s beauty shop and seeing first hand what hairstylist do for us. Yes, a good hairstylist is a therapist, a miracle worker, and a friend all rolled into one. And some of the things I didn’t even realize I knew, but Rainey did. Like when she says–A tourist from California came in to get her bangs trimmed up. I put the cape on her and started chatting her up about her hair and her life, which when you get right down to it are often times the same.

Then I got to thinking, why would a SC girl go to Montana in the first place? Even though it’s on my bucket list and I hope to go this summer, I’ll be honest; it’s probably not at the top of every southern gal’s wish list. So the only logical reason for her to go was for a guy. Of course Adam, the guy is the wrong guy, but I met a gazillion women when I lived in Florida who had followed their baseball-playing boyfriends to the Sunshine state. So Rainey following Adam to Missoula, Montana where he’s gotten his first coaching job made perfect sense.

But thank goodness hot, hard Beck Hartnett came along. I have NO idea where Beck came from, but boy howdy, he was fun to write. So much fun that when my husband gently reminded me I’d been on the computer for 12 hours and it was time to cook dinner, I took one hand off my keyboard, just for a second, mind you, and shooed him away.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into my process and that you enjoy STEAL ME, COWBOY. It was just meant to be.

Kim Boykin

Kim Boykin

Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.

As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.

Her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of three women’s fiction titles from Berkley Books: A PEACH OF A PAIR (8/4/15,) PALMETTO MOON, and THE WISDOM OF HAIR, as well as several contemporary romances novellas from Tule including STEAL ME, COWBOY and SWEET HOME CAROLINA. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.

One thought on “MONTANA MAGIC”

  1. Cindy Hamilton says:

    Wonderful book!!!

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