Davalynn Spencer writes heart-tugging, Western romance set along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and a recipient of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. A former journalist and crime-beat reporter, Davalynn lives in Colorado where she caters to Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. She loves hearing from readers. Connect with her via her website at www.davalynnspencer.com.
Award-winning author Davalynn Spencer has followed her love of writing from the national rodeo circuit and city crime beat for daily newspapers to the college classroom and inspirational publication.
“I’ve always tried to put things into words—settings, emotions, circumstances,” Spencer says. “Telling the story is important to me—whether it’s fiction or nonfiction—and finding the right words to do so is an ongoing challenge as well as a rewarding experience. As Mark Twain said, ‘The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.’ Sometimes you want the blinding crash. Sometimes you want the bug.”
Spencer wrote a popular slice-of-life column for the Cañon City Daily Record newspaper in Colorado and for the Porterville Recorder in Porterville, California. She has nine fiction titles to her credit, and her novel, Romancing the Widow, from her Cañon City Chronicles trilogy, won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Inspirational Western Fiction. Her novella, “The Wrangler’s Woman” in Barbour’s The Cowboy’s Bride collection, landed a spot as both an ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller.
“I enjoy writing inspirational fiction because it deals with truth. Offering truth in a palatable manner encourages people to apply that truth in their own struggles. It creates a story they will remember, one that offers hope.
“I particularly like writing Western romance—cowboy love stories—not only because of my background but because people enjoy reading about the great American hero. A happy ending is guaranteed in the romance genre, and who doesn’t need a happy ending once in a while?”
When she’s not writing inspirational romance or teaching at the local community college, Spencer enjoys speaking at writers’ workshops, women’s retreats and other special events. Her nonfiction has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and various periodicals such as Power for Living, The Quiet Hour, Standard, The Upper Room, American Cowboy, Prorodeo Sports News and Western Horseman. Spencer makes her home on Colorado’s Front Range with Blue the Cowdog and mouse-detectors, Annie and Oakley.
Three-time 2016 ECPA Bestseller
April 2016 Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller
2016 TARA – Winner of Inspirational Romance, unpublished
2015 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Best Inspirational Western Fiction
2015 Romance Writers of America Pages From the Heart – 2nd Place Contemporary Romance
2014 Holt Medallion Finalist
2014 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award – 2nd place
2014 Selah Award Finalist
“The Journey” – read the interview here.