Welcome to Writer Wednesday! So glad you’re joining us for the chance to get to know a romance author better.
This week we have Jill Haymaker, who writes romance that helps you “find the warmth of love in the cold of winter.” Or, as she also says, “Haymaker to the heart – Romance that knocks you off your feet!”
It may be the beginning of spring here in the northern hemisphere, but we’re always happy to let a good romance warm us up! So grab your beverage of choice and enjoy this quick interview with Ms. Haymaker.
What inspires you to write?
Making people smile and enjoy their day motivates all the actions in my life. I write romance because of the happily ever after. I believe in hope, and want to show a glimmer of hope to others. If I can make a difference in someone’s life, that’s truly inspiring.
Which type of romance do you love most and why?
I love to read and write what we are now calling seasoned romance (stories with heroes and heroines 40 years or older). I love these romances because they give us hope that it is never too late to find love. Older characters also are more interesting than their younger counterparts. They carry a lot of baggage and all have pasts to overcome. They are never one-dimensional.
Name one interesting thing you learned researching your last book:
The heroine in Colorado Wrangler becomes a foster mom to provide a home for an adorable eight year old girl. I had to do a ton of research into the foster care system. I didn’t know just how many children never get out of the foster system and the depressing statistics on their lack of success later in life. I learned how much we need many more good foster homes.
A Bit About California Wrangler:
Melanie Gentry came to Peakview, Colorado to find a father she never knew. Now she’s established a home for herself and her teenage daughter.
Hank Dalton left his past behind and settled into his life as the head wrangler at Peaktop Guest Ranch. He’s a loner and he likes it that way. That is until he runs into Melanie, who makes him want to reconsider that decision. There’s just something about her.
When Melanie adds a foster child and a rescue dog to her family, Hank decides he’s not what Melanie needs. Both must let go of their past mistakes before these two can find a way to blend their lives and create a real family.
Come home to Peakview, where everyone has a chance at love.
A Bit About Jill:
Jill Haymaker was born and raised in Indiana and Ohio. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1975. Ms. Haymaker has made her home in Fort Collins ever since except for three years in the 1990’s when she left to attend law school at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has practiced family law in Fort Collins for the past 20 years. She has three grown children, a son and two daughters. She also has three granddaughters.
Jill has always had a passion for writing. Colorado Sunset was her first full length romance novel in her Peakview, Colorado series. The second through fourth books in the series, Breakfast for Two, Colorado Cabin in the Pines and Colorado Wrangler are also available at Amazon.com. Colorado Cowboy Christmas is her first Christmas Novella. She also has had several short stories published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, the most recent in the book Random Acts of Kindness.
When not practicing law or writing, Jill enjoys the Colorado mountains, horseback riding, gardening, long walks with her Shetland Sheepdog, Laddie, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys their numerous sporting events. She is also an avid football fan and can be found on autumn weekends cheering on the Broncos, the CSU Rams, and the Huskers. She has a passion for working with high school youth- she is a youth group leader at her church, coaches a high school mock trial team and is a volunteer at cross country and track meets.
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Thanks for spending your Wednesday with us, Jill! It was a pleasure to have you.