THE FUTURE OF THE RANCH HANGS IN THE BALANCE
Sage is just getting her life back together when a tornado touches down and destroys her family ranch in northern Georgia taking her hopes, her dreams, and the very horse that the ranch’s future hinges on. An ex rodeo cowboy with a past, Garrett has sworn off rodeo and the last thing he needs is entanglement with a woman on a wild horse chase but there’s too many unanswered questions, such as how a horse could stay gone so long.Refusing to believe her horse was killed in the storm and refusing to give up on the ranch, Sage begins the journey of rebuilding her life once again while still searching for the horse that to her, holds the past, and her future. Garrett’s past and a malicious betrayal jeopardize her efforts. Is she strong enough to push past the hurt and the lies in order to get back all she holds dear?
Q&A with F.J. Thomas
(Modern) Western. It's the most natural for me because that's what I relate to on a daily basis. It's my life and I get to write about it!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Well, I won't say exactly how many years ago, but way back in high school I knew I wanted to be a writer. It just took me forever to get serious about writing... not that I'm old or anything!
Romance is one of the popular selling genres in today’s market, what makes your book stand out from the rest?
Because I've lived it. The characters in my book come from real life experiences and I think that brings a special richness to a book. Also, the book brings to light an issue that doesn't get much press and that I'm personally pretty passionate about - large animal rescue. In any disaster, large animals are the last to be rescued and Lost Betrayal touches on an aspect of that fact.
Give us an insight into your main character(s). What does he/she/they do that is so special?
The reality of living a cowgirl life is so far from glitz and glamour and wearing shorts with cowboy boots. Sage epitomizes what it's really like to be a cowgirl in that she's tough, cares for her livestock more than herself, and she doesn't give up.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Wow, what a tough question! Selling my book, Lost Betrayal, to Solstice Publishing is definitely one of the top items. But I get just as much fulfillment every time I get a chance to make a difference in someone else's life, or I break a colt or help a horse through an issue. I try to live life to the fullest so that the best accomplishment list is hard to pick from.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
There were several surprising things I learned once I got on the "Other Side". One is how hard the editing process can be at times - very labor intensive! If you have a great editor, it's also a wonderful learning experience. The other surprising thing I learned is how much work is involved in promoting your book. It's definitely a labor of love that requires a lot of time and effort. Promoting also has its rewards in that you meet some fantastic people along the way and make some great connections as an author.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I give riding lessons, judge horse shows, and I compete in anything from barrel racing to ranch classes. Every now and then I'll even put on a pair of breeches and ride in an english class!
What can we expect from you in the future?
I've always got several projects going! My current project that I'm almost finished with is a paranormal short story, Winds On Indian Mound. It's based an experience I had while riding in Indian Mound, Tennessee years ago. I'm also working on a new western romance, The Searching Place, that's about a gal that breaks the mold when it comes to romance heroines!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Work on your social media and build your reputation long before you ever plan to submit your book. Twitter is actually how I made the connection to sell my book. Another piece of advice is be yourself as a writer. There will never be another you - you're unique for a reason so use that to your advantage. Finally, read as much as you can about motivation and success. Those nuggets of advice translate well to becoming successful at writing.
Here’s a tough one, if you had the choice, would you rather have negative reviews or none at all?
Definitely a tough question! I've been very fortunate in that I've had few negative reviews on Lost Betrayal. I don't know if folks are just being nice, or I just lucked up! I guess if I absolutely had to choose, it would be negative reviews. Sometimes if a review is bad enough people will buy the book anyway just to see if what was said is true!
A cowgirl at heart, F.J. Thomas resides in east Tennessee on her horse farm with her husband Steve and their menagerie of horses, cats, and dogs. Working full time in the healthcare industry, F.J. spends the rest of her time judging open horse shows and competing in anything from huntseat to barrel racing and ranch events every chance she gets.
F.J. started writing in high school and never looked back. She’s written articles that have appeared in America’s Horse and Hoofbeats. Her real life pursuit of the cowgirl lifestyle has provided plenty of first-hand experience and inspiration for writing.
Published Author - Lost Betrayal (Solstice Publishing)
Founder of Cowgirls With Curves
Blogger - Musings From The Leadrope & Talking In The Barn
Owner of Fairweather Farm