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Western Romance – Canadian Style

I have a very special lady with me today – Brenda Sinclair.

Brenda, along with Caroline Clemmons and Margaret Tanner was one of the first authors to reach out and encourage me when I first began writing. Her friendship is valued and hopefully one day I will meet this amazing author and lady in person.


Thank you for having me join you today. I’m delighted to share some of my musings about my historical western romance stories in the Spirit Creek Series.

Did you have all of the plots roughed out for all six books, or at least, thought about in advance? Or do you plot each book one at a time as you go?

The title, No More, has never changed since the first draft over ten years ago, but CoverFinalLG-NoMorethe plotline evolved over time and several scenes were cut. Of course being of the opinion that this ‘brilliant writing’ *wink, wink* couldn’t be lost forever, I toyed with the idea of writing a trilogy. And some of the rejected scenes worked in book two. Then the trilogy morphed into a six book series when plotline ideas wouldn’t stop popping into my head! I suppose that’s a good thing. I prepare a detailed plot summary (yes, I’m a plotter) of each book before I start writing. And I write down ideas for scenes as they occur to me, but plotline changes are constantly evolving even as I write.


How do you keep all your recurring characters straight?

That is no small feat when you’re keeping track of an entire town’s population! Mind you, several recurring characters appear in every book. But new citizens have arrived and a few births and deaths have occurred. A huge poster board occupies an office wall with color-coded Post-its covering every square inch. Blue means a deceased citizen, yellow is for children and pink is adults currently alive. I love writing about so many unique citizens, and I’ve had reviewers mention they enjoyed having the characters from an earlier story appear again in future books.

What can you tell us about the books in your Spirit Creek Series?

How often have we heard the old saying Variety is the spice of life? Too frequently to count, right? We all enjoy variety in our leisure activities, in our hobbies, in the movies we watch and, of course, in the books we read. When I plotted the Spirit Creek Series, I kept this concept of ‘variety’ in mind.



Book One, No More, finds a recent widow and a wealthy rancher involved in a marriage of convenience to provide their children with two parents. Of course, their secret feelings for each other get in the way, along with a number of other problems facing their blended family.



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Book Two, No Time, was written for readers who enjoy lots of plot twists with their romance. Ellie Thomas is a schoolmarm who considers the town’s lawyer a friend who stands by her when she needs help. But Robert has loved her from afar for years, and he hopes to win her heart.




Book Three, No Chance, was written for readers who enjoy a few steamy scenes in a romance story, so beware if you’re not a fan of a ‘hot’ read. Chance Maxwell and Sadie Peterman heat up the pages and each other while Sadie learns a few harsh life lessons.



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Book Four, No Ties, is another sweet romance between Sheriff Ernest Jones and schoolteacher, Ivy Paterson who told a little white lie years ago, shortly after arriving in Spirit Creek. When she recognizes a stranger in town, she realizes her fibs are coming back to bite her in the bustle.





Book Five, No Way, is my latest release. This story involves a troubled widow who arrives in Spirit Creek by mistake. Ada Perkins is keeping secrets and hoping to escape a troubled past while starting a new life. When someone from her past arrives in town, she could pay for her secrets with her life?




Book Six, No Hope, featuring an abducted schoolteacher who was a minor character in No Chance and a widowed rancher, will be released in autumn 2015. Can you guess who the heroine will be?

index 4The Christmas novella, No Peace, ties up one lose end from No Ties. With Blake Connor’s life in chaos, he is torn between proposing to the love of his life, Gertie the hotel waitress, and just leaving town to keep her safe.

All of the books in the Spirit Creek Series, print and/or ebook versions, are available on





Thank you so much for letting me join you today! I hope the readers enjoy reading my series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Happy reading, everyone!

Thank you being here today Brenda, I wish you the very best with your series.

For more information about Brenda and all of her books visit:






Western Romance has always been my first love but I also write hot contemporary romance under my pen name A.L. Simpson. In my Westerns I love to write about knock ‘em down - drag ‘em out fights, outlaws, bank robbery, stage hold-ups and romance. In my Contemporary’s I write f/m, m/m and m/m/f. I usually draw on experiences for these and they usually cause more than a few tears for the readers. When I am not writing I enjoy walking our dogs – 2 elderly Jack Russell Terriers - with my husband and travelling both overseas and in Australia. Susan Horsnell Links: Blog: Web: FB: A.L. Simpson Links: Website: Blog: FB:

4 thoughts on “Western Romance – Canadian Style

  1. Hi Brenda, nice to meet you!
    As an author, I found myself nodding at several of your comments about plotting and how in the process of writing the stories,those plots may change. Usually to the credit of our characters who seem to know where the plots will lead better than we do!
    Your covers, titles and short blurbs are both creative and captivating. Definitely have the series on my TBR list.

    1. Thank you, Christy. All my covers are done by Su at and I love them, too. Covers are a novel’s first impression and I believe in giving a book a beautiful face for the world to admire. Thanks again.

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