Sorry, folks. I had an author’s senior moment and the day drifted past me. I was in a writer’s fog—living with my characters in my head instead of keeping my eye on the calendar.

In this case, I’m building a story set in Buffalo, Wyoming, in 1895. You might think that it’s too close to the industrial revolution to be a good western, but Wyoming had not caught up anywhere close to the East Coast. Custer’s Last Stand and the Johnson County range wars were not that long before.

But Buffalo was no back-water town. It did have culture. Its famous Occidental Hotel is still in existence and was visited by presidents and foreign dignitaries on hunting expeditions. Opera came to town in the summer and Cody’s Wild West Show was headquartered in the next county.

I must confess I get like an absent minded professor when I’m thinking hard on how to make my characters believable for their times and still modern enough for you readers to understand them and their motivations. In this case, I’m working with older H/H’s, both of whom are widowed, had happy marriages before and are socially in different worlds—he’s a rancher and she’s a farmer.

I’m trying step-by-step to bring them together so that, when the story ends, you’ll sigh happily.

Please forgive me and take a look at my medieval romantic suspense that Samhain Publishing released in print this spring, OUT OF THE DARK. In it a sight-impaired Anglo-Saxon noblewoman overhears a conspiracy in the king’s castle and goes to the Norman sheriff for help. The trouble is, his voice sounds like one of the conspirators. You can download the first half as a pdf to give it a try:

If you enjoy a good medieval romance, you’ll enjoy MATILDA’S SONG which released in print a week ago. There an Anglo-Saxon woman pretends she married her cousin in another village so she can escape the unwanted attentions of a brutal knight. Talk about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. No sooner does she arrive in her cousin’s village than the local Norman baron demands first-night rights.

We authors love creating these stories for you. Hope you enjoy them.

All the best,

JoAnn (

Guest Blogger: JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

3 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

  • August 6, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I love Medevil romances would like to read this book!!!

  • August 6, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Ooh, glad to learn about these–I've been enjoying this time period and these stories sound intriguing! Thanks, JoAnn (and Leah)!

  • August 6, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Great! I chose this time period because Ainsworth is an Anglo Saxon name meaning property of Ains.

    Enjoy the novels!

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