People like to ask kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some kids might come up with crazy answers, or change their mind hundreds of times throughout childhood.
Not me. As I kid, I knew what I wanted to be:
A wife, a mom, and a writer.
I guess you could say, I’m living my dream life!
Hello friends! I’m Hannah Jo Abbott, and I’m one of the new writers here at the Inspy Romance Blog. I live in Alabama with my husband and our four kids. I live on coffee, chocolate, and worship music.
For me, writing has been a lifelong dream… and a long journey.
One day, when I was about ten years old, I went to a friend’s house to play. That friend had entered a “Young Authors” contest and written a book.
When she showed it to me, I was overcome with the desire to write a book too. I have vivid memories of the rest of that day. My friend wanted to play Barbies, go climb trees, play a game. But all I could think about was writing a story.
I went home that night and set myself up in our backroom where the desktop computer was. I just had to write a story. And I did. It was a “book” complete with five chapters, all on one single page. But I did it!
I still feel that way about writing. There are stories inside me that have to come out and I think about writing all the time.
People often ask how I find time to write books. It’s a valid question!
I’m a mom of four kids between the ages of two and eight, and we homeschool. So I’m at home with them all hours of the day, teaching them, feeding them, cleaning up messes, doing all the laundry (oh all the laundry!) It’s a lot of fun! But how do I find time to write? My answer goes back to that feeling I had the first day I discovered writing.
There are stories in my mind and heart that have to be written.
I’m thankful this is a calling God has given to me. He’s the one who gives me the stories, and the ability to write them.
Despite the fact that I’ve been writing my whole life, it took me almost ten years to put out my first book. I started writing it in college, but I piddled with it from time to time with no real plans. In 2014, with a two-year-old and a newborn, I finally decided it was time to finish writing that story.
Once I finished it, it took me two more years to get up the guts to push publish, but I’m so glad I did! Being an indie author has taught me a lot, and I’ve made some of the best friends I could ever ask for.
Oh, and don’t worry, my writing and publishing schedule is a lot faster now!
A little about my books: I write small-town, Christian romance. I’m a small-town girl myself and I love the community feeling it brings. Yes, I run into people I know in the grocery store, and everybody knows everybody or at least knows somebody who does. I love for my characters to have that same experience. And if you’ve never lived in a small town, I hope you get a taste of it in my books!
To celebrate joining the team here, I’m giving away an ebook! Your choice from any of my series. To enter, comment below to say hello, and tell me your favorite thing about reading inspirational romance stories.
I’m so excited to be here and I look forward to sharing more with you!
You can check out all of my books below: