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Meet 2012 Golden Heart finalist Kristen Ethridge

 Today we’ve got another in our series introducing members of the Golden Heart Finalist Class of 2012: I’ll be interviewing Kristen Ethridge, finalist in Inspirational Romance.

 Once she got the hang of using a pencil, Kristen Ethridge was bitten by the writing bug. She wrote her first poem on the back of scrap paper in first grade, had her first publishing credit in a local newspaper in third grade, and wrote her first book—a sweeping, Civil War epic of ten pages in fourth grade. Her most recent manuscript, LANGUAGE OF LOVE, is a 2012 Golden Heart finalist.

 When she’s not writing, Kristen, a proud Baylor Bear, works in Corporate Communications for one of the world’s largest companies and loves attending as many Baylor sporting events as she can. She lives in North Texas with her husband, daughter (and Ethridge 2.0 on the way this fall), and two self-important poodles.

 You can find Kristen online at www.kristenethridge.com and on Twitter at @kristenethridge. She took a break about a year ago when she realized she was spending more time online trying to be a writer than actually writing…but she promises to do better with her blogging. Pinky swear.

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Tell us a little about your Golden Heart finaling book:

LANGUAGE OF LOVE finaled in the Inspirational category and is targeted at Love Inspired. Here’s what I envision how the back cover would read.

Who wins when an immigrant’s dream collides with a prodigal son’s return?

Graciela Garcia de Piedra’s family emigrated from Mexico to Port Provident, Texas, in search of a better life. Now she wants others to have the same opportunity to live out the American dream through her school, where she teaches English as a Second Language.

Jake Peoples returns to his hometown to prove he’s more than his past mistakes and to claim his place as president of the development company owned by his family, one of the Island’s oldest and most powerful. The only piece of property standing in the way of the new condo project that will secure his future is Gracie Garcia’s school.

Although they both talk in English, Gracie and Jake don’t speak the same language. Where he sees profit and loss, she sees people and love. Can this teacher help a reluctant prodigal learn that God’s dreams are always bigger than our own?

What was it like when you got the phone call telling you you were a finalist?

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