I live in Colorado, but was born in northern Minnesota. My husband likes to say you can take the girl out of the woods but you can’t take the woods out of the girl. Though Colorado is my home, a piece of my heart will always belong to the lakes and forests of Minnesota.
I am the proud mom to Ben and Alex (and to 2 Pomeranian pups, Roxie and Roscoe), wife to Clint, step-grandma to Spencer, Morgan, Jayden, Cassidy, and Cody, and grandma to Zoey, Olivia, Emilia, and Annabelle. I am also a paralegal, restitution advocate for a District Attorney’s Office, dark chocolate fan, avid reader, writer, and lover of words. But above all, I am the daughter of a loving God who showers me daily with grace and mercy. I aspire to bring Him joy and carry His message to others by words and actions.
In January of 2013 I began a life-changing journey by adopting My One Word. Rather than a list of resolutions become goals become broken before the month is over, I choose one word that fits an area of my life in which I would like to grow. Chosen words thus far include Grace, Silence, Love, Risk, Forgive, Enough, Mindful, and Peace. To join the movement, visit the My One Word website.
My love of writing goes back to high school when I spent hours and hours in my room discovering the beauty of words and floating in a fishing boat on the lake writing poetry. I was invited to write a couple of articles for the city newspaper, and I fell in love with the movie Absence of Malice with Sally Field and Paul Newman. My life was consumed with writing.
Over the years, I completed an online Journalism/Short Story Writing class, wrote in a journal for each of my boys until they were twelve, and was a stringer for a local newspaper, writing mostly about community and school events.
Before I had my boys, and during the early years when I was a stay-at-home mom, I wrote a rough draft for two and a half novels which I thought I had lost over the years. Imagine my joy when I found them in a box on floppy discs and was able to convert them to a word document long after floppy discs disappeared. Hallelujah!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, 2012, created the first draft of another novel, The Inheritance, which was published in June 2013. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble. NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo produced several more published novels–they are Shear Madness, Shear Deception, Shear Malice, and Shear Murder, all in the Melanie Hogan Cozy Mystery Series, as well as Finding Abby and Abby’s Redemption in the Whispering Pines Mysteries.
I am a member of Sisters in Crime-CO, Sisters in Crime-National, Guppies (an online chapter of Sisters in Crime, Northern Colorado Writers, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
I would love to connect with you. You can find me at:
https://www.facebook.com/rjblackhurst/ (Here you can join my private group, Salon Talk.)