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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