Meet The Crazy Yates

the-crazy-yates-customdesign-jayaheer2016-ereaderSometimes, being a writer is a lot like, well, eating. Except that we tend to be the kind of human who lives on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Like a lot of them. Morning, noon and night.

Don’t get me wrong, we love the PB&Js or else we wouldn’t be eating them. But every now and then, we need to try something new. That PB&J we live on suddenly isn’t making us hungry for the next sandwich. It’s just … well, there. And then we find ourselves craving something else … maybe a scrambled egg sandwich for example.

(Is anyone else getting hungry …?)

Meet my scrambled egg sandwich The Crazy Yates. This is a Christmas novella about Callie Yates, a young woman who takes care of her agoraphobic father and three teenage siblings. They’ve gotten by well enough in their small West Texas town until she learns that the store where she works is closing in the new year, and the employment market there isn’t exactly hopping. Does Callie tell her family the news, or give them one last Merry Christmas?

It felt good to write something new and to take a break from editing Pardon Falls and writing Vortex. I loved trying my hand at family drama, and writing a holiday story while in the heat of summer was a fun challenge. And you know what – after finishing that story, I was even hungrier for Pardon Falls!

I hope you enjoy reading The Crazy Yates as much as I enjoyed writing it!


About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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