Today on my blog, I’m going to talk with Kathleen, the heroine of What a Texas Girl Wants.
1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
2. What made you want your story to be told?
I tried for a while to stop my author telling my story – I mean, who really wants to be outed as the girl who goes on a booze-fest, marries and perfect stranger and then cons him into staying married? But then I realized a lot of us girls get stuck – whether it’s with a job or our families or our friends – and that part of my story was about getting un-stuck. That’s when I decided to let my author in on everything.
3. What lead you to make the changes you did in your life?
I’d been stuck for a lot of years, trying to hold everything together. I actually wasn’t trying to make a change in my life – I was just trying not to ruin all the careful plans I’d made. Once Jackson came along, though, I realized I wanted more than to be the Perfect Daughter. That is when the change really started to happen.
4. In your life, what has empowered you?
My family. Although I get annoyed with them from time and time – my grandfather can be really overbearing! – they love me unconditionally, they believe in me and that gives me the strength to go after what I want. Including Jackson Taylor!
5. What are strengths and weaknesses?
I think weakness is the ability to grow, it’s another challenge – figuring out how to get better. And our strengths are the things that tell us we can keep going, even when things are really dark.
6. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.
It means I’m willing to work hard for everything I have. Before Jackson, I thought I had to be focused on just one area of my life – my horse training - but I’m starting to realize that I can have multiple areas of focus. Loving Jackson doesn’t mean I have to give up my personal dreams and goals.
7. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?
That they can have it all, if they’re willing to work hard to achieve it. Whatever ‘it’ is for them.
8. Favorite quote or Bible verse.
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. – Helen Keller.
9. If your story had a theme song, what would it be?
Perfect by Sara Evans. Because no one saw Jackson and I as perfect for one another, but we actually are.
10. Will you be continuing your journey in written form?
My story is over – well, it’s beginning! – but I’m happy where I am. For now.
11. Is there anyone in your life (friend, family member) who will be sharing their life?
I do have two sisters who have stories to tell. I hear they’re currently driving my author to well-deserved distraction.
Thanks for stopping by Kathleen and telling us a little bit about yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about the author of Kathleen’s story, Kristina Knight’s website is http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com/.