Author Spotlight: Regina Jennings

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Mary Connealy is Passion for Books! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome back Regina Jennings in the spotlight! To win a copy her new book Love in the Balance (Bethany House, 2013), leave a comment on this post!

Regina is giving away a Kindle Fire! Click the banner below to see what others are saying about her new book, sign up to win, and RSVP for her Facebook party on 4/4!

What was your biggest break?

My first break, or the decision that led to the big break, was joining my local ACFW writers’ group. There I learned much about the craft and the industry. I met people who were honest-to-goodness authors and benefitted from their advice.

Through that group I heard about the ACFW conference and attended in 2010. My big break came from my 15 minute editor appointment with Dave Long of Bethany House. After listening to me pitch my story he requested the first fifty pages of my manuscript. A few months and several steps later they offered me a contract.

One of my great adventures has been…

Once my friend Kala and I decided to drive to San Diego where our husbands were working. We left Oklahoma City at 5 a.m. with seven kids and drove straight through for 23 hours. We had a system down. The kids would play on the restaurant playground while we ordered food. They ate while we drove and only drank when we were within 30 minutes of a gas station. NASA couldn’t have planned it any better. The reward was a week at the beach and the Grand Canyon on the way home.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

Every time I get an email or a Facebook message from one of my favorite authors I feel like dancing. I can’t believe they consider me a colleague. For instance, I’m working on a novella collection with Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer and Carol Cox. As the emails fly between us I feel like I’m eavesdropping on a dream team. I can’t believe I get to work with this level of talent.

Best Way to Break a Sweat

Stacking firewood and anticipating a nice, warm snuggle with hot cocoa ahead.

Best Style Icon

I follow “Shabby Apple” on Facebook because I love their dresses. I’ve never ordered one, but someday…

Best Time-Waster

Incessantly checking email. If you have enough email addresses you can make the loop last for a few minutes before checking them again. I’d much rather read a book, but the question asks for time-waster and reading a good book is never a waste of time.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. felecia says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  2. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    Thanks Suzanne for a new author. Her book sound very interesting. Have a blessed day.

  3. april says:

    Thanks for the chance to win Regina’s new book. I loved her first one and can’t wait to read this one too!

  4. Katie J. says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a new author. I would love to read her book.

  5. Lisa M says:

    Lol well if you can make it that far on a 23 hour drive with 7 kids I will make it the end of April with 2 kids 🙂 can’t wait to read this book! Have a great day!

  6. Patty H says:

    I loved Regina’s first book! Thanks for the chance to win this one.

    I agree with e-mail being a time waster, along with FB=( where I learned about this giveaway!

  7. Merry says:

    What a brave lady to go on a long trip with 7 children! Love in the Balance sounds like an intriguing story, please add me to drawing. Thanks!
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  8. Sharyl B. says:

    Would love to read one of Regina’s books. Thanks for the chance!

  9. KayM says:

    That must have been a great adventure with 7 kids–how brave! Thank you for an opportunity to win Love in the Balance.

  10. Shirley M. Franklin says:

    Loved reading about Regina’s trip with her friend and their children – brave ladies! Can’t wait to read her book – thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  11. angela C says:

    would love to win.

  12. This book sounds great! Thank you for sharing today!

  13. Thanks I would love to win.