The release of my newest novel is September 7, 2022, slightly more than a week away. As you might have guessed from the title, it is a western in the Wylder West series from The Wild Rose Press. What has intrigued me about writing a novel set within the parameters of the 1878 fictional town of Wylder, Wyoming Territory, are all the synchronicities within my life. During the buildup to this release, I’ll be sharing a few of those with you, such as occupation, family ties, my horse Choco, and my interest in a showman who turned the outdoor theater into an experience of the western frontier.
I want you to meet my characters and take internal journeys with them. But be warned, do not expect modern sensibilities. This is 19th-century life. To live in their skin means facing the often unpleasant things people did to make a living or catch a wife. Writing a historical novel requires unpacking a few of those less-than-ideal situations and watching the changes happening around and through them, as well as instigated by the main characters.
Here’s a taste in a brief excerpt:
Victor fed the reins to the horse. “Hyah,” he yelled before glancing over his shoulder. “The Natives hate one thing worse than me.”
Blinking, Pierre lifted his head. “Oui? What on earth could that be?”
Essie shivered. If she knew anything about Victor Douglas, it was that he was the most determined man she’d ever met. If anyone could discover a way to bring such a reenactment to people in another country, Victor could. “Don’t forget exotic animals. We might not have lions and tigers—”
“But we’ve got buffalo,” Vic shouted.
“You wouldn’t dare…”
If so, you can preorder from your favorite book outlet. My link is for Amazon, but you can find it at major suppliers. Get your copy now, and it will be delivered on September 7, 2022.
If you enjoy the town of Wylder, check out other novels in The Wild Rose Press Series.
Renee Johnson is the author of Reminiscing Over Rainbow Gelato, Behind The Mask, Herald Angels, Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray. She is currently working on a sweet romance and a historical novel while editing a suspense novel with international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food. She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and two very spoiled German shepherds named Hansel and Hannah.