Hiding in the Sierra Mountain Range of California for 21 years with her husband, Paisley Kirkpatrick spent her time roping in the cowpokes of her dreams and wandering the streets of California's gold rush towns to find inspiration for the books in her Paradise Pines Series. Her move to North Central Wisconsin in 2014 inspired her Northwoods Series,
Her characters experience many adventures in a time when men were tough yet complex, and women knew how to put them in their place.If you love your cowboys rugged with a sensitive side, and your heroines with enough fire to light up the sky, you've got a home waiting in Paradise Pines. Just be sure to bring a six-shooter because the Lady Paisley aims for the heart, and when she fires, she never misses.
While reading my stories, I discovered every hero is a warrior and his heroine a spunky waif with a nurturing nature. I write from my heart and give my characters the chance to find that perfect mate. I'm not talking perfect with no bad habits, but perfect with the blend of personalities. My stories are character driven. Readers read my books over and over because they feel they are in my stories and are part of the family.
Great, Great, Grandpa.
If the desire to write comes through our genes, then I was double blessed. My great, great grandparents, Charles and Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, were pioneers in writing. Charles kept a journal while traveling on a wagon train across country in 1849. It's considered a piece of California history and is kept in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. This amazing accounting gave my first story roots. Mary Ann is said to be the first woman to have stories printed in a magazine. All seven are kept in the archives of the State of California Library in Sacramento. This is powerful work to live up to. It's no wonder I've always had a strong desire to write.
My husband and I resided in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Mountain range in California for twenty-one years. It was a perfect spot to gather information for my stories which reflect the Gold Rush Era. Not only was I able to see the places I write about first hand, but I was still able to find old timers who loved to share their memories from what their elders experienced.