Y’all, I’m so excited to be here at InspyRomance. When the ladies asked me to join as a blogger, I was honored and completely geeked out. I may have done a dance and some awkward looking fist pumps, but hey, no one saw me. ;)
It took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to blog about for my first post. I have followed InspyRomance for awhile, so I’ve seen the different topics. But it’s completely different when it’s your turn. So, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself and how it translates to my writing. And of course, I’m offering an eBook giveaway, in celebration of my first blog post.
So here goes! What do you want to know? How about the fact I was born and raised in Texas, which means I love to say y’all and talk “funny” as my kids say. However, I got teased a lot as a kid when I moved to Idaho (we stayed there for 3 years before moving back to Tx), and so now I’m adapt at hiding my accent when I’m around strangers.
After high school graduation, I did six years in the Air Force. The best thing about my service is meeting my husband. We’ve been married for almost 14 years and have two awesome, boys who make me laugh and regale me with tons of animal fact data.
But how does that influence my writing?
I can tell you because I moved around a lot as a kid and as an adult thanks to the USAF, I’m fond of picking small towns with a community feel. A place that has roots and where people know one another. That doesn’t mean one of my characters won’t be new to town, but it does mean they’ll be family by the end of the story. In fact, when I decided to write my Freedom Lake series, that’s exactly what I was going for. A small town that would rally around folks who are dealing with some tough issues.
I’m also a hopeless romantic, though my 14 years of marriage assures me it’s not hopeless. ;) I love writing stories with a romance that will linger on every page and keep the reader turning. In fact, I’ll read any genre under Christian (or clean) fiction as long as it has romance in it.
I also like food. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Mexican. Otherwise, I don’t really have a favorite. As long as it taste good and I didn’t cook it, I’ll eat it. ;) It’s part of the reason I created my Maple Run series. The characters there frequent The Maple Pit, a restaurant that serves maple inspired dishes. I tell you, I get hungry every time I write a book for that series.
Last, it’s important to note that I’m a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. I have one novella, A Sidelined Christmas, that features a football player. I had so much fun writing him and maybe one day I can bring in my football mania to more books. :) Until then, I’ll save my exuberance for NFL football.
Well, that’s all for now. Now you know a little bit more about me. Before I go, I’d like to give away an eBook of Returning Home to one reader (anywhere in the world). One commenter on this post will be chosen at random Friday, April 11, and notified by email. Leave a comment letting me know something about you!