We welcome one of our favorite guest bloggers, Jodi Thomas, to join us for our Boot Scootin’ Special Week.
I was raised Southern Baptist in Texas. Dancing was a sin. Of course my mother danced around the kitchen, but then she’d been Presbyterian and she claimed her feet never changed religions.
Growing up I was told dancing led to impure thoughts. I learned much later that meant sex. So, like a good little Southern Baptist I didn’t dance.
My last semester of high school I sat behind this boy, Tommy Koumalats. Tall, very thin, braces, glasses and shy. It was love at first sight. We spent the semester saying hello and smiling at each other. He was too shy to talk to me.
Finally graduation came and then the all night party. The last time I might ever see him. At long last, he asked me to dance!!
I said yes. Neither of us knew how but we tried and I learned an important lesson. The Baptists were right. I did have impure thoughts for Tommy.
I had them as we dated through four years of college and 49 years of marriage.
I’ve always loved country music. I think that may be why I put dancing in my stories and love writing characters who dance, sing and play guitars.
In the book I just finished, to be released in April of 2021, I have a character who sings and when she’s troubled, the music calms her soul. My hero falls in love with her as he watches her play every weekend. Even when she thinks no one else is listening, she knows he is. She plays for him.
They are two broken people who find one another and fall in love with her music in the background. I think you’ll love Picnic in Someday Valley.
So come spring, turn on some slow dancing kind of music and curl up with my new book.