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I had the pleasure of meeting my friend Katie in person two years ago, after following her popular blog for a while. I soon realized that she’s just as nice in real life as she is on the ‘net! We’re now agency mates, conference hooligans and we also received our first contracts around the same time, so we’re enjoying the journey together. Katie’s first novel, Wildflowers from Winter,  is scheduled for release in May 2012 through Waterbrook. You can be sure I’ll have her back once the book is out!

But for now, I’m going to let her tell you a little about herself and her book:

Who Are You?

I’m a slightly-frazzled, ever-inquisitive Midwest author who loves Jesus, my family, writing, and romance! When I’m not busy plotting ways to make my hero and heroine fall in love, I like being silly with my husband, playing make believe with my wild-child of a son, and chatting with girlfriends over coffee and bagels (even though I don’t like coffee).
Where Are You Now?
Right now, I’m sitting in my computer chair…..oh wait. You don’t mean physically, do you? I am four and a half months away from the release of my debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter. It’s coming out May 8, 2012, with Waterbrook Press. So I’m in marketing mode and freak out mode. I’m also in I’d-love-to-finish-this-current-rough-draft-sometime-before-I’m-fifty mode.
Where Are You Going?
Well, I’m on my way to published author. Meaning, my book will be out. On shelves. For all the world to see. (Insert hyperventilation here). My second novel, Wishing on Willows, will release with Waterbrook Press in the spring of 2013.
About Wildflowers From WInter:

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa.

Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?

It sounds like a great book, with an awesome cover, and I can’t wait to get my copy!!
If you’d like to connect with Katie, here are some ways to do that:
Her really cool WEBSITE
Twitter – @KatieGanshert
Thanks for stopping by, Katie!