I’m Texan through and through, complete with the arrogance to believe my state is the best, the ability to tell tall tales convincingly, and the propensity to say “y’all” and “fixin’ to” and, on occasion, “ain’t.” The towns I’ve lived in have a Southern influence, so sweet tea, grits, and “bless your heart” are also part of my cultural background. And since all of Texas has a heavy Mexican influence, jalapenos are part of my diet. I have a Texas accent, naturally, but I’ll tell you right now: Hollywood’s version of how we talk is ludicrous.
I’m my mama’s fourth and only living child; Daddy died in 1997, so it’s just Mom and me from my side of the family. My parents each spent a stint as professional entertainers, which explains why I’m such a ham. However, I’m not fully baked–I can stand before a group of virtually any size, but get me face to face, and I may have an attack of shyness. That’s when my feet kick in. They’ll either run off with me, getting me out of harm’s way as quickly as possible, or they’ll land in my mouth. Both of them. At once. Usually makes for a memorable occasion.
I’ve been blessed with five kids (one of whom waits for us in Heaven) and seven grandkids, but I’ve never been pregnant. My family is a gift from my husband–even though most were grown and gone by the time I married him. The hubs retired in 2019, and in 2020, we were able to move back to our hometown–during the height of the COVID crisis. That was fun.
As is true with other authors, I’ve been writing all of my life. I’d love to prove it to you by printing one of my earlier pieces, but I foolishly left everything from my old desk in a paper bag, which the cats found and shredded into thousands of little pieces–bag, poetry, short stories, song lyrics, everything.
They went to bed without their Friskies that night.
In the late ’90s, I took up writing again more seriously–studying the craft, learning from other novelists, and writing, writing, writing. The result of all that work was my award-winning debut novel, Give the Lady a Ride, which was published in 2011.
In 2014, my short story, “Slider,” won first place in short stories and grand prize in the East Texas Baptist University Writers’ Conference. Since it was the first short story I’d written since I was 16, that was quite a pleasant surprise.
It also received honorable mention in Saturday Evening Post’s “Great American Fiction Contest” in 2015, and is included in their 2016 anthology.
Aside from my writing, I enjoy speaking for writing groups and conferences. I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a freelance editor for fellow Christian Fiction authors.
Just wanted to let you know I read your book, Give the Lady a Ride, and so enjoyed it! I reviewed it on my blog and also posted a review on Amazon.
Thanks for a great read!
Thank you so much, Shanna!
I have just discovered your website, and as a neighbor over here in Southwest Arkansas, I found much in your “About Me” section to which I could relate. I’m a fairly recently retired professor of History and Geography from Texarkana College. So though I live in Arkansas, I worked in Texas and lived in Atlanta, TX for 16 years, I’ve once again taken up the pen and am having a blast. Last night I put my first website online! Sorry for the punctuation, but it was exciting, after struggling with it for three days. It’s still messy, but it IS online. I look forward to purchasing and reading your book, and to keeping up with your writing — which I absolutely love!
Thank you so much, Janet. Best of luck to you with your new website. Welcome back to the writing world!
I guess you could say I was referred to you by K.M. Weiland or Via her site and communications on facebook for your “possible” (Maybe Free) Editorial services. However I just need a professionals opinion on my manuscript and possible suggest as to a Literary Agent? If you know any?
Sarah Marrie Burge
Hi, Sarah. I’m sorry, but I don’t give away my services. My prices are listed under the tab “Triple Edge Critique Service.” A manuscript critique–which is basically what you’re asking for–is $5.00 per page.
As for agents, if you’re looking for a Christian agent, Mike Hyatt had a list of them on his site some time back: http://michaelhyatt.com/literary-agents-who-represent-christian-authors.html. The list is dated, so be sure to research the agents to be sure they’re still in business. You’ll have to research them anyway to be sure they’d be interested in your genre.
If you’re looking for a secular agent, I can’t recommend anyone because I don’t work in that market. Writer’s Digest features agents in their journal and perhaps in their online site too.
I wish you all the best on your road to publication!
Thanks for the quick reply. I am not looking for a particular type of agent, just someone I can count on, lol.
Thanks a bunch.
I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the 7-in-1 Award — a collection of 7 shiny blogging awards all rolled into one. Though I don’t often comment, I appreciate the honesty, strength and encouragement that comes through in all your posts. I’ve just received “Writing in Obedience” and I look forward to the wisdom I know I’ll find there. (If you’re interested in checking out my post where you’re mentioned for the award, please go to http://thisnewmountain.com/2014/03/07/7-in-1-award-nomination/.) Thank you!
What an honor! Thanks, Cate! And thank you for buying the book. I hope it proves useful to you.
I couldn’t find a direct email, so I’m posting here. I just wanted to say thank you for your comments on my novel, The Drowning Song, in the recent WFWA Rising Star Competition. I found your comments helpful and encouraging. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and insights.
All the best,
I’m so glad you found my comments helpful. I always worry about that. Thanks for letting me know!
I am writing to ask permission to reprint one of your statements about writing.
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This book is intended for students studying the WJEC GCSE English Language course mainly in the UK. On behalf of the authors and the publisher, I would like to request permission to reproduce the material detailed below in this book.
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“Action is the pulse of any good story. But the character is the heart. If the action has no consequence to the character, the story loses its heart.”
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Hi Linda! I’m a fellow ACFW member and I just wanted to swing by and say hello! Congrats on all your success thus far in the writing business. And I’m excited to discover you’re a Texan – my husband, daughter, and I just moved to the great state. But I’m still practicing my “y’all”…
Kelsey, once you master the proper use of “y’all,” you’ll never use anything else. 😀
Welcome home to Texas.
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My name is Mike Eidlin and I found your blog through doing some book-related research. I’m a co-founder of bookmarq, a beautifully designed iOS social network that allows readers to connect with their friends and influencers over book suggestions.
We’re looking for feedback on our app, and would love it if you tried it out. If you’d like to write about it, we’re more than happy to provide you with information or a press kit as well! Because we are still an early stage startup, your feedback will directly influence how we build our product! Would love to chat further if you have questions, comments. 🙂
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Thanks so much Linda, feel free to contact me via email.
I love your humor! I have family in Texas, but have only managed to get to the state once. I am basing 2 novels in Tx, so maybe I’ll bet back out there before long.
All the best with your writing. You need another trip to Texas!
Might you refer me to an editor for a faith based baseball novel? It needs those other set of eyes 🙂
As much as I love baseball, I wish I could take it! But to get faster service and not be put on a waiting list, contact the Christian PEN https://thechristianpen.com/