I am an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, social media junkie, and a former homeschooling mom. I love to make people laugh and share stories of God’s blessings with them. I live in Georgia with my husband and two children. I love to dream of romance–good, clean romance, that is. I am passionate about purity and sexual integrity. I’m a bird-watcher, love the ocean, ice cream, my family and my Chihuahua, Posey, who faithfully sits by my side every day when I write. I am the author of To Dance Once More (OakTara) and Song of the Meadowlark (OakTara).
Is there a particular genre you enjoy reading/writing and why is it your favorite?
I have always loved the Victorian era so when I started writing my first full length novel, it was only natural to write Historical Romance with long gowns and debutante balls throughout the pages. My latest book is a Contemporary Romance though. I wanted to try my hand at it and the characters needed to be in a contemporary setting. I still prefer the Victorian era though and Historical Romance.
Can you tell us two or three things that most readers don’t know about you?
I’d love to go on the show WIPEOUT and see if I can conquer the obstacles courses and win $50,000.00! I’d also love to go on WHEEL OF FORTUNE.
I used to want to be a TV anchorwoman.
I hope to live to be 100 like my grandmother.
What five things do you love/like the most?
Besides Jesus and my family and friends, I love my dogs, my church, the ocean, writing, and talking.
If you could meet one person (besides Jesus, because who doesn’t want to meet Him!), who would you choose?
I’d like to meet someone who lived in the late 1800s in the town I’m writing about in my new series. It would be cool to see what it was really like then.
What is your favorite Bible story?
I love the story of Ruth and how God placed her exactly where she needed to be in order for her Boaz to rescue her. She could have gone with her sister-in-law and found a BOZO for a husband but instead, she found God’s best for her. I love how this story teaches the importance of faith in its truest form—believing before seeing.
How do you choose your characters names?
I usually pick names from baby name websites that give the meaning of the names. Once a character develops into someone with particular personality traits, I pick a name that suits them. I’ve also been known to change the names of characters if they evolve into someone different while I’m writing.
If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
Like I said above, I used to want to be a TV anchorwoman. Now I think I’m too old to start a career like that. If I wasn’t a writer, I guess it would be fun to be a full-time speaker. Or maybe a stand-up comedian. Or maybe a combination of the two.
Do you have any books that are soon-to-be-released that we should keep an eye out for?
My second novel was released in September 2012. My third novel is currently in the proposal stage and I’m working on a proposal for a series. So as of right now, nothing new is due out. But we’re hoping 2013 will be a big year.
Please tell us about the featured book.
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Song of the Meadowlark is a Contemporary Inspirational Romance full of hope, forgiveness, and second chances at life and love set in South Georgia on a ranch with an ornery cowboy.
Here is Song of the Meadowlark’s synopsis: When trusting others only leads to pain and rejection, and loving ends only in loss, what will it take to restore hope again? Shunned by the uncovered truth about her missing husband’s secret life, Cora Buchanan sets out on a road trip for home to mend her broken relationship with her parents. When her car breaks down, she’s stranded in a small Georgia town. While staying at the struggling Southern Hope Ranch, she meets little Susie O’Reilly, who unexpectedly fills a void in Cora’s heart. But Rex, Susie’s rugged cowboy father who lost his wife a year earlier, seems to go out of his way to either confront or avoid Cora. It doesn’t help her comfort level that the news continues to report missing and murdered women in the area. Cora has no idea just how close to home the crimes will hit…or how much the sweet sound of the meadowlark’s song at the ranch will impact her future.
Can you please give us the first page?
June — Lake Murray, South Carolina
Cora Buchanan stared out the paned window of her bedroom at Lake Murray through a mist of rain and sighed, her olive green eyes filling with salty tears. This picturesque place had become a prison to her.
Tossing her dark hair over one shoulder, she moved across the room to her bed. Lying on her stomach on her flowery comforter, she remembered how it had all happened. For the first time since then, she scanned the tattered pages of her scrapbook, memories flooding her with weariness. It had been such an innocent time.
On the next page, she saw the pictures from her twenty-first birthday party. Twenty-one had seemed so old and wise at the time, and Panama City, Florida, like the big city. She’d worked awhile in college and considered herself a perceptive woman. But her middle name should have been Naïve, since she didn’t see some people for who they really were.
Cora rolled over onto her back, propping herself up on her pillows. She raised her knees and placed the scrapbook on her legs. Her eyes found the picture of her running in the town relay race with him, and she remembered the pulled calf muscle that still hurt on cold winter days. As she turned the page, she saw her engagement pictures and the newspaper clipping from the wedding announcement. She remembered that day like yesterday, her parents’ disapproval forever seared into her mind.
She closed the scrapbook, and it fell to the floor with a thud, another chapter now over in her life. Three years had passed since Cora’s marriage to him, and she now lived, as a twenty-five-year-old woman, with her in-laws. As she sat up on the edge of her bed, she wondered where to go from here. She couldn’t wait any longer to move on.
Cora left her room and entered the earth-toned den. The Buchanans were watching Wheel of Fortune on the television.
“It’s been a year tonight.” Cora knew she didn’t have to explain what she meant. She plopped on the couch next to Judy. “I think it’s time I finally do something.”
“What do you plan to do?” Judy looked up from the television and patted Cora’s knee.
Cora pushed her hair behind her ears. “A good place to start would be to go home and take time to figure out what to do and how to make amends with Mom and Dad. I want them to forgive me.”
“I hope they’re ready. You could not have predicted the future,” Ben said tenderly.
“I’m tired of this wedge between us. Three years is a long time, but I’ve feared the arguments that will, without a doubt, occur.”
Judy nodded. “That’s the mature thing to do.”
“I hope so, Mom.”
With her mind made up, Cora felt a load lifted off her shoulders, like at the end of a tornado warning. Though she still hoped deep inside things would change before she left for Florida, she doubted they would.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
Readers can read the rest of Chapter One and see the book trailer at my website on the Song of the Meadowlark page.
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