What’s the fascination with cowboys? In the writing world of romance the cowboy has had a prominant position in womens fantasies for the last century.
The popularity of cowboys started with the golden age of radio. Every woman out there wanted to be the Lone Ranger’s lady,or Miss Kitty from the long branch waiting on Marshell Dillion. No one can forget Gene, Roy or Audie Murphy.
What was their attraction? Was it the idea of them saving the ranch and riding off into the sunset or was it because he was unattainable.
Admission here on my part I have fantazed over the Duke (That’s John Wayne for the people under twenty five.) Clint, both Eastwood and Walker, and James Garner before The Rockford Files ever came into being. Chuck Conners as the Rifleman, the boys from the Ponderosa, the big Valley or Rawhide or Wagon Train.
Why is it they make us girls go, Oh yes. Heavy breathing begins. Take me in your arms and well okay.(patting her hair back into place like the proper school marm should be.)
Linda Leal Miller has had great success with her series of modern cowboys. Harliquin seems to have a lot of good cowboy stories. Even my own publisher Boroughs has several stories with Cowboys in them.
Is the cowboy outdated as a hero or is he the perfect hero? Love to hear your thoughts .