Lynn Cahoon Visits

Say hello to my guest, Lynn Cahoon


I have much pleasure in introducing Lynn Cahoon. I’ve only read one of Lynn’s stories to date but “The Bullrider’s Brother” was a great read and I will be checking out “Marriage Not Included” as soon as my feet touch the ground again.

BIO – Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website

Finding your lake monster.

When I first started writing, I wrote short stories for the confession market.  My first fiction sale? I fell in love with a Carney – the kind of true story about a woman who meets a man at the state fair who traveled around with the carnival for the summer.  Of course, she feels more than she thinks she should, their lives are too different, and besides, he doesn’t even live in the same town.

When he takes her to dinner at one of the most expensive restaurants in the area, she gently explains that it might be out of his budget and that she would be just as happy going to a cheaper place. He, being hero material, waves off her concerns and actually knows people at the place.  People who she knows run in wealthy circles.

Finally he admits that he’s a professor at the local university and only works the side show during the summer as he’s working on a book about transient populations.

Cute story, a few side characters who I adored.  Not much conflict, unless you figure in the discussion they had about the menu prices.  A lot of internal angst for one character.

I sold quite a few of these based on a true story pieces.  Then I started working on a full length novel.  And another.

One night a group of us were sitting drinking coffee in Micky-D’s when I started talking about this woman’s fiction story I want (and still want) to write.  I described the opening scene and the woman’s heartbreak as she stood on this dock.

Joe, one of the writers, broke in.  “Then she’s attacked by the lake monster.”

I said no and went on to talk about the little girl who comes to talk to her.

Joe, again.  “And the little girl turns into the lake monster and attacks her.”

This time, I wasn’t quite as nice. “No!”  I went on, describing the three cabins where the main characters would live.

“And the lake monster eats their cows,” Joe added.

“Why can’t I write a nice story about three women who live on a lake?” I added, “There is no lake monster.”

“Then there is no story.”

And finally, I got it. If there isn’t conflict it’s not a story. Since that time, I’ve written several more books, and there’s always a point in the process when I question why.  Why am I writing? And what is the lake monster.

Marriage Not Included

My recent release deals with the lake monster of corporate farming.  You can just feel the urgency of the small farms trying to be profitable in a large production world.  But under that umbrella, I’d like to think it’s a small town love story.  And of course, my characters finally find a happy ever after.

Lauren is headed back to school, this time not as a fun loving coed but to achieve her dream of turning the family farm into Idaho’s first Heritage Seed Center. Selling organic produce at the local farmers market, she meets Miles. After an unexpected act of kindness toward her daughter, Lauren agrees to one date.

As a VP and heir apparent to HN Seeds, the family business, Miles unknowingly holds the future of Lauren’s farm in his hands. Lauren’s looking for anything but a romance. She’s got too much on her plate to risk the distraction. But he plays the one card Lauren can’t resist, family. Miles needs Lauren and her daughter to feel at home. And Lauren needs Miles and his large extended family more than she knows. But can she forgive the one betrayal that would ruin all of her plans for the future?

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Lynn Cahoon Visits — 7 Comments

  1. Hi Suzie – Glad you stopped in.

    Jessica – I hadn’t ever thought about the need for conflict in stories before this late night conversation.

    Hey RT – thanks for commenting.

    Catherine – I’m in edits now. Yay…Not. 🙂

    Thanks for tweeting Ella!

  2. I love “the lake monster” idea! That for some unknown reason seems to stick in my head and I do believe will help me in my current editing and strengthening of my own storyline…great one liner! But I loved the interview and look forward to “Marriage not included”. Well done ladies.