Thank you for stopping by my home on the Web. If you’re a reader and a lover of books, you’ve found a comrade. I, too, love books and reading.
Growing up where television reception and even phone service were at a premium, I became a reader at an early age. No library existed for miles, but we always seemed to have books and magazines around. And I read everything. No one restricted me. I cut my fiction reading teeth on authors like Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis and Willa Cather. When I was a little kid, I was so hungry for the written word, I even once read a veterinary medicine book from cover to cover. It made an impression on me because I still remember reading about goiters in sheep.
I used to read stories and books and think, “I can do that.” So for as long as I can remember, I had a far-flung notion that someday I would write. Then life happened.
Some fifteen years ago, I realized time is fleeting and my lifelong urge to write fiction became a drive. Many classes and workshops, reams of paper and several computers later, I succeeded in selling one of my efforts to a New York publisher. It happened overnight after six years of unrelenting effort. That book was “The Love of a Cowboy,” penned under the pseudonym Anna Jeffrey. It’s now on the market as a self-published e-book.
My stories have the flavor of the contemporary American West. Naturally, they would because that’s the life I know best. The characters are ordinary people like me. And you. People who, as a matter of course in their daily lives, exhibit Hemingway’s definition of courage—“grace under pressure.” Sometimes they’ll perform heroically, sometimes they’ll show you their flaws, but I hope you always find them interesting.
In the years I’ve spent writing, I’ve never grown tired of it. It’s one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done. I write every day—early mornings, in the middle of the afternoon and in the middle of the night. While I used to lose myself in some other author’s imaginary world, now I lose myself in my own. Even when I’m not putting words to paper, I’m often wandering through a story character’s head. So if you see me and speak to me and I don’t respond, don’t be hurt. I’m not ignoring you; I’m simply in another world.
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