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Guest Spot on Kathy Wheeler’s Blog

Kathy Wheeler is featuring me on her blog today. Kathy and I met in 2009 at the West Texas A&M Writer’s Academy. NY Times bestselling author, Jodi Thomas, taught the week-long seminar.  The graduates of that first academy are known as the Jodi Pioneers. We’re still close friends and support one another. Kathy has published several romances in the past couple of years. I’m honored to be part of her blog:





Praise for Redneck EX

“I found REDNECK EX by Claire Croxton a delightful read, full of humor, tenderness and passion. A HOT story in a cold climate.”
~Jodi Thomas, NY Times Bestselling author,
4 time RITA award winner, and member of the Romance Writer Hall of Fame

“A hilarious, but poignant story of love lost and found under unusual circumstances. With a slightly twisted sense of humor, Croxton is a writer whose work is bound to create its own niche in contemporary romance.”
~Velda Brotherton, author of Stone Heart’s Woman
“Claire Croxton is the queen of redneck romance. REDNECK EX is gonna grab you like a bulldog with a prize bone. You’ll laugh, cry and fall in love with the down-to-earth, big-hearted Summer Leigh.”
~Pamela Foster, author
“REDNECK EX is witty and charming all at the same time. The hero and heroine are as different as Alaska and Arkansas but somehow they go together. Between the snappy dialogue and the quirky characters there’s a surprise around every page. Readers will find it hard to put this unique story down.”
~Roni Adams, author of The Cowboy Duet

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Jodi Thomas, My Heroine

I’m not a fan of historical romance and I’m not a huge fan of Texas. (Although, my dear, sweet hubby happens to be from there so it does have some good qualities.) I attended an intensive writers workshop in Canyon, Texas in 2009 and took Jodi Thomas’s advanced class.

Every afternoon, there was an hour workshop on how to sell your work. The example that was used over and over again was from Jodi’s Wife Lottery Series, The Texan’s Wager. My interest was piqued and the first thing I did when I got home was order it from Amazon. I was dubious. One night, I thought, I’ll read a few chapters before I go to sleep. At 3 AM, I had to force myself to put the book down. I WAS HOOKED. The woman can tell a story.

Not only is Jodi Thomas a great spinner of yarns, she’s an inspiration. I’ve heard her speak at several conferences and her message to writers is “Never Give Up.” Her words and her personal writer’s journey have keep me writing during those dark times when I’ve convinced myself that I’m a hack and that I have no business sitting in front of a computer.

Check out her story:

Thank you, Jodi Thomas!