The Story behind Radio Rose

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This week marks the release of my new western romance, Radio Rose. Rose is a special book for me. I knew I wanted my heroine to be a late night radio talk show host with a show that is centered around extra-terrestrials.

As I looked for a location, I decided New Mexico was too predictable, so I studied a map. Just across the border in Colorado is a town called Trinidad. It was perfect, so I googled it.

Imagine my surprise to find it’s called the Sex Change Capital of the World. The story behind the name is fascinating. This is what Wikipedia has to say.

I set my story in a fictional town just north of Trinidad. Here is what the area looks like.

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Trinidad was dubbed the “Sex Change Capital of the World”, because a local doctor had an international reputation for performing sex reassignment surgery. In the 1960s, Dr. Stanley Biber, a veteran surgeon returning from Korea, decided to move to Trinidad because he had heard that the town needed a surgeon. In 1969 a local social worker asked him if he would perform the surgery for her, which he learned by consulting diagrams and a New York surgeon. Biber attained a reputation as a good surgeon at a time when very few doctors performed the operations. At his peak, Biber was performing roughly four sex change operations a day, and the term “taking a trip to Trinidad” became a euphemism for some seeking the procedures he offered. His surgical practice was taken over in 2003 by Marcie Bower. Biber was featured in an episode of South Park where elementary school teacher Mr. Garrison undergoes a sex change operation.

My normal western romance was soon populated with a maybe alien, a cross dresser and a small town filled with wonderful characters and in a small way, the patients help the hero and heroine save the day.

I’ve had more fun writing Radio Rose than any other book and I hope readers will love it, too.

Radio Rose is available on Amazon as an e-book and soon as a paperback.

Have you ever stumbled across a person or place that was so much more than they seemed?

Radio Rose knows Martians aren’t real.

As a DJ for a late night talk show about aliens, she’d never admit to being a non-believer. Talking to crazies all night isn’t the perfect job for most people, but she’s happy with her solitary life. Until a middle of the night car crash and a blow to the head has her mistaking a stranger for a real life extra-terrestrial.

Adam Cameron, raised by his narcissistic grandfather for most of his childhood, made his escape from Tullyville, Colorado the day he turned eighteen. Forced to return ten years later for the reading of his grandfather’s will, he’s about to be pulled into a contest for a vast fortune and the future of a town he’d just as soon forget.

Relationships aren’t one of Rose’s strong points. Hell, she mistook the hot stranger for an alien the first time they met, but Adam needs help and she’s the woman to help him–maybe.

In a town filled with new-found friends, Rose has to decide how far she’s willing to go to trust the loner.