Would you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Though I live in Washington state, I grew up in West Texas and enjoy writing about it. I love history, especially that of my hometown and the surrounding area, and it often sneaks into my contemporary stories. I started writing in 1984 and sold my first historical romance in the general market in 1987. Megan's Hero is my nineteenth full length novel. I've also written two novellas along the way.
My husband and I have been married for forty-three years and have one son, a dear daughter-in-law, and the two sweetest grandchildren in the world.
What is your favorite Bible verse? (Translation) Why?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. NIV, 1984
This directive and promise are true in all areas of life, but especially in the writing business. Over the years God has opened up opportunities that I never even dreamed of.
How did you come up with the concept for the Callahans of Texas Series? Are you from Texas?
I thought it would be fun to do a series about a powerful Texas ranching family who were a little larger than life and that were Christians. I was born and raised on Thompson Ranch in West Texas, where my dad was the ranch foreman. Some characteristics of Dub and Sue Callahan are based on the owners, Charles and Emabeth Thompson. They were well known and highly respected in the area and throughout the state. They were also strong, kind-hearted Christians who were very active in their church and local community.
How many books will be in this series? Are they stand-alone or should they be read in order?
There are three books in the series, with Megan's Hero the last one. Each story focuses on the romance of a different couple – Jenna and Nate in Jenna's Cowboy, Emily and Chance in Emily's Chance, and Megan and Will in Megan's Hero. So in that sense they can stand alone. But there are other elements to the stories that make it better if they're read in order.
Do you have a favorite character in Megan’s Hero? Why?
Megan. She's strong yet vulnerable, independent yet longs to be part of a loving family. She's not a believer at the beginning of the story, but after she has an encounter with God, she's totally His.