Even though I have read your books, can you tell my friends about your newest release?
Into His World takes place in the rodeo world which I love because its so macho. My hero is a stock contractor which means he’s responsible for providing the broncs and Brahma bulls the cowboys ride—or at least try to ride. Hey, who is more masculine than a man who is comfortable around bulls and horses that hate to be ridden? But that isn’t all Roden does. He’s a dom, the man women come to when they want to learn how to be submissive to the men in their lives. Just as Roden controls his livestock, he teaches certain women how to accept being controlled. Into his life comes Shana, a woman whose hard knocks have taught her not to back down from any challenge or danger. She has built walls upon walls around her heart and yet something about Roden speaks to her. Can she accept him for who and what he is?
And are you working on anything right now? Will you sneak and tell me about it? I won’t tell anyone if you do…
Of course I’m working on something right now. Hey, I’m a writer. I’m deep into a story about a man from a clan at risk of being destroyed by their powerful enemies. Determined not to let that happen, he captures a woman from another peaceful clan—a clan and a woman known for their speed. If he can breed her and their children can outrun the enemy—but first he must tame her.
So what inspires you?
My flippant answer is that the bills inspire me but the truth is, human beings fascinate me. What makes them do the things they do, how are they influenced by their pasts, what are their dreams, fears, goals?
What were the challenges you faced (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your latest book to life?
The logistical part, unfortunately, is easy to explain. I have three family members with health issues. As for the rest, I’ve been writing for so long that hopefully I’ve nailed the literary part and love digging into my characters’ psychies. The more complex a character’s personaility, the more fun I have. For me that’s the best part.
What books have influenced your writing most?
I really can’t say that because I believe I’m influenced one way or the other by everything I read. For fun reading I’m usually drawn to romantic suspense or thrillers.
How did you come up with your title?
I’m not known for my titles. J However, because it’s known as the rodeo world, I started playing around with the two words and Into His World is what I came up with. Kind of pleased with myself.
Did you include any experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I had two horses as a child and have always enjoyed rodeos.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
It’s really pretty simple and something I’ve never let myself lose sight of. Writers need to wear their writer hats while sitting at the computer but must replace that with business hats when approaching publishers. Writing is a strange mix of creativity and business.
Into His World by Vonna Harper
The word means everything to Shana who trains horses and rides rodeo stock. She’s a woman living in a man’s world, unafraid and taking them on at their own game. Hard childhood lessons taught her that self-determination is the key to survival.
Then she meets Roden, a rodeo livestock contractor with lessons of his own. In his locked room designed for submission and dominance, her world changes.