Monday, June 22, 2015


Happy Monday! Julie Jarnagin here.

As I'm working on my seventh sweet romance, I realized that family has played a huge part in every book I've written. Whether it's a series with three brothers or a rugged cowboy who's helping his dad through a hard time, no character would be the same if I had changed his or her family dynamics.

There's nothing that can tell us more about a person (real or fictional) than a look at their lives with their families. It's one of my favorite ways to add a deeper layer to a character's story.

And it's a fun way to introduce a quirky character because who doesn't have that family member?

Like they say--if you don't have that person in your family, you are that person. :) 

It's no mystery why stories about families come naturally to me. My family is near and dear to my heart. Here's a photo of my husband with our two boys. 

I'm also extremely close with my mom. We're currently building a new home, and our current home sold faster than we expected. So my family of four and our two big dogs moved in with my mom and her two little dogs. Also, my two nephews have been visiting for ten days this summer. Talk about family dynamics! But it has been fun and crazy, and we're so thankful that my mom is putting up with us taking over her house.

Families can be complicated and even a little crazy, but in the end, it's the love of our families that makes us who we are. 

Tell me a little about your family. Are you the oldest, middle, youngest, or an only child?

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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  1. I am the second oldest, but I am the only girl of four brothers, so I am a younger and older sister. I was the one my mom always relied on.

    1. Big families are fun. My husband came from a family of four kids. It's always busy but a lot of fun when we all get together.

  2. I'm the middle of three sisters. Both my older and younger sisters are high strung and I'm a typical Type A. Our poor parents didn't have an easy time of it! You have a beautiful family, Julie. Enjoy your new house. I'm heading to Oklahoma for a family reunion later this week. Looking forward to seeing all my cousins, but not necessarily looking forward to the humidity.

    1. Have a safe trip. It is humid here right now and all this rain has sure slowed down progress on the new house. But it's better than no rain like we've had in past years. :)

  3. The spoiled youngest of three sisters. Still spoiled at 61. We all fit the classic stereotype down to the fact that the middle sister was molested when she was not much more than a baby. She is the enabler. The sweetest person in the world and she thinks I am special. The oldest plays at being the responsible one and wants to mother the world.