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Stella Bagwell

Stella Bagwell

Cowgirl chick and Western romance writer

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Stella's top writing themes

Body language
Physical intimacy
The body

About Stella

Even before I was old enough to read, I loved books and would make up my own version of the story as I turned through the pages. But the idea of trying to write a book never crossed my mind until I reached my twenties and a severe allergy to hairspray forced me to give up my job as a hairdresser.

At the time, I was busy at home caring for a very young son and as much as I loved being a mother and wife, my creative side was restless. I enjoyed sewing and drawing, cooking and gardening, yet I felt there had to be something more I could do. For some reason I kept remembering how my high school English teacher once told me that I could be a writer and I began to wonder if she was right.

With nothing more than a notebook and pencil, I started writing the kind of story I loved to read and eventually typed it into manuscript form on an old, manual typewriter. Thirty years later, I still remember the overwhelming joy I felt when Mills and Boon purchased my first effort and from that moment on writing romances turned into a lifelong career. Now, having written close to eighty books, I still have stories inside me that I’m bursting to tell.

At age fourteen I fell in love with my husband and we were married three years later on a Good Friday. Recently, we celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary, so I’m truly living out my own happy-ever-after. We have one grown son, who teaches high school math and coaches athletics.

We live on a little ranch on the South Texas coast that we share with six horses and ten cats. During the time I’m not writing, I love spending time with my family and being outdoors. My hobbies are horseback riding, reading of course, and gardening. I also enjoy watching horse racing and old movies, particularly westerns.

Favourite films

Gone With the Wind