If you've found yourself here, reading this letter, I can only hope you've read one of my stories. If not, we have plenty of time. Writing is a solitary business, and for those like me who prefer a semi-reclusive life, the interactions we have with our family, close friends, and characters tend to be the most important and valued relationships in our lives. Which doesn't mean we don't enjoy getting to know new people.
I enjoy quiet, peaceful living in the mountains. My days often begin with an early-morning walk in nature with nothing but the silence and my pup for company. I sketch, enjoy puttering around the house and gardens, and of course there are few delights as great as sitting on the front porch or in a cozy chair with a good book.
(Pictures: Below is me—years ago—and my faithful pup, who has since passed, on her first walk. It was a long one and she decided halfway through that she would rather be carried. She plopped herself down in the middle of the dirt road and stared at me. On the right is the place I call home.)
If you follow this blog, you'll come to learn that I'm not fond of social media and I tend to spend my spare time enjoying nature. Except Pinterest. I adore Pinterest, but probably because it's more pictures and inspirations than social. I do have a few official pages if that's where you like to interact, though posting is more scheduled than spontaneous. I hope you don't hold it against me, but I really would rather write, garden, take photos, and explore mountain trails than spend any more time in front of a computer than necessary. And in truth, I'm really not any good at it.
I do enjoy blogging, and . . . confession time . . . it is likely because I have a difficult time being at the center of attention, or having focus on me while I'm aware of it. It is odd for an author who writes to share their books with the world to admit such a thing, but there it is. It is the reason I do not attend conferences. I am not shy—no, not even close—but I am far more at peace when observing rather than being observed, and this blog affords me an opportunity to share what I love with the world while remaining at peace.
(Pictures: Below left is Jewel Basin from a hike one June many years back. On the right is Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel, Scotland. I love both places dearly.)
One of my favorite things about blogging is the chance to meet so many amazing readers and authors around the world. Comments were closed on blog posts for a variety of reasons for many years (opened Nov 2019), but it never stopped people from sending sweet notes via email. Whether they write to me about a post or one of my books, I am thrilled whenever I get to interact one-on-one with readers.
I imagine that we'll spend most of our time getting to know each other within the pages of my books, for that is where much of my personality (as well as hopes, dreams, quirks, dislikes, loves, etc.) is unleashed.
You may have already surmised that I write books in historical genres, specifically western romance and romantic mystery and with a touch of something else for good measure. Expect to see Scottish romance and dual timeline added to the historical list at some point.
Under McKenna Grey I write romantic suspense, thrillers, and small-town, second-chance romance. You'll find those books at mckennagrey.com.
As far as introductions go, I know this isn't much, but I find the process of writing and sharing my work so much more enjoyable when we are strangers on the brink of meeting for the first time. You will come to know me better through the words I write.
We have plenty of time to spend together. There's no rush and so many wonderful books out there to read. I even share some of my favorites on this blog. I'm honored you've found your way to my little corner of the world, and I hope you enjoy your visit.
Be well, be kind, and stay bookish!
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