What inspired you to write your book?
Three River Ranch is my first romance novel… I’ve been writing for the pet market for over 20 years, mostly health-related topics. I was originally trained in veterinary technology, so it was natural for me to “write what I know” as they say. However, for most of that time, I yearned to write fiction, to create characters, to put them in conflict and see how they got out. I wrote one mystery novel that went “plink” and then disappeared, probably because figuring out “who dunnit” is a stretch for me – even when I’m the author! Logic, not so much.
Emotion, though. That’s my strong suit. Relationships, I’m there. Romance was a natural fit. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out…
About your Book:
Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion.
Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs.
Sometimes love arrives on your doorstep when you least expect it…
Book Genre: Fiction – Romance
What formats are your books in: eBook
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
I’m not sure that it is. Each genre, within fiction and non-fiction, has its own tropes that readers expect. Ie: in non-fiction pet books, people expect helpful information, experiences they can relate to, well-researched advice. In fiction, no matter if you’re reading science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance or literary fiction, readers demand well-crafted story-lines, three-dimensional characters and gripping conflict.
My story just happens to include a band of wild mustangs and a Labradoodle amongst those characters!
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Don’t cut corners on research! Pet owners are SMART and if you get it wrong, they’ll let you know about it!
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I’d been having zero response from print publishers, and had heard through various industry sources that the print houses are in rough shape. Digital books are rising in popularity and the companies who know how to market e-books are doing well, even in this economy.
So my agent and I decided to query Entangled Publishing. It went from query to contract to launch in about three months and is selling like crazy. My last print book took three years and never made back its advance!
I never wanted to self-publish, so I was delighted to find a company who has such marketing savvy, such fantastic editors on staff and such enthusiasm. There’s a great deal of information available for aspiring authors, so do your due diligence before you decide, either way.
Roxanne Willems Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.