I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ten Things with Author Jennifer Uhlarik...and a Giveaway!

Today, we welcome Jennifer! Her debut release Sioux Summer is included in Barbour's The Oregon Trail Romance Collection...available now!
Jennifer Uhlarik
Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a pre-teen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a B.A. in writing, she has won five writing competitions and finaled in two other competitions. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenaged son, and four fur children.

Susie, thank you so much for having me today! I’m so excited to get to share a little about myself. When you mentioned doing “ten things about me,” it sounded so easy, but when you really get down to it, it’s not near as easy as it sounds. I hope your readers will find my ten things interesting or entertaining.

1.      I’m a wife going on 8 years of marriage. I’m also a mom/step-mom, and grandma. My step-son is 28, my son is 17, and my grandson is 5.

2.      I love animals and currently have two dogs and two cats—all rescues. I’d have LOTS more if my husband would agree, but he shows great wisdom, a level head, and immense restraint in not giving in to my animal whims. ;)

3.      I’ve lived all my life in the suburbs of several Midwestern or East coast states, yet my favorite genre to write is westerns and western romance.

4.      The whole reason I started writing was because a school friend told me that she was writing a novel. As a very competitive child, I saw her pronouncement as a challenge. I told myself, “If she can write, I can write better.” I was 12 years old and in the 7th grade…and I haven’t stopped writing since.

5.      When I’m not focused on my writing, I enjoy various crafts. My latest favorite is paper quilling (twirling thin strips of colored paper into coils and other shapes). You can check out all kinds of fun samples on my Pinterest boards (https://www.pinterest.com/jenuhlarik/). No, the samples on Pinterest aren’t *my* work—just work I admire.

6.      I’m the youngest of three children and the only girl.

7.      In my adult life, I have worked temp work, was a marketing director in a financial planning office, a business owner of a screenprinting and embroidery shop, an office manager, and a school teacher. I’m now a stay-at-home mom.

8.      I prefer action movies to chick flicks most of the time.

9.      I’m a firm believer in taking naps.

10.  I’m not much of a sports fan, but my husband got me into watching Major League Baseball in 2008, and I love it. (Go Rays!)

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Jen! We have a lot in common, including an appreciation for a well-timed nap.

Jennifer has graciously offered a copy of her debut release, The Oregon Trail Romance Collection, to one lucky, randomly-chosen winner! To enter, leave a comment by 11:50 PM EST on Thursday, April 16. I'll announce the winner here!

Available on Amazon!

Be sure to leave a comment to enter the giveaway, and say hi to Jen!


Karen Lange said...

Susie, thanks so much for the intro to Jennifer! It's wonderful to learn more about her. It seems we have a few things in common besides writing. I too, am a firm believer in naps. :)

The book looks wonderful. Thanks so much for offering the giveaway.

Have a wonderful week,

Jennifer Uhlarik said...

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lange! Naps are the best. ;)

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Karen! I'm glad you can get to know a bit about Jen. Doesn't the book look fun? I love Oregon Trail stories, and this collection is a keeper.

You're entered into the drawing! Thanks for coming by!

Anita Mae Draper said...

I also love Louis L'Amour's books but was only introduced to them when I raided my new husband's book shelf. Before that I was a die hard Zane Grey fan who wouldn't be swayed. Once I cracked old Louis' spine however, I was hooked!


Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Anita Mae! I guess I need to start reading Louis L'Amour!

You're entered into the drawing. So glad you could come by!

Jennifer Uhlarik said...

Hello, Anita Mae. Thanks for stopping by. It is so strange to me, but I have never been able to get into Zane Gray's writings. I can't explain why. Goodness knows I tried--would borrow several books each week from my piano teacher's husband when I was in high school. Never found one to snag my interest, unfortunately.


Jen Colson said...

Nice to "meet" you and learn a bit about you, Jennifer.

I'm looking forward to reading this book. Although I too have been a Midwest girl most of my life, I absolutely love the Oregon Trail!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Jen! So glad you could come by. I love Oregon Trail history and stories, too! I have quite a few on my keeper shelf!

You're entered into the drawing! Blessings.

Jennifer Uhlarik said...

Nice to "meet" you also, Jen. Thank you for coming by! I know I speak for all the authors in this collection when I say that we hope you'll enjoy the stories. The Oregon Trail stories are wonderful!

My heart is here said...

Sounds like a lovely book! Would be nice to read it! :)

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi My Heart Is Here! The book is lovely indeed. You're entered into the drawing!

Susanne Dietze said...

Jenny E had problems with the comment feature and contacted me. She's entered--and thanks for coming by, Jenny!