Romance & Wish You Were Here & Llamas

Yes, that’s me playing “get to know you” with a llama.

Ah, the things novelists do for the sake of research.

What do llamas have to do with inspirational contemporary romance?

Some would say nothing. But since I am the author of Wish You Were Here, I would say llamas add a whole other layer of fun to a romance novel — and I don’t mean the kissing kind of fun.

I’m not quite sure how the idea of llamas first came up. I think my husband and I were driving around Estes Park, CO with our 11-year-old daughter. And, yes, we were discussing my novel, which was then very much a work in progress. Someone — and I really, really think it was my husband — suggested adding llamas to the story. And I thought, “Sounds like fun.”

After spending several hours at the Touch the Earth Ranch, I discovered that I like llamas — yes, even their funny “come nose to nose with you and exhale a huff of air” kisses. Ultimately a trio of bad-boy llamas — Pancha, Kuzko and Banzai — became part of Wish You Were Here.



In Your Words: Llamas and romance — who knew? What other odd things — animals, maybe — have shown up in a romance you’ve read lately?



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  1. April 12, 2012, 5:41 am   /  Reply

    I loved reading about the llamas. They added a new layer to the story. 🙂

    Colleen Coble adds a variety of animals to her novels.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 9:26 am   /  Reply

      The llamas were fun … Who knew they worked so well in romantic fiction?

  2. April 12, 2012, 6:13 am   /  Reply

    Your llamas and huff of air kisses do add a layer of fun. I remember a destructive goat in one of Susan May Warren’s P. J. Sugar books. We’re having fun considering critters, maybe even several llamas, or smaller alpacas eventually, for our farm.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 9:27 am   /  Reply

      Ah, Susie May’s goat. Yes, yes … the poor goat …
      And alpacas have surged in popularity past llamas.

  3. April 12, 2012, 6:43 am   /  Reply

    Just llamas. They appear to be perfect.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 9:27 am   /  Reply

      I would agree.

  4. April 12, 2012, 7:23 am   /  Reply

    I wondered where the llamas came from. :>) But they added just the right touch in Wish You Were Here.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 9:27 am   /  Reply

      Llamas = random thought.
      And fun!

  5. Jeanne T
    April 12, 2012, 7:30 am   /  Reply

    Llamas….at least it wasn’t aliens. 🙂 Let’s see, hurricanes came up in the book I just finished, Sweet Caroline, by Rachel Hauck, along with pluff mud pie. I love the creativity that writers bring to their stories!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 9:28 am   /  Reply

      Isn’t it fun? Pluff mud pie, eh?

  6. April 12, 2012, 8:08 am   /  Reply

    Okay…now I’m *really* curious. I’m going to have to get this book!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 9:28 am   /  Reply

      I’ll keep dropping hints about it until you do, Leslie …

  7. April 12, 2012, 9:49 am   /  Reply

    So far, all my books have donkeys in them. I think it comes from a life-or-death experience I had with a donkey as a kid (a city-kid, at that!). But I love the llamas in Wish You Were Here. And the names crack me up. Love that movie.


    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 11:14 am   /  Reply

      I had fun naming the llamas too — and Banzai is the name of my favorite llama at Touch the Earth Ranch.

  8. April 12, 2012, 10:48 am   /  Reply

    Okay, now I want a llama. Adorable!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 12, 2012, 11:15 am   /  Reply

      Yes, they are adorable!

  9. April 12, 2012, 4:09 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Beth,
    I tagged you for a blog quizz.
    I thought it was fun because it’s writerly but if it’s not your thing, no big deal. =)

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