Horse Opera to Space Opera–Seriously?

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 by   5 Comments | Posted in Blog · Books · Uncategorized

TaaraIf you’re reading this blog, chances are you are a fantasy, futuristic or paranormal romance fan and writer.

Well, so am I! But I sure didn’t start out that way. I grew up in Montana, in a ranching family that included great-grandparents who helped settle the west. One of them even lived with Sitting Bull’s tribe for a few years, and remained friends with him until his death. When I was a little girl, I progressed from a stick horse to a Shetland pony, and then to bigger horses.

That life ended when my parents divorced, and my sister and I moved to town with Mom. But I stayed grounded in western lore. I still love Western stories, especially romance, and there is nothing like a good country song, or a handsome man dressed in tight jeans and a cowboy hat.

So how did an ex-cowgirl from Montana end up writing sci fi paranormal? Well, any good rancher will tell you, when you live miles from the nearest hardware store, you must improvise. Trailer hitches to boots, things  fall apart right when you need them, and livestock won’t wait for you to go get the right part. Baling twine or wire and duct tape are essentials of any ranch tool kit.roy-rogers-collection-movie-poster-9999-1020210559

Gadgets, in other words. Creativity. I’ve always wanted to write western romance. Did you know western movies used to be called ‘horse opera’? The first cowboy heroes would often break into song as they rode across the silver screen. Click this old movie poster to join hear one of my favorites, ‘Don’t Fence Me In’.

But then, exploring the possibilities of how to break into print in 2007, I came across a publisher called Samhain, who wanted stories with a shape-shifting hero. My brain lit up like a yard light on a moonless prairie night—I had an idea for a shape-shifter hero. A kind of half big cat, half man. A true alpha male. He was originally going to be an Indian, or Native American, if you will.

But, in plotting the difficulties of bringing him to life, I realized that if he were from another world entirely, all the rules were busted wide open. In fact, I could make up my own rules. And if I used a little inter-stellar baling twine to hold the story together here and there, no one would know. So that’s how I went from horse opera to space opera. Along the way, I discovered I love inventing beings from other planets, and all kinds of space gadgets.

And while my heroes don’t sing, they do round up the bad guys, using their paranormal powers. And the heroines admire the way they look in their snug space suits! Kinda like Captain Mal on Firefly. Yeah? I see you nodding your pretty head. There’s a cowboy if ever was.

Space Cowboy CreedSo, if you are writing a paranormal or fantasy romance, and you are possibly having a bit of trouble in the setting you’ve chosen, why not expand your horizons? Break out of this world, and into another … one where you set all the rules. And your heroes and heroines can be any kind of wild you choose.

I’ll leave the yard light on for you.

Best, Cathryn

Creed of Pleasure, Book 2 in The LodeStar Series

Her mother’s people are renowned for courage & sensuality, but can her human side go along when she must seduce a man to survive? 

  Half-Serpentian or not, in the crime-ridden streets of New Seattle, Earth II, Taara Ravel can’t defend her quirky cousin and herself against an enemy they can’t even see. Then a wealthy man agrees to whisk them away to safety on the new planet of Frontiera—but only for a high price.

One the lovely blonde will have to pay with her body.

Logan Stark wants her to seduce his younger brother Creed Forth, and bring the lonely space miner fully into life. Orphaned in New Seattle, Earth II, with only his adoptive brothers between him and the human and alien predators prowling the rough docks, Creed grew into a man with one burning desire–never to cede control of his body or emotions to any living being. Joining a sect of fighting monks, he lived a life of physical control and chastity, until the wild planet of Frontiera called to him to come and mine her treasures.

  Now Creed is trapped by old vows of celibacy & and by even older nightmares, in a life of loneliness. That is, until his eldest brother, space magnate Logan Stark sends him a living gift. She’s a concubine, skilled in the art of seduction and giving a man pleasure beyond his wildest dreams … or is she?

And will throwing the two together create a heat neither can resist, or will the explosion when Creed learns the truth destroy them both?

Cathryn Cade

Best-selling author of sci fi romance

RT 4.5 Stars and Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK

… it’s hot in space, red hot!

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5 Responses to "Horse Opera to Space Opera–Seriously?"

  1. Comment by Jessa Slade
    January 13, 2014 3:44 pm

    Hmm, I could totally see Joran strumming an electro-lute! No wonder all the girls love him 🙂

    • Comment by Cathryn Cade
      January 13, 2014 3:47 pm


      Thanks! I certainly hope they’ll like him, even without musical skills. He can sure ride a catamount pony and pilot a cruiser with style.


  2. Comment by Debra Elise
    January 14, 2014 12:40 pm

    Cathryn you’re always so insightful. Great blog & I have a sci-fi idea waiting in the wings :). Yee-haw!

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