Welcome deep-in-her-heart Texan and 2013 RITA finalist Jean Brashear!
I am a 5th-generation Texan, and the Lone Star State runs deep in my blood. That doesn’t mean, however, that I couldn’t wait to see my small town in my rear view mirror at eighteen or that I didn’t diss country music with my every breath. I fancied myself a budding intellectual and could not wait to drench myself in bright city lights.
So maybe the cliché should be: the more things change…the more they stay the same?
Here I am (cough) years later, tweeting my way through the American Country Music Awards and singing along to every dang song, which I know why? Because ever since I started writing romance novels (cough) years ago, nothing puts me in the mood like listening to country ballads.
Even worse, I write an inordinate amount of stories set in small Texas towns, and—gasp—any number of heroes who know how to ride a horse. Readers tell me they love my eccentric characters and how I make them feel that those small towns are home, and I love hearing it every sweet time.
Because…? The small town girl has traveled to many a big city, but she has never left her hometown behind. It travels with me in my heart, and I hope all my rancher forebears will forgive my wandering ways. (Probably sooner than they’d forgive me for going vegetarian eons ago, I promise you!)
Country blood breeds true, and Texas is in my bones, my breath and my heart. I love the endless blue bowl of sky, the ever-blowing wind, the down-home goodness of the pioneers I come from.
USAToday bestselling author and five-time RITA finalist (please, Susan Lucci , take the curse away) Jean Brashear’s first writing success came when a letter to Rod Stewart resulted in a Cinderella 16th birthday for her daughter. Come play with her at her website, Loving Life or on Facebook or Twitter
Jean and four of her friends are releasing a boxed set of 5 full-length novels for 99 cents called LOVE ME SOME COWBOY – the boys invite you to come play! (Okay, sure…the girls said you can come over, too. But Hands Off.)