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The First Time I Fell in Love

I was listening to the Adult Contemporary station on the Sirius XM radio this morning and the song “All For Love” by Bryan Adams, Sting, and Rod Stewart came on.  Immediately I was transported back to 1993 and the first time I fell in love.

And when I say I fell in love, I mean it.  I fell hard.  I went to see the movie “The Three Musketeers.”  You remember it.  It starred a pre-psychotic break Charlie Sheen, pre-superhuman government agent Kiefer Sutherland, a not-so-much smaller than he is now Oliver Platt, and the first man I ever loved, Chris O’Donnell.  *Dreamy Sigh*

In all of my 13 years, I had never seen a man so wonderful, handsome, charming, and utterly amazing as Chris O’Donnell was to me the first time I saw the film.  Oh, I’d had several TV crushes before, but nothing compared to the heart-fluttering, knee weakening, butterflied stomach feeling he gave me.  I saw the movie in the theater 4 times.  I cut his pictures out of those teen magazines and taped them to my closet door.  And according to my mother, I wrote him a letter.  (I don’t remember that though- I think my adult self has chosen to block that out.  The rest of it is enough humiliation.)  And “All For Love” became “our” song. I bought the movie as soon as it was released (yes, I still have the VHS I purchased).  I remember staring at those pictures of him thinking that if he could just meet me, he’d be so amazed at how awesome I was.  I didn’t factor in my crazy-stalker behavior or the fact that he was in his 20s.  None of that mattered.  All that mattered was that I was hopelessly in love.  Don’t ask me to explain it.  It defies explanation.

As the years passed I found many more celebrities to crush on, but I’ll always think fondly of Chris.  Believe it or not, I don’t even watch NCIS (is that the show he’s on now?), nor do I purposefully see a movie because he’s in it.  But I’ll always remember that he was my first love.

I think that’s what I find so fun about writing romantic fiction.  With each story I get to recall those feelings of excitement that come with new love.  I get to feel those butterflies, experience the weak knees, and sigh over the pure cheesy romance of it when the spark happens between my characters.

There’s nothing as wonderful as being in a committed, loving relationship (y’all know I’m very happily married), but there’s a little rush of joy that comes with writing about people falling in love for the first time.  And if I need inspiration, I’ll listen to “All for Love” and think of my favorite D’Artagnan. 

Who was your first love?


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I am a writer.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  -Psalm 37:4

Once again, God has taken my calm, “planned,” mapped-out life that is driven by my Type-A personality and given it a good shake, which never ceases to surprise and amaze me with results that are always way outside of what I could have imagined for myself.

As many of you know, my professional career began in the classroom.  I was a high school History and Social Studies teacher; a career that I loved and would like to return to at some point.  However, once my oldest son came along, I felt the Lord leading me to step away from my job and become a stay-at-home mom. 

I’ve always been an avid reader.  I can devour an 800 page novel in no time, which really sort of freaks my husband out.  I particularly like the genre of inspirational (Christian) fiction, and for years I’d read a book and then think to myself, “I can do this.”  So, awhile back, I tried it.  Yep, I wrote a novel.  A couple of them, actually.

After much prayer and consideration, I sent my novels out and with much excitement, signed with an amazing literary agent who is currently shopping one of my novels while I work on getting the other ready and busily create new stories to be published.

So, once again my life has taken an unexpected, wonderful, exciting turn.  I am a writer.  I am a write-from-home mom.  Hopefully you will soon be able to purchase one of my novels at your local bookstore (or download it, for you e-reader people).  In the meantime, here is what I need you to do for me: I would love and appreciate your support and your prayers as my family and I embark on this journey.  The world of publishing is a wonderful, frustrating one that comes with many highs and lows, but can be an amazing place to be in ministry and glorify the Lord.

I hope to be the kind of writer that creates not only inspirational historical and contemporary fiction, but brings a little reality to the world of cookie-cutter, predictable fiction.  There are some amazing authors out there, and I hope to one day be blessed enough to be among them.  Until then, please continue to support my blog, follow me on Twitter, follow me on Facebook, and let your friends know about the things I’m writing here.

~Jennifer K. Hale

*PS- I hope this news now explains to many of my friends and family why I seem to be at my computer so much.  It’s not because I have hours to goof around on facebook (ha!).  It is, of course, because I’m writing whenever possible.  Thanks for your support!

*PPS (or is it PSS?) Help me out with your prayers and support and I promise to give you little tastes of whatever I’m working on.  🙂


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