I'm Rebecca McLafferty, a daughter of God, a wife of 49 years, mother of two, grandmother of five, and an Aussiedoodle mom. I live in Wisconsin and, at a very early age, I became enamored with all things country.
My family hailed from the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Having an
uncle who plowed with draft horses and blacksmithed on Mackinac Island nurtured my love of horses.
My military husband and I traveled the U.S. and abroad. Eight years later, we settled in Michigan and then Wisconsin. I have a soft spot for Montana and the western states. Their way of life fascinated me from childhood.
We owned an alpaca farm for 9 years, hosting family-friendly events, running a country store, and raising animals--in particular alpacas. Our farm provided a unique venue for my annual Christian writers conference.
Along with farm life came farm food. Tasty, healthy, and lots of it. I enjoy sharing recipes--you'll notice some recipes in my books!
My husband has a marvelous green thumb which helps our garden
and yard. He also writes and helps me brainstorm and organize
Our daughter's family keeps us young. Their four children are such
blessings. God is so good! We moved three years ago, following them
to this new location in southern Wisconsin.
Our third eldest granddaughter lives in the eastern U.S. with her
mother and family. Her father, our son, died twelve years ago. It is
never easy to write the word suicide, but thousands are affected by it.
Without God's grace and love, our family would have crumbled back
into the dust from which we came. But God had plans for us.
My lifelong passion for fiction, coupled with Bible scripture and
Jesus's parables, grew into a writing ministry. I've enjoyed
great blessings from writer-friends, writing conferences, Christian writers groups, and meeting people involved in writing.
This website, SHINE So His Influence Never Ends, is my calling.
Oh, and I get a little giddy when it comes to story-telling--and the joy of meeting new and returning readers and friends. You!