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Please include just one excerpt and include page numbers as reference. This one excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer. from Chapter 10: “Did she want to stay? She looked past the cottonwoods, stark in the bright fall sunlight, to the haystacks with bales stacked sky high. Looking at it now, you’d never imagine the wind driving snow across these meadows, the cattle huddled and shivering against the stacks, the Swans in their coveralls with their heads bowed against the wind. And the wind rattling her mobile home night after night. The dishes in the cupboard rattling from the gusts. At this moment, it was hard to imagine it could be that way.
Why is this excerpt so emotional for you as a writer to write? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? I grew up on a family ranch along the Little Laramie River in Albany County, Wyoming (Below). I went on to live there with my husband and children until I was nearly 40. The ranch was owned by my father and his sisters. They eventually sold it in 1993. This event was devastating to me. I had always been aware that my life on the ranch was uncertain due to the family situation, but I loved the place and the life very much. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.
The weather was normally spectacular. The sun was high and warm, though there was that chill at the fringes of the day that signaled the coming winter. The days were so quiet you could hear the river running from miles away. I loved to take out my wild fast horse on those afternoons and gallop around the meadow and at the far corner, when we would turn west toward home, there were our mountains in the distance all decked out in aspen gold.
Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? Prior drafts and deletions. It’s been a long since I wrote this novel, but I don’t think there was any editing or deletions of this passage. It’s one of those rare passages that I write from time to time that just spin from my head and are perfect when they hit the page. Actually, very rare that that happens.
Other works you have published? My short story collection, The Widow Smalls & Other Stories, published by Pronghorn Press in 2014. My new novel will be coming out from Pronghorn Press next spring, hopefully.
After finishing law school at the University of North Carolina in 2001, Jamie Lisa Forbes went on to practice law. Jamie still practices law in Greensboro. Jamie is getting ready to write her third novel about women in the early days of rodeo.