Hello! I am thrilled to be part of the Inspy Romance team, and I look forward to getting to know everyone. I’ve been a fan of Inspy Romance since the first post and secretly wished one day that I could be one of the participating authors. When I write that this is an honor, it truly is.
I’m a contemporary romance author who encourages audiences to surrender the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate. I believe freedom in Christ truly comes when we surrender. My first series is called Surrendering Time with ENTRUSTED, ENTANGLED, and the June release, ENGAGED. They feature the themes of letting go of fear, loss, change, regret, and our plans.
I’m also developing my next series, six books about surrendering what other people think. It will be about sextuplets with unique circumstances. That’s all I can say for now, but I’m super excited. I have a team of readers working with me and the ideas are flowing. I’ll definitely keep you posted.
One thing I love to do is talk with readers about the writing process. I’ve held a book club through my local church in Youngstown, Ohio, the last two summers and talked about the “what if.” This is what motivates my writing. I am constantly looking at daily situations and asking, “What if?” To me, a parking lot is a scene of a potential carjacking or reunion scene. A mall is overwhelming because I have so many ideas when I people-watch. ENTRUSTED came to be when I first visited the Adirondack Mountains and wondered what if a city-girl moved to the mountains and wanted to belong.
Thankfully, I married someone who puts up with my imagination. Before I met him, I fancied myself a Lois Lane type on a journey to find her Clark. When Tom came along, I visualized a God-nudge where He asked, “What if I gave you a man who is new in his Christian faith, ten years older, divorced, who has two children?” With all my scenarios, I have to confess, that was never one I saw coming. Twenty years later, those two children both married and are expecting their first children. Tom and I had two kids, and they are a freshman in college and a middle schooler. Our youngest has Albrights Hereditary Osteodystrophy, congenital hypothyroidism, and issues stemming from her first year. She has taught us so much about joy and overcoming.
We’ve lived in Ohio for 12 years, and both grew up in Upstate NY. Tom and I are from the same hometown and even attended the same church, but never met until we were adults. The ultimate “What If?” about us is that when my dad was growing up, he was sent to live with his married brother and wife. My dad’s sister-in-law had her sister also living there. The sister? Tom’s mom. Turns out that my uncle married Tom’s aunt. Because I knew the Arduini family before I met Tom, this was a huge joke for years. Tom’s brother had to convince him I wasn’t really related to him before he asked me out!
I love using Upstate NY settings in my writing. I don’t know of a lot of rural NY locations in contemporary romances, so my hope is to feature the Finger Lakes, Rochester, Syracuse, and smaller towns surrounding those areas.
Since I’m new, can I ask a “What If?” What if I offered a giveaway? I’d love to show how glad I am to be here by offering a choice of either softcover or eBook versions of ENTRUSTED and ENTANGLED to one US/Canadian winner. Leave a comment about a “What If?” in your life, an Upstate NY experience, or something about surrender or chocolate. I’ll choose a random comment by 6pm Eastern Friday, April 14th.