God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m hope to be branching out with another publisher, continue to write for Steeple Hill, and teach writing at the local community college.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband has just retired, so what do you do with a husband around the house? We’re learning how to deal with each other. My children are grown and I have granddogs, a white lab and a Great Dane.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
When I first started writing, I couldn’t enjoy a book because I was looking at the mechanics. Now, I can read anything. If the story isn’t good, I don’t finish the book.
What are you working on right now?
A couple of stories for Steeple Hill. Captain Brenda Kaye popped into a book and wouldn’t let me finish Redemption Ranch until I promised her a book.
What outside interests do you have?
I garden. I love it. I also taught deaf kids and love signing songs.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
It usually depends on the story. But I am drawn to setting in the Southwest or
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’ve love to spend the evening with Winston Churchill. He was a man with vision and understood the face of evil.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I knew about a support system. RWA helped before there was ACFW. Both are great support to teach and encourage.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I need to be in a regular Bible study. This is a year of learning for me. I’m doing a Beth Moore study now.
My church will have Beth Moore as a speaker at our women’s conference Pink Impact in April. We have a Frisco campus, which is closer to where you live.What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Write. Set writing goals for yourself, then do it. Also, with prayer, seek God about your writing goals, then go for it.
Tell us about the featured book.
Tyler Lynch is an Iraqi vet who is so shut down that he only wants to be with his dog. His dog doesn’t ask how he feels, why is he feeling sad, and what happened. His dog just loves him. Then
meets a lady who changes his world. His
dog introduces them. If his dog likes her, then Tyler thinks she might be okay. Tyler
Please give us the first page of the book.
“Oh, Charming, what’s wrong with me?” Beth McClure ran her hands down the gelding’s broad back. His warm coat and steady heartbeat calmed her.
Twenty minutes ago her brother and his wife, her best friend and ex-college roommate, announced there would be a new McClure come spring. Friends and family gathered at the ranch cheered the news.
Beth was glad for them, really.
It was selfish of her, but the news stabbed her in the heart, making her realize how alone she was. Oh sure, she had family, friends, but there was not a prospect of a boyfriend in sight. In some ways she was content to be alone, but her heart still ached.
Charming raised his head and stepped back, knocking Beth into the back wall of the stall. She stumbled, her skirt tangling in her legs, and she twisted her ankle. Wearing heels out in the stable wasn’t smart, but she wasn’t worried about that when she escaped.
“Charming, what’s wrong with you?” She pushed the horse away, as she searched for her shoe. Charming danced again, bumping her a second time. She fell against the side of the stall, losing her other shoe.
“Stop.” She glanced over her shoulder to see what made the horse so nervous. She spotted the black dog sitting outside the open stall door.
“Oh, sorry, guy.” Beth patted Charming on his back hip to quiet him. The black dog sat quietly, watching her. Beth recognized him. He belonged to the newest employee of Second Chance Ranch, Tyler Lynch. He was an Iraqi War Veteran like her brother, Zach.
dog, Dogger, was known as a cautious critter, who didn’t offer his friendship
lightly, much like his owner. In the month Tyler had been at the
equine therapy ranch, she’d never known his dog to allow anyone to pet
him, and she only had a nodding acquaintance with the dog’s owner. Tyler
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