We're happy to shine our OCFW member spotlight on Regina Jennings today.
Regina is a homeschooling mother of four from Oklahoma. She enjoys watching musicals with her kids, traveling with her husband and reading by herself. Regina graduated from 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.
--- An Interview with Regina ---
What do you write and why?
I write the type of book I like to read, so I can’t imagine writing anything besides historical romance. There are so many eras and cultures out there that I can’t limit the stories to the here and now. And my goal for historical romances is that they would have a compelling conflict, a humorous voice, historical accuracy and that they would be blatantly romantic.
What books do you have out?
The latest is Love in the Balance, which released in March of this year. Sixty Acres and a Bride released in 2012.
What are you currently working on?
My third novel Caught in the Middle releases next spring, so it’s in the final stages of editing right now. I’m also looking over the galleys of a novella for the collection A Match Made in Texas which comes out this December.
As far as new projects, I’m wrapping up revisions on the first novel of a new series. The working title is War Torn Hearts and it’s set in the Missouri Ozarks at the end of the Civil War. It has an October deadline so it’s headed to critique partners soon.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m somewhere in between, possibly a pantser in denial. I like to have the major turning points plotted out before I get very far into the story (my editor appreciates that, too), but as I start writing I revise—sometimes turning the plot in a totally new direction. I reckon my final answer is that I always have a map showing me where I’m going, but I might switch maps mid-journey.
How long have you been a member of OCFW?
I joined OCFW in 2010 after finding the group online.
What has been the most helpful advice you've received as a writer?
The best advice I received was to join a writers’ group. Joining OKC Christian Fiction Writers changed my life. The meetings taught me so much, but even more importantly I met veterans who were willing to share their experience with a newbie. Through OCFW and the national group American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), I’ve found critique partners, fellowship and support for the original challenges that authors face.
What five things about you might surprise people?
I know how to belly dance.
I once rode a donkey through church.
I’ve literally driven from coast to coast.
Occasionally I help my dad work at the OKC National Stockyards. My task is to weigh pigs.
I’ve spent time in an Indian orphanage and a Mexican prison.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Regina. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Don't miss her novels Love in the Balance and Sixty Acres and a Bride.
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Molly Lovelace dreams of being a society leader in 1879 Lockhart, Texas, but being smitten with handsome wrangler Bailey Garner doesn’t seem the quickest route. If only he would settle down so he could support a family.
Bailey imagines doing great things for God, but his greatest obstacle is Molly. As long as he thought they’d be married, he excused their stolen kisses, but when she keeps refusing, he vows to earn her love. In town, he tries his hand at several different trades, but everywhere he turns he runs into the mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont. No surprise that Molly’s always making calf eyes at the wealthy adventurer.
As pressure from Molly’s parents grows she is forced into a hasty decision. Had she weighed all her options and will she find love in the balance?
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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.