My awesome friend and fellow writer, Linda Broday, is hosting me on her blog today.
Also, just for fun today, I thought I’d share an interview with the men of Baker City. Enjoy!
Welcome Thane Jordan, Tully Barrett, and Ian MacGregor. Tell us a little about you.
Thane: I’m a recently married rancher, mine owner, and horse trainer. I inherited my brother’s two children last fall and married their aunt. She’d pretty much raised them and couldn’t bear the thought of being away from them. I didn’t plan on falling in love with her, that’s for sure.
Tully: You should see them together. Half the time it’s like oil and vinegar, or maybe I should say crumpets and cowpies. The rest of the time, ol’ Thane is so besotted with his bride, it would be purely sickening if they weren’t so much in love.
Thane: (Glares at Tully) I think you’re supposed to talk about yourself, not provide opinions about me.
Tully: (Grins broadly) I’ve served as sheriff in Baker City for a while and I like the job. I came to the area a dozen years ago with Thane and our friend Maggie and her husband Daniel. He died in an accident in the mine we bought together. Thane and I watch over Maggie, or at least try.
Ian: That beautiful, bonny lass is a handful. The woman is full of her own ideas and opinions.
Tully: And she’s not afraid to share them.
Ian: (Chuckles and shakes his head) I own the lumber mill and have been in this fair city for just two years. My father hails from Scotland, although my mother’s family has been in America since the first pilgrims set foot off the Mayflower.
What do you like best about Baker City?
Thane: Although the thought never crossed my mind before I became a husband and father of two, Baker City is a great place to raise a family. There are good schools and churches, and things women seem to enjoy like restaurants and the nice hotel, and Maggie’s dress shop. I also like the fact that our ranch is close by yet isolated.
Tully: I like the people. We’ve got a nice community here. Even with the lawbreakers and riffraff I run out of town, it’s still a wonderful place to live.
Ian: I agree. The people are what make the town special, make it seem like home.
Thane: (Smirks) I think he means just one person… Miss Maggie.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about the town?
Ian: Many people would be surprised to know Baker City is often referred to as the “Denver of Oregon” because of the gold, and because of all it has to offer. From the grand hotel downtown to the theater performances and dances, there are many activities here people might not expect to find in a western town.
Tully: At our community harvest dance last fall, one of the men spiked the punch. Several of the women thought it quite tasty, although they didn’t know about the booze. You’ve never seen such carefree, happy females as there were that evening. Two of them even proposed to me.
Thane: (Snorts) I’m sorry I wasn’t around to see that. Maybe you should have had some of that punch and I wouldn’t be the only one enjoying matrimonial bliss now. (Tully glowers at Thane) I think people would be surprised by the gold, silver and quartz mines, and how much money mining produces in our county. I don’t see the mining industry dying off around here anytime soon.
Thank you gentlemen for joining us today. Any parting words?
Tully: If you’ve already read about Thane and Ian’s adventures with love, be sure you watch for my story, Corsets and Cuffs, coming out whenever the author gets around to it.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!