There’s nothing quite like growing up in Owyhee County, Idaho, to fuel a young girl’s imagination. I lived on a dairy farm six miles southwest of Homedale. Stories popped into my head while I was feeding calves, or hoeing beets, or shucking corn. These stories placed me in another time, wild and exciting, full of adventure, handsome heroes, and heinous villains.
They called me a daydreamer, and I made up stuff—outlandish stories for which I was properly chastised—because the world in my mind was a hundred years behind the world I actually lived in. Our family raised and milked Holsteins, but I dreamed of wrangling Texas Longhorns. We grew alfalfa, corn, wheat, and beets, but I dreamed of riding across the sagebrush foothills chasing cattle rustlers. Dad always drove a Buick, but I dreamed of stagecoach rides beset by the fearsome Alsup Gang (Alsup is a family name, and seemed as good for a gang name as any other).
Good people lived in our little corner of Owyhee County, the kind you treasure. Our neighbors were community-minded, full of humor, and always ready to lend a hand. I remember my dad and his friend raising money for Homedale’s first ambulance. I remember the dances and parties at the Stateline Grange where Arlene played the accordion, Al played guitar, and whoever else they could get played fun music like Silver Threads Among the Gold.
All of us kids had a grand old time at the Owyhee County Fair and Rodeo each August. I really miss it, even the rain and wind storm that always hit at about 1 PM Saturday, sending us all running for cover. A bunch of us used Graveyard Point as our playground—we rode our horses there and swam in the Highline Canal. We thought of it as an Indian village, though. Everything and everywhere we went, our imaginations made it that much better.
And so it’s only reasonable that I should end up writing western historical romance full of dashing heroes and despicable bad guys set in the Wild West of my mind, which was and always will be Owyhee County, Idaho. It’s where the west was won.
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