People often ask me which character is me in a book. I always say, “Them all.” In MORNINGS ON MAIN, I was a young woman driving through town looking for a place to stop for a few months. Looking for a piece of her life that was missing. She traveled light from town to town,… Read More
With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA's to her credit, along with National Readers' Choice Awards and Booksellers' Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and "checking up" on their grown sons and four grandchildren.
By Katharine Britton Inspiration in content Inspiration, the root of which is the word “spirit,” comes from the Latin “spiritus,” meaning “breath.” Early (c. 1300) definitions of “inspiration” meant the “immediate influence of God or a god” mainly in religious writing. Inspiration, when it comes to an author, can feel like divine intervention. But even… Read More
by Carolyn Haines People often ask writers where ideas for books come from. I think it’s different for each story—a tidbit for a newspaper or magazine, a chance conversation with a friend, happening upon a historical fact while looking for something else, or maybe a dream. Sometimes, as in the case of Rock-A-Bye Bones, one… Read More
By Margaret Daley From Judith Arnold about how The Inheritance collection originated: The idea for the series was born during the “Let Your Imagination Take Flight” conference in 2015. Patricia McLinn, Day Leclaire, Lisa Mondello, Kathryn Shay, and Judith Arnold were all at the conference, and we were tossing ideas around, searching for… Read More
by Jean Lafitte (with translation by DJ Jaco) Bonjour, mes amies. I was most pleased when asked to offer my considerable knowledge of the art of l’amour to modern women who might wish to please a man of the world such as myself. (DJ: He means pirates. Specifically, undead French pirates from the early 1800s…. Read More
by Lisa Renee Jones With every new series an author starts from scratch. A new world to mold, new characters to create and acquaint yourself with, and in my case an intricately twisted plot to plan out. Yet, with the daunting task of a new series comes the thrill of weaving in the new elements… Read More
One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is “Have any of your books ever been turned into movies?” At last, after twenty-three years and eighty novels, I get to answer that with a resounding yes! My romance HELLO IT’S ME premiered a few weeks ago as a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries television… Read More
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved few things more than a good road trip—short antiquing road trips, long climbing mountain road trips, epic winding coastal road trips . . . I loved them all. Then in my dating days, I realized that one of the best ways to find out if a… Read More
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the mechanical puzzle known as an “impossible bottle.” Think any glass bottle containing an object that does not appear to fit through the bottle’s mouth: a ship in a bottle is a classic example, but impossible bottles can also hold tennis balls, pennies, or pine… Read More
Writing is an obsession of mine. I have been writing all my life, although my focus has changed over time. For a while, I wrote a lot of advertising and public relations copy. Then, as a transactional lawyer, I wrote a lot of contracts. And through it all I’ve written fiction. These days, another of… Read More
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LET’S TALK ABOUT…ALL THE POSSIBILITIES
by Mary J. Williams Kind of a broad subject, I know. But don’t worry, I plan to narrow the field. All the possibilities. Have you ever noticed as we grow older our world begins to narrow? As children, we dream. Big dreams. Often impossible, but we don’t know the difference—or care. One of the first… Read More