Interview & Promo: Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane

An interview with Soraya Lane on her latest release

1. Tell us about your latest release.

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is the 3rd book in my River Ranch series, although it can easily be read as a standalone novel. It’s about Cody Ford and his former high-school sweetheart, Lexi. One of the things I love about this story is that it’s set at Christmas time, which gives the story an extra little bit of magic!

2. Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.

Ohhh, this is tough! There’s probably two scenes – the first is when Cody comes home and realizes who Lexi is (because he hasn’t seen her in years and she looks very different) and the other scene is Christmas Eve, but I can’t say more without giving away spoilers. I also loved Christmas morning, for other reasons I can’t divulge either J

3. How much research goes into each book you write?

To be honest, there’s not a lot of research for these books as they’re contemporary novels – anything I do need is easy to find on Google because it’s more likely I’m looking for a restaurant or local menu or something. These novels are set on ranches and feature cowboys and horses, and I’ve grown up with horses (and still own them) so it’s something I know well and feel I can write naturally about.

4. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve written stories since I was a little girl, and it’s something that I just love to do. I graduated with a law degree and although I would have probably enjoyed law as a career, I really wanted to see if I could get published first because writing was my true love. It took seven long years and as many manuscripts to get that first book published, and I’ve never looked back!

5. What is a typical writing day like?

My children at both at school now so my writing routine is quite straightforward. I work school hours during the week, breaking only to walk my dog and eat! I have a daily word count – 2,000 words – and I’m very disciplined in meeting that daily target to stay on track with my deadlines. Before my kids were at school, it was chaotic – juggling a full-time job working from home AND writing books at night and during stolen moments of the day. Now I write fiction full time, and I try very, very hard not to work weekends.

6. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

Hmm, well I can’t ever seem to get started writing without either a cup of tea or coffee on my desk, and when I get stuck with words I have to eat chocolate or something that includes sugar to kick-start my brain again! And I do this very weird thing (doing it right now as I type) where I can’t seem to write unless I tuck my left leg underneath myself in the chair. It results in a constant dead foot/leg, but I can’t write without tucking it! Sometimes I mix it up and tuck the right leg, LOL!

7. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

How amazingly supportive most other authors are! Seriously, most authors are very generous with their time and will always offer support and cheer on others from the sidelines – well, in the romance community they do anyway! And I’m surprised how many messages I get from readers, which is so, so special.

8. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I was inspired by so many authors – all the books I read and loved throughout my teenage years and early 20s made me want to write stories of my own. I started writing seriously when I was still at university, around 20 years old, and I sold my first book at 27, so I was very focused on becoming an author from a young age.

9. Do you have any favorite authors that you like to read?

I like to read books that are very different to what I write, and I’m loving anything by Liane Moriaty right now. I’m actually about to go on vacation, and I have Jojo Moyes, Harlan Coben and Lucinda Riley books packed to take. And yes, before you ask, I do literally mean “packed” as I prefer paperbacks when I’m reading for pleasure.

10. What other hobbies or interests do you have?

I’m a mom to two boys – 5 & 8 years – so between my writing schedule and parenting, I don’t seem to do a lot else these days! But we have horses and the boys love riding, so we’re outside a lot either riding, playing or taking the dog on adventures.

11. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?

My fourth and final book in the River Ranch series (My One True Cowboy) is my next romance release, and that’s out in March 2020, and it’s the story of sister Angelina Ford.

12. How can readers connect with you online?

You can find out all about my books and me at, and also sign up to my newsletter there to stay up to date on what’s happening. I love connecting with readers on Facebook – or Instagram on

Thanks for having me! Soraya x


It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.

Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family—and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?

Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business—and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .

As a child, Soraya Lane dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come. Some of her other titles include All Night with the Cowboy, Cowboy Stole My Heart, The Devil Wears Spurs, and I Knew You Were Trouble.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.


Patoct said…
Just heard about this author. Book sounds good; am going to check out her others.
penney said…
Great review thank you

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