childThis portrait is Julia Anne Welter taken at three years of age. Look at those curls! Ain’t I cute? Yep, I did use the word ain’t. My brother is laughing his butt off from all those times I corrected him.

I come from a background of vital women, including a beloved grandmother, the last of the true Southern ladies. Even though I spent 25 years in the Midwest, which I loved, I also managed to stay in touch with my Southern roots through my best friend Wanda, who happens to be the daughter of my mother’s best friend and the sister of my brother’s best friend. Friend and family relationships can be convoluted in the South.

I won’t bore you with my trip into higher education. Let’s just say, I jumped majors often and I’m a true late bloomer. With a BA in English, I have chemistry as an elective. Not many people can say that.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, I now live in Leoma, Tennessee, and if you’ve never heard of it, that’s okay, too. Just know I’m 60 miles due west of the Jack Daniels Distillery. And if you’ve never heard of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, what barrel are you living under?

I enjoy writing serious women’s fiction. Yep, there’s a dark side to my soul! I enjoy putting my characters in sticky situations and finding out how they’re going to get out. Although I’m serious about certain issues, I like to lighten it by using humor to help them learn to cope. I hope my characters bring a smile to your face. And if y’all feel better about taking on whatever is holding you back, more power to you!

I’m a member of WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association). I was once active in several organizations, but I need some time for writing, so I whittled it down.