I’m a middle child. You know the one, not the oldest, and not the baby, who just kind of slides in there someplace. I wasn’t good at sports in an athletic family. I got bored in school so didn’t bring home the best grades, though my younger brother and I were both equally intelligent. I loved to sit and read. Which made me easy to pass over. Or overlook.
I’ve been told many times – mostly by my mother – that a part of me is in every book I write. She says she always, every single time (and she reads every single book) she knows what’s going to happen because she knows what prompted the circumstance. There was a sandwich episode once, she knew the jelly was going to plop out because of a paper I had written in college.
I don’t know that I agree with her about truth from life in every book. Partially because unless she points it out, I don’t see it there. But in HIS FIRST CHOICE…I think I see where I come in. Kacey, my heroine, isn’t the middle child. As a matter of fact, she was born first. But she seems to slide into the background her entire life. She’s overshadowed by her identical twin sister.
I’m not a twin. Didn’t even have a sister – though I always wanted one desperately – but I understand those feelings of being ‘on stage’ (for her, literally) of being at the event, but not coming in first. Not shining the brightest.
Today, while I was surfing the net for something that was legitimately important, I got sidetracked. When I sold my first book in 1992 ‘Tara Taylor Quinn’ seemed so large for little me. From the very beginning, unless I was autographing a book, I became, simply, ttq. It wasn’t a conscious decision. Or maybe even a good one. It just…was. Today, it brought me in first. During my net surfing I came upon abbreviations.com. Most specifically the page that comes up when you search ttq. It’s me! First! It says, Tara Taylor Quinn. Community/Famous. And got five out of five stars. http://www.abbreviations.com/TTQ So this is the real life happy ending. To find out Kacey’s, well, you might want to read the book.
About Tara Taylor Quinn
Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today Bestselling author, who is known for delivering intense deeply emotional novels of suspense, romance and women’s fiction. With 78 original published works and more than 7 million copies sold, she is a past president of the Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. Ms. Quinn is the recipient of the National Reader’s Choice Award and is a five time RITA finalist. She is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.
Ms. Quinn wrote her first ‘published’ story when she was six years old, for a class publication. During high school and college she worked as a stringer for the Dayton Daily News, in Dayton, Ohio, where she saw her first bi-line. She got a degree in English, a teacher’s certification, and sold old her first book to Harlequin Books in 1992 and has been contracted with them and their subsidiaries ever since.
In 2010, Ms. Quinn was approached by HCI Books to write her true life love story. She and her husband, Tim Barney, collaborated and wrote It Happened On Maple Street, HCI Books, 2011. A proud resident of Arizona, Ms. Quinn has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. She has one daughter, Rachel, and two step-daughters. In her spare time she likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.
The best decision they’ll ever make
Lacey Hamilton is used to living in the background. Overshadowed her entire life, she stepped out of the Hollywood limelight and into the role she’s meant to play: a counselor, part of the High Risk Team started by The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter in Santa Raquel.
Her caseload leads her to the doorstep of Jeremiah “Jem” Bridges to rescue a little boy. She’s not supposed to fall in love with the rugged construction worker and his adorable son. Love and duty, though, don’t always agree. Especially when a truth is uncovered that neither she nor Jem is prepared to face.