Monday, January 16, 2017

Guest - MK McClintock



Why I Write Historical Romantic Westerns
MK McClintock

It began with me romping around the pastures on all fours with the horses and playing cowboys and Indians with my siblings. I was eight years old and my family had a small ranch in Colorado, but for years before we moved to the Rockies, we had vacationed each summer to the mountains. I grew up with a deep appreciation for the majestic landscape of rolling hills and open meadows surrounded by the mighty Rocky Mountains. 

At a young age, I didn’t think that one day I would write novels. I wrote stories as children often do, but they were for school or pleasure, and because I had a vivid imagination that found a variety of ways to manifest itself. Writing longer works of fiction came about as a slow and natural progression, and when the early ideas forms, they were a combination of Victorian romance and western.

The idea for the first Gallagher book wouldn’t come about until many years after I moved to Montana. It was a surprise that the land I came to love figured so prominently in my books. Writing historical romantic westerns gives me the opportunity to combine three of my favorite things: history, romance, and the American West.

I want readers to see the land as I do, to smell the pine trees and watch eagles fly overhead, and to feel the crisp and clean autumn air as the weather turns and snow covers the peaks. The Gallagher family needed a home within Montana, and thus the Hawk’s Peak ranch was born. The more time I spent with the Gallaghers, their family, the ranch hands, and the delightful people in the fictional town of Briarwood, I knew something special had happened. I knew letting go wouldn’t be easy . . . so I didn’t.

Journey to Hawk’s Peak, book five in the Montana Gallagher series, is the latest adventure I’ve had the joy of taking with the Gallaghers and their friends. Their journey has been filled with surprises: heartache, new beginnings, second chances, and a deep love for both the land the people who have touched their lives.

I hope you’ll join me on a journey filled with the remarkable men and women of Hawk’s Peak and Briarwood.  


MK will give one person who comments a paperback book if in the U.S. and ebook if you live outside the U.S.  Be sure to leave your email so we can contact you.

10 comments:

MK McClintock said...

Thank you so much for hosting me at your blog, Paty!

Connie Lee said...

This is my favorite type of reading, thanks so much for the giveaway, I would love to win! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)com

Annette said...

I'd like to have a chance of winning an ebook of MK McClintock.
Where can I leave my email?

Angie Carroll said...

I loved watching the trailer! a_stonecipher(at)yahoo(dot)com

MK McClintock said...

Hi Annette: Thank you for visiting! I'm not sure about the blog settings, but if you're set up to receive notifications for this post, I'll announce the winner here tomorrow and they can contact me.

Margie Vickers said...

Your writing style is so great. I love to read your books. I would love to have one in paperback that I could add to my collection of favorite authors. Thanks

MK McClintock said...

What a lovely thing to hear. Thank you, Margie.

MK McClintock said...

Thank you for visiting, Angie. It's one of my favorite trailers!

Teri DiVincenzo said...

I haven't read the series, but it's on my TBR list… My very favorite sort of stories! Trdivincenzo(at)gmail (dot) com

MK McClintock said...

The randomly drawn winner is Angie! I'll be sending you an email. Thank you all for visiting Paty's blog and letting me share with you.