Thanks, Kimberly, for the opportunity to talk about Winds of Freedom, the sequel to my first novel, Winds of Wyoming. Both books are set on a guest ranch in the Wyoming Sierra Madre Mountains and are about women who found God in prison yet struggle to find their way on the narrow road outside of prison walls.
Here’s the blurb for book #2:
Winter storms blast across the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and a cold wind blows through Kate Neilson’s soul. Despite her pain, Kate’s well-being takes a backseat to the needs of loved ones: her best friend, who’s been ensnared by evil; her failing great-aunt, whose dementia care keeps Kate guessing; and Laura and Mike Duncan, whose ranch and livelihood are threatened by a land-grabbing neighbor.
Do you have a favorite scene? Why?
One of my favorite scenes is a bit chilling and occurs when a character is being suckered into horrendous evil, despite red flags popping up all over the place. I like that scene because it ups the tension and switches the storyline from threatening to out-and-out treacherous.
When did you first get the writing itch?
Like many authors, I fell in love with reading and writing in elementary school. But it wasn’t until I graduated from college (with an unrelated degree), got married, and birthed our first child that I felt the urge to write on a regular basis and signed up for a community service writing class. Since that time, I’ve taken other classes and writing courses, joined critique groups, attended writers conferences, and read dozens of how-to-write books and magazines.
I also birthed a couple more children. Between diapers, music lessons, ball practices, volunteerism and outside employment, I wrote nonfiction books and articles and short stories for magazines. The Winds series is my first fiction series, but I hope to write more novels set in other western states.
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Readers have told me their eyes were opened regarding a disturbing criminal activity through Winds of Freedom. My hope is that they will join oppositional forces, whether through prayer, finances or becoming involved with prevention programs. I also trust the book will solidify readers’ trust in our loving, powerful, faithful God.
What is your favorite season and why?
I love autumn, partly because of the changing colors and the crispness that seeps into the summer air, and partly because I feel a sense of newness and change, which may come from long ago beginning-of-school days. Who knows?!
What is next for you?
I’m so glad you asked. If it hasn’t been released by the time this interview is published, my short-story compilation will debut soon. With the help of critique partners, I wrote, gathered and edited 16 short stories for an eclectic collection titled Passageways.
I’m also working on book three in the Winds series. This one is titled Winds of Change, is again set in Wyoming on the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and includes many of the characters present in the first two books. I can’t say much about Winds of Change, except that the action picks up a year or so after Winds of Freedom ends and continues themes from that story.
Thank you for this fun guest-blog opportunity, Kimberly!
It was great having you again, Rebecca!
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Rebecca Carey Lyles grew up in Wyoming, the setting for her award-winning Kate Neilson novels. She currently lives in Idaho, where she serves as an editor and a mentor for aspiring authors and as a coach for women transitioning from prison to life on “the outside.”
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