The Thief with an Attitude

June 4, 2016


G’day! Lucy Thompson here with my “Story Behind the Story”.


It started so innocently. A discussion with my pastor about movies. Musicals, to be exact. Points for and against. Favorites. Recommendations.


And then he said that “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” has no plot.


No plot! Of course it has a plot. And if it didn’t—I’d write one.


So the thieving began.


By thieving I mean binge watching old movies, reading Mary Coneally books, and borrowing giant stacks of reference books from our cute Mobile Library for ideas.


The Harding brothers were born: Beau (hero), Tyrone, and Ethan.

Stetson: ✔

Horse with a cool name: ✔

Cute children: ✔

Black duster: ✔

Stampede: ✔


I needed a hasty marriage: What better than a mail order bride story to facilitate that!


Unexpected home life: I quote from my story, “Mail Order Surprise”


        Lydia glanced toward the kitchen area. A kitchen sideboard took up part of one wall. It looked like every dish Beau owned was piled either on the sideboard, on the floor next to it, or on the scarred worktable adjoining it.



Or how about when she meets her husband’s family:


       Lydia tucked a curl behind one ear. “I take it you are all here for supper? Beau said to make plenty.”

       Beau shifted his feet. “Uh, they, that is, we’re here for supper.”

       “Everybody?” she whispered.

       Ethan threw him a sharp look.

       With a quick shake of his head, Beau shot back with a hiss. “Not now.” He nodded to Lydia. “Yep. All of them.”

       She straightened her shoulders. “Are you boys from around here?” Her eyes begged him to say no.

       Words of denial hovered in his mind for a brief moment before he discarded them. No. Best to tell her later and not overwhelm her right off.

       “Not around,” Tyrone answered before he could. “Here.”


A Happy Ever After: I needed—ok, wanted—my cowboy to have a shoot-out (John Wayne style, of course) with the bad guy, er, mean ex *mother-in-law at the end of the story. *I mean no disrespect to mothers-in-law. Mine is lovely! J The guy does get the girl in the end and everybody lives happily ever after.


So that’s the story behind my story. If you liked “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” or even “Calamity Jane” I believe you’d like my story—it even has a plot. J



Colorado, 1881. Lydia Walsh is on the run. The quiet rancher she marries and expected to find safety and protection with turns out to have three siblings, next to nothing to live on, and is a crack shot who may or may not be one of the states best cattle rustlers.

Beau Harding wants to keep his family together and do the right thing by them. His mail order bride comes with her own set of baggage: two more mouths to feed and empty hearts begging him to fill. The job he took for some quick money gets him thrown in jail for rustling, and then to clear his name he takes on another job--and learns that his wife may have been the one plotting his family’s downfall all along.



Lucy Thompson is a stay-at-home mum to five precocious children by day and a snoop by night, stalking interesting characters through historical settings, and writing about their exploits.

She enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and learning about the craft of writing. When she can be separated from her laptop, she is a professional time waster on facebook.

G’day! Lucy Thompson here with my “Story Behind the Story”.



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