Nancy J. Farrier here with a look into my writing life and what led me to become an author. Thank you so much for joining me.
I grew up on a small farm in Indiana. There was a lot of hard work involved but also so much fun. I loved hiding in the top of the pine trees and reading a book, or playing with my sister and cousins making up fantastical stories. One of my favorite games involved using our pony to gallop from one hillock in a field to another as we rescued each other from the red-tipped wolves that were attacking. We all had fun but the poor pony may not have enjoyed the game as much. Nah, he loved running.
School was not my favorite place to be. I had trouble focusing on study because there were so many good books to read, or story ideas flitting through my head, and they were way more interesting than my dry texts. I often got in trouble for hiding a reading book behind the open pages of my history textbook. I have no idea how the teacher knew—maybe the fact that for once I was intently studying the history book, or the fact that I never turned a page. <smile>
Who knew I would grow up to love history so much. Several of my books are historical. My book, The Richest Knight, was inspired by my aunt’s love of the Grand Canyon and how she shared her enthusiasm with me. She retired from her job and went to work at the Canyon. I would visit her and loved the magnificent El Tovar hotel, which became a focal point of my story. Researching the history of the Harvey girls and the Canyon proved to be time well spent.
Daydreaming is one of my superpowers. I daydreamed my way
through school and through life. Many of my story ideas come from those daydreams. Bandolero is one of those stories. I remember seeing the scene of Yoana being captured by Bandoleros. That kidnap scene evolved over the years until finally I had to tell her story. Bandolero, and the Land of Promise series, remain one of my favorites.
I moved from Indiana to Arizona. I love the mountains, the desert, and the rich history of this land and people. My daughters were attending a small church school and we went on a field tripto an ostrich farm a few miles away. I was so fascinated with the place that I made an appointment to go back and talk with the owner on my own. I used much of her information and some of her true stories to write my book, An Ostrich a Day, which became a contemporary series featured in the Arizona Brides collection. This book and the series that followed are out of print and will be released later this year under my imprint.
My husband and I both come from large families, so we have family members all over. When we visited my husband’s brother and his wife in California another idea struck. They have this beautiful quilt shop nestled in a small shopping center. A story bit came to me of a woman standing across from that shop. I could feel her hurt and defeat. As the idea developed, she became Asia from my contemporary book, Matching Points, which released September 2020.
I never know when a viable story idea will come but I am always ready to listen to inspiration. I do a lot of walking, listening to audiobooks, or just praying and talking with God. New story possibilities flit through my head all the time and some of them settle and develop into books.
Sharing stories with my readers is a passion and a calling. I want to encourage people in their faith because we all have times when we struggle. I love connecting with my readers. If you haven’t done so, be sure to visit my website and sign up for my newsletter to keep in touch with me and hear about new books coming out. You can also follow me on Bookbub to get a notice of a sale or new release.
Thank you for stopping by and letting me share a bit of me with you. I’d love to hear something about what you do and what you love to read. I will choose one person to receive a copy of their choice of one of my books. Be blessed.