Hi, friends! Happy Easter! 🐇 I’m thrilled to be joining the Inspy Romance team.
To celebrate this special season, I wrote a sweet short story titled, A Dash of Easter Joy. Please feel free to download it from BookFunnel. (An email address is not required.)
Now here’s a little bit about me. I’ve always loved reading, but I didn’t discover Christian fiction until 2017! Up until that point, I mostly read literary fiction and chick lit. I’d tried reading romance novels a couple of times when I was younger, but I didn’t know there was such a thing as “clean” or “sweet” romance, and I didn’t enjoy any of the racy books I picked up.
That changed when I came across a Christian romance novel by Linda Goodnight.
This story was sweet. It was heartfelt. It was about true emotional connection rather than physical lust.
It was quick, too—I read it in an afternoon, and felt wonderfully uplifted afterward. I quickly searched out more books by Ms. Goodnight, and then began reading books by many other talented Christian romance authors. A whole new world had opened up to me at the exact time in my life I needed it! God is just so good.
After six months of reading every Christian romance novel I could get my hands on, I started to think that maybe I could write one, too. I’d gone to graduate school for creative writing but had focused on my career in marketing communications after graduation. I hadn’t done any serious creative writing in almost fifteen years!
I started small. By 2017, I’d quit my marketing job to take care of my three young boys, so I was busy most of the time. However, our local YMCA had a childcare room where I could drop the kids off for up to two hours a day. I’d spend a little time working out, and then I’d take my laptop to one of the tables in the lobby and write for an hour. If I got a couple hundred words written, I was happy.
I was excited about my new project. It gave me something fun to think about when I was doing the laundry, washing the dishes, and cleaning up after the kids. I figured if it ever got published, that would be cool, but I wrote that book for me.
I went to a writing conference in 2019 and met an agent who was interested in my novel. A couple months later, she sold it to Harlequin Love Inspired. Falling for the Innkeeper came out in 2020 and was named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, which was a huge honor! It was also a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best Award.
(My next book in that series, The Baby’s Christmas Blessing, comes out on September 27. It doesn’t have a cover yet, but it will soon, LOL!)
After Falling for the Innkeeper came out, I dipped my toes into indie publishing with The Billionaire’s Secret, which was a #1 Bestseller and #1 Hot New Release across multiple categories on Amazon, including Christian Romance, Christian Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Religious Fiction, among others. Indie publishing is fun because you have control over how you package and market your books—although it can definitely be harder to find an audience!
To close out our time together, here are a few fun facts about me:
- I’m married to a real-life rocket scientist! We live in Texas, where he’s helping to design and build a “starship” that will eventually take people to the moon and Mars.
- I’ve visited The World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, and I’ve also attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace! (Sadly, I didn’t meet the queen.)
- I grew up in Canada but spent many summers on beautiful Cape Cod.
- My parents named me after the heroine in The Thorn Birds. (Is it any wonder I became a romance novelist? 😆)
- My boys all love to read, and I love reading to them! Some of our favorites these days are the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.
I look forward to getting to know you better by chatting with you in the comments! I’ll randomly choose one commenter (both U.S. and international entrants are eligible) to win an ebook copy of The Billionaire’s Secret on April 20 at 9:00 am CST, so go ahead and tell me a few fun facts about you below!
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