For those of you who don’t know me that well, I’m a wife of a retired AF Major. We are newly minted in the retiree area. Les just officially retired December 1st. Many people were surprised that we didn’t head back to Texas. Well, none of my friends were surprised, but some of our family were. We had two problems with heading back to our home state. Number one: Hawaii made us soft. Three years in that climate made the return to Texas horrible. Number two: my youngest and I seem allergic to the state.
But, I still feel that pull every now and then. Most of our family lives there and I’m still sentimental for a lot of things. Namely, it’s where I met my husband and we got married. And, that family thing too. But, when I was thinking I wanted to do a new contemporary series about a family, I decided to return to the state where my first release (Grace Under Pressure) was set.
There is an allure of Texas that many people cannot deny. It’s a contradiction in terms filled with cows, oil fields, beaches, bluebonnets, and modern technology. And, it is going to have my new family.
I have been thinking about doing a new family series and this one sprung to life. The first of the books will be coming out this fall. I am setting it on a ranch with tons of brothers, sisters, and cousins. Sort of my like my Santinis, but with a ranch and a bigger than life Texas family. I can’t say much more than that, but it has me thinking about my old stomping ground. I decided to set it in South Texas, near San Antonio. And I get to relive our time there and make a bunch of Tex-Mex to get into the mood for writing. It also means that health permitting, I plan on hitting Texas up once or twice in 2015, woot! Although I don’t think I could ever live there again, I have a ton of friends who still live in the area.
And, who am I to complain about spending time with a family of cowboys???