Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Welcome, Amanda Cabot, author of Waiting for Spring!


From the time she was seven, Amanda Cabot dreamed of becoming a published author, but it was only when she set herself the goal of selling a book by her thirtieth birthday that the dream came true. A former director of Information Technology, Amanda has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. She’s delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian historical romances. Her Texas Dreams trilogy received critical acclaim, and Waiting for Spring, the second in her Westward Winds series, was just released.



After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But she can find no rest from the ghosts of the past and flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together.

Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections. Someone without a past. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.

Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?



What inspired you to write this novel, Amanda?

Although I often use fictional towns, I wanted real places for the Westward Winds books, and so I picked Fort Laramie for Summer of Promise and Cheyenne for the next two stories.  Why Cheyenne?  Besides the fact that I live here, it’s a city with an intriguing past.  

In less than twenty years, Cheyenne went from a rough and tumble railroad town to become both the territorial capital and one of the wealthiest cities in the country.  That wealth brought with it many of the amenities you’d expect, including an opera house that attracted the likes of Lily Langtry, streets lined with mansions, some of which boasted their own ballrooms, and electric lights for both homes and streets.

Though Cheyenne was founded as a railroad town and though the Union Pacific, along with the territorial government were major contributors to the city’s growth, much of the wealth came from cattle.  Cattle ranching grew rapidly in Wyoming Territory, in part because of the open range.  Who could resist the lure of free grazing?  The result was an influx of ranchers and cattle companies, culminating in what was called the “Great Grass Bonanza” of 1876 to 1886.  It was during that era that Cheyenne reached its pinnacle of wealth and influence, with cattle barons dominating the city’s social events.  But all things end.  Greed led to overgrazing, and a particularly brutal winter with massive herd losses caused many of the cattle barons to declare bankruptcy during the spring of 1887. 
  
Depressing?  Some might say so.  I’m sure that if I’d lived in Cheyenne then, I would have been distressed by all the changes that the end of that first cattle era brought.  But as an author 125 years later, I found that final year of immense wealth and prosperity intriguing enough to use it as the background for Waiting for Spring.  And so you have it, a story set in Cheyenne in the fall of 1886.


What is one fun thing my readers might not know about you but would like to?


Any reader who’s given a sigh of pleasure when my heroes and heroines finally admit their love can thank my high school sweetheart, who’s now my husband. He’s the reason I believe in love and happily-ever-after, and he’s the reason I write romances. 

Thanks for entertaining my readers today with your bio and blurb, Amanda! 

You can learn more about Amanda and her books at the following locations.




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3 comments:

chaplaindebbie said...

It was nice getting to know Amanda. The cover of the book is so pretty. The story line sounds really good, too. Thanks for sharing and God bless.

Shannon said...

Wow! What an inspiration this woman just became to me. I am in the beginning stages of pursuing a dream of writing just by blogging my thoughts. I love hearing stories of people reaching a huge goal that ends up changing their lives. Thank you for sharing!

www.smileandwrite1.blogspot.com

Eileen Rife said...

I agree, Debbie! Isn't that book cover just gorgeous?! The colors, the vibrancy. Wow.

So glad my guest encouraged you in your journey today, Shannon. Write on!