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Published on Friday, May 2, 2014

An Interview with


Kristen Lynch

 

The Western Online: Can you describe your story for our readers?

Kristen Lynch: "Silver" is a historical western romance, a little respite to the silver mining booms that were occurring throughout the west. Set in 1867, Silver City, Idaho Territory the mining boomtown was ripe for the mineral pickings and silver claims exploding in the millions of dollars! With a colorful cast of characters and a backdrop of the untamed and often lawless frontiers, Silver introduces the reader to Miss Adelaide Johnston, pretty schoolteacher and nascent reporter for the "Idaho Garnet". She writes basically a glorified gossip column on everyday pioneer life, weaving her often misguided muses and observations much to the chagrin of the town's lovelorn sheriff, who happens to wear his heart on his dusty sleeves, finding himself dispelling rumors and straightening the inadvertent messes Miss Johnston creates. Once news of a miming battle brewing in the depths of War Eagle Mountain falls upon her inquisitive ears, Addie throws caution to the wind (and an admonishment from the sheriff) and ventures down into the depths of hell to find the story of a lifetime, unbeknownst to her, she may become the very subject of the story she is after!

TWO: How is your story one that would interest the readers of The Western Online?

KL: I have spent over five years traveling to the ghost town of Silver City and dedicatedly researching mining claims, archived newspapers and the actual and physical copy of Governor Ballard's "Owyhee Proclamation". If western/historical fiction fans are looking for a true flavor of the west, they will not be disappointed.

TWO: What motivates the protagonist in your story? What is she trying to prove?

KL: Well, of course, Miss Johnston is hardheaded and obstinate and naive to boot, a perfect recipe for disaster. She has a nose for news and will not rest until she get her answers.

TWO: How would you define the term "Western" and what does it mean to you?

KL: Western, personally, is an account of the human spirit, of the endless struggle between man and nature or man versus man. Part of the attraction to me is the evocative language of nature that is a trademark of the western writing style. Starting with such authors as Zane Grey, Dorothy Johnson or Elmore Leonard, each writer brought that gritty conflict with them and wove it with the natural surroundings as though nature too, had a starring role in the narrative.

   

TWO: What draws you to writing Westerns?

KL: Again, it is that very essential element of man and nature, of our surroundings and how very much a part of the natural world we truly are. Whether miming the earth or ranching the lands, settling a homestead or fighting off the wrath of mother nature, we can still relate to this endless struggle, whether 1814 or 2014, the conflict still abounds.

TWO: What writers have influenced you the most?

KL: Mark Twain, Larry McMurtry, James Dickey, Doris Betts and Charles Frazier

TWO: What is your favorite Western, either novel or movie? Why?

KL: I would say ONE of my favorite novels would be "Lonesome Dove" merely because it encapsulates all that is great about a western. It even transcended the normally western-genre readers into the commercial bestselling crowd because it was so engaging and well-written. His obvious dedication to research is clearly evident without being preachy or sounding like a historical journal. Well-written and memorable to the very last sentence.

TWO: If you could go back in time and meet one famous person in the Old West, who would it be and why?

KL: Probably Laura Ingalls Wilder because as a child her books were instrumental in feeding this lifelong passion and love that I have for the west. With her accounts of life on wagon trails it left an indelible stamp on my impressionable mind about life on the prairie and the idea of being a pioneer, where adventure and unknowns lay ahead every river bend and canyon.

TWO:What are you plans for the future? Are you working on a sequel?

KL: I have hopes to work on a collection of poetry that were inspired by my love of the west.

TWO:Is there anything else you'd like to add?

KL: I am just honored and pleased to have an opportunity to talk about the west with fellow western-lovers, especially having pursued a dream of completing a novel of my own that might one day be included in their own western collections.

 

Kristen Lynch has had short stories published at Midwest Literary Magazine, Centuarlit, The Idaho Writer's Guild website and a poem at cowboypoetry.com.



 

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