Carla Kelly won the Spur in short fiction in 1978 for "A Season for Heroes," and again in 1981 for "Kathleen Flaherty's Long Winter." Both were published in Far West Magazine. A WWA member, she publishes with Camel Press, along with Harlequin and Cedar For Inc. Her latest novel, The Double Cross was reviewed in the February Roundup.
"Our nation was founded by sturdy, durable, self-reliant types, and I suspect that many of us in our tech-busy world envy that type," Kelly says. "We yearn for the simplicity (if itw as simple, which I doubt) of days when the enemy was obvious (man, nature), and there was good work to be done to build a better society. We look with certain longing on a time when every person - man or woman - had to stand for something."
My latest book, Jackson Hole Journey, reviewed in the February 2013 Roundup, contains a strong romance as part of the plot. Its publisher, Catherine Treadgold, of Camel Press and Coffeetown Press says, "Western romances have enduring appeal because of the untamed landscapes, the strong women, and the adventuresome men. Many Americans have family historics involving ancestors who either came to or lived in the Wild West. We have not noticed a drop in interest in Western romances, and we look forward to publishing more in the future. Whenever we publish one, we receive notes asking us when other books like it are coming out."
Thus it seems that mixing elements of romance, the largest selling genre in fiction, with Westerns, can have the author riding into the sunset to a happy ending. -- Linda Jacobs, August 2014 edition of Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine