I grew up in the American west and never left. There's so much the draws me and keeps me here: big sky and lemon yellow prairies, red rock canyons and deep river gorges, craggy peaks and thundering ocean. And the people. Tough and practical. Tied to the land. Dreamers and schemers.
The first novel I wrote was Cissy Funk, a young adult novel set during the Great Depression on the desolate plains of eastern Colorado. The novel won the Willa Literary Award from Women Writing the West and that pleased me greatly.
Then I turned to the east coast - 1883 New York City for Bowery Girl, which was honored as a New York Public Library Best Reads for Teens. Then a series of award-winning historical thrillers set in New Hampshire in the mid and late 19th century: Killer Nashville Silver Falchion award winner After Alice Fell, Tucson Festival of Books Literary award winner The Companion, and The Deception, a tale of spiritualists and frauds and their deadly dance. For more information on those thrillers, visit www.kimtaylorblakemore.com.
All the while, the west called me home. Then came a prompt in a writing workshop - and that one page of writing filled with the noise of a dancehall and the vivaciousness of Pip and Ruby, blossoming into the books you have here.
The Good Time Girls, The Good Time Girls Get Famous and related short stories, feature these two fierce, funny ex-dancehall girls turned accidental outlaws who don’t take guff from anybody. The Good Time Girls was honored as a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist. Look for the next adventure, The Good Time Girls Strike It Rich in 2024.
I’m in love with these two women. With their grit and humor and terrible planning and their fierce friendship. Like Lucy and Ethel, Hope and Crosby, Thelma and Louise - Pip and Ruby are an example of undying loyalty and a big dose of fun. I think you’ll love them, too.
ABOUT SYCAMORE CREEK PRESS
Sycamore Creek Press is the imprint for the Wild-Willed Women of the West series and Novelitics Writers Collective fiction anthologies. Future plans include expanding the imprint to publish other authors who write stories about the women's west.