Bio: Renae Brumbaugh Green is a city-girl-turned-country-diva. She’s married to a handsome country boy named Rick, and she’s mom to four nearly-perfect, nearly-grown children, two rowdy dogs, and some ducks. They live in rural
where Renae wears overalls, western
boots, and bubblegum pink nail polish. She’s a bestselling author of over 30
books, an award-winning humor columnist, and an online English teacher. In her
free time, she can be found leaping tall buildings and rescuing kittens from
trees. Or, she’d like to do those things, if she had free time. Texas
Welcome back, Renae. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write all kinds of books: nonfiction Bible studies, devotionals, historical romance, and children’s books. I really enjoy writing, and I enjoy the creative process. I guess I write whatever’s on my heart at the moment.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Besides my salvation experience, I think the day I met my husband was the happiest day of my life. I can still see him now—gorgeous green eyes, baseball cap, mischievous grin. I don’t know if love at first sight is a thing, but it was definitely hubba-hubba at first sight!
I never believed there was such a thing as love at first sight until I met my husband. We were married 3 months and 3 days later. How has being published changed your life?
I don’t think being published has changed my life as much as I once thought it would. I do get paid to write, which is nice, but my life is pretty much the same as it was before I was published.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading several things right now. I’m reading a regency romance by Sally Britton (The Social Tutor), an interesting commentary/study on the apostle Junia, a healthy cookbook, and my Bible.
What is your current work in progress?
I’m writing book 3 of The Texas Ranger series, and I’m working on final edits of book 1 of The Stratton Legacy series.
What would be your dream vacation?
Somewhere cozy and quiet, with my husband and children, and everyone happy and healthy. For me, it’s not so much about the destination as the people and the peace.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
They say to write what you know, so most of my historicals are set in
I’ve lived here all my life (with a brief stint in Texas ) and I’m familiar with the
true-gritty history and people. Louisiana
A fellow Texan, yea. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
A few years ago, I had the honor of meeting and spending some time with Francine Rivers. She’s such a humble, wise person! I’d love to spend another evening with her.
I was able to spend some time with her at an ACFW national conference quite a few years ago. Her humility is one of the first things I saw about her. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I actually went to college on a music scholarship. I love music, particularly singing! I also like to decorate my house for each new season.
When I was younger, I decorated my house for each new season. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I often procrastinate. I don’t know why I do that, because once I get started the words tend to flow. When I’m caught in procrastination mode, I tell myself to just write one paragraph. Just one, and then I give myself permission to do something else. Once I write one paragraph, it usually turns into several pages before I stop.
I also battle procrastination, but it’s easier now. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Set a daily word count, and meet your word count every day. It doesn’t have to be brilliant writing. Just write!
Good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Ranger to the Rescue is book two in The Texas Rangers series. It’s a fun sequel that takes some of the main characters from book one and gives us a peek at their story. Here’s the back cover copy:
Amelia Cooper has sworn off lawmen for good.
Now any man who wants to claim the hand of the intrepid reporter had better have a safe job. Like attorney Evan Covington. Amelia is thrilled when the handsome lawyer comes courting. But when the town enlists him as a Texas Ranger, Amelia isn't sure she can handle losing another man to the perils of keeping the peace.
Evan never expected his temporary appointment to sink his relationship with Amelia. Or to instantly plunge them headlong into danger. But when Amelia and his sister are both kidnapped, the newly minted lawman must rescue them—if he's to have any chance at love.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Amelia Cooper checked her reflection in the glass shop window for the third time before heading up the street to where she knew Evan Covington might be locking up his office for the lunch hour. Not that she was trying to bump into him or anything.
Okay, so maybe she was trying to see him. But what was wrong with that? He was a professional acquaintance. Well, more than an acquaintance. More like a…a friend. After all, hadn’t she helped free him from the gallows and clear his name when he’d been wrongly arrested as a ruthless killer?
Over the last couple of months, since he was set free, he’d set up a law office and drawn quite the business. So what in the world was wrong with her asking to interview him again, this time about his law practice? Readers were curious about what had become of the James Weston Hardy look-alike. And a story in the newspaper surely wouldn’t hurt his business at all. Besides, it would give her a break from the endless society-page drivel Mr. Thomas insisted she write, day in and day out. Evan was no longer exactly a news story, but at least his story wouldn’t contain a recipe or a new fashion trend.
Still, her heart beat a little faster in anticipation of seeing him, and she tried to calm her nerves as she reminded herself to slow down. This was a business opportunity and nothing more.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Renae, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read more about Amelia and Evan. I loved the first book in this series.
Readers, here are links to the book.
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