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Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
fell in love with a girl named
Juanita. Ever since, he's experienced
nothing but failure and misfortune.
reserved, and patient to a fault--
hasn't left Hap's side since they
became rodeo partners right out of
college. Now, after spending most
of his adult life looking for Juanita,
Hap wants to do one last big
search that will take them all over
the Southwest before he admits defeat.
Together these two cowpokes
find themselves reluctant heroes in
a series of misadventures as they
travel the West, all the while thinking
that Hap's--or Laramie's--true love may be in the
Author: Stephen Bly
Located in: Winchester, Idaho
Submitted: June 25, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I write about the West (historic or modern) from
the inside. Born and raised on western ranches,
I have both the heart and mind to describe things
as they really were . . and are. Youll get a
folksy, personal, right to the point interview
out of me, with humor and heart. Besides being an
author, I'm a pastor, a mayor, and an antique gun
collector. I'm also a fan of Jimmy Buffet music.
Why, you say. Maybe because there's not much difference between an outlaw and a pirate.
What was your motivation behind this project? Paperback writers have crazy minds. I have stories lined up to be told that are longer than the Wal-Mart line the day after Thanksgiving. I wanted a story so audacious the reader would have to laugh, but that would become so believable the reader would have to care. This is what popped into my head.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Its a buddy story, a road romp. Some call it CowboyLit . . . where the time tested values of cowboys rub up against contemporary values. Its a crazy story that becomes more logical as the reader gets deeper into it. What a fun project it has been for me! Dont we all have someone in the past, that we knew for only a short while, whom we wish we could have known all our lives? So when Hap and Laramie ventured out on a search for Haps Juanita, I decided to invite others to go along too. In spite of yourself, it will make you laugh and make you cry, and make you think about your own 'idiot obsessions' in a fresh, new way. The characters are a little crazy, but I hope the reader will make life-long friends with them.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My influencer's from my younger years included Dostoevsky, Hemingway, William Saroyan and John Steinbeck. Later, I read every Louis L'Amour novel he ever wrote and finally decided to give writing western a try. I enjoy Elmer Kelton and many others too.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: While the book will very much appeal to both men and women readers, by sheer numbers more women will read it, especially country gals with cowboy- on-their-mind kind of hearts. While people often talk of women looking for knights on white horses most females have at one time in their life longed for a cowboy on any color of horse. So this will have some appeal there. Plus the drive to find that one girl, the one you cant forget, has an appeal to the reader. As far as felt need . . . we all have a desire to find the right person to share our life with . . . and the longing to think that other person has been searching for us. In that way, its a satisfying (and yet surprising) story. We have the need to be searched for and found . . . the need to complete something we promised ourselves long ago. We have the need to do the right thing, even if no one knows it. The need to make a stand against all odds. And the need to be a friend (and have a friend) through all the struggles in life.