There was a time when I quit writing romance.
Ten years ago, I sold my debut novel, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho, then my husband left me. Being that I’d sold the book on proposal alone, I had to write a love story as my own marriage fell apart.
I didn’t believe in romance anymore. Love stories were fairy tales. It even hurt to attend weddings.
My heart became a sieve from all the puncture wounds. Any love poured in seeped right back out. I had nothing to offer.
I quit writing romance. I parted ways with my agent. The publisher went out of business. My book was dead, dead, dead.
But then God did what God’s known for doing. He breathed new life into me and my writing career.
It started with God romancing me. He met me everywhere I went. He sent friends to knock on my door when I was crying on the floor because I felt so alone. I got flowers from my former in-laws for Valentine’s. I was given tickets to the Heart Ball that normally would have cost $250. God even provided a job working for a small publishing house since I had to go back to work to support my three children.
It was more than I deserved. I hadn’t earned it. It was all a gift because God loved me.
Then God gave me another gift. Mr. Strong. I learned what love was supposed to be. It changed my life.
Now there’s nothing else I’d rather write about. And I have so much more to offer than when my first book came out.
I’m writing about what it takes to have a healthy relationship. I’m writing about joy despite pain. I’m writing about hope and healing. I’m writing about a love that lasts forever.
So you remember that book that I said was dead? It got optioned for film.
Because of that, I got my rights back and rereleased it as Finding Love in Sun Valley. Then I wrote romances for the hero’s four brothers, and one of those was also optioned for film. Finding Love in Big Sky is currently in development with plans to film next year as Starlight Christmas. Finding Love in Eureka was nominated for an Inspy. The set of five has become an Amazon bestseller.
I honestly shouldn’t have sold my debut novel on proposal alone. That doesn’t happen. But it was a gift from God like everything else.
He was saying, “You can do this.” And, “Not all dreams die.”
So wherever you are at right now, I just want to let you know you are loved more than you can imagine. The Bible is God’s love letter to you. And this is a love letter from me. I look forward to writing you more.
I’d also love to hear what other romance novels you love. Enter your favorite book of the year in my first annual Angel Awards!
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How has God surprised you with his love?