I WRITE ROMANCE
SUSPENSE, MURDER AND MYSTERIES
“MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS”
By GeorgeAnn Jansson
I know we’ve all heard that before thanks to Willie Nelson. It is “Oh” so true with me! Why? Because when I was young, I spent each Saturday afternoon in the movie theater. My eyes were glued to the big screen watching every macho cowboy come blazing from the background, riding a powerfully swift horse to save the damsel in distress. He never lost his Stetson on that ride and could shoot straight and deadly as he rode at breakneck speed.
When the wagons circled, defending the settlers against the Indian attack, the women would be beside their men loading their weapons. In my stories the heroines are bolder, more able to defend themselves, not always dependent on their man. The bond between them became so evident as they worked through the fear together. Then, from over the hill, came the sound of the bugle declaring “Charge” and the cavalry swarmed like so many vultures to a carcass. They saved the day!
Better than that came the real cowboys in my life. My son wanted to ride horses. We found a stable nearby and became involved in rodeo, trail rides, camping overnight with a real chuckwagon and pup tents. We tethered the horses, sat around a large fire and told stories. Stories about bravery and legends of the old west. My son and I became a part of the factual cowboy life. The men involved with the stable are today’s cowboys. They can still defend a life, shoot a gun and save anyone from distress…traits they are born with.