Regina Jennings is one of my fellow blogmates over on The Bloomin’ Plumes (http://bloominplumes.blogspot.com ) Please take a little time to read this adorable interview and comment (with your email address) to enter the drawing for a free book.
Regina is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and homeschools their four children.
Regina, tell our readers a little bit more about you.
I am a homeschooling mother of four – ages 16 to 6. I married my high school sweetheart while in college and have lived in the same Oklahoma town for all but 2 years of my life. Because of my husband’s job we travel a lot and enjoy seeing the country from our school on the road. We spend most of our vacation time serving on mission trips with our church’s mission team.
Your life sounds very busy and very exciting at the same time. Tell everyone why you write the type of books that you do.
I write the type of books that I like to read. My goal is that they would have a compelling conflict, a humorous voice, and that they would be blatantly romantic. I can’t imagine writing anything besides historical romance. There are so many eras and cultures out there that I’d hate to limit the stories to the here and now.
Being a historical romance author myself, I understand exactly where you’re coming from! What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
I could name all four of my obstacles and in fact I did name them when they were born. Our kids stay home for their schooling, so (like the Lord) they are always with me. Usually I have my laptop open during the school day and tap out a few rough paragraphs while supervising their work, but polished writing rarely results. After lessons are finished we load up for basketball or band practice where I hide in a corner and try to scratch out a few more paragraphs before we head home for dinner. Most of my usable work comes from my evening writing sessions when Pa Jennings takes charge of the troops. In many ways, my situation is no different than other writers who have fulltime jobs, with the benefit that I’ve already done my Mommy time during the day.
That sounds exactly like my writing during my homeschooling days.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
I’m busier than ever, I have a huge circle of friends and co-workers who share my love for books, and strangers know way too much about me.
I am finding the same to be true. In order to market your books, you have to open the doors of your life ever so slightly to let your readers in.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
“As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.”
This is one that I turn to often when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Many times I think I should be able to do more and that God is surprised when I fail, but this scripture offers the comfort that God is mindful of our situation. He knows our limitations and will give us great power to accomplish what He wants, but He also offers us rest.
I love your perspective! Awesome scripture to remember.
Tell everyone the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done.
Since I’m unclear on the exact statute of limitations on college pranks I’ll confess to taking a belly dancing class. It was great fun. Now they are offering classes in Spanish dance, but only on Wednesday night and I haven’t found the nerve to tell our Music Minister that I’m dropping choir to learn flamenco.
Haha! I’m laughing about the college pranks comment. Now I’m curious! I used to do belly dancing, too!
Now please tell us about your book.
Sixty Acres and a Bride is a historical romance set in Texas in 1878. It’s about a good man trying to recover from a personal tragedy and a beautiful, Mexican widow who finds herself in a desperate situation. While Weston’s family welcomes Rosa, he isn’t prepared for his reaction to her. Rosa needs a hero. To what lengths will she go to catch one?
Can you please give us the first page?
Caldwell County, Texas – August 14, 1878
At an hour when every other God-fearing woman of Caldwell County was either elbowing her snoring spouse or sleeping undisturbed in her spinster bed, Rosa was sneaking toward a barn that was not her own. She was a trespasser whose goal was to get caught – a terrified stalker whose prey held her future in his hands.
Holding her skirt up and away from the piles of manure, she crept closer with a pounding heart. Surely anyone inside could hear it.
What was she doing here? Returning to Mexico didn’t seem so bad compared to the shame of what she planned. True, if there was anyone who could help her, it was this man. And if there was anyone she’d like to visit with or work beside, it was he. But alas, he didn’t return her regard. He’d purposely avoided her for over a month now. Yet here she was in the middle of the night with instructions to go to his bed and ask for money.
Rosa’s hands shook as she pushed against the barn door. How had it come to this? How had a respectable widow found herself in such a humiliating situation?
This sounds very interesting. I am adding it to my books to read on Goodreads.
Here is a little bit more about the book.
She’s Finally Found a Place to Call Home… How Far Will She Go to Save It?
With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just three months to pay.
Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can’t help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future.
Where can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you. I wish you much success with your book and your homeschooling.
Okay readers, Regina will be giving away a free copy of her book. Please leave a comment with your email address to enter. We have to have at least ten comments to make a contest.