My path to writing Christian Fiction has been a roundabout one. Following fourteen historical medieval and western novels published in the ABA (or secular fiction) under the pen name of Laurie Grant, I suddenly ran into roadblocks in selling further novels. I know now that this was the Lord leading me into writing for Him. Doesn't He always have something better for us than we would choose ourselves? Love Inspired was launching their historical line just then, and my agent suggested I try to write for them, since I had already written ten Harlequin Historicals and the editor would be the same one I had last written for there, Melissa Endlich. I chose to continue in the western genre that felt so natural to me since I was a native Texan. I still go "home" to Texas every chance I get--I think we have two homes for our *souls,* a heavenly home and
an earthly one, and Texas is the latter for me.
It was a thrill to me when Love Inspired Historicals bought the book that became HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS. I've since sold six more of them, five of them as part of my "Brides of Simpson Creek" series, which began with mail order grooms rather than brides. My next one in the series will be HILL COUNTRY CATTLEMAN, out in May.
I'm still an Emergency Room RN in my "other life" but look forward to retirement in a few years. After forty-two years, I'm more than ready to spend my days writing, rather than my nights in the ER, taking care of the local "Knife and Gun Club" :) That's me on the left, below, with some of my past and present coworkers, as we got ready to go into a memorable New Year's Eve shift.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery