Here is a question and answer session with Linda Lean Miller about her new book Big Sky Country.
1. Which part was the least enjoyable?
I enjoy the whole process, though I admit I find the love scenes to be the most challenging. Trying to bring something new to a thing that’s as
old as time can be hard work.
2. How did you come up with the character, Joslyn Kirk?
Joslyn, like most of my characters, simply came to me as a brown-haired woman returning to her hometown to right an old wrong—one she’d had nothing to do with. As I wrote about Joslyn, she sort of flowered into a person I’d know if I met her on the street. It’s that way with all my story people—they become friends and I’m convinced that they’re real, somewhere.
3. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?
I would worry less about getting it perfect and just have fun with the process. Since “Big Sky Country” is the first in a series, the staging has to be just right to carry not only that book, but the others coming after it.
4. How much, and what kinds of research went into creating this novel?
I do a sort of ongoing research—I consult a friend who’s an expert on rodeos, for instance. Most of my stories, though, are pure imagination. I try to get things right, but I’m much more interested in giving the reader an emotional experience and a little vacation from the real world.
5. What are you currently reading?
Lately I’ve been listening to audio books—I’m iTunes’ best customer. I love memoirs, histories, and self-help books, because I love to learn. The current listen is a long memoir, “The Long Sunset”, written by Winston Churchill’s private secretary.