Interview with Author Penny Estelle

Today we have a real treat for readers.  Our first interview with this guest author was exactly a year ago.

My guest today is Penny Estelle.  Hello!  Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age!  It’s such a pleasure to have you again.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?  

Revenge, The Cowboy Way is a western romance set in the mid-1800s.  Brian Thornton is robbed at gunpoint, while in bed with a beautiful woman.  His planned revenge takes a turn when he finds out it was a young woman who caused this humiliation!  

It was released in April of 2014 in eBook form and can be found where most digital books are sold.  I believe the printed version will be out in October. 

Readers, here is the blurb for Revenge, The Cowboy Way.

When Brian Thornton is taken by surprise at gunpoint, while in the bed of a beautiful, wealthy woman, he swears his revenge.  But when he learns his humiliation was at the hands of a young woman and a boy, his vengeance knows no bounds.

Joanna Simmons finds herself snatched out of her home and taken to Thornton's ship.  Against her will, she travels to Texas, and then by wagon train to Bastrop, Brian's home town.  Joanna finds acceptance and genuine friendship with the people of the town, down to Brian's sister, but the emotional war that wages between Brian and Joanna keeps any kind of happiness at bay.

Revenge, the Cowboy Way is the story of hate, love and revenge.  The question is whose revenge is it?

Here is an excerpt.

He put his hands on both sides of her head, trapping her and leaning in close, his face inches from hers. “Listen carefully. I don’t give a damn about what you demand. You made the biggest mistake of your life when you chose to rob me, and now you will suffer the consequences of that choice. Now, unless you have other ideas on how to entertain me, you will high-tail it over to that bed and get in it so I can get some sleep.”

His voice was like steel, and Joanna wasted no time doing exactly what she was told. She hadn’t taken two steps before Brian grabbed her arm. “Take that bulky robe off first.” Defiance filled her face, but before she could respond, Brian continued. “Don’t test me. It’s been a long night.”

     Hate glittering in her eyes, she untied the sash and took the robe off, throwing it on the floor, leaving a pink-flowered flannel nightgown as her only barrier. She got in the small bed and hugged the wall. The bed was barely big enough for Brian, let alone both of them. Blowing out the lantern, Brian lay down, reaching for her. She struggled as he scooped her next to him, his arm snug around her waist. Tears of frustration gathered in her eyes as she tried to escape his hold.

“All this squirming around is giving me ideas, Jo.”

Now for some general questions.
When reading, do you prefer traditional
printed books or ebooks?  And why?

I have a Kindle and have tons of stories on it, but no matter how hard I try, I believe I’ll always be partial to holding a book in my hands.

I agree.  There really is nothing like reading a physical book.  

So, can you tell us what you are reading now?
I just finished a story titled Cade (The Morgan’s of Rocky Ridge) and I’m ready to start Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins.

That's great!  We interviewed Margo about Fairy, Texas back in March.
Now for another question.  When you get an idea for a book, what comes first usually?  Dialogue, the characters, a specific scene?  Or do you plot it out before you write?
I have to have an idea for the plot before I can start any story. I’ve tried plotting it out completely, but it never follows my original plan!!
I know what you mean.
So, what do you have planned next?  Or is that a secret?
I have two stories going right now (not too sure how smart that is)One is for kids that involves a jigsaw puzzle and a wizard.  The other is for YA or adults.  It will be another historical western about a man with a past who finds an unconscious woman and infant on the plains of Kansas.  The woman has been shot and her horse has been run to death.  And the infant…dum da dum dum…
Ooh.  Sounds interesting.
Is there anything you'd like to add?  Any advice for new writers?
There are loads of authors out there who make a lot of money.  I’m not one of them, but they are out there.  My advice is to write because you like to put stories on paper.  If you are only looking for a way to make some huge bucks, writing may not be the answer!

Good advice.  Thank you for coming today, Penny!

Thanks so much, Marie, for letting me visit with you on your blog.  You are such a wonderful hostess!!!

Aww, thanks.

Author Bio  

When my husband and I retired, we moved to our home right outside of Kingman, AZ.  We have 54 acres that are always alive with rabbits, quail, coyotes, mule deer, and rattlesnakes, to name a few.  We have no electricity out here so we are on wind and solar only.  

It took some real getting used to, but I must say I have come to love it.  When I look up at the stars at night, it is a breathtaking sight!  

Though the upkeep and projects around are never-ending, I’m not sure what I would do without my writing.  It is an escape from reality for me. I walk these dirt roads every day.  It keeps my mind working on how my characters will work out certain problems or helps me plot out my next story. 

I have written stories for young and old alike.  Take a look at my links below to find out more about myself and my stories! 




  1. Hi Marie.....Thanks for having me again on Writing in the Modern Age. It was a fun interview!


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