Today I’m featuring an interview with the Native American hero of my contemporary rodeo western romance, Tie Down My Heart. Chay Red Fox hasn’t had an easy life but it’s been one he’s lived on his own terms. Like the hero portrayed in the current movie, “The Longest Ride”, rodeo is what Chay knows and loves.
How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?
Chayton Red Fox, of the Foot-Trails People and born for the Deer Spring clan. I’ve reached the end of the third decade of my life. For better or worse.
Where were you raised?
Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
A grandmother, older sister and nephew
Did you attend college?
More like the school of hard knocks. I trailed my father around rodeos whenever he’d left me, watching and learning, and they finally let me compete when I turned sixteen.
What’s your favorite participation sport?
(Quirks an eyebrow) Really? Isn’t the answer obvious?
Did you always want to be a rodeo competitor?
Always loved horses—it’s in the blood, you know. I wanted to do anything that got me off the rez and into the wide world.
Where did you go for your most recent vacation?
Vacation? That’s a concept of the white world. Natives take a walk on Mother Earth or sit beside a clear running stream and feel re-energized.
What attracts you first to a woman?
A woman who doesn’t back down to my cynical mouth.
Are you talking about a particular woman?
(Chuckles) That’d be saying too much.
As a child, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about characters having exciting adventures in places far away. In later years, she started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Now Linda writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor.