Novelists get asked all the time where their stories come from. My answer, as I’ve probably shared in this blog before, is that story ideas are a dime a dozen. They are everywhere, like wildflowers growing on a hillside in the spring, just waiting to be picked.
Do you want proof? Yesterday, my 71st book—The Heart’s Pursuit—was released. Trust me. When I put pen to paper on what would become my first published novel, I never dreamed I would one day have seen so many of my stories in print. I am very grateful to God for the dream He put in my heart and that He has allowed me to keep telling stories for so long. I am thankful for all of the wonderful friends He has brought into my life because of my books, both other writers and my readers. As Tammy said last week, they (all of you) are an unexpected blessing that I couldn’t imagine when this journey began.
I’ve had the privilege of writing many different kinds of fiction through the years. Some with contemporary settings. More of them with historical settings. A few that fall under the women’s fiction category. Many more of them are romances. I began with romantic historical sagas, transitioned to romantic adventure novels, and I found my sweet spot with Americana romances which is where I have stayed for many, many years (both historical and contemporary).
But The Heart’s Pursuit harkens back to my adventure novel period. It is a chase story, set against the backdrop of the Old West, and it follows my hero and heroine—a bounty hunter and a jilted bride—on a wild ride across the mountains and deserts of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada. Different enough from my more recent fiction that I was holding my breath as the release date approached. Had I pulled it off? Would reviewers and readers like the story?
Thankfully, reviews like those below have allowed me to breathe again:
“The clear, crisp prose shines through with the author’s beautiful description and poignant narrative. Silver and Jared are complex, well-rounded characters who resonated with readers.” — RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars
“Themes of forgiveness, justice and mercy dominate the story and add to the characters’ depth. Hatcher treats readers to a rich sensory experience—you can taste the desert dust and smell the smoke and stench of a crowded gambling hall. The setting is as much a character as the people…” — Publishers Weekly
“Hatcher delivers another thought-provoking historical novel, sending her hero and heroine on a life-changing trek. The characters remind readers that finding forgiveness and healing are often a journey – literally and spiritually.” — CBA book reviews
A blog tour for The Heart’s Pursuit begins next Monday, May 20th, and will go through to June 8th. At the end of the tour, I’ll be giving away a $200 Romantic Weekend Getaway Visa Cash Card to one lucky winner. To stay up to date on this giveaway and more, sign up to receive my blog posts via email.
Here’s a brief video to help introduce the story:
I hope you’ll join Jared and Silver on their wild ride across the West, and I hope you’ll enjoy the adventure. Just looking at the cover makes me want to saddle up and follow the path that’s etched in the mountain grasses. Hmm. That may just have sparked a new story idea…
What’s your favorite kind of adventure?