Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Day with Paige Winship Dooly

The Grave of the Black Sheepphoto © 2009 Hartwig HKD more info (via: Wylio)

I loved working on my Georgia Brides historical series! Georgia is a beautiful state with mountains, ocean and wide-open spaces. The Lightkeeper's Daughter was set on an oceanfront island. The Displaced Belle took place just outside Atlanta, Georgia. The Reluctant Outlaw is my final book for the set and is set in the mountains of north Georgia.

The first story is told about a hero with a rough family background who overcame his past with the help of more fortunate heroine, though she was facing hardships of her own as they worked on their relationship.

The second story had both the hero and heroine trying to find their way after rough family situations.

When plotting this final story, I decided to reverse the "typical" stereotype of a family. It seems to me that a lot of families have tales of a black sheep son or daughter, the one who is the challenge to raise and keeps his or her parents scratching their heads over the child's choices or poor behavior. Sometimes the bad behavior will influence other children in the family in a trickle down effect.

While I know that seems to be the experience for the majority of families, I started thinking about the opposite scenario, the one where the black sheep family has a child who by nature doesn't want to do wrong and doesn't want to take part in the family "activities."

This heroine would have a harder time at redemption because of the obstacles provided by the family. With this premise in mind, I sketched out the proposal and wrote the story for The Reluctant Outlaw.

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!

If you were in a book like this, would you want to be the black sheep in the family, or the child who is in a black sheep family?


  1. This series sounds wonderful Paige! As for the black sheep questions, I'm not sure which I'd rather be. :)

  2. Lol, I didn't come up with this question, but I'd have to say I'd rather be a child in the black sheep family, than be the black sheep!

    At least then I could help try to thwart them when they made the wrong choices, like the heroine does in the story.

    Fortunately, I didn't grow up in either situation!


  3. NEITHER!!! Lol I look forward to reading your books and especially since I live in GA!!!

  4. Baa! LOL

    My husband is considered a black sheep in his family (along with his sweet sister) for being so...religious. In this case, I don't mind. :)