Kristy McCaffrey

I'm so happy to hang my shingle at Cowboy Kisses, a home of like-minded women who write fanciful and romantic westerns. If you're a reader, I hope you'll find fantastic new books and short stories; if you're a writer, this is a great stop for morsels of research that could trigger that next epic tale.

I'm a born and bred Arizonan, although I did take a 20-year detour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yes, I'm part of a diehard Pittsburgh Steeler clan. Don't judge me. I've always loved to write. In high school, I penned fan fiction in sci-fi/fantasy author Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider's of Pern series. (Unfortunately, I'm no relation to her.) When I was a stay-at-home mom with four little ones underfoot, I decided at long last to write a manuscript, mostly to see if I could really do it. The story in my mind was definitely Old West, and thus began my fledgling writing career. Since my children are fleeing the nest with increasing swiftness these days, I've finally taken a more serious approach to my writing: keep regular hours, network more, have more targeted marketing campaigns, and, most importantly, write BETTER AND MORE INTERESTING STUFF. Y'all will have to let me know on that last one.

I have a great love of travel, and am fortunate to tag along with my husband on business trips. My journeys frequently end up on my personal blog, along with attempts at humor, often at the expense of my kids. This has led them to proclaim, "We will no longer read your blog, Mom." They also refuse to follow me on Twitter.

I believe life should be lived with curiosity, compassion, and gratitude, and one should never be far from the enthusiasm of a dog. I also like sleeping-in, eating Mexican food, and doing yoga at home in my pajamas.

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