This may surprise you, but I never planned to be a writer. The first goal I can remember having was to grow up and marry a rancher. I loved horses, and I guess that my pre-teen mind reasoned if I married a rancher I could have all the horses I wanted. In the mean time, I read every book I could find with a horse on the cover. Years later, I married a city boy who was scared of horses. I didn’t know it then, but he would one day become my most ardent champion and encourager when God led me into the writing world.
Robert and I have been married 37 years, raised four sons, one who is married, and we are proud grandparents to a super smart six-year-year old girl. She keeps us laughing with the funny things she says. Though I’m a mom and grandma, I’m also a daughter and primary caregiver to my octogenarian mom. It really is a strange thing in life when the child becomes responsible for a parent.
One of the things I like best about writing is going on research trips. I’ve visited historic towns in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and clear over to Charleston on the east coast. I love touring old buildings and homes and hearing tales of days long gone. I also enjoy taking pictures of the local flowers in the towns we visit.
Writing keeps me busy, so that’s pretty much my main job. Lately though, I’ve discovered that I enjoy collecting antiques, especially old quilts. I recently bought three that were made by the mother of the woman who had owned the house where the estate sale I went to was held. The quilts had been stored in her attic for over 60 years. If only they could talk. Imagine that tales they could share. (If you visit this blog on March 10th, you'll get to see pictures of them)
If you’ve read my books, you know that I write stories mainly set in the Midwest and Texas. That’s probably because I grew up in Oklahoma. You already know I love horses, but I also have a passion for tales of the Old West—stories about brave men who cherished women and children and would do everything possible to keep them safe. I love tales of the desperate but determined women who left all they knew to travel west as a mail-order bride to marry a stranger.
Before I go, I want to tell you about the cool book I’ll be giving away next month. The Stitched With Love collection is a compilation of 9 previously published novellas by some very popular authors like Cathy Marie Hake and Tracey Bateman, all which have a little something to do with sewing.
This week, I’m excited to try my hand at something new—creating stained glass art. My first class is Thursday. Ah well, I’ve blabbed on long enough about me. What kind of books do you like to read?