Today, I am hosting Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter. She is a stay-at-home mom and pastor’s wife. Her debut novel, White Roses won the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category. The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards named Vannatter 3rd Favorite New Author, and White Roses #1 and White Doves #8 in the contemporary category. The Arkansas Democrat Three Rivers Edition voted Vannatter one of 20 to Watch in 2011.
Shannon is offering a giveaway of her new book so make sure to leave a comment with your email address. Let Shannon know how much you enjoyed her stop by my blog.
I grew up in a burb of Atlanta,GA and moved back to where my parents grew up, rural Arkansas when I was twelve. I was a city girl, so the country was a culture shock and I thought my life was over until I met this guy when I fifteen. He’s my husband now. You couldn’t pay me to live anywhere else now.
I grew up mostly in church, but didn’t understand that there was more to it than being a good person until I was fifteen. That was a pivotal year.
We were married for 16 1/2 years before our son was born. A drastic, but good change. We like to think we’re the wisest parents of a ten year old in our school. All the other parents are in their twenties and look twelve.
You must have been a babe yourself when you married! Tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers.
I’m terrified of spiders. I’m terrified of fish hooks. My favorite dessert is pie—just about any kind.
I’m terrified of spiders too! And snakes. And…that’s pretty much it. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
I didn’t read a whole lot as a child, but when I did read, it was Little House on the Prairie books. I discovered the joy of reading when I was twelve. My mom started getting me clean romances from the library. I’ve loved reading clean romance ever since and discovered inspirational romances when I started writing them.
I am so thankful for clean romances! I spent too many years reading garbage before they came along. As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
I had a story in my head from the time I was fifteen, but didn’t realize it was a book until I was in my thirties.
When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?
About three years after I figured out the story in my head was a book, I got a computer and started writing it. It’s still in a file and very badly written, but I still love the story. Maybe someday soon, I’ll go back and clean it up.
I have heard this same thing many times — the story that never made it that made you the writer you are. How long did you write before you sold your first book?
9 1/2 years.
How many books do you have published?
5 and 1 more to be released in August.
Tell us about your latest book, please.
Rodeo Hero is kind of different. The hero is a rodeo clown/youth director/virgin. The heroine is a new Christian with a promiscuous past. She makes fun of him being a clown until she sees him save a cowboy.
Kendra Maddox isn’t thrilled when Stetson Wright steps in to help fend off her overanxious date at a wedding. A new Christian, she’s struggling with a promiscuous past, and Stetson’s firm belief that true love waits only makes his gallant attempt to defend her honor even more unwanted. Then her friends continually push her and Stetson together. . .but can’t they see she’ll never be good enough for him?
Stetson doesn’t need any distractions. And Kendra Maddox is definitely a distraction. From his job as the new youth director at church to moonlighting as a rodeo clown, Stetson has other things to think about. Finding the perfect wife will have to wait.
When Stetson saves a prominent bull rider, he makes headline news, and Kendra’s ad agency is hired to promote the rodeo hero. Attraction simmers, but will they be able to accept each other for who God sees?
Thank you so much, Shannon, for joining us today!
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More about Shannon’s books: The first book in her Texas rodeo series, Rodeo Dust, is available in paperback and e-book at http://www.barbourbooks.com . Rodeo Hero and Rodeo Ashes release in April and August 2012. Her books are available at www.barbourbooks.com, www.readerservice.com , www.amazon.com , and www.christianbook.com. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/ .
Connect with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter and Twitter: @stvauthor