Why Everyone Should be Sweet on a Cowboy by Laura Drake
I’m a bit – quirky.
Not as in ‘eccentric ‘– I don’t have the kind of money it takes to earn that title.
Not as in ‘odd’ – I don’t hoard things, own 53 cats, or speak to people no one else can see.
It’s just that I’m not like most women I know.
- I’m a tomboy. Still. I started out that way, and never grew out of it. At a party, I’m much more likely to be watching the game with the guys than having a glass of Zin with the women.
- I ride a motorcycle. I rode a hundred thousand miles on the back of my husband’s, propping a paperback on his back and reading on the boring stretches. For my 40th birthday, I learned to ride my own, and have logged 100,000 miles on my two BMWs, Elvis and Sting.
- I follow one sport – Pro Bull Riding (PBR.) It’s the only thing I watch on TV.
My passion for Professional Bull Riding spilled into my Sweet on a Cowboy series. Why? I’m not a country girl; I grew up in Detroit. I don’t much like country music; to me, a steel guitar sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. So how could I have gotten so wrapped up in a sport that I wrote a three book series set in that world?
- I’m fascinated by young men who, through courage, craziness, or under the influence of large quantities of testosterone, get on the back of two thousand pounds of attitude that wants to throw them in the dirt and dance on their dangly parts.
- The athleticism. Bull riders have more in common with gymnasts than wrestlers. The mechanics require more balance than brute strength.
- These aren’t media savvy, spoiled athletes. They’re mostly kids off farms and ranches. Watching their wide-eyed interviews on camera, and talking to them in person, gives me hope for the future of America. They remind me with their gentlemanly “Ma’am’s” and “Sir’s” that mothers somewhere are still raising kids right.
- I’ve watched this sport grow over the past 10 years, and have enjoyed watching events that are real — not slickly orchestrated and Hollywood perfect.
But the bigger picture is that these men represent the American Cowboy; a rare breed in today’s society of political correctness and metrosexuals. They still live by the belief that their handshake is a scared promise, and integrity isn’t what you talk about, it’s what you live. They live by a code that they’re willing to die by. How many people do you know like that?
Many in the PBR community have been generous with their time and knowledge, to help a city girl get it right.
No telling what plots will hatch next, but they’ll most likely be a little – quirky.
Let ‘er buck!
Laura’s latest Sweet on a Cowboy novel, Sweet on You, is available now. Learn more here.
Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit, though her stories are set in the west. A tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West was born. Laura rides motorcycles: Elvis, a 1985 BMW Mystic, and Sting, a 1999 BMW R1100.
In Texas, Laura was introduced to her first rodeo, and fell in love. She’s an avid fan of Pro Bull Riding (PBR,) attending any event within driving distance, including two PBR National finals.
Laura now lives in California with her family. She is hard at work on her next novel.
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