and her historical romance
At Love’s Bidding
I grew up in… Mustang, Oklahoma. When I was young, Mustang was a rural bedroom community of Oklahoma City. Now the city has swallowed it whole, but it retains a lot of that country feel.
I was inspired to write my first published novel by… my church. Writing fiction had always been a secret dream of mine, but it was only when people from church learned about it, and then they continued to hound me over it, that I finally gave it a go.
The books that have most influenced my life are… besides the Bible? The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn and How Now Shall We Live? by Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey.
My biggest challenge when writing is… Thinking of all the things I should be doing instead.
One of my favourite authors is… Julie Jarnagin. I love her contemporary cowboy romances. She does a great job with hot heroes and quirky characters.
If I wasn’t a writer, I would be… volunteering a lot more. I used to do a lot more with our ladies’ ministries, but when God opened the door to a writing career, I had to let some of that go. I miss it, but maybe when the kids get raised I’ll be able to do both.
The superhero talent I would love to have is… teleportation. Just think how easy research would be if I could instantly appear at any site, any library, or any museum. Then again, if I could teleport, I would probably be having too much fun to sit down and write a book.
After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she’s accidentally sold a powerful family’s prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives.
Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.
My latest novel can be described by these 5 adjectives… Funny. Romantic. Layered. Cinderella-ish. Must-Read.
My main character is… a hard-working lady in Boston. Miranda’s family business deals in fine arts and antiques, which forces her to interact with society even though she’s really an outsider. She’s very conscious of class and wealth, and of her own short-comings.
Wyatt Ballentine manages a livestock auction in the Ozark Mountains. He too has never felt like he belonged. While, he’s true to the dream that his father left him, he wonders if life might hold something more.
A previously unknown fact about this novel is… that Miranda’s dealings with her grandfather were inspired by our adventures with my own grandpa. Bittersweet memories.
My story’s spiritual theme is… don’t let others define you. Let God shape you into the wonderful creation He intended.
While writing this novel I was challenged to… examine what I’d been told about myself over the years. Was it true? Did I want it to be true? If I could change one thing that people said about me, what would it be? It’s a good thing to evaluate occasionally.
The title was chosen by… me, with input from the marketing department. My working title was Bid Your Heart Good-Bye, but it was thought that it sounded a bit threatening. At Love’s Bidding was in the short list of alternate titles I provided.
As an author, the hardest scenes for me to write are… I’d say descriptions are the hardest part of any scene for me to write. I love story and character, but I’d rather gloss over what she was wearing and how the room was decorated. Those aren’t things I notice much in real life and they require a ton of research to describe accurately in historical novels. But I do it because it does make the story better. You’re welcome.
The story I’m currently working on is… I’m getting ready to start a new series set in Fort Reno, Oklahoma Territory. Cavalry officers, cowboys and Sooners—it’s going to be a rip-roaring good time.
You may not know this about me, but I… don’t have a smart phone. I rarely even carry a cell phone. I enjoy trying to figure things out by myself rather than mapping and googling. I hope it keeps me sharp in my old age.
If I could be a character in any novel, I would want to be… in the worst written book ever. You know the kind where the character just has one amazing thing after another happen to her. Some conflict would be OK, but really I’d rather not be in doubt about the outcome. And the heroine should be free of character flaws, too. No reason for her to embarrass herself, make people angry or any of that. That’s the book I want to live.
Thanks so much, Regina!
Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlight on Abigail & Jeremiah, Anne & Nick, Molly & Bailey, and Rosa & Weston
Review of Sixty Acres and a Bride
Visit Regina’s website and blog
Buy at Amazon: At Love’s Bidding or Koorong