Hello, new friends! To say I am excited to share my very first post as an Inspy Romance author is a huge understatement. In fact, when I received the invitation to join the incredible community of IR bloggers, I most definitely did not play it cool.
I happened to be visiting my parents for my 40th birthday back in January when I received the message asking if I would be interested in joining. Talk about a fun and unexpected birthday present! I squealed and danced around the kitchen with my mother. It felt a bit silly and over the top, but I think playing it cool in life is underrated. Celebrating the little stuff is just as important as celebrating the big. Don’t you agree?
Let me tell you a little bit about me. I have been Eric’s wife for the last nineteen years and Emma’s mom for the last twelve. In addition to writing contemporary Southern romance, I am a full-time communications and public relations director for a national non-profit. I’m blessed to work and write from the comfort of my home! (See my little writing space in the photo.) While we currently live in Texas, I went to college and spent the first ten years of our marriage in North Carolina. That’s where I consider my roots to be planted and it’s where a big piece of my heart still resides.
Maybe that’s why my books are set deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. I started out as an indie author when I published my first book, Someplace Familiar, back in 2017. It’s the first stand-alone of my Laurel Cove Romance Series. You can also visit the fictional town of Laurel Cove, NC in the second book, Suddenly Forever, released last fall. The third, Someone Found, will be available June 8 and the last in the series is coming in early 2022. I’ve also had so much fun publishing with some of my author friends in the following collections.
I’m passionate about writing stories that readers will find both charming and relatable. It’s important to me that my characters are flawed, struggling with real issues, and looking for grace and hope—just like the rest of us. Of course, there’s also that sigh-inducing happily ever after.
Finally, a rapid-fire get to know me to finish up our time together:
- I am a “functioning introvert” who loves time with friends but needs lots of quiet to recharge.
- I’d be content eating crusty bread and good cheese the rest of my life.
- I hate, hate, hate olives.
- I love traveling and, so far, my favorite place on earth is the San Juan Islands in Washington.
- I cry at everything: songs, movies, commercials, memories, anything nostalgic, etc.
- I design all my own book covers but usually go through at least ten versions of each one before I land on what I like!
- I read a lot, but don’t keep many books. In fact, I often give them away to followers on social media. Watch for my #FromTTsBookShelf giveaways and you might snag one!
I cannot wait to start sharing more with you in the coming months. In the meantime, you can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, and my website. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter, which I call “The Little Blue Cottage,” where I visit each month with readers and other writers.
Now it’s your turn to tell me a little about you. Anything you’d like to ask me or see me share about in the coming months? Let me know! As a little get-to-know-you gift, I’m excited to give away an eBook copy of one of my books (winner’s choice) to someone who comments below. US and international readers may enter. Comment by Monday, May 3 at 12PM EST. I’ll contact the winner by email.
So nice to “meet” you, friends!