Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was practically born at church. I had good Christian parents who taught me about Jesus from day one. When I was 5, my mother knelt beside my bed with me and led me through the sinner’s prayer. I don’t remember what led up to that moment, just the moment of asking Jesus in my heart. He has been a faithful friend all these years and has blessed me beyond measure.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Easy question! I have some great friends who are also writers. We share a blog at www.GirlsWriteOut.blogspot.com but we were friends long before that. Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Cheryl Hodde.
Five of my favorite authors. Do you have a speaking ministry?
If so, tell us about that. I really don’t. I’m a much better writer than I am a speaker!
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I think my most embarrassing moments revolve around me putting my foot in my mouth! I don’t do it very often—I’m not very talkative. But boy, when I do, I want to melt into the carpet.
I’ve had several of those moments myself. They’re uncomfortable. People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Do it! I felt that way at one time too. It’s just a dream until you make a plan and put it into action.
Tell us about the featured book.
In Barefoot Summer (Book One) you'll meet coffee-bean-dependent, butter-pecan-loving
Madison. She's the perfect match (but will
never admit it) for Beckett O’Reilly, whose nefarious reputation follows him
more closely than his black lab Rigsby. He’s her sworn enemy, but she needs his
help to reach her goal of winning the annual regatta, and he’ll do anything for
her—he owes her that and more, if only she knew.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Madison McKinley scanned the crowded town hall, wondering how many of her friends and neighbors she’d have to fight to get what she came for. Half of Chapel Springs had turned out to support the fire department. The faint scent of popcorn and coffee from last night’s Rotary club meeting still lingered in the air, and the buzz of excitement was almost palpable.
When she reached the front of the line, she registered for her paddle then looked for her mom. She spotted Joann McKinley seated on the left, near the old brick wall.
could move, Dottie Meyers appeared in the busy aisle. “ Madison, hello, dear. I was wondering if I
could bother you about Ginger. I found a little knot behind her leg. I’m
worried it might be something serious.”
Last time it had only been a burr. Still,
Madison set a hand on the woman’s arm. “I’m
sure it’s fine, but I’ll have Cassidy call you tomorrow and squeeze you in,
“All right, everyone,” the emcee was saying into the mike. “It’s about that time.”
“Thank you so much, dear,” Dottie was saying. “I’m so excited about this year’s play. It’s called Love on the Line. You are planning on coming out again, aren’t you? You’ll be fabulous as Eleanor.”
Auditions were still two months away. “Looking forward to it. See you tomorrow.”
participated in the town’s production every year. She enjoyed the theater, and
the proceeds supported the local animal shelter, a cause she was committed to.
She turned toward her mom and ran straight into a wall. “Ooomph.”
Or a chest. A hard chest.
She looked up into the face of the one man she least wanted to see, much less slam into. She jumped back, looking square into his unfathomable coal-colored eyes.
She nodded once. “Beckett.”
He returned the nod. “
His black hair was tousled. He wore a Dewitt’s
Marina work shirt and at
least two days’ stubble. His jaw twitched. She hadn’t spoken to him since she’d
confronted him two weeks ago—for all the good it had done.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love interacting with my readers on my facebook page. I also have a website where readers can sign up for my newsletter, sign my guestbook, or just browse my books.
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Barefoot Summer - Christianbooks.com
Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance) - Amazon.com
Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance) - Kindle
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