Snakes. I really, really don’t like snakes.
What makes you happiest?
I find happiness in many places – like a cup of fragrant tea, a good visit with a friend, a bouquet of beautiful flowers, finding money in a coat pocket I forgot was there. But I’d have to say my husband (lovingly referred to as Captain Cavedweller) makes me the happiest.
Why do you write?
I write because I can’t imagine going through life not writing. It is part of who I am, what I do, and always will be.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Always. I think I wrote my first work of fiction in third grade. It was about a raccoon.
What motivates you to write?
My desire to capture the stories floating around my head on paper is a motivator. When someone tells me something I wrote made a difference in her life, it motivates me to keep on writing, and write better. The fact I recently left my “day” job to write full-time is definitely motivation.
What books did you love growing up?
Trixie Belden books were a favorite when I was a young girl, and Little House on the Prairie. I checked out Island of the Blue Dolphins from the library so many times, I probably wore out that particular copy. When I was in high school, I loved the historical romances put out from Scholastic Inc. I think they were called Sunfire romances. Each book was a girl’s name like Sabrina or Amanda and featured a specific time in history. I’mconvinced reading those books got me through history class.
Who is your favorite author?
That is a tough question. I don’t have a single favorite author, but I have several I admire. Deeanne Gist, Marcia Lynn McClure, Karen Witemeyer, Caroline Fyffe and Rachel Rossano are on my Kindle right now.
What book genre of books do you adore?
Historical romance is at the top of the list. I like books set between 1870 and 1910 the most. Contemporary romance would be my next choice, followed by a rousing medieval tale.
What book should everybody read at least once?
Little Britches by Ralph Moody. Actually, the entire series (I think there are eight books total) is great reading. I know the books were written forever ago, but there is something about the way he writes, the stories he tells, that just yank of your heartstrings.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
I hope it will say I lived a good, gracious life, was in some way a help to others, and contributed something of value.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up on a farm where we raised hay, wheat, corn, and cattle. At the end of the fields, miles and miles of sagebrush began. I always had a horse to ride, fences to climb, open spaces to run, and chores to do. I was a bit of a tomboy until I started high school. Then my dormant girly-girl genes took over. Today, I’m still a girly-girl, can get distracted by a nice John Deere tractor, and live in the country where I can look out at apple orchards, vineyards, and hills dotted with wind turbines.
Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.
Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to deal with the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.
As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need to pull out all the stops if he wants a chance at winning her heart.
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Genre – Romance (contemporary western)
Rating – PG
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