Today we’re catching up with the brilliant Peggy L. Henderson, author of the fabulous Yellowstone Romance Series. Peggy has been described by her fans as “the J.K. Rowling of Yellowstone”. The visual descriptions in her books are stunning, the romance is sensuous and her time travel stories are on fire! Many people might turn away at the words time travel, but if you’ve not tried these books, this reader strongly suggests that you are missing out on an extremely well-written, historical western romance series with a hybrid twist!
Peggy’s new release, Yellowstone Legacy, released on July 12th, and her devoted fans are commenting that their heads exploded with all the twists and turns revealed in the pages within.
“What we think we know may be completely different…”
Nurse Michaela Stephens has led a quiet, ordinary life, limited by restrictions and fear of making mistakes. When she is accused of wrongdoing on the job, escaping to the wilds of Montana seems like the best way to overcome her insecurities. What she thought she left behind is about to come back to haunt her in ways she never expected.
***Content warning: This book contains mild language, mild violence, and intimacy between consenting adults. Heat rating 3 out of 5, PG13
***While Yellowstone Legacy is a complete romance between the two central characters in this novel, certain events that happened in prior books in the series come into play in Yellowstone Legacy. For better enjoyment and understanding of this story, it is recommended that you are familiar with at least the following titles: Yellowstone Heart Song, Yellowstone Deception, and Yellowstone Origins.
Thanks for joining us today, Peggy!
Q. Why Yellowstone National Park? What drew you to that area?
I went on my first-ever camping trip the summer after my high school graduation, with then-future Mr. H. We went to Yellowstone, and I absolutely fell in love with the area. From reading westerns (by a German author who had never been to the US, writing westerns set in the US), I was already fascinated with all things Wyoming, Montana, Rocky Mountains and mountain men, but that trip just solidified my love for the wild and beautiful Rockies, and Yellowstone especially. There’s just something so timeless and magical there, it’s hard to describe. Ever since that first trip, we’ve been back almost every year.
Q. How many more books (at this time) will be in the Yellowstone Romance Series?
(Note: currently 7 books, 3 novellas, 1 short story and 1 cross-over book with Teton series)
I have one more full-length planned in the series (Book 8 – Yellowstone Legends), and there’s another novella swirling around in my head, but who knows? The first book was supposed to be a standalone, then it was supposed to end with a sequel, then Book 4 was the end, then Book 5 was the absolute last one….
The Yellowstone characters cross over into the Teton books and vice versa, and they will also appear in the Wilderness Brides series.
Q. I’ve been told that authors write a little bit of themselves into each book. Which heroine is most like you? Is any hero most like Mr. Henderson?
From the Yellowstone books, the heroine most like me has to be Riley from Yellowstone Origins –book nerd and science geek, and a complete klutz. I’m also a lot like quiet Jana from Deception, but I don’t think I could hold it together the way she did in her story.
Mr. H is a little bit in all of the heroes, I think – he’s very outdoorsy, which all of the heroes are, and he’s the one who got me started with the great outdoors, like so many of the heroes teach the heroines in the books. He’s my best friend and he challenges me, and accepts me the way I am (just like all the heroes in my books relate to their heroines)
Q. How do you decompress once you’ve released a book? The pressure is hopefully off of you now, so how do you reconnect with Peggy?
I think the pressure is greater once the book is released, at least for the first week or so. It’s always a scary thing to set a new book free. It’s the same with every release. There’s definitely pressure during the writing process, but the worst is around release time. I’m not sure I really decompress once a book is done. I’m mainly trying to leave the world behind that I just finished writing about, and try and get into the heads of a new set of characters for the next story. That usually takes a few days or a week, because it’s sometimes hard to let go after spending weeks and months with one set of characters.
I joked after my last release – Cora’s Pride in March (which happened to be a few days before we went camping) that I really need to make going camping after a book release a tradition. That didn’t happen this time, but it would be a great way to re-connect with me!
Q. What is do you miss about Germany (or that you love going back to)?
The thing I miss most about Germany (and I haven’t been back in a long time, although my brother and his family live there) is the small town I lived in. Moving to the suburbs of Los Angeles was major culture shock for me, and even after all these years, I still miss the small farming town I grew up in. And seasons…I definitely miss seasons.
Q. Have you ever thought about moving from California and getting closer to the mountains and the rivers that obviously speak to you?
Every.Single.Day… and I’m working on making that a reality soon.
Q. Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
I don’t know who said it, and it’s a simple quote, but it’s always stuck with me: “Bark less, Wag more.” And this one: “Of all the roads you take, make sure one of them is dirt.”
Q. Tell us about the writing assistant. How old is he? How does he guard the notebook best?
The Writing Assistant is my 16 year old orange ball of fur. He was a feral kitten I caught when he was about 5 weeks old, along with his mama. We had her spayed, and her kitten came to live in the house with us, and he decided that was a pretty great place to be.
He has the important job of being my arm rest when I write, and he sleeps on the notebook (which contains my hand written notes and plot lines for my books) He is easily bribed with catnip and canned cat food.
Q. What is the strangest request (or gift) you’ve ever received from a fan?
I don’t think I’ve ever received any strange requests or gifts that I can remember. There have been requests for stories or unsolicited ideas, but nothing that really stands out.
I’ve received some awesome (not in the least bit strange) gifts from readers – paintings of the Lower Falls in Yellowstone and the Tetons, quilts with Yellowstone theme, and a pillow case, and a really great piece of art wall hanging. On canvas, the fan put together a collage of pins and charms and various other miniature items that represented things from the Yellowstone stories, and she put it together in the shape of an arrowhead. It is such a neat and very personal piece of artwork!
Peggy never thought she’d be a writer, much less publish a book someday. She always wanted to be a veterinarian but life had other plans for her. When she and her husband decided to start a family, vet school pretty much went out the window. Peggy used to work with a vet who had three children while going through vet school. To this day, that woman is her hero.
Peggy was born and raised in Germany, but long before her family immigrated to the U.S., she was fascinated with the American West. Peggy grew up on german-dubbed episodes of Little House, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza, as well as the adventure novels set in the old American West by German author, Karl May.
Married to her high school sweetheart, and together with their two sons, Peggy and her husband currently make their home in Southern California. The family also includes a Labrador Retriever, a welsh pony, a miniature horse, three cats, four bearded dragons, and a flock of laying hens. Almost every summer since she graduated from high school, Peggy and her husband spend two weeks camping in Yellowstone National Park.
Peggy can be found on Facebook in her group, Between the Lines with Peggy L. Henderson. Sign up for her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/vYhPf. Follow Peggy’s blog at http://peggylhenderson.blogspot.com/. Peggy’s books can also be found in the Pioneer Hearts bookstore on Amazon.