Interview with B.J. Daniels, author of Justice at Cardwell Ranch

Publisher: Harlequin

Publish Date: October 2, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Six years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother's will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch…and trouble isn't too far behind.As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn't the man the town made him out to be.

Interview: Q. How did you come up with the idea for Justice at Cardwell Ranch?

Readers of Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch wanted to know what happened to Dana Cardwell’s siblings: Bad boy Jordan, back-stabbing Stacy and our theatrical star Clay.

Bullying is in the news a lot. I was thinking about high school (20 years later) and wondering if people changed. Were they still bullies? Were they still popular? What about old grudges? Did they ever go away? I had a feeling they didn’t. :-)

So I thought it would be cool to have a 20-year reunion in the Gallatin Canyon where the class would have been really small and have our bad boy Jordan come back for the reunion with an agenda of his own, of course.

But to amp up the story, I wondered what if one of the students had committed suicide their senior year and no one had ever known why.

That got my story off and running and from there, I got to find out what had happened to everyone since Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch. It was great fun for me!

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

I had to laugh when I read this question. When I wrote Justice at Cardwell Ranch, I tied up all the loose ends. I thought that was the last we would see of the Cardwells.

My editors had a different idea. But no, there isn’t anything I guess I wish I would have changed since I have written two more books and I am finding there is so much I don’t know about the Cardwells.

I’ve really enjoyed putting Dana and Hud and the rest of the family in interesting situations along with my new heroes and heroines. It’s fun to know that their stories are continuing.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing Justice at Cardwell Ranch?

So many readers already knew Dana Cardwell and Marshal Hud Savage. I wanted to be true to them. I had to think about how marriage and kids had changed them. From my own experience having a child, I knew it changed people, especially someone like Dana. I think it made her yearn for the family she’d lost because of their disagreement over not selling the ranch. So she is ready for a reunion with her brothers and sisters – and yet leery because of the way they’ve treated her.

Q. Did you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

I need quiet so no music. But when I’m not writing I listen to country western. It’s what I grew up with and what I love. Country music tells stories so that is one reason I love it so much. But I also love good old rock and roll!

Q. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always wondered if we aren’t born with it. I always wanted to write books even though I’d never met a writer and had no idea how to become one. I just remember that at about eight, I knew that’s what I wanted to be. My family was big storytellers so I think it stems from that, too. I also have an overactive imagination. I can scare myself really easily. :-) Yes, I always look in my backseat at night when I get in the car. :-)

Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love so many authors and for different reasons. Last year my favorite book was Defending Jacob by William Landsay. Right now? My favorite is Gillian Flynn because I just finished Gone Girl. I highly recommend both books. The authors did something that is hard to do to another author: They kept me guessing how the book was going to end! I love it when other authors fool me.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

My big exciting news is that my first single title book, UNFORGIVEN, will be out in December. It is set in the shadow of the Crazy Mountains near Big Timber, Montana. It is part of a continuing series with the second book, REDEMPTION, coming out in February. I am working on the third book now.

Also as I mentioned, the Cardwell Ranch series will continue with CARDWELL RANCH TRESPASSER out next April and a Christmas at Cardwell Ranch book next December.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to say thank you. My wonderful, loyal readers let me do something I love – write. I am forever grateful. I work hard to make sure they get the best book I can write and I love hearing from them. They can email me from my new webpage at

Thank you too for your interest in my book and having me on the Bibliophilic Book Blog!! I’m honored to be here.


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