Abigail and I had known each other since she’d started school, her and Rowan had become instant friends and spent most of their free time together. The two girls had been stuck to each other like bees to molasses and were always under my feet out at the ranch. It saddened me to watch as their friendship became distanced through no fault of their own.
Since Abigail’s father had died, her visits to the ranch had come to a stop. Every waking hour seemed to be spent helping her mother in the diner and she was left with no time for social activities. I understood the fact she was needed by her mother, but it saddened me just the same. A young woman as beautiful as Abigail should have been out enjoying herself, stepping out with a beau. Heck, she should have been hitched with little ones by now as I’d told her.
Why did the thought of Abigail being with a man send bolts of jealousy raging through me? I had no interest in anything other than friendship with her. Or did I? I swear the woman tied my thinking in knots.
Saturday nights, when I had supper at the diner and at church on Sundays were the only times we managed to speak a few words to each other and I hated the thought I might have upset her. I resolved to take her aside at church the following day and find out what it was I’d said wrong.
Please tell us about growing up. Siblings? Locale?
Tomboy, not a shy bone in my body.
When you’re not writing, what’s your favorite way to relax and recharge?
Reading and travel
I have always penned made up stories but began publishing in 2013
I hand write all my stories before typing on either a laptop or desktop. I sit out in the living room with hubby, he watches television while I work. I have the uncanny ability to shut out all noise.
Writing for me is a passion, not something I have to do like a job. I usually write every day but don’t set word goals or publishing goals. My stories are as long as they need to be and I publish once they are properly polished.
I did a pantomime with Mae West
The same as I give our grandchildren. Follow your heart and your dreams regardless of what anyone says.
I have a couple of authors I am very close to and they have helped me a great deal. I also have a line editor – Robyn Corcoran and Proofreader – Leanne Rogers who are also very close friends. I have no idea what I would do without these two ladies. My success is very much theirs also.
Variety. I write so many different romance sub-genres – Sweet Western, Steamy Western, Contemporary, M/M, Outback Australian, City Australian, MMF and I even have a shapeshifter. I use my experiences in each of my books. I truly hope readers can lose themselves in my stories and be captivated by the words.
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