As a consumer, there are a number of factors I consider when making a purchasing decisions. Most often, I read reviews before I buy. Some of the things I’ve researched include dishwashers, kitchen sinks, organic seeds, books, and even authors.
When I first declared myself a writer a few years ago, I sought out other writers. I lived in Kansas City back then. Velda Brotherton’s name was mentioned many times, spoken with awe and reverence. I assumed she was an absent member of the group, but soon learned that she lived down in in Arkansas. I concluded from the buzz about Velda that she was someone to know.
I want to demonstrate the impact Velda has on others. To help with my explanation, I turned to Urban Dictionary for the best description:
Legend: totally worth of respect for any reason
That’s how I think of her.
I’m here today to introduce you to her latest book: Wilda’s Outlaw, however, before we launch into that, I offer you reviews about Velda Brotherton:
The day I met Velda Brotherton, I became a serious writer. Her encouragement and example are a constant inspiration. ~ Jan Morrill
Velda Brotherton is a kind person and a prolific author. She has shared her talent and encouraged many new writers in addition to her own work. ~ Mary-Lane Kamberg
Velda is a genuine treasure. She has spent the past three decades unselfishly helping teach so many people the art of writing fiction while honing her own skills. A master at word shaping she can visualize from beginners starts and show them how to shape it into salable fiction. ~ Dusty Richards
There aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe the mischievous, wise, sparkling blue-eyed pixie spirit known as Velda Brotherton. ~ Ruth Burkett Weeks
Velda has not only taught me about writing, she’s encouraged me to write and there’s a difference in those two skills. One is a polishing of talent, the other is a shining of the spirit. ~ Pamela Foster
Velda is one of the most knowledgeable, articulate, and helpful people I know. She never pushes but, instead, leads other writers to see her perspective on their work . . . and her perspective is almost always on target. ~ Duke Pennell
From the reviews I pulled these words. They create a theme that is Velda Brotherton: prolific, a master at word-shaping, knowledgeable, encouraging, mischievous, and polisher of talent.
Those characteristics translate into good storytelling by Velda in Wilda’s Outlaw.
Here’s the story blurb:
Calder Raines and his outlaw gang may be more than Wilda Duncan bargained for. All she wants is to escape an unwanted marriage, but she finds herself in the arms of a tantalizing man whose warm kisses arouse a storm of forbidden desires.
Calder never wanted to rob banks, but it’s a family tradition. When he embraces the alluring redhead, passion conquers good sense and he imagines a life he cannot have.
Will Calder return her to the man she is to marry before she gets hurt? Can Wilda set things right and prevent Calder’s arrest?
Now to the heart of the matter…please meet Velda Brotherton.
Linda: Thank you for joining us today, Velda. May I start with one of the most daunting questions readers always ask writers? Where did the story idea for this book come from?
Velda: A trip my husband and I took through Kansas researching for another book, Angel’s Gold, took us through Victoria where we were told some of the history of the almost forgotten town. When we came home, my husband, always curious, got on the Internet and researched, then sent me links, which is how we often handle our research. I checked the listing of people who came over from England to settle the town after buying acreages from George Grant, who had bought them from the railroad.
The stories were enticing, and so I began to imagine taking that year-long trip to a country as wild as the west in America. From there I was off and running. I always create my ladies first, then find men who will be equal to their strengths. This is the first of a three-book series, each one featuring one of the three young women who took that trip. I’m now working on the second sister’s story for a book to be titled Rowena’s Lord.
Linda: How long did it take you to write it?
Velda: My books usually take six to eight months to write once the research is completed. I do a lot of rewriting and never outline but let my characters drive the story.
Linda: How did you decide on a look for the cover?
Velda: I told the wonderful designer at The Wild Rose Press that I wanted the West to be prevalent, but I needed a castle somewhere since the English built castles in Victoria and my story would take place in and around the castle owned by Lord Blair Prescott. She did a fabulous job of adding a castle without making the book appear to be an English Victorian story.
Linda: Writers often become friends with their characters. What do you love most about Wilda and Calder?
Velda: I have a tendency to fall in love with the men first. I think that’s necessary to really write their story. Calder I liked because he was torn between being an outlaw like the rest of his family, or being one of the good guys. And he was tender hearted to the point that he made an inefficient outlaw, but he was willing to give it a try. Wilda never whined, though she did get pretty PO’d occasionally. She was up for anything and I adored her fighting spirit. Here was a woman who’d never been out of the orphanage, yet she took to the life in Kansas with a great deal of spirit and stubbornness. And she refused to marry a man she didn’t love.
Linda: Velda, is there some special aspect about writing Wilda’s Outlaw that you would share with us that maybe most folks don’t know?
Velda: I learned some funny things about Victorian clothing, especially the women’s. Queen Victoria brought about totally new styles that were a bit more comfortable than the earlier dress. Still there was layer after layer of crinolines. The pantaloons were two separate legs that were calf-length, but they had no crotch in them. You can see how this made it much easier for women to answer nature’s call with all those layers of skirts. They also did not wear anything that resembled a bra, but just a corset that pushed their breasts up so they spilled from the scooping neckline of their dresses.
Keeping Wilda and the other women properly clothed throughout some of their adventures was challenging but fun. At one point she had to disrobe down to the final layer before Calder’s horse would let her back on him. I’m not naturally funny when I write, but once in a while something funny will happen that I totally didn’t expect. I didn’t plan that scene, it just happened. And the love scenes? Well, writing those comes pretty easy after 59 years of marriage. Yes, I was ten when I got married.
Linda: *chuckles* I think you qualify as a marriage therapist. Thank you, Velda for joining us today.
Velda: Thank you so much for having me and for the beautiful comments you found from my readers and friends. Reading them gave me a good feeling deep inside. There’s nothing so precious as family and friends and I treasure them all.
Have questions for Velda? She’ll be checking in to reply. She’s willing to chat about Wilda’s Outlaw or one of her other books or even writing questions.
Here are the places you will find Velda Brotherton:
Writer’s Group: http://www.nwawriters.org
To purchase Wilda’s Outlaw, please go to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=wilda%27s+outlaw&sprefix=Wilda%27s+%2Cstripbooks%2C311