I was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so my Southern roots run deep. Growing up, my family was close, and we continue to keep that priority today. My husband and two daughters now add another dimension to my life, keeping me both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in my heart to combine my love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of my characters.
I can definitely see that in your writing. I've enjoyed your other series so much. What inspired you to write this novel/series?Anna (the heroine) is inspired a little after myself. A hard worker, a Southern belle, enjoys being in the kitchen, holds family very dear. I love history, and always wished I grew up on a ranch in Texas. The storyline was purely my imagination on overdrive. :)
Tell us a bit more about The Rancher Takes a Cook.
Here's the blurb:
When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well- controlled plans.
When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?
"Release control to God's capable hands," definitely a lesson we all need learn. Care to expound on this?The theme through all my books is Following God's Leading, and this book especially addresses how much better things go when we give up control and let him guide us. My theme verse for this story is:
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
A great verse and theme. Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?One of my favorite passages, and the one I write in every book I sign, is Colossians 1: 9-11. It's my prayer for my readers. :)
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy. (NKJV)
Thanks so much for sharing that with us. Speaking of sharing, where can readers connect with you? Where can readers buy your book?You can find me on my website, reader blog, marketing blog for authors, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
Here are the links for my books: The Lady and the Mountain Man or The Lady and the Mountain Doctor. My latest book, The Rancher Takes a Cook, released June 26, 2015, from Prism Book Group. The Ranger Takes a Bride is scheduled to release Aug. 18 (this is the sequel to The Rancher Takes a Cook).