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Family of Her Dreams

Writer’s Life: Keli Gwyn

Welcome to another edition of Writer’s Life, my interview series with authors of inspirational or sweet romance novels. I’m so excited to have Keli Gwyn on the blog today! Keli and I connected online years ago, and she was the first person to ever interview me. Since then, we’ve met in person and kept in touch. I love Keli’s writing–her debut, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was one of my top picks when it released. Keli now writes for Love Inspired Historical, and Family of Her Dreams is out now! Keli is giving away a copy to one blessed commenter, instructions below!

Let’s get to it!

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

Those days when my characters are chatting away, the words are flowing freely and the story is coming together fill me with such joy that I feel like singing, even though my singing voice leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes I sing anyway. It’s a good thing my cats aren’t music critics, although I have caught the fellows flinging their paws over their ears when I’ve had a good writing day and burst out with some goofy ditty I’ve composed on the spot.


2. What is the biggest hurdle you’re facing right now as a writer?

I wage an ongoing battle with the Doubt Dragon. The pesky fellow loves to perch on my shoulder and whisper in my ear.

“What were you thinking? Surely you can do better than this?”


“Look at this dreck. And you call yourself a writer?”


“Egads! This is the best you can do? Why don’t you just call it quits?”

I really need to invest in a muzzle and slap it on the noisy naysayer.

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

I walk. Strolling past the stately Victorian houses in my historic town of Placerville, California can transport me back in time and get the ideas flowing. If I’m working out a gnarly plot issue, my husband and I will often hit our wonderful hiking trail and brainstorm solutions.

Gwynly confessed recently that he likes to get me talking about my stories when we’re walking because I unconsciously up my pace when he taps into my passion for writing. Since he’s a foot taller than I am and has a much longer stride, he likes it when I cover ground more quickly. I’m glad he let me in on his secret. Now I can walk and talk writing guilt free.


4. What are you working on now?

I’m preparing the first draft of another historical romance set right here in Placerville. The story takes place in 1872. My main characters are reunited after many years apart. Each has endured loss due to the War Between the State. They both harbor secrets that prevent them from pursuing anything more than friendship, forcing them to fight their growing feelings for one another.

Thank you for hosting me, Jill. I enjoyed answering your fun questions. I’d like to end by asking your blog’s readers a question.

Do you enjoy singing, or are you hesitant to sing in front of others?



Keli, I fight the doubt dragon A LOT! I think it’s awesome you sing when you write! I’m not a singer. Well, I do sing in the car, but it’s not pretty. I would love to stroll past the Victorian homes you mentioned. How delightful! The architecture of yesteryear was gorgeous. Thanks so much for being my guest!


Family of Her Dreams

A Family to Cherish ~

Headstrong Tess Grimsby loves her new job caring for the children of a recently widowed man. But she never imagined that she’d fall for her handsome employer. Yet Spencer Abbott is as caring as he is attractive, and Tess can’t help but feel for him and his family. Though, for the sake of her job, she’ll keep any emotions about her boss to herself.

Between his stationmaster responsibilities in a gold-rush town and trying to put his family back together, Spencer has his hands full. He soon finds his new hire’s kind personality warming his frosty exterior. But could he ever admit to seeing her as more than just an employee?

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Visit Keli’s Victorian-style cyber home (, where you can find purchase links for Family of Her Dreams on many of the major booksellers’ sites.



Keli Gwyn

Keli Gwyn ~

Award-winning author Keli Gwyn, a native Californian, transports readers to the early days of the Golden State. She and her husband live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums and other Gold Rush-era towns. Keli loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at, where you’ll find her contact information.


Keli Gwyn Giveaway!

Keli is giving away a copy to one commenter! If you’d like to be entered, simply leave your email address in the comments below. The giveaway is open until midnight, June 13, 2015 and is open to U.S. residents eighteen years and older. I will select a random winner and contact the winner via email.


Back to Keli’s question:

Do you enjoy singing, or are you hesitant to sing in front of others?

Have a terrific day!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Thanks for inviting me back to your lovely cyber home, Jill. I look forward to spending time with your blog’s readers.

    I’m glad to know I’m not alone when it comes to dueling with the Doubt Dragon. I really wish I could find a way to banish that pesky, persistent fellow from my writing world once and for all.

  2. Oh, I love singing! Mainly I sing in the shower or in my car – I wouldn’t attempt it anywhere else that someone might hear me. I’ve often wished I had the ability to carry a tune because if I did I would love to join my church’s choir. But for now the car and shower will have to do. Congratulations on your newest release, Keli!

    1. Christina, I sing in the car, too. I can get pretty animated when I’m at a signal waiting for it to turn green. I wonder what the other drivers think when they see me drumming on my dashboard and grooving to the tunes.

    1. Melanie, singing can be such fun, even for those of us too shy to sing in front of others, can’t it? Are you a shower singer or a behind-the-wheel singer, perhaps? I sing while driving and even add some percussion when I’m stuck at a traffic light. =)

  3. I’ve always wanted to be able to sing, but alas, that is not my gift. LOL I do enjoy singing when I am alone with God in the car. Our praise is music to Him, no matter how we sound.

  4. Well, here’s the thing: I love to sing, but I don’t have a “singing voice” – I took after my dad in that department. I either sing when there’s nobody around or sing when there’s a choir and/or organ to cover up my singing. Either way, I know God doesn’t how well I sing in tune, but how well I sing with passion!

    I love historical fiction and I’m interested in reading books in this series – I haven’t read any yet! I would love to win a copy of your book!

    1. Megan, I’m with you. I think the Lord looks at our hearts. If we sing with passion and out of gratitude to Him for all He’s done for us, what we sound like ceases to matter.

    1. Jill, it looks like you’re in good company. There are a number of us car singers here. I have a hunch that if we all piled in a vehicle and sang together, we’d sound better than we think.

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