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I’m so pleased to have author extraordinaire, and my friend, Renee Blare, visiting on my blog again today. Like me, I hope y’all want to know a little more about Renee. Where she came from and where she’s going. Her schedule makes my head swim. Don’t know when she finds the time to write, but write she does! Maybe it’s all that clear, clean mountain air.

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Renee, tell us a little about your early years. Where did you grow up? And about your family?

Believe it or not, I grew up in TWO places. I was born in the south and lived in New Iberia, Louisiana. That’s where I learned to appreciate good Cajun food and music. I also developed a fear of night thunderstorms which I still struggle with today. I have a couple of hurricanes and tropical storms to thank for that!

When I was eight years old, my dad was transferred with his company, and my family moved to Casper, Wyoming. Wow! What a culture shock! I discovered what life in the cold, wild west was like…really quick. I also found out that Wyoming was home. I lost my Cajun accent, learned how to stream fish, and hunt. (I’m not into winter sports, but I do love my white Christmas!)

When did you know you wanted to write and why?

I’ve written poetry and short stories since junior high school, but I realized I could write a novel about six years ago. My husband challenged me to do it when I bought a “Christian” novel on Amazon. I don’t know if it was mislabeled or what, but it was awful. It was the type of book I was trying to avoid! I tossed it in the cybernetic trash bin. After listening to me rant for an hour, he told me to write my own and cranked the television up to drown me out. So…I did and God took the reins. I realized soon after that He called me to put the pen to the page and He has been challenging me with story after story ever since. What an amazing privilege!

What about your family now? Husband? Where did y’all meet?

I’m blessed to be married to a wonderful man who loves the Lord. I married James twenty-seven years ago in Casper. We met in a Christian single’s group and went to the same church. Our son lives in Wyoming as well but not in the same town as we do.

Do y’all have any children? If so, which, what kind, and how many?

We only have one son but I call him our “Miracle.” In fact, Racing Hearts is based on my pregnancy with Sean. He’s the only child I could have due to the problems I had carrying and delivering him. That period of time in my life shaped and changed me in more ways than a child in the womb.

What motivates you to write?

As I said before, I believe writing to be a mission, not merely a story. The Lord has called me to write His words not mine. I don’t write what I want, but what He does. I also don’t know what will happen in my books. I don’t plot. I have a “loose” idea of the timelines of my stories, but God directs the story and spiritual battles through His word. It’s not merely a lesson for the reader but for me as well. The conflicts and roller coaster emotions aren’t imagined. They are real, and He teaches me the very thing my characters are learning. It’s quite amazing!

Are you a part of any writing groups, and if so, how does that help your writing?

Other than my online critique group, Rough Diamond Writers, I don’t have any local writing groups and I really miss them. It hurts so much not to have any input or fellowship. I am a member of ACFW and that helps though. I’m very busy and I wish that I had more time to even write!

How do you juggle all the hats you wear…author, wife, mom, employee?

It’s hard. I’m a pharmacy manager as well as a wife, mom, and daughter. My husband is disabled. He helps a lot…as much as he can…with the cooking and the house, but he has his good days and bad days. I love him so much and watching him suffer is hard. My parents have recently moved but they are always on my mind and heart. My son…well, you know! As for my job, I’m a manager. That’s like having two jobs. Add my writing and make it three. I write when I can, every chance I get. The marketing part takes a hit. It’s called time management and understanding friends and family.

What piece of advice would you give beginning writers?

Keep going. No matter what people say or do. Keep going.

Do you have a life verse that carries you through the good times and bad?

My life verse:  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).

And I’d like to share my testimony with all of you. It’s in story form that I call “The Trek to Truth.”

“Christianity’s more than a word for Renee. It defines her life. After all, Jesus Christ’s not only her Lord and Savior, He’s her confidante…her best Friend.

She doesn’t remember her first day in church. However, those early memories of the large Southern Baptist chapel include her mother dancing before her as the director of children’s choir (yes, dancing…gasp!) and her father caressing the keys on the piano. And Sunday School.

One day in particular stands out in her mind. The teacher asked a question after the lesson and several of her friends raised their hand. Those light blue eyes swiveled to Renee and she lifted hers. Why? Oh, yeah…it was time to get wet.

 Several years passed. Heartache, pain, depression…good times, too. The family relocated to Wyoming. A fresh place, a different school, another church, and new friends. Although poles apart in culture from Acadiana, the high plains and mountains of the most sparsely populated state in the Union became home for a young lady.

But something was missing. She walked the meadows and valleys…gazed at the starlit skies. And even marched the aisle to be dunked in the baptistery one more time. Nothing filled the hole in her soul.

One night, surrounded by her Christian single friends, she waited while they prayed. One would pray for direction. Another asked for strength. Before the circle reached her, the last person lifted a petition that changed her life forever. He asked for help, not in pretty, preachy words but as a guttural, needy, tearful plea.

She realized in that moment the Person he was talking to was REAL. And she’d never met Him. Renee dropped to her knees and asked Jesus into her heart that very night. A few months later, she was baptized. Yes, for the THIRD time!

The Christian walk’s not always straight forward. Sometimes, the trek’s convoluted and the path’s very narrow. The trail winds here and there and if you aren’t careful, you miss it entirely.”

Can you share a little about the newly released book and the one that will be released in December?

RACING HEARTS: (New Release)

Racing Hearts is a Love Trusts novella. It’s Book 12 in Prism Book Group’s “Love Is” Series. It’s based on my pregnancy and early marriage.

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Full of hope for the future, a young couple sets off on an adventure and welcome their new home with open arms. The lakes sparkle, the mountains glisten, and deep within, the seed of life grows. But challenges arise in their newfound paradise and soon, their love faces a trial of almost insurmountable odds.

For the two Christians, placing the fate of their unborn child in the hands of God seems rather easy, but trusting each other? Now, that may prove to be the largest challenge of all…as hearts race in the Rocky Mountains.

Racing Hearts: https://www.amazon.com/Racing-Hearts-Renee-Blare-ebook/dp/B01LWSKOZR/

 

CRAZY WOMAN CHRISTMAS (RELEASES NOVEMBER 18):

Crazy Woman Christmas is a Cowboy Christmas Novella by Prism Book Group. It’s also set in Wyoming, but this time, instead of the Tetons, we find ourselves in the Big Horn Mountains!

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A prodigal daughter meets a grieving son…

During her move, back home, Bianca Kolceski takes a wrong turn in rural Wyoming and buries her car in a snowbank. Snow piles high outside until Devon Dawson knocks on her window. The quiet cowboy whisks her to his ranch to ride out the Christmas blizzard where Bianca discovers life is cold but also beautiful in the “Cowboy” state.

Christmas is the last thing on Devon’s mind, especially when a storm’s in the forecast, and “Joy to the World,” like his dreams, are ancient history. His world is the ranch, his parent’s legacy, and he labors day and night for it. But when he finds a lost Texan stranded on the side of the road, forgotten desires surface.

And Christ is born. It’s time to celebrate.

Crazy Woman Christmas: https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Woman-Christmas-Renee-Blare-ebook/dp/B01MDQSZF8/

I’m delighted to have visited with you today, Renee. With the Holidays approaching let me be the first to wish you Happy Thanksgiving and then a wonderful and very Merry Christmas! And great book sales! And y’all these would make great Christmas gifts! I’m sure Renee would appreciate a review from each of you. You know, that’s the best way to say thank you to your favorite authors.

Listed below are the Amazon links to find and purchase Renee’s books. I’ve read both of her Snowy Range Chronicles, Book 1 and 2, and highly recommend them. And I’m in the process of reading the others as well.

 

Through Raging Waters, Snowy Range Chronicles, Book 2: https://www.amazon.com/Through-Raging-Waters-Renee-Blare-ebook/dp/B01HBSB9BM/

To Soar on Eagle’s Wings, Snowy Range Chronicles, Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/Soar-Eagles-Wings-Renee-Blare-ebook/dp/B00Z9U3ESG/

Beast of Stratton: https://www.amazon.com/Beast-Stratton-Renee-Blare/dp/1508606021/

 

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