Award-winning author, Sunni Jeffers began writing books when her children grew up and left home. Faced with an empty nest, she discovered the joy of writing. In 1992, Sunni and her husband moved to the Great Northwest to raise cattle, timber and hay and to give her the time to write. Her first book came out in 2001. Thirteen years and fourteen books later, a new adventure has begun. She and her husband are exploring the US and Canada in a motorhome. As they travel, she continues writing romantic suspense with a twist, cozy mysteries, and heartwarming stories of women living out their faith as they face challenges and adventures in everyday life.
Sunni’s books have won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award (now The Carol Award), and the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. For service in the industry, she was awarded the Romance Writers of America Service Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Chapter Award of Merit.
On a More Personal Note
It’s never too late. And you can do everything you want to do, just not all at once.
I’m a writer, a wife, mom and grandma, a copilot and navigator. I’m a foodie and love to taste and create new foods and recipes. I love adventure, as long as it isn’t too risky. I love to write suspense, but I can’t watch it. I get heart palpitations.
I’m a late bloomer. I’ve been asked if I always wanted to be a writer. Nope. Never dreamed of it. I did have an overblown imagination, though, and loved creating scenarios that we played out in the groves and fields around our house. I grew up in a home of readers. I spent hours escaping into the wonderful lands found in books. The land of Oz was a favorite place. I got lost in Dickens stories of old England, and the jungles settings of Rudyard Kipling. I devoured books by Pearl S. Buck, Elizabeth Goudge, George MacDonald and Michener. The list goes on and on.
After reading all the Cherry Ames and the Sue Barton Student Nurse books, I wanted to be a nurse. After high school, I enrolled in nurse’s training. I almost made it. One semester from graduation, I married my sweetheart who was then in the US Navy (Viet Nam era), stationed in Virginia, and thus began what I call lifetime number one.
Growing up in one house, in a small town, I never dreamed of all the places and experiences life had in store for me. For ten years, my husband served in the submarine service on Fast Attack nuclear submarines. We had two young children and very little money, but we were living in the middle of history, in Virginia and Connecticut, and we soaked up our rich heritage exploring graveyards, battlefields and historic sites. Those years planted a love of travel and discovery into our lives.
Then lifetime two began. We left the military and moved to Denver, Colorado, to take over the family security business. Colorado opened doors to new vistas of history and exploration. We panned gold in Clear Creek and explored Jeep trails all over the Rocky Mountains, hunting for ghost towns and old mines. Those were enchanted days as our children grew up.
Near the end of lifetime two, I grew restless, but had no idea what I wanted to do. I saw an advertisement for a class to learn to write a romance novel. My sister and read romances, so we took it together. And the world opened up. I went home excited, and wrote my first novel. It finaled in a contest, but wasn’t ready for publication. Now it resides in a box on a shelf, gathering dust. Then I wrote my second, then third, which won a national contest and became my first published novel. I’ve never looked back.
Lifetime three took us to NE Washington, where we bought an old farm and raised Highland cattle and hay. We lived in paradise. I wrote most of my books in an office overlooking a pond and fields and forests, where I watched an array of wildlife come to visit, drink and graze.
Now we’re enjoying lifetime four, fulfilling our dream of travel. We’ve been north to the Arctic Circle, and south to the tip of Key West Florida and many places in between. On the road, I write. And as we travel and explore, I’m finding fodder for many more stories. I hope I have the time left to write them all. And I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride.