Guest Post:- Jackie North

When I came up with the concept of doing a series of m/m romances set on a guest ranch, I already knew I wanted a brooding loner cowboy (Brody) who would find his one true love in the least likely of places.

Brody’s background is rough, full of scenes that were difficult to write—but his reward is the orphan, Kit, who loves Brody with all his heart and soul.

I have a thing about orphans, always have, as my own kidhoood was somewhat rugged. I know what it’s like to have someone hold out their hand to pull you to your feet, to have someone care that maybe you didn’t get enough to eat that day or perhaps for several days.

I was also inspired by the movie “Buck,” which tells the story of Buck Brannaman, and how he came to be a horse whisperer.
Buck Brannaman was, in fact, part of the inspiration for the novel “The Horse Whisperer,” by Nicholas Sparks, and main inspiration for the 1998 movie “The Horse Whisperer,” directed by and starring Robert Redford. Buck Brannaman served as consultant for the movie.

I have not seen the movie or read the book, but just watched “Buck,” almost moved to tears by him talking so levelly about his kidhood, which was far worse than mine.

I wanted to write a story about how someone with such a horrible, miserable time growing up could find love and happiness. The Result is The Wrangler and the Orphan.