I’m so honored–and excited!–to have my friend and super talented author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter, sharing with you today!
If you think I’m crazy … 😉
Make sure to read through to the end of this post, because there’s a giveaway! Shannon is generously giving away TEN copies of her latest release, and the cutest pin board! Yay!
by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Back when I was an impressionable young girl, we had a beautiful neighbor lady. I wanted to be her when I grew up. But then one day, I saw her without her makeup. She didn’t even look like the same person. I decided right then and there that if my mother EVER let me start wearing makeup, no one would see me without it.
In my teens, Mama finally let me dabble with cosmetics. I pored over fashion magazines and Avon catalogs and learned to apply it. There was no turning back, I became an avid primper. I never went to school or anywhere without makeup again and planned to always wake up before my husband and never let him see me unadorned. But back when Grant and I were dating, I was sick and he stopped by. He didn’t run screaming, so gave up that pipe dream, especially since I’m not an early bird and he is.
When I graduated high school, I went to cosmetology school and became a hairdresser. What else is an avid primper to do? For years, I put my face on as soon as I woke up, didn’t even go to the mailbox without it. Until I was in my late twenties, I could count the people on one hand who’d seen me fresh-faced, all family members who love me.
That record came to a screeching halt in one weekend. My friend called and wanted me to pick up money my stuff had sold for at her yardsale. It was Saturday, my day off and I was makeupless. I told her I’d come one day after work. She said, put your sunglasses on and come on, you don’t even have to get out of the car. When I got there, her entire family—her mom, dad, brother, sister, and daughter came out to the car to see me. As a joke. They were heehawing, laughing, and pointing. I really didn’t think it was that funny.
A few years later, during the last two months of my pregnancy, my doctor put me on bedrest. With nothing else to do, I tried to find something to watch on TV. I happened upon a Dr. Phil episode that featured a woman who never went anywhere without her makeup. I was fine with that, didn’t see any reason Dr. Phil needed to counsel this perfectly normal woman. By the end of the show, he talked her into taking her makeup off on national television. That’s when I decided she was a lunatic.
After our son was born and I was sleep deprived, I did the mailbox jaunt once without my face, sunglasses in place. Sure enough, his future preschool teacher stopped to see the baby. I’ve never tried it again. A few times over the years, I’ve taken my son to school or driven my husband to pick up his truck from the mechanic with no makeup, wearing sunglasses. But I never leave my vehicle, make any other stops, or run any errands.
When my son has friends spend the night, I don’t leave my bedroom and bathroom until I’m put together. It takes me a good hour and a half to get ready to go anywhere. And I still use hot rollers. In a pinch, I can manage to look decent in an hour.
Since I finally found my true calling—writing—I work at home. At first, I’d get my son and husband off in the morning, put my face on, and go to work. But one morning, the story was bubbling, and I went straight to the computer. I realized I’m more productive if I go straight to work as soon as the house is empty.
These days, I write in my jammies or warm ups with no makeup and hair barely combed. At two o’clock, I get presentable, go pick up our son from school, and venture out to do real life.
If you come to my house before two in the afternoon and you are not my parents, my husband, or my son, I will not answer the door. I don’t care if your here to fix my air conditioner, plumbing, or dryer. You need to call me and give me at least an hour before you show up. And it better be important because you’re cutting into my writing time. And I won’t be going on the Dr. Phil show to overcome this issue. I’m fine with it and besides, I have an image to uphold as a inspirational romance author. Right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
So tell me, how do you feel about going around makeup-less? Or all decked out in your yoga pants and oversized sweats?
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A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren—she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart.
Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.
Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.