"In her debut novel, author Thome writes with a winning charm and peppers her prose with a quirky wit...an enjoyably readable love story."
I'm a former broadcast journalist who has covered both sports and news during my career. (That's how I met my husband, Hall of Famer Jim Thome; I interviewed him on opening day of the MLB season in 1995, and the rest is history.) We have a sixteen-year-old daughter, an eleven-year-old son, and two cats that we spoil rotten. I temporarily retired when we had our children, so I could be home with them full-time while they were still young. The loss of my mom four years ago was the catalyst for me starting to explore my writing career, which still allows me to remain home with my family. My mom was a writer and poet, and I can't help feeling that she's always near, watching over me proudly.
In my spare time, I love photography and travel, preferably at the same time. I’m also interested in environmental activism. My novels are inspired by favorite places I've been, each of which have left vivid footprints on my imagination. I believe a book can be steamy and sexy, while still keeping it classy. I also love to infuse my characters with great senses of humor. I really love to interact with my readers, so please feel free to drop me a note or reach out to me on social media.
Jim, Lila, Landon, and Dad. Thank you for all your love and support. You are my everything. Being a member of your family is the best job I've ever had.
To my close friends who always agree to drop everything and take the time to read and re-read for me: your friendship is treasured. Lisa, Terri, Kara, Lekshmi, Dawn, Shannon, Erin, Trish, Gina and my dear, sweet Mim. I'm so grateful for your constant support along the way.
To the tireless team at Girl Friday; Christina Henry de Tessan, Meghan Harvey, Nicole Burns-Ascue, Rachel Christensen, and Paul Barrett for the brilliant cover design—every budding author should treat themselves to the leadership you provide. Thank you for making the process of self-publishing so much simpler . . . and even a little fun. An extra special thanks goes to Stefanie Hargreaves and Michelle Hope Anderson for getting my manuscript into tip top shape. You're the best! Kristin Sheppard—no one knows the ins and outs of social media like you do. Thanks for showing me the ropes.
Marissa DeCuir, Angelle Barbazon, and Susan Alexander at JKS Communications—thank you for your public relations expertise. I'd be lost without you! Stephanie Krol of SKPR Media--thanks for your guidance and friendship. Sonia Mani Joseph—-these new photographs are magic. You are a wizard with light. Nicee Martin…thank you for sharing your photographic gifts with me as well.
And to my Mom. Thank you for the writer’s gene. And for the strong moral compass. And for teaching me about compassion. And for everything.
I miss you.
*A reminder that Walland, Seeds of Intention, and all of my books are fiction, and I am in no way affiliated with the resorts mentioned throughout.