In case some of you are asking this mind-boggling question……I’m here to set the record straight. I’m the most boring person. In fact, I’m tempted to make up something to make me interesting. Like maybe I’m a billionaire’s kept mistress or a renowned scientist or I secretly work at the CIA and only posing as a writer….But nope.
1 I’m extremely shy. I hate it and always envied anyone who could talk in front of crowds with ease. I’ve always been afraid of groups and that makes promoting my books very hard. But I do whatever I have to and, over the years, it has gotten a little easier.
2. I have three sisters and one brother and I’m 4th in the pecking order. We’re all gifted in one way or another. My brother is in real estate in Houston, one older sister paints pictures, another older sister can cook like crazy and create the most beautiful cakes and my youngest sister is an author like me with a successful series in addition to writing songs and performing on stage. This picture was taken at our reunion last year. I’m standing with the pink lei around my neck.
3. I have three children and five beautiful grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter graduated suma cum laude from Texas Tech University last year.
4. My last name was made up by my husband’s grandfather who, during World War I, didn’t want anyone to know he was German. The name was originally Broka. To this day there are very few Brodays in the world. The name (with various spelling variations) has become popular in the last decade as a boy’s first name. In fact, my hero in Redemption is Brodie Yates. I thought that would be a fun thing to do.
5. I’ve never gone one day of college. When I was growing up we were extremely poor so when I graduated from high school I had to get a job to help support the family. My dad only went to the 3rd grade (and not many days of that) and my mom went to the 8th. When my parents married, my dad couldn’t read or write so my mom taught him. I’m still astounded that I could be a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author.
6. From the time I was old enough to know anything I wanted to be a writer. I made up stories in my head long before I learned to write. I was always a fanciful child. Reading books was my favorite thing to do and still is. The very first story I ever wrote was for school. It was about an ant colony that played football in the family’s sugar bowl. I remember getting an A on that. My next story was about some squirrels. Ha, insects and rodents seemed to have fascinated me! Somehow I graduated to romance……
7. My biggest adventure was a Caribbean Cruise I took four years ago. I toured some Mayan ruins and that was a chance of a lifetime for me. Such a thrill to see what I’d previously only known in pictures. A huge difference! I loved seeing where those ancient people once lived, worked and raised a family. I’d love to go back sometime. But dear Lord, it was hot!! I learned a tropical heat is way hotter than here in Texas.
8. I recently played a part (okay it was a very small scene) in the short movie called THE EIGHTH FLOOR. One of my granddaughters wrote a short story by the same title and movie director Michael Crabtree read it and decided to make it into a movie. I learned one thing very quickly…I am not cut out to be an actor. I hated the constant retakes and having to repeat the same lines and actions over and over and over. Each scene took forever to film. But I was happy to have had the experience. (Click on the image to make it readable.)
9. In addition to being a member of Romance Writers of America, I’m program director for a writing group here called the Panhandle Professional Writers. It’s one of the oldest continuously run writing groups of its kind in the U.S. I’m tasked with finding program speakers. So anyone out there….contact me for a speaking opportunity.
10. The only place I write my stories is here in my office. From the first time I saw this house three years ago, I knew I could write some good stories in here in this room. A feeling that’s hard to describe came over me. And it was true. I wrote the entire Bachelors of Battle Creek series and now Books 1 & 2 of my upcoming Men of Legend series and deep into Book 3. I think this house is blessed. Please don’t look at the mess.
11. In another chapter of my life, my husband and I owned a bowling alley and that was lots of fun. It was a lot of long hours though. Oddly enough, I never was a good bowler…even with all the practice…and darn it, I never figured out how to cheat! But I loved watching all the people who came in.
12. The book that directly influenced me to write western historical romance was Angel by Johanna Lindsey. That book was soooo good. How clever to have a gunslinger carry the name of Angel!
Okay, I’m going to stop here. I hear you snoring.
I’m having a drawing for a $15 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, just tell me one thing about your life. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.