Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Little Introduction

Hi all! I am so excited to be blogging here at The Craftie Ladies blog for the first time! I love being able to join my sister authors here to connect with readers and each other.

Just a little bit about myself. I grew up near Chicago, but now I live with my family in rural northwestern PA. It sometimes seems weird how I went from a city girl to country girl. Instead of looking out my window and seeing more buildings, I look out and see cows. I love it.

I am a true believer in romance and Happy-Ever-Afters. I owe that to my late Aunt Norma. When I was in high school, I came home one day to find a box full of Harlequin Romances on my doorstep. I was hooked. Every few months, there would be a new box. I would dive into it the moment I arrived home from school. I didn't want any of the Happy -For -Now stories. Where was the satisfaction in those endings? Nope. The stories had to be Happy-Ever-Afters. Meld that with my desire to write, and the romance genre was a natural fit. Later, the Lord convicted me that He wanted my stories to be more than a career. It was a ministry.

In 2014, the dream that had been brewing for years became a reality when I sold to Love Inspired Suspense. My first book, Presumed Guilty, released in April, 2015. In April, I will be releasing my third LIS book, Plain Target. It's been an amazing journey.

I look forward to interacting with y'all here. Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a signed copy of my 2016 release, Interrupted Lullaby.  Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
Dana




21 comments:

  1. Welcome, Dana. This is a great group of ladies and you'll love it here.

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  2. Welcome Dana,
    So glad you're here. I love the box of books story. On of my best friend's sisters gave me a box of Harlequins when I was about sixteen. I hadn't know they existed. I still remember one was about a secretary taking a cruise and meeting the man of her dreams, who - of course - was a millionaire.

    Pamela

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  3. Welcome, Dana. It's great to see you here.

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  4. Welcome, Dana. We're so glad you've joined us!

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  5. Hi Dana, welcome to the Craftie Ladies! I loved hearing about Aunt Norma. Sounds like she was a sweetie!

    Are you a big suspense reader? Did you grow up with Nancy Drew? Do you plan to write sweet romance as well or will you stick with suspense (which is what I love to write and read)? I'm not sure I could write a story without the suspense. Hmmmm....maybe! :)

    Hugs!

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  6. Hi Dana! Fantastic to see you here on Craftie Ladies :-) I love learning more about my authors!! I, too, started out reading Harliquin novels. I believe my grandma used to read them and I wanted to be just like her. Don't remember how old I was when I picked up my first romance book. Then years later, I gave my heart to the Lord and no longer wanted that type of love story. So I began searching for Christian romance books. I'm not sure how I first discovered the Love Inspired line, probably found them at a yard sale or something. Once I read my first one, I was hooked!! Thus began my journey of reading romance the way God intended it to be :-) I've since discovered many, many authors in all sorts of genres; Historical, Suspense, Amish, Western, etc. My love of reading has expanded a million-fold since I picked up my first book as a kid!

    I have a copy of this book, so no need to include me in on the drawing. I will, however, share this post on Facebook so other readers can hop over here for their chance :-) By the way, I sure can't wait to get your latest LIS since I'm on your team!!!

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  7. Welcome to the group, Dana! We're thrilled to have you join us.

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  8. Hi Dana welcome to this site! Have heard so much about your book and am anxious to read it. I love to read Christian fiction....especially LI. Blessings on your future writing!

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  9. Thanks Mary! I am thrilled to be a part of this group.

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  10. Pamela.

    Isn't funny how we remember these things? My first HR was The Magic of the Boabab by Yvonne Whittal. I have read that book so many times. I still have it!

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  11. Thanks, Margaret! I'm really looking forward to being a part of this wonderful group.

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  12. Louise, me too! And I am also excited that we will be April shelf buddies:)

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  13. Debby, my friend! Hi! My aunt was a very kind and wonderful lady.

    I love writing suspense, so I don't ever plan to stop. But, I also love sweet inspy romance, so I would like to try that at some point, as well. As for what I read, well, I love any kind of inspy romance. Contemporary, historical, suspense. I also really enjoy some YA, science fiction and fantasy.

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  14. Trixi... I think we are kindred spirits, as Anne of Green Gables would say:)

    I am so happy that you are on my team. Can't wait to get Plain Target to you and see what you think of it!!

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  15. Thank you so much, Jackie! I am always humbled and blessed to meet new readers. Good luck on the drawing!

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  16. Hi Dana!!! So glad to see you here.

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  17. Hey, Dana. Welcome to Craftie Ladies!

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  18. The winner of a copy of Interrupted Lullaby is Jackie Smith. Jackie...email me your address at WriterDanaLynn@gmail.com. Thanks!

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