Keira: Laurie Spencer, the heroine of To Love and to Cherish, feels trapped by her life and particularly by her family. If you were her best friend, what would you tell her?
Leigh Greenwood: My first impulse would be to tell her to leave her husband, but women on the frontier had few rights and fewer chances for legal support. Since her parents wouldn’t support her, she would need the support of other family members. Still, she was a young and beautiful woman. I would say her chances of finding a caring husband were very good.
Keira: What advice would you give to Jared Smith, the hero of the story, if you were his best friend?
Leigh: Figure out the money as best he could, but don’t take a chance on losing Laurie.
Keira: What’s your perception of the genre as a male author writing romance? How did you come to write in this genre?
Leigh: I think it’s a wonderful genre and don’t see why so many people look down on it. That we have excellent writers is proved by their presence on the bestsellers lists. They can write anything from character-driven stories to action/adventure and science fiction/futuristic. I think many people are too afraid of their emotions to be able to appreciate romance. I write romance because I enjoy the interaction between characters that leads to a happy ending. I also like cowboys and children so it all works together to create a story that, regardless of the setting, can be pertinent to modern situations.
Keira: What’s your favorite part about writing about cowboys and cowgirls and the West?
Leigh: I like the chance to include the kind of action and adventure that you can’t put in most present-day settings.
Keira: How do you define love? How can someone recognize their soul mate / true love?
Leigh: There really is no answer to that question because it’s different for every couple. It even changes when a person finds a new partner because no two people are the same. What they bring to the relationship and what they need from it will be different. The best I can offer is that being with that one person makes you happy, fulfilled, content, so much so you’re willing to work your butt of to keep it.
Keira: If you could travel anywhere and in any time period, where would you go and why?
Leigh: It would be hard to choose between ancient Greece and ancient Rome. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient civilizations. These two made enormous contributions to our modern world.
Keira: What can we expect from you next?
Leigh: I have two more books in the Cactus Creek series that will disclose the secret that caused the town to pick up and move west.
To Love and to Cherish by Leigh Greenwood
Torn Between a Desire to be Free…
When Laurie Spencer said “I do”, she never realized she’d be trading one pair of shackles for another—until her husband’s unexpected death leaves her with an opportunity to escape her controlling family for good. Determined to be independent, Laurie approaches sexy rancher Jared Smith with an offer she hopes he can’t refuse…
And a Longing to be His…
Jared’s determined to make it in Texas, but with the local banker turned against him, it looks like his dream may be slipping through his fingers. When unconsciously sensual Laurie offers a partnership, his luck may be changing…but when she throws herself in as part of the deal, Jared’s not sure he’ll be able to respect the terms of their agreement and keep his eyes—and his hands—to himself.
There’s something about Laurie that awakens every protective instinct Jared has…and when all hell breaks loose, there’s nothing and no one who’ll be able to keep this cowboy from her side.
Buy: To Love and to Cherish (Cactus Creek Cowboys Book 2)
Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at www.leigh-greenwood.com.
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